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GEMMA CAIRNEY IS AN AWARD-WINNING BROADCASTER, YOUTH RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR WHO IS PASSIONATE ABOUT EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE.
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 she hosted the early Breakfast Show and the Weekend Breakfast Show, followed by the station’s social action show, The Surgery.
Gemma’s radio documentaries include: Island Sounds, Dolly, Dylan or Daft Punk, and Mali Music all for BBC 6 Music. 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. Her latest 5 part radio series The Leisure Society sees Gemma interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies collections and loves and will be broadcast on BBC 6 Music from New Year’s Eve.
Gemma’s acclaimed television documentaries include: History of Feminism (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 Price William and HRH Prince Harry. She also co-produced Internet entertainment show, The Fox Problem.
As an Ambassador for Oxfam Gemma recently raised over £26,000 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 Pan Macmillan in 2017 and will be released in paperback as Open Your Heart in 2018.
Radio 1 DJ, documentary on Grace Jones, host of 2017 BBC Music Awards, Rose d’Or Award winner.
FASHION & BEAUTY
Assistant Fashion Stylist
RELIGION & ETHICS
History of Feminism, OPEN author, host of Radio 1's The Surgery.