Julia Bradbury is one of the small screen’s most popular and versatile presenters. Having taken the helm on BBC One’s rural affairs show Countryfile alongside Matt Baker in 2009, the show’s ratings have since soared to over 8 million viewers. Broadcasting every Sunday at 7pm, Countryfile reports on rural and environmental issues throughout theUK, with Julia reporting from across the length and breadth ofBritain.
In August last year, Julia and Matt Baker extended their partnership beyond Countryfile and fronted BBC1’s Secret Britain, in which the pair explored the hidden corners of the UK in search of the best the countryside has to offer – from deserted beaches to tumbling waterfalls. The show was a huge success, regularly drawing in over 6 million viewers.
In December 2010, Julia presented One Born Every Christmas, a live five-part Channel 4 series that provided an intimate and moving look into the maternity unit of the Princes Anne Hospital in Southampton.
In 2009, Julia supported the Children in Need charity appeal when she participated, alongside Matt, in a unique globetrotting experience, Around the World in 80 Days. The six part series saw six celebrity pairings embark on a mammoth quest to travel around the world in relay race fashion – Julia undertook the Asian leg, travelling through Kazakhstan,Russia and Mongolia. Her efforts for Children in Need raised over £15,000.
Julia’s reputation as the face of the outdoors began when she fronted Wainwright Walks, a stunning BBC Four series shot in theLake District. The programme saw Julia re-tread the footsteps of legendary fell-walker Alfred Wainwright, and has to date spawned three series. Julia has also filmed two additional sets of hiking exploits, inGermanyandSouth Afric are spectively.
In Climb Britain for BBC1, Julia faced her fears and managed to successfully climb to the top of The Old Man of Stoer – a 60 meter high sea stack that surges from the sea alongside the cliffs in Lochinver, Sutherland. Julia had never rock climbed before and regards this as one of her most frightening challenges.
Additional TV ventures include BBC Three’s Kill It, Cook It, Eat It, already in its fourth series – exploring how our meat makes its way from field to fork; from rearing to the often stomach churning slaughter.
Julia’s impressive back catalogue of presenting posts includes a five year stint on consumer affairs programme Watchdog, a posting toLos AngelesasHollywoodcorrespondent for GMTV, hosting the launch of Channel 5 in 1997, before going on to present Exclusive! for Five, as well as a decade of travel journalism presenting Wish You Were Here for ITV1 and more recently the Rough Guide for Channel 5.
Outside of her presenting duties, Julia’s culinary expertise was put to the test with an appearance on Channel 4’s cult hit Come Dine With Me, in which she went head-to-head with Edwina Currie, Christopher Biggins and Philip Olivier. She also sang alongside legend Tony Christie in BBC One’s Just The Two of Us reached the quarter-finals of the second series, and is the current President of The Ramblers Association.