Stacey Dooley

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Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley at War on Want event (cropped 2).jpg
Dooley at an event organised by War on Want in 2009 protesting against sweatshops
Anastacia Jaclyn Dooley

(1987-03-09) 9 March 1987 (age 32)
  • Television presenter
  • journalist
  • documentary filmmaker
  • media personality
  • author
Years active2008–present
AgentCurtis Brown[1]
Partner(s)Kevin Clifton (2019–present)
HonoursMember of the Order of the British Empire

Stacey Jaclyn Dooley MBE[2] (born 9 March 1987)[1] is an English television presenter, journalist, documentary filmmaker, media personality and author. Dooley rose to prominence in 2008 when she appeared as a participant on Blood, Sweat and T-shirts. Since then, she has made social-issue-themed television documentaries for BBC Three concerning child labour and women in developing countries.[3] Dooley was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting. She won the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2018 with dance partner Kevin Clifton.

Early life[edit]

Anastacia Jaclyn Dooley was born on 9 March 1987 in Luton, Bedfordshire. Her father was from Ireland, and left the family when Stacey was two years old.[4][5] She grew up in Luton and studied at Stopsley High School. Dooley left school at 15 and worked as a shop assistant, selling perfumes at Luton Airport. She also worked in a hairdressers in Bramingham.[6]


2008–2017: Television career and Stacey Dooley Investigates[edit]

Dooley first appeared on television when she travelled to India as one of the participants on the documentary television series Blood, Sweat and T-shirts in April 2008. Dooley and the other participants were selected to illustrate the typical fashion-obsessed consumer. Thanks to her appearance on the show, and partly because of her interest in labour laws in developing countries, a series was commissioned with Dooley as presenter. Stacey Dooley Investigates began in August 2009 and a two-part special was shown on BBC Three throughout August and September 2009. It also aired in Australia on ABC2 from 2 June 2010.[7] In October 2010, BBC Three aired two further programmes, the first on former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the second on sex trafficking and underage sex slavery in Cambodia.

In 2011, BBC Three aired Tourism and the Truth: Stacey Dooley Investigates. Over two episodes, Dooley investigated how tourism in Thailand and Kenya affects employees there, in particular with regard to wages, corruption and environmental changes.[8] Dooley also presented the CBBC series Show Me What You're Made Of.

Shot in Dooley's native Luton, My Hometown Fanatics was broadcast on BBC Three on 20 February 2012. In the programme, Dooley interviewed Islamists and the English Defence League. A three-part series titled Coming Here Soon was broadcast on BBC Three in June and July 2012, in which Dooley explored the lives of young people in three countries affected by the global financial crisis: Greece, Ireland and Japan.[9] The programme on Japan was criticised by some because it ignored the Samaritans guidelines on reporting of suicide.[10] While Dooley was in the United States in 2012, she created two series of Stacey Dooley in the USA where she investigated issues affecting teens across America such as: Girls Behind Bars, Border Wars, Homelessness and Kids in the Crossfire.[1] In 2015, Dooley created the documentary series Beaten By My Boyfriend where she investigated domestic abuse within the UK.

In 2016, Dooley presented Stacey Dooley in Cologne: The Blame Game, about the 2015 New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany, which aired on 29 January. She also presented Stacey Dooley: Hate and Pride in Orlando where she travelled to Orlando, Florida in the aftermath of the Pulse Bar shootings. On 30 July, Dooley appeared on the BBC's Celebrity Mastermind where her specialist subject was the television series Girls.

In November 2016, Dooley appeared in a BBC Three series Brainwashing Stacey, where she went to a US anti-abortion summer camp and then to some African big-game hunters. Stacey also made a documentary Sex in Strange Places for which she travelled to Turkey, Brazil and Russia to explore people's different attitudes towards sex and prostitution.[1]

In December 2016, Dooley was stopped by police in Tokyo while filming Young Sex For Sale In Japan, a documentary about child sexual exploitation in that country. She was held on the street for two hours by police who were investigating their confrontation with two men "protecting" some of the girls, who had called the police on the film crew. After initially being confronted by two men who demanded "no movies", the pair tried to use physical force against the film crew to make them leave the area. The story was released a few days before the programme was made available in February 2017.[11]

In 2017, Dooley presented CBBC's The Pets Factor. She also presented the documentary Canada's Lost Girls in March 2017 in which she travelled across Canada investigating the various factors which played a part in the disappearance and murder of over 1200 Native American women. Dooley narrated the documentary The Natives: This Is Our America where she investigated the lives of young Native Americans, and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.[12]

2018–present: Television career, debut book, and Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In April 2018, Dooley took part in a BBC show: Celebrities on the NHS Front-line to celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Health Service. In the 2018 series of Stacey Dooley Investigates, she travelled to Russia, Florida, Iraq, and Hungary to explore more challenging issues such as child exploitation, sex offenders, war, domestic violence, pollution in the fashion industry, and coming face-to-face with an ISIS soldier for which she won a One World Media Award. The episodes of this series won the title of the Most Watched Documentaries on BBC iPlayer.[1]

Dooley published her debut book in February 2018: Stacey Dooley, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back. The book features topics concerning sex trafficking, domestic violence, gender equality and child exploitation.[1] The book became a Sunday Times Bestseller.[1] She also had her own UK book tour, hosted by Viv Groskop.[13]

Dooley was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting.[14] In 2012,[15] and again in 2015, Dooley was a member of the judging panel for The Observer Ethical Awards.[16]

On 16 August 2018, Dooley was announced as the eighth contestant to take part in the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing;[17] on 15 December 2018, she was announced as the winner of the series alongside dance partner Kevin Clifton.[18] Following her win, shortly afterwards the BBC announced Dooley as co-presenter of New Year Live on BBC One, alongside fellow Strictly 2018 contestant Joe Sugg.[19] She also took part in BBC One's Children in Need where she explored the number of homeless young people in the UK.[1]

In 2019, Dooley was announced as Grazia's new contributing editor for Investigations.[1] She appeared on The National Television Awards 2019, and presented BBC's The Nine To Five With Stacey Dooley, Glow Up: Britain's Next Make Up Star and The One Show. Dooley took part in The 2019 Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour throughout the UK.[20] In July 2019, it was announced that Dooley will appear as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK.[21] In August 2019, she released the documentaries Stacey Meets the IS Brides, and Stacey Dooley, Face to Face with The Bounty Hunters which became the most watched documentary on BBC IPlayer.[22]

Honours and awards[edit]

Dooley was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting.[23]

In 2018, the programme Stacey Dooley: Face To Face With ISIS received the Popular Features Award at the One World Media Awards.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Dooley considers herself a feminist and has made documentaries regarding gender equality.[25] She is currently in a relationship with her Strictly Come Dancing dance partner Kevin Clifton.[26]

She has always voted for the Labour Party.[27]


Dooley was criticised in January 2019 for falsely portraying a Turkish woman as a Syrian sex worker living in Istanbul in her series Sex in Strange Places. The misrepresentation led to the Turkey episode of the documentary being removed from BBC iPlayer.[28]

Dooley was further criticised in February 2019 after she posted photos holding an Ugandan child[29] on her Instagram account during a trip to Uganda organised by British charity Comic Relief. Dooley was accused on social media of reinforcing white saviour stereotypes. British MP David Lammy tweeted in response to a news story about Dooley: "The world does not need any more white saviours. As I've said before, this just perpetuates tired and unhelpful stereotypes. Let's instead promote voices from across the continent of Africa and have serious debate." Ugandan campaign group No White Saviours wrote on Dooley's Instagram: "White saviourism is a symptom of white supremacy and something we all have to work together to deconstruct."[30] Gaby Hinsliff, a columnist at The Guardian wrote: "The sight of celebrities making weepy 'personal journeys' towards understanding poverty has begun to feel more and more crass, especially where it overshadows the people whose experiences they’re meant to be understanding in the first place."[31] Dooley told The Guardian she had no regrets over the incident and she would do the same again.[32] In June 2019, Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis told members of the British Parliament that the charity would stop sending celebrities abroad as a consequence of the controversy.[33]

In August 2019, Dooley was criticised for calling a Muslim prayer gesture 'an IS salute' in a Panorama documentary on IS brides. A BBC spokesperson confirmed that this clip had been removed from the documentary, while the teaser clip had been edited.[34]


Series title No. Episode title Episode date Role
2008: Blood, Sweat and T-shirts (4 episodes) 22 April – 13 May 2008 Participant
2009–present: Stacey Dooley Investigates[35]
Child Labour 1 Kids for Sale 1 October 2009 Presenter
2 Kids with Machetes 8 October 2009 Presenter
Child Labour Series 2 1 Kids with Guns 7 October 2010 Presenter
2 Sex Trafficking in Cambodia 14 October 2010 Presenter
Holiday Hell 1 Thailand: Tourism and the Truth 28 March 2011 Presenter
2 Tourism and the Truth: Kenya 9 June 2011 Presenter
My Hometown Fanatics 20 February 2012 Presenter
The Truth About Magaluf 7 January 2013 Presenter
New Drug Frontiers 1 Cocaine Capital of the World 12 August 2013 Presenter
2 Thailand's Drug Craze 19 August 2013 Presenter
3 Europe's Dirty Drugs Secret 26 August 2013 Presenter
The Truth About... 1 Booze, Bar Crawls and Bulgaria 30 September 2013 Presenter
2 Sex, Stags and Prague 7 October 2013 Presenter
3 Crime, Carnage and Cancun 14 October 2013 Presenter
4 Domestic Violence 26 June 2014 Presenter
Beaten by My Boyfriend[36] 25 March 2015 Presenter
Series 6 1 Meth and Madness in Mexico 7 April 2015 Presenter
2 Ecstasy Wars 14 April 2015 Presenter
3 The Cannabis Smugglers 21 April 2015 Presenter
Series 7 1 Saving the Cyber Sex Girls 19 October 2015 Presenter
2 World's Worst Place to Be a Woman? 26 October 2015 Presenter
Series 8: Sex in Strange Places 1 Turkey 8 March 2016 Presenter
2 Brazil 15 March 2016 Presenter
3 Russia 22 March 2016 Presenter
1 In Cologne: The Blame Game (14 min short) 28 January 2016 Presenter
1 Hate and Pride in Orlando (15 min short) 24 June 2016 Presenter
Series 9: Migrant Kids in Crisis 1 Greece (30 mins) 19 April 2016 Presenter
1 On the Frontline: Girls, Guns and Isis 15 November 2016 Presenter
Series 10: Brainwashing Stacey 1 Anti-Abortion Camp 29 November 2016 Presenter
2 Living with Big Game Hunters 6 December 2016 Presenter
Series 11 1 Young Sex for Sale in Japan 28 February 2017 Presenter
2 Canada’s Lost Girls (40 mins) 7 March 2017 Presenter
3 Mums Selling Their Kids for Sex (35 mins) 16 May 2017 Presenter
4 Kids Selling Drugs Online (29 mins) 14 July 2017 Presenter
5 The Billion Pound Party (28 mins) 7 August 2017 Presenter
Series 12 1 Second Chance Sex Offenders 24 January 2018 Presenter
2 Russia's War on Women 31 January 2018 Presenter
3 Face to Face with Isis (33 mins) 7 February 2018 Presenter
4 Gypsy Kids Taken from Home (42 mins) 14 February 2018 Presenter
Series 13 1 Shot by My Neighbour (43 mins) 10 September 2018 Presenter
2 Face to Face with Armageddon (39 mins) 18 September 2018 Presenter
3 Fashion's Dirty Secrets 8 October 2018 Presenter
4 The Young and Homeless 13 November 2018 Presenter
Series 14 1 Face to Face with the Bounty Hunters 31 July 2019 Presenter
2 Nigeria's Female Suicide Bombers (44 mins) 14 August 2019 Presenter
3 Face to Face with the Arms Dealers (44 mins) 29 August 2019 Presenter
4 The Whale Hunters (43 mins) 22 January 2020 Presenter
2011–2017: Show Me What You're Made Of
Series 1–7 (35 episodes) 12 December 2011 – 15 May 2017 Presenter
2012: Coming Here Soon[37]
Series 1 1 Greece, Bust and Broken 26 June 2012 Presenter
2 Ireland, Lost and Leaving 3 July 2012 Presenter
3 Japan, Fall of the Rising Sun 10 July 2012 Presenter
2012, 2014: Stacey Dooley in the USA[38]
Series 1 1 Girls Behind Bars 22 October 2012 Presenter
2 Gay to Straight 29 October 2012 Presenter
3 Border Wars 5 November 2012 Presenter
Series 2 4 Giving Up My Baby 3 July 2014 Presenter
5 Homeless in Detroit 10 July 2014 Presenter
6 Kids in the Crossfire 17 July 2014 Presenter
2012: Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera[39] (1 episode) 15 November 2012 Narrator
2015–2016: Don't Tell the Bride (4 episodes) 22 December 2015 – 12 January 2016 Presenter
2017: The Natives: This is Our America[40] (1 episode) 21 February 2017 Narrator
2017–2018: The Pets Factor
Series 1–4 (50 episodes) 20 June 2017 – 21 November 2018 Presenter
2018: Strictly Come Dancing (series 16) (25 episodes) 8 September 2018 – 15 December 2018 Winner
2019–present: Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star[41]
Series 1 (8 episodes) 6 March – 24 April 2019 Presenter
2019: The One Show (5 episodes) 29 July – 2 August 2019 Guest presenter
2019: Panorama Stacey Meets the IS Brides 5 August 2019 Presenter
2019: Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over[42]
Series 1 1 Open Marriage 4 September 2019 Presenter
2 The Family Who Live Online 11 September 2019 Presenter
3 The Family Without Rules 18 September 2019 Presenter
4 Cage Fighting Teen 25 September 2019 Presenter
5 Mormons 2 October 2019 Presenter
6 Landed Gentry 9 October 2019 Presenter


  • Stacey Dooley Book Tour (2018)
  • Strictly Come Dancing Live! (2018–2019)
  • Strictly Come Dancing Live! (2019–2020)
  • Conversations with Stacey Dooley (2020)


  • Stacey Dooley, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back (2018)


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