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31 May 1977 |
Early life and education
She began her media career with Kiss 100 and later became an MTV UK & Ireland presenter (MTV Dance Floor Chart). During this period, she appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. As one of the female faces of Channel 4’s daytime teen-aimed strand T4 for the last nine years, she interviewed Tony Blair for a T4 special, When Tony Met June, which aired in January 2005. She also runs her own production company, Lipgloss Productions. Projects in development include a sitcom and a programme on climate change.
In recent years, Sarpong has presented other series, including Your Face or Mine?, a game show co-hosted with Jimmy Carr for E4; Dirty Laundry, an urban talk-show that was an original idea of Sarpong's; Playing It Straight, a dating game-show filmed in Mexico for Channel 4, and Sarpong has presented the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party and the Party In The Park. She is a regular at the MOBO Awards and presented them for three years in a row. She has also appeared on BBC Television's Question Time, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, and BBC's Have I Got News for You. She also has appeared on the programme Never Mind the Buzzcocks and introduced reports on youth culture for This Week. In 2006 she hosted ITV2's WAGs Boutique. Sarpong has also appeared on the third series of Bo' Selecta!.
Sarpong appeared in the Extras Special Series Finale with Ricky Gervais (2007). On 22 October 2007 it was announced that she had quit her presenter role on T4 after nine years. Her last show was broadcast on 23 December 2007.
Sarpong made a guest appearance in Little Miss Jocelyn series 2, episode 3 (2008). On 6 November 2009 she hosted the Sky1 programme Michael Jackson: The Search for...His Spirit, in which she went around locations pertinent to his life looking for signs of his ghost. The programme was broadcast as part of a double bill, the second part comprising a live séance conducted by Derek Acorah, for which Sarpong again played host.
Sarpong worked as an interviewer on Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory show broadcast on TruTV. On the first episode she made the claim that the 2004 Tsunami was not preceded by "pretremors or any warning". Journalist Peter Hadfield criticized this claim as being unsupported by seismological records and scientific papers.
In late 2013, Elton John performed a variation of his 1970 hit "Your Song" with the amended lyrics "You can tell everybody 'You're June Sarpong'" as an apparent reference to an in-joke between the pair from a charity event earlier that year.
After the "#WheresJuneSarpongGone" campaign begun by Celebrity Juice on 19 March, Loose Women welcomed her to the panel as a guest panellist on 23 March. Following her first appearance back on our screens, Sarpong appeared on Celebrity Juice, in Fearne Cotton's team, on 2 April.
After appearing alongside Ruth Langsford, Coleen Nolan and Janet Street-Porter on 23 March 2015, as a guest panellist, Sarpong later appeared as a guest panellist a further three times on 16 April, 17 April and 1 May. Since appearing on the programme again on 15 May, she became a regular panellist, initially as cover for Sherrie Hewson, while Hewson was filming Benidorm, later on 21 July 2015, Sarpong became a regular. She left the show in December 2016 and made 46 appearances in total.
On 7 January 2016, June made an emotional speech live on Loose Women, following the death of her brother. The first part of the show was dedicated to him. A picture, captured of a rainbow, was re-tweeted more than 5,000 times throughout the course of the show, in his memory. She has been a panellist on two series of Debatable on BBC Two.
Sarpong serves as a director on the board of the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organisation that provides a daily meal to pupils of township schools in Soweto, South Africa. She is also an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, and campaigns for the Make Poverty History movement. In April 2005 she visited Ghana to make a film for Make Poverty History. She also hosted the major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square in summer 2005 on behalf of Nelson Mandela and Bob Geldof. On 7 July 2007 she presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.
At the age of 29 and after six years as a broadcaster, June Sarpong was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours List for "Broadcasting and to Charity".
On 8 July 2008, Sarpong launched a new venture called Politics & the City, an attempt to bring politics and news to a new market. The site received a great deal of media coverage and some criticism.
In March 2011 Lipgloss Productions registered huffingtonpost.co.uk, sparking speculation that she would helm the UK arm of the popular website.
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