Julia Hartley-Brewer

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Julia Hartley-Brewer
Born (1968-05-02) 2 May 1968 (age 49)
Birmingham, England
Nationality British
Education Oldfield School
Woodhouse Sixth Form College
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
Cardiff University
Occupation broadcaster and journalist
Spouse(s) married
Children 1 daughter

Julia Hartley-Brewer (born 2 May 1968) is an English broadcaster and newspaper columnist. She has been presenting the weekday morning radio show from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on talk radio station talkRADIO since 21 March 2016.

Early life[edit]

Born in Birmingham, the daughter of a general practitioner, she attended Oldfield School in Bath, Somerset, and Woodhouse Sixth Form College in Finchley, north London. Hartley-Brewer has a degree from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1988,[1][2] and diploma in journalism studies from the Cardiff University.[citation needed]


Hartley-Brewer began her career in journalism at the East London Advertiser in Bethnal Green.[3] Later she was employed as a news reporter and political correspondent for the London Evening Standard and then joined The Guardian, staying at the latter until September 2000.[4] She then moved to the Sunday Express as Political Correspondent, then Political Editor from 2001 until 2007 and then Assistant Editor (Politics), with a byline on a weekly opinion column. She left the Sunday Express in February 2011.

In 2006, she presented and narrated two political documentaries for the television channels BBC Two and BBC Four about the history of British Deputy Prime Ministers, called Every Prime Minister Needs a Willie, and the history of the Leader of the Opposition in The Worst Job in Politics.[5]

She has appeared as a panellist on the comedy quiz show Have I Got News for You seven times as well as being a regular panellist on BBC One's Question Time[3] and Radio 4's Any Questions. She is a regular pundit and commentator on TV and radio, including for Sky News, the BBC News Channel, BBC One's The One Show, ITV's Tonight show, Lorraine on ITV, This Morning on ITV, The Agenda on ITV, Sunday Politics on BBC1, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4's Today and PM programmes. She appeared as a contestant on Pointless Celebrities in October 2014, winning the prize for her chosen charity, the Miscarriage Association.

She was an LBC presenter from February 2011, until she left in December 2014 to be replaced by Shelagh Fogarty. Hartley-Brewer now broadcasts on talkRADIO, a talk radio station launched on 21 March 2016.

In 2016, she supported Britain leaving the European Union during the EU referendum of that year.[6]

In October 2017, her allegations against the then Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, recounting an incident 15 years earlier when he repeatedly touched her knee throughout a dinner in 2002, may have contributed to his eventual resignation.[citation needed][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Hartley-Brewer is married with one daughter, born in 2006. She has also declared that she is an atheist.[9] In 2010, she described herself as a 'staunch and long-standing republican'.[10]


  1. ^ "Women's Networking Dinner June 2014 - Magdalen College Oxford". www.magd.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Floreat-2011.pdf
  3. ^ a b "Julia Hartley-Brewer". JLA. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Julia Hartley-Brewer contributor page, The Guardian website
  5. ^ "The Worst Job In British Politics? The Leader of the Opposition". BBC programmes index. BBC. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Hartley-Brewer, Julia (22 June 2016). "You don't need to trust politicians to vote for Brexit. Just trust yourself". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Newspaper headlines: Fallon 'first scalp' of Commons scandal". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  8. ^ Doward, Jamie. "Revealed: why Michael Fallon was forced to quit as defence secretary". The Guardian Online. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  9. ^ BBC Radio 4: Any Questions episode dated 28 July 2017.
  10. ^ Hartley-Brewer, Julia (21 November 2010). "Royal Wedding: Here's a king in all senses of that word". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 

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