Lynn Faulds Wood

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Lynn Faulds Wood
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Born Lynn Faulds Wood
(1948-03-25) 25 March 1948 (age 70)
Glasgow, Scotland
Residence St Margarets, London, England
Education Glasgow University (MA)
Glasgow Caledonian University (D.Litt (hon) for services to bowel cancer)
Occupation Television presenter, journalist and cancer campaigner
Years active 1970s–present
Employer BBC
Television TV-am
BBC Breakfast Time
Watchdog: Test House
Spouse(s) John Stapleton

Lynn Faulds Wood (born 25 March 1948) is a Scottish television presenter and journalist. She was born in Glasgow and grew up on Loch Lomondside.


Faulds Wood's early career involved periods at IPC Magazines' Woman (1977–79), the Daily Mail (1979–80) then "Lynn's Action Line" at The Sun where 100,000 readers joined her campaign to close the pet market Club Row,[1] and thousands of readers marched on Downing Street.[2]

When Breakfast TV began in the early 1980s, Faulds Wood joined TV-am as their Consumer Champion from 1983–84 then moved to the BBC's Breakfast Time from 1984 to 1986. She is best known for turning Watchdog into a peak time BBC One series, presenting the programme from 1985 to 1993 alongside her husband John Stapleton.

In the 1990s, Faulds Wood moved to ITV's World In Action where she achieved their highest audience with a programme investigating GP training in cancer symptoms, Doctor Knows Best, which had 10.2 million viewers. Her investigation into bowel cancer, "Bobby Moore & Me", got 6.5 million viewers and 28,000 letters. She also helped to create the world's first evidence-based guide to symptoms of her cancer, officially adopted by the Department of Health in 2000.

In 1990, Faulds Wood guest starred on an episode of French and Saunders as herself.[citation needed]

From 2003 to 2009, she was Consumer Champion on GMTV. In 2006, she teamed up with presenter Esther Rantzen and series producer Rob Unsworth to present the BBC consumer investigation series Old Dogs, New Tricks.

In 2014, Faulds Wood returned to Watchdog, with a new daytime BBC One series, Watchdog Test House, which she is co-presented with Sophie Raworth.[3]

Campaigning work[edit]

In 2002, she co-founded the European Cancer Patient Coalition which she chaired 2003-2010. She helped to set up MEPs Against Cancer and is credited with helping to get cancer on the official European Agenda. In 2009, she was invited to present the new European cancer plan – Action Against Cancer – in Brussels.

In 2010, Faulds Wood said that she was considering entering politics by standing for the Parliament of the United Kingdom at the general election. Instead she remained as a health campaigner, still regularly appearing on television talking about cancer and consumer matters. She chaired the British Standards Institution Consumer and Public Interest Network until 2013, and served as President and Patron of many charities and health organisations, with an honorary doctorate for services to bowel cancer.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Faulds Wood married British journalist and television presenter John Stapleton in 1977; they have a son born in 1987. The couple currently live in St Margarets, London.[3] She has survived both advanced bowel and skin cancer. In late December 2016, Faulds Wood said that she had declined the offer of an MBE in the New Year Honours.[4]


  1. ^ The Sun 'Stop This Cruelty' 09.11.81
  2. ^ The Sun 'Thousands March To Save Our Pets' 23.11.81
  3. ^ a b Tom Ambrose (7 March 2014). "Watchdog returns, with St Margarets presenters taking the lead". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lynn Faulds Wood: I won't accept MBE under 'unfair' honours system". The Herald. Glasgow. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 

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