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Gemma Cairney presents BBC Radio 1’s social action show The Surgery and has authored a number of award-winning radio and television documentaries.

After The Brit School and a brief stint in fashion during her early 20s, Gemma’s unique, infectious broadcasting style was swiftly spotted by the BBC. She graduated from Radio 1Xtra to BBC Radio 1 where, prior to her current role, she hosted the early Breakfast Show and the Weekend Breakfast Show.

Gemma's radio documentaries include: Dolly, Dylan or Daft Punk, Mali Music (BBC 6 Music) and What the F: the Story of Feminism (BBC Radio 1). Tempted By Teacher and Bruising Silence (BBC Radio 1) have seen her awarded two Sony Golds and her interview of Grace Jones for Amazing Grace (BBC 6 Music) won the Best Music Show Rose d'Or.

Gemma's acclaimed television documentaries include: History of Feminism (BBC, BBC Learning), Riots: The Aftershock and Dying for Clear Skin (BBC 3). She made royal history by hosting a live Google hangout from Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s Young Leader project alongside HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry. She also co-produces internet entertainment show, The Fox Problem

As an Ambassador for Oxfam Gemma recently raised over £33,000 for Oxfam’s The Music Circle Rumble in the Jumble celebrity jumble sale. Gemma also lends her support to Women’s Aid.

Gemma's debut book Open, a toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be, was published by PanMacmillan in March 2017. 



Radio 1 DJ, documentary on Grace Jones, host of 2017 BBC Music Awards, Rose d’Or Award winner. 

History of Feminism, OPEN author, host of Radio 1's The Surgery.