November 1, 1961 |
Exeter, Devon, England
On radio, she appears from time to time on the Jo Whiley show on BBC Radio 1, on a feature called 'Ask the Experts'. Her television career has included co-presenting programmes like Would Like To Meet on BBC2 and The Sex Inspectors for Channel 4 in Britain. She is also a columnist for newspapers and magazines, currently writing weekly for Closer magazine in Britain and the Mail Online.
Cox was born in Britain but spent many years in Australia where she edited Cosmopolitan magazine and had her own radio show. Although not much information is known about Cox herself, a great deal can be learnt about her from her books as they contain snippets from her own personal experiences. Hot Relationships was written after her divorce.
She lived in Britain until she was 10 when her father moved the family to escape a 10-year affair. Her father has since left her mother to be with his mistress.
Cox claims her career choice is thanks to her older sister, who was a family-planning nurse. So, Cox said, she "grew up surrounded by condoms". "I was the kid everyone turned to with questions such as ‘I’ve got a swollen this or that, can you ask if I’ve got an STI/whether I’m pregnant?’"
At 15 she was obsessed with losing her virginity. She had decided it had to happen when she turned 16. So on the eve of her birthday, she made her boyfriend at the time wait until the clock struck 12. She says she knew all about the engineering of sex but not about the logistics – and had no idea that people actually moved during it. She hated it and dumped the boyfriend and did not have sex again until she was 19.
She later married at the age of 30 to a younger, Canadian professional sportsman. They lived happily together for four years but something changed when they got married. She left three years into the marriage. She says, "It was heart-breaking but it was the right thing to do."
She was pregnant in 2004 and was very surprised because she thought it was impossible because of the cancer treatment, but had a miscarriage.
She is currently living in Notting Hill, London, writes books and has her own product range, distributed by Lovehoney.co.uk.
She has been happily living with her partner, Miles Bellerby, for nearly three years (they met in 2012). His daughter Sofia Bellerby lives with them part-time. Cox described Sofia in a magazine article as 'the daughter she wished she'd had', proclaiming her 'just perfect in every way'.
In Sex Inspectors, (shown on C4 in the UK, HBO in the US and numerous other countries including Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and South Africa), Tracey and her co-host, gay agony uncle Michael Alvear star in this ground-breaking programme which put cameras in the homes - and bedrooms - of British couples to solve common sex and relationship issues. After analysing tapes of the couples, Michael and Tracey set tasks and challenges, dispelled myths and dispensed hands-on practical advice applicable to both the couple and viewers at home. Two series have been filmed to date.
One of her shows Would Like to Meet was shown on BBC2 in the UK, renamed Date Patrol and On Discovery Health in the US. A dating show with a difference, WLTM followed the personal journey of a person experiencing difficulties with their love life.
The WLTM team - Tracey as flirt coach, Jay Hunt as the style guru and Jeremy Milnes as the confidence coach – watched the contributor on a ‘typical’ date from a specially equipped remote surveillance van. For six weeks, the experts worked to transform the subject from dating disaster into dating diva. Three series were filmed in the UK, including a celebrity special, and Tracey went on to make two series in the US.
Other British TV credits: Tracey’s first television series in the UK was called Hot Love, a talk show about relationships. Hotter Sex – a series of six one-hour documentaries - followed. Under One Roof, an ITV1 series, saw Tracey tackle couples and families with domestic disputes. She was a regular on Richard & Judy and has appeared on numerous other British programmes including the Keith Barrett Show, Sarah Millican show, This Morning, The Wright Stuff and The One Show.
- Hot Sex [Corgi Books, 1998] ISBN 0-552-14707-9
- Hot Relationships [Corgi Books, 1999] ISBN 0-552-14784-2
- Would Like To Meet (with Jeremy Milnes and Jay Hunt) [BBC Worldwide, 2002] ISBN 0-563-48843-3
- Supersex [Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2002] ISBN 0-7513-3864-8
- Superflirt [Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2003] ISBN 1-4053-0065-5
- Superdate [Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2005] ISBN 1-4053-0706-4
- Quickies (Dorling Kindersley Limited)
- The Sex Inspectors Masterclass (BBC books)
- Superhotsex [Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2006] ISBN 0-7566-2275-1
- The Sex Doctor (Corgi Books)
- The Kama Sutra (Dorling Kindersley Limited)
- Supersex for Life
- 100 Hot Sex Positions
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