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Nemone Metaxas

(1972-11-03) 3 November 1972 (age 47)
Chester, Cheshire, England
Other namesNemone
EducationB.S. Psychology
Alma materVictoria University of Manchester
OccupationRadio presenter, disc jockey, television presenter/producer
Years active1996–present
ChildrenDaughter, Ella, born July 2009

Nemone Metaxas (born 3 November 1972 in Chester, Cheshire)[1] often billed simply as Nemone is an English DJ, radio presenter, television presenter/producer and former track and field athlete.

Her father's Greek ancestral village is in Sekhia and the family name is Anastasakis.[2]

Broadcasting career[edit]

After finishing her degree in psychology at the Victoria University of Manchester in 1995,[3] Nemone worked as a research assistant in a psychiatric ward. She went on to become a receptionist at Kiss 102 in Manchester. In 1997, she became the presenter and producer of The Word radio programme as Kiss 105 went on the air. She subsequently presented Galaxy 102 FM's Morning Show, Network Chill Out Show and The Galaxy Chart for Manchester. She left as anchor of the Morning Show for a job at BBC Radio 1.

Nemone joined BBC Radio 1 in October 2000 initially hosting the Saturday breakfast show. She filled in for Jo Whiley's weekday morning show in 2001 while Whiley was on maternity leave. She then took the weekend afternoon slot which she hosted from Autumn 2001 through to the end of 2003.

After a revamp of the Radio 1 daytime schedule from early 2004, Nemone replaced Scott Mills on the overnight show (4 am – 7 am) broadcasting to audiences in excess of 3 million. She left Radio 1 in September 2005; JK and Joel (Monday-Thursday) and Fearne and Reggie (Friday) took over her early morning slot.

She joined BBC Radio 6 Music on 3 October 2005, she began presenting the Dream Ticket show as well as filling in on 6 Music's drive time show when Steve Lamacq was away.

Nemone took over Vic McGlynn's weekday lunchtime show, weekdays in the 3 – 4 pm slot on 6 Music on 4 September 2006. She could also be heard covering various shows on BBC Radio 2.

Cerys Matthews filled in for Nemone on BBC Radio 6 Music after she began six months maternity leave on 6 July 2009. After Matthews herself went on maternity leave on 24 November, the show was presented by either Chris Hawkins or Andrew Collins. In July 2009, Nemone gave birth to a baby girl and returned to BBC 6 Music on 1 February 2010.

When pregnant with her second child in 2011, she moved from weekdays taking over the weekend breakfast show. After a short maternity leave she returned, steering it to record RAJAR figures.

The requirement to take the show to Media City in Salford meant Nemone passing on the opportunity of returning to Manchester; electing to stay in London where she had established her young family.

In April 2013 Nemone fulfilled a lifelong ambition to curate a specialist dance and electronic music show on BBC Radio 6 Music – Nemone's Electric Ladyland. She runs a club night in West London.

She participated with her daughter in the Bumps & Babies Mile in Battersea Park for Sport Relief 2010 along with Denise Van Outen, Carly Cole, Gail Emms, Natasha Kaplinsky and Kim Medcalf.[4][5]

Television career[edit]

Nemone co-hosted the BBC One television programme 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow alongside Steve Jones. She was seen describing the method of eviction from the game show and then interviewing the losing contestants.

Nemone was one of the contestants on Celebrity Mastermind aired on 20 August 2017 on BBC One. Her specialist subject was the children's books of Roald Dahl, and she came 2nd in the show.

Musical career[edit]

Nemone is an accomplished musician. She was singer and saxophonist in a funk band – other members being Tom Findlay (who went on to form Groove Armada),[6] Andy Spence from NYPC, and Perrier Award-winning comedian Dan Antopolski.

Athletic career[edit]

Apart from radio and TV broadcasting, Nemone is also a keen athlete. Nemone is a former champion 400 metres runner. In 1999 she won the Greater Manchester Championships. In 2000 she qualified for the British Championships, and competed in the 400m British Olympic trials.

Nemone decided to bid to run for the Greek Olympic team for the 2004 Summer Olympics. Her training was filmed for the BBC Three television programme My Big Fat Greek Olympic Dream.[7] She has competed in triathlons, most notably finishing in the top 20 amateur women in the 2006 London Triathlon.

Also, on screen, Nemone has hosted the X Games in Barcelona and Ski Sunday in Livigno for the television show Grandstand.


  1. ^ "BBC – 6 Music – Nemone – Biography". BBC.
  2. ^ Philip, Robert (31 July 2004). "Athletics: An unlikely odyssey from Ash to Athens". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ "Nemone Metaxas", University of Manchester website, archived from the original on 25 September 2008
  4. ^ "BBC – Sport Relief – Bumps and Babies Mile". BBC.
  5. ^ "Carly Zucker joins Denise Van Outen on Sports Relief Bumps and Babies Mile in London". Daily Mirror. 19 February 2010.
  6. ^ stated by Nemone, herself, on-air, The Dream Ticket show, 19 January 2006.
  7. ^ "My Big Fat Greek Olympic Dream". BBC website. 1 August 2004.


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