Bradbury's Derbyshire-born, steel-industry father, Cambridge graduate Michael Bradbury, and Greek mother Chrissi were in the Republic of Ireland when Bradbury was born. The family returned to England, where she attended primary school in Edith Weston, Rutland, followed by King Edward VII School in Sheffield, where her father worked for British Steel and her mother ran a fashion business. Bradbury attended acting classes, and took part as a child in the Crucible Theatre's stage production of Peter Pan, starring Joanne Whalley and Paula Wilcox.
Bradbury left school at 16 after O-levels and worked in advertising in various capacities, including a stint with the family business.
Bradbury started as a TV presenter with Chrysalis TV, followed by L!VE TV, before making the transition in 1996 from cable TV to terrestrial with GMTV as their Los Angeles correspondent. She has since presented Watchdog, Top Gear, Accidental Heroes, Wainwright Walks and Railway Walks for the BBC, as well as Rough Guide for Channel 5. She has also presented Wish You Were Here...? for ITV and anchored Exclusive! for Five. With Tim Vine, she presented the launch of Channel 5 in 1997.
From 2008 to 2010 she presented three series of Kill It, Cook It, Eat It on BBC Three. The first series concentrated on commercially farmed animals such as chickens, pigs, sheep and cattle. The second series featured hunted wild game such as ducks, rabbits, deer and grouse. The third series focused on fast food; a group of six people went through the process of killing, cooking and eating animals.
From 2 March 2009 Bradbury was temporarily replaced on BBC One's Watchdog show by new co-presenter Anita Rani, following allegations in the press concerning irregularities in Bradbury's Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer account. On 15 April 2009, Bradbury was cleared of any wrong doing in the investigation and it was confirmed that she would return to present Watchdog, which she did on 20 April 2009. She did, however, have to repay £20,000 worth of Air Miles, and a few weeks later the BBC announced that Anne Robinson was returning as presenter.
In June 2011 she presented a 5 part series Kill It, Cut It, Use it on BBC Three. Focusing on how animal products are used outside of the meat trade. The programmes separately focused on: Cow, Sheep, Pig and Fish. Bradbury was joined by young consumers to uncover the surprising animal origins of many of our favourite things as they followed the transformation of each body part from abattoir to shop floor.
Walking and climbing programmesEdit
In August 2007 she presented Ultimate Britain – Climbing on BBC One, with rock climber Tim Emmett. Bradbury's lifetime ambition to be a 'real' rock climber was achieved when the pair successfully ascended Commando Ridge in Cornwall, Crackstone Rib in the Llanberis Pass, North Wales, and the Old Man of Stoer in Sutherland, Scotland.
That year she also presented Wainwright Walks on BBC Four, in which she followed the mountain routes of the renowned fell walker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright. The series was later repeated on BBC Two and ran for two series. Her appearance in this and the Railway Walks series earned her the title of "Walking Man's Totty". On 20 July 2009 her series Coast to Coast started on BBC Two.
In December 2010 she presented another walking-themed series, Julia Bradbury's German Wanderlust on BBC Four in which she explored Germany and its Romantic movement through a series of walks across the country. The series was repeated on BBC Two in January and February 2011.
Another walking program, Julia Bradbury's Icelandic Walk, aired on 11 May 2011 on BBC Four. Her challenge was to walk the 60 kilometres of Iceland's most famous hiking route, which includes the newest hills on Earth. This route ends at Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that brought air traffic across Europe to a standstill in 2010. She also presented a new series in May 2011, following the routes of some of the UK's canals.
Bradbury has also presented on radio for BBC London 94.9, and Radio 5 Live. She crossed NUJ picket lines to present Radio 5 Live's breakfast programme on 15th July 2011. She presented the programme with Ian Payne who also broke the strike.
She was one of the celebrities who in summer 2009 took part in the BBC programme Around the World in 80 Days, where 'in a re-enactment of Jules Verne's literary odyssey, six pairs of celebrities raced against the clock to raise money for 2009's BBC Children in Need'.
Bradbury lives in Rutland and West London with her Irish property developer husband Gerard Cunningham, who she married in 2000. In summer 2006, she was treated for endometriosis. In February 2011, Bradbury and Cunningham announced they were expecting their first child, despite the problems associated with endometriosis. On 4 August 2011, it was announced Bradbury had given birth to a boy, who she and Cunningham named Zephyr.
In 2009 she competed in the Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenge with her sister, Gina Fox, raising £7,000 towards the £105,000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support. Later that year she travelled from Kazakhstan to Mongolia with Countryfile co-star Matt Baker in BBC's Around the World in 80 Days in aid of Children in Need.
- Wainwright Walks Series 1 - presented by Julia Bradbury (2007)
- Wainwright Walks Series 2 - presented by Julia Bradbury (2008)
- Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks (2009)
- Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast (2009)
- The Julia Bradbury Collection (2009)
- South Africa Walks
- Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury (2011)
- ↑ Walker, Tim (17 April 2009). "Julia Bradbury: A lady of an uncertain age". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mandrake/5165903/Julia-Bradbury-A-lady-of-an-uncertain-age.html. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
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- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 My Life In Media: Presenter Julia Bradbury The Independent, 29 October 2007
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5 minutes with... Julia Bradbury TalkTalk
- ↑ Real Life: Accidental Heroes Express.co.uk, 28 August 2008
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- ↑ Comedy - Tim Vine Croydon Advertiser, 12 September 2008
- ↑ Watchdog BBC One
- ↑ "Kill it, Cook it, Eat it". BBC Three. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006ywpr. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
- ↑ My perfect day: Julia Bradbury Walk - The Magazine of the Ramblers, 28 August 2009
- ↑ Kill it Cook it Eat it Pipers Farm, 8 January 2010
- ↑ "Julia statement". Watchdog. BBC. 15 April 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/watchdog/consumer_advice/latest_julia_statement.shtml.
- ↑ Watchdog host Julia Bradbury linked to £20,000 air mile scam London Evening Standard, 20 February 2009
- ↑ Presenter to return to Watchdog BBC News, 15 April 2009
- ↑ Watchdog presenter Julia Bradbury forced to pay back frequent flyer miles Times Online, 16 April 2009
- ↑ Watchdog presenter Julia Bradbury repays £20,000 in air miles for unpaid flights and returns to TV Mirror.co.uk, 16 April 2009
- ↑ Anne Robinson returns to Watchdog BBC News, 11 May 2009
- ↑ Countryfile peak-time move sparks ageism row guardian.co.uk, 28 November 2008
- ↑ Presenter O'Reilly seeks BBC 'ageism' compensation BBC News, 2 February 2010
- ↑ Julia Bradbury boosts ratings on sexed-up Countryfile Mail Online, 4 September 2009
- ↑ "Kill it, Cut it, Use it". BBC Three. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0120vjv. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- ↑ INTERVIEW: Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury Caravan Times, 1 March 2010
- ↑ A Walk on the Wild Side: Julia Bradbury Daily Mail, 19 June 2010
- ↑ The Coast to Coast Walk
- ↑ Stick-in-the-mud Julia's Coast-to-Coast will screen in spring grough, 20 October 2008
- ↑ Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast BBC Four
- ↑ BBC South Africa Season Sky TV, April 2010
- ↑ South Africa Walks guardian.co.uk, 16 June 2010
- ↑ TV review: Al Murray's German Adventure and Julia Bradbury's German Wanderlust guardian.co.uk, 2 December 2010
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- ↑ http://www.waterways.org.uk/campaigns/news/other_news/julia_bradbury_s_canal_walks_on_bbc4
- ↑ The Breakfast Show BBC London 94.9, 21 February 2011
- ↑ Just the Two of Us - About the Show BBC, December 2006
- ↑ 37.0 37.1 Cable, Amanda (7 November 2009). "Countryfile star Julia Bradbury: 'I seduced John Travolta with chocolates'". Mail Online. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1225215/Countryfile-star-Julia-Bradbury-day-seduced-John-Travolta-chocolates.html. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
- ↑ Who's cooking in Celebrity Come Dine With Me Channel 4, 9 February 2009
- ↑ Celebrity Come Dine With Me Julia Bradbury
- ↑ 40.0 40.1 Around the World in 80 Days BBC One, 15 November 2009
- ↑ 41.0 41.1 Ali Hussain (11 March 2007). "Watchdog host is happy to be well heeled". Times Online. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/money/article1496441.ece. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
- ↑ "Julia Bradbury is a country girl who's gone back to nature". Mail Online. 7 June 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-1284707/Julia-Bradbury-country-girl-whos-gone-nature.html?ito=feeds-newsxml.
- ↑ My heavy periods were a sign I was at risk of infertility Mail Online, 16 January 2007
- ↑ Pregnant Julia Bradbury tells of delight Scotsman.com News, 28 February 2011
- ↑ Julia Bradbury: 'Miracle' baby for TV star at 40 fertility-ovulation-pregnancy.com
- ↑ 'Miracle' pregnancy for Julia Bradbury after she conceives first child at 40 despite fertility problems Mail Online, 28 February 2011
- ↑ "Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury gives birth to baby boy... and calls him Zephyr". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). 4 August 2011. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2022342/Countryfile-presenter-Julia-Bradbury-gives-birth-baby-boy-called-Zephyr.html. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- ↑ Land Rover Owner Mac 4x4 Feature Mac 4x4 UK Challenge, May 2009
- ↑ BBC stars shed clothes for charity... as they call on the public to strip their wardrobes Mail Online, 6 April 2010
- ↑ Julia Bradbury: New President of Campaign to Protect Rural England, Peak District & South Yorkshire Derbyshire Life, 27 February 2009
- ↑ "New face for walking as Julia Bradbury elected President". Ramblers. 13 April 2010. http://www.ramblers.org.uk/news/Latest+news/JuliaBradnom.
- ↑ "Update from General Council 2010". Ramblers. 12 April 2010. http://www.ramblers.org.uk/Volunteer/News/Update+from+General+Council+2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010. Template:Dead link
- ↑ Kennet and Avon Canal relay marks Ramblers' anniversary BBC News, 8 May 2010
- ↑ South Africa Walks With Julia Bradbury (DVD) BBC Shop, 7 June 2010