Last year, 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 the Lake District. The programme sees Julia re-tread the footsteps of legendary fell-walker Alfred Wainwright, and has to date spawned three series. Julia has recently filmed two additional sets of hiking exploits, in Germany and South Africa.
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.
As a pioneer for outdoor exploration and adventure, drawing on her epic travels throughout the UK, Julia will be contributing to DK Travel Guides’ forthcoming publication, Where To Go When: Great Britain and Ireland.
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 to Los Angeles as Hollywood correspondent 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, and reached the quarter-finals of the second series.