British Female Journalists

Throughout history, there have been many British female journalists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female journalists such as Nigella Lawson, Anna Wintour, Angela Carter, Zeinab Badawi, Louise Minchin.

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Nigella Lawson
(Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer)

Nigella Lawson
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Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Daughter of Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks and hosted many culinary shows. Winner of the British Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers Award, Nigella has previously worked as an editor and freelance journalist and also owns a cookware range.

 2 
Lucy Hawking
(Journalist, Novelist, Writer)

Lucy Hawking
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Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Lucy Hawking, daughter of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, has been a journalist with New York Magazine, The Times, and The Telegraph. She has also authored several children's books, such as George's Secret Key to the Universe. She is the VP of National Star College and also works for autism research.

 3 
Anna Wintour
(Journalist)

Anna Wintour
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Birthdate: November 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

Anna Wintour is a British-American journalist. She has been working as Vogue's Editor-in-Chief since 1988. Known for having an eye for emerging fashion trends, Wintour is credited with reviving Vogue as it was viewed as a stagnating publication when she assumed control in 1988. Nicknamed Nuclear Wintour due to her demanding personality, Wintour inspired the story The Devil Wears Prada.

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Christiane Amanpour
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Birthdate: January 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
British-Iranian journalist Christiane Amanpour is best known as the anchor of the CNN interview show Amanpour. She has also hosted PBS’s Amanpour & Company. She was criticized for her biased and pro-Muslim coverage of the Bosnian War. She has also been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression.

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Stacey Dooley
(Television presenter)

Stacey Dooley
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Birthdate: March 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Investigative journalist Stacey Dooley is best known for presenting socially relevant BBC documentaries with themes such as child labor and gender equality. Some of her notable works are Blood, Sweat and T-shirts and the series Stacey Dooley Investigates. The MBE recipient has also won the reality contest Strictly Come Dancing

 6 
Anna Richardson
(Television Presenter)

Anna Richardson
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Birthdate: September 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington, Telford, United Kingdom
Anna Richardson is best known as a presenter for various Channel 4 shows such as The Sex Education Show and its four subsequent series. She has also appeared on shows such as Secret Eaters, Naked Attraction, and Love Bites. She is openly bisexual and is currently dating comedian Sue Perkins.

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Fiona Bruce
(Journalist)

Fiona Bruce
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Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore
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Naga Munchetty
(Television Presenter)

Naga Munchetty
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Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Streatham
Journalist Naga Munchetty is known for hosting shows such as BBC Breakfast, Victoria Derbyshire, and Newsnight. She previously hosted BBC World News and Working Lunch and also won Celebrity Mastermind. She is also a skilled golfer and plays jazz trumpet and the piano. She publicly criticized Trump for his racism.

 9 
Jill Wendy Dando
(Journalist)

Jill Wendy Dando
4
Birthdate: November 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, England
Died: April 26, 1999

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Fearne Cotton
(Television presenter, Voice actor, Journalist, Disc jockey)

Fearne Cotton
4
Birthdate: September 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northwood

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Carol Thatcher
(Journalist)

Carol Thatcher
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Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

 12 
Rachel Johnson
(Editor, Journalist)

Rachel Johnson
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Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Rachel Johnson is a British television presenter, journalist, and author. She is known for appearing in panel discussion programs and debate programs, such as The Pledge and Question Time. A well-known novelist, Johnson served as a judge of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the UK.

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Kate Garraway
(Journalist)

Kate Garraway
4
Birthdate: May 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, UK

 14 
Sara Cox
(Presenter, Disc jockey, Journalist)

Sara Cox
4
Birthdate: December 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bolton

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Lady Gabriella Windsor
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Birthdate: April 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Mary's Hospital

Lady Gabriella Windsor is an English writer and one of the members of the British royal family. A freelance journalist, Lady Gabriella contributes immensely to several publications, including The London Magazine. A humanist, she also works closely with the nonprofit organization Playing for Change Foundation where she is a board director.

 16 
Kate Silverton
(Journalist)

Kate Silverton
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Birthdate: August 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waltham Abbey, Essex, England

 17 
Clare Balding
(Television presenter, Journalist, Autobiographer)

Clare Balding
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Birthdate: January 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingsclere

 18 
Sophie Raworth
(Journalist)

Sophie Raworth
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Birthdate: May 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Redhill

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Emily Maitlis
(Journalist)

Emily Maitlis
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Birthdate: September 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canada

British journalist, documentary filmmaker, and newsreader Emily Maitlis is currently the lead anchor of BBC Two's news and current affairs program Newsnight. An alumnus of the Queens' College, Cambridge, she began her career as a documentary filmmaker before moving to broadcast journalism. She built a successful career, becoming one of the highest-paid BBC news and current affairs staff.

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Anna Soubry
(Political Leader)

Anna Soubry
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Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

Anna Soubry is a British journalist, barrister, and former politician. A vocal critic of Brexit, Soubry left the Conservative Party in February 2019 in order to join the Independent Group for Change (Change UK). Subsequently, Anna Soubry was appointed as the party's leader before the disbandment of Change UK following the party's failure at the December 2019 general election.

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Kirsty Gallacher
(TV Presenter who has co-presented The Great British Breakfast on GB News since June 2021)

Kirsty Gallacher
4
Birthdate: January 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

 22 
Lorraine Kelly
(Television presenter)

Lorraine Kelly
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Birthdate: November 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Lorraine Kelly is a Scottish journalist and TV presenter. She is also known for her charity work and has been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community. In the 2012 New Year Honours, Lorraine Kelly was appointed OBE for services to charity. In the 2020 Birthday Honours, she was promoted to CBE for services to journalism, broadcasting, and charity.

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Maureen Lipman
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Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK

Maureen Lipman is an English actress, comedian, political activist, and writer. Over the years, Lipman has been a prominent theatre actress; she has performed in some of England's most iconic venues like the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. In the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours, Lipman was made a dame for services to entertainment, charity, and the arts.

 24 
Melanie Sykes
(TV Presenter)

Melanie Sykes
4
Birthdate: August 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England

 25 
Nancy Wake
(Journalist)

Nancy Wake
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Birthdate: August 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
Died: August 7, 2011

Initially a journalist, Nancy Wake earned the nickname The White Mouse for her skilful spying on Germans. Working under the alias Helene for the SOE, the stiletto-wearing socialite earned respect for her 500 km bicycle ride to report a situation to London, while being chased by the Nazis.

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Louise Minchin
(Journalist and News Anchor)

Louise Minchin
4
Birthdate: September 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hong Kong

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Esther McVey
(Politician)

Esther McVey
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Birthdate: October 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

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Victoria Derbyshire
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Birthdate: October 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ramsbottom

 29 
Jojo Moyes
(Journalist)

Jojo Moyes
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Birthdate: August 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

 30 
Katie Hopkins
(Media Personality)

Katie Hopkins
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Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barnstaple
Reality star Katie Hopkins is known for her far-right and controversial opinions, which have led her into quite a few legal hassles. She soared to fame with her appearance on The Apprentice (UK). She later hosted Katie Hopkins Ruled the World and finished as the runner-up on Celebrity Big Brother.

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Trinny Woodall
(TV Presenter)

Trinny Woodall
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Birthdate: February 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Fashion and makeover expert Trinny Woodall, founder of the makeup brand Trinny London, began her career as a marketing expert and then wrote fashion columns for The Daily Telegraph. She has co-hosted What Not to Wear with Susannah Constantine, has co-written several bestselling fashion books, and launched a sleepwear line.

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Suzi Perry
(Television Presenter)

Suzi Perry
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Birthdate: May 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cosford, Shropshire, England

 33 
Rebekah Brooks
(Journalist)

Rebekah Brooks
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Birthdate: May 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Warrington, Lancashire, England

Rebekah Brooks is a British former newspaper editor and journalist. She currently works as a media executive and has been serving as News UK's CEO since 2015. In 2003, she started working as the editor of The Sun, becoming the first female editor of the tabloid. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the chief executive officer of News International.

 34 
Paula Yates
(Television presenter)

Paula Yates
4
Birthdate: April 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, Wales
Died: September 17, 2000

 35 
Kay Burley
(Presenter on Sky News)

Kay Burley
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Birthdate: December 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wigan, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

 36 
Zain Asher
(News Anchor, Journalist)

Zain Asher
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Birthdate: August 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Balham, London Borough of Wandsworth

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Susanna Reid
(Television Presenter)

Susanna Reid
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Birthdate: December 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

Journalist and anchor Susanna Reid is best known for co-presenting BBC Breakfast. She also ended up as the runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. She has appeared as the main host of shows such as Sunday Morning Live and Good Morning Britain, and is associated with Media Trust.

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Zoë Ball
(Journalist)

Zoë Ball
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Birthdate: November 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Zoë Ball is a British radio and television personality. She was the first woman to host BBC's popular radio shows, Radio 1 Breakfast and Radio 2 Breakfast Show. Zoe Ball is also known for her charity work; she cycled from Blackpool to Brighton as part of the Hardest Ride Home challenge to raise money for mental health awareness and Sport Relief.

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Esther Rantzen
(Journalist)

Esther Rantzen
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Birthdate: June 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Esther Rantzen is an English television presenter and journalist. She contributed immensely to the success of BBC's popular magazine-style television series That's Life, working as its presenter from 1973 to 1994. Also a humanitarian, Esther Rantzen helped found two charity organizations, namely ChildLine and The Silver Line. She was made a Dame in the 2015 New Year Honours.

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Janet Street-Porter
(Journalist, Television presenter)

Janet Street-Porter
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Birthdate: December 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brentford

 41 
Katty Kay
(Journalist)

Katty Kay
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Birthdate: November 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wallingford

Katty Kay is a British broadcaster, journalist, and author. Apart from being an important anchor for BBC, Katty Kay has also been a prominent board member of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization working towards the betterment of women in the media. She has also written a couple of books, namely The Confidence Code and Womenomics.

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Eve Pollard
(Novelist, Journalist)

Eve Pollard
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Birthdate: December 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

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Charlotte Hawkins
(Television presenter)

Charlotte Hawkins
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Birthdate: May 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chichester, West Sussex, England, UK

Charlotte Hawkins is an English journalist, newsreader, and television & radio presenter. Apart from her work on radio and TV, Hawkins is also known for her charity work. She supports many charity organizations, such as the Motor Neurone Disease Association. She has also been serving as an ambassador for the research and awareness charity, Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens. 

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Louise Brealey
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Birthdate: March 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, UK

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Andrea McLean
(Journalist)

Andrea McLean
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Birthdate: October 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Born in Scotland, Andrea McLean was raised in the Caribbean. She later established herself as an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, known for her 13-year stint on Loose Women. She is also the bestselling author of books such as This Girl Is on Fire and Confessions of a Good Girl.

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Mishal Husain
(News Presenter)

Mishal Husain
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Birthdate: February 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Northampton

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Emma Forrest
(Journalists)

Emma Forrest
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Birthdate: December 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, UK

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Caitlin Moran
(New York Times Bestselling Author of ‘How to be a Woman’)

Caitlin Moran
3
Birthdate: April 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brighton, England

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Isabella Blow
(Former magazine editor who once served as the muse for millioner Philip Treacy)

Isabella Blow
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Birthdate: November 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 7, 2007

Isabella Blow was an English editor who edited magazines like Vogue. As the muse of Philip Treacy, Blow is credited with discovering models like Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant. Isabella Blow is also credited with supporting and enriching the career of English fashion designer and couturier Alexander McQueen. Isabella Blow committed suicide at the age of 48.

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Anne Robinson
(Television presenter, Journalist)

Anne Robinson
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Birthdate: September 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Crosby, Lancashire, England