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22 August 1969|
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Queen's University Belfast
BBC Radio 3|
BBC Radio 4
BBC World Service
Born in Belfast, Clugston attended Methodist College and then studied French and Russian at Queen's University Belfast. The degree course entailed a period in France and a year in Voronezh, Russia. While at university, she was very active in the drama society, playing leading roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Private Lives and Buried Child, among many others, and directed the 1952 play about Joan of Arc L'Alouette (The Lark) by Jean Anouilh.
Clugston worked as a continuity announcer and transmission director at BBC Northern Ireland from 1996 to 2003, announcing for BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC Two Northern Ireland, and appearing as one of three in-vision announcers on BBC Choice Northern Ireland between 1999 and 2001. She also lent her voice to the BBC Northern Ireland animated comedy series The Folks on the Hill. Clugston has also worked for a brief period for network BBC One & BBC Two throughout early 2007 & mid-2017
Before starting at Radio 4, Clugston spent some years in Amsterdam, working as a reporter and presenter for Radio Netherlands Worldwide. She began working on Radio 4 in 2006, and first read evening news bulletins in 2007. In April 2008, she began newsreading duties on the Today programme. Alongside her newsreading and announcing duties, Clugston is known as 'The Posh Radio 4 Lady' or 'The PR4L' on Scott Mills's afternoon radio show on BBC Radio 1, reading out emails from listeners. More recently she took part in Scott Mills The Musical in her role of "Posh Radio 4 Lady".
As well as being a ukulele player who made a documentary for Radio 4 in 2009 she came up with the idea for "Radio4minus1letter", taking a radio programme title and dropping a single letter to create a new title, while using Twitter. The idea resulted in Clugston's book - A Brief History of Tim: The World Minus One Letter - based on the game; she reads the latest creations on Broadcasting House.
In the autumn of 2014, the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Berkshire, staged the premier production of her musical comedy But First This: A Musical Homage to Radio 4 starring Michael Fenton Stevens as John Humphrys. Clugston is the female voice on the Tom Tom traffic, navigation and mapping product. She reads articles for the audio edition of The Economist. In late 2015, she began presenting The Radio 4 in Four Podcast, a weekly podcast for the channel.
In April 2016, in an article in The Daily Telegraph and a programme "The Neglected Sense" on Radio Four, Clugston revealed that she has suffered since childhood from anosmia, the lack of a sense of smell.
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