MARTEL is a freelance television and radio presenter, journalist, author and mum of two. She presents for itv1’s Lorraine, BBC’s The One Show and across BBC Scotland on television and radio. Her debut novel Scandalous drew on her experiences as a showbiz reporter and was published by Penguin.
After training to be a lawyer at Edinburgh University Martel applied for The Sun’s first graduate traineeship. She beat 3,000 hopefuls for a two year apprenticeship which started at London’s City University at its prestigious postgraduate print school.
She trained in news, features, sport, travel and motoring at the paper’s offices in Manchester, Glasgow and London, followed by a stint at the Daily Telegraph in Sydney, Australia. Then came a staff job as a city reporter (in spite of being advised at school not to take maths) before editors noted her love of partying and asked her to join the Bizarre showbiz desk. There, she broke world-exclusive stories and interviewed stars including Tom Cruise, Kylie Minogue, Sir Sean Connery and Nicole Kidman – and never learnt the art of leaving a free bar early.
Martel followed her instincts and pursued a career in television and radio, while penning her debut novel looking back at her showbiz experiences.
She is still called upon to interview world-famous celebrities for Lorraine – from Daniel Craig on the red carpet of the latest Bond premiere, to Harrison Ford upon his Star Wars return – while presenting on broader topics from potatoes to parenting.
Martel recently moved back to Scotland, bulldozed a field and built a family home, after marrying the first boy she kissed (it took him 20 years to ask her out..but she might tell their boys there was no one in between) and spends time in London and Scotland for work.
Away from entertainment, she has diversified in television and radio to cover other passions. One of those loves is Scotland, something that shines through – not least her insistence on reciting Robert Burns after a few drinks. She presents short films on Scottish news and issues for The One Show and co-hosted On The Road for BBC Scotland, travelling the length and breadth of the country in the Commonwealth year of 2014 for the primetime Monday night show.
She has driven cars on stv’s Drivetime, presented stv magazine show The Hour, hosted a panel show for BBC Inspired and recently guest presented a special series on potatoes for BBC Scotland’s rural show Landward.
Martel wonders why she didn’t write ten novels before having children – but vows to show you her next one soon.
She is a Dundee ambassador, a proud redhead – and has passed the ginger gene to her boys. She is an immersive and investigative journalist and expert interviewer who absorbs herself in every and any subject matter she is asked to cover.
Lorraine, itv1 – Showbiz presenter and reporter, red carpet interviewer and behind the scenes set interviews. Past: Newspaper reviewer. Referendum reporter.
The One Show, BBC1 – Scottish short film presenter. Often Martel comes up with the ideas.
Landward, BBC1 Scotland – guest presenter on the rural show.
BBC Inspired – Presenter of live online panel show interviewing women who compete on a world stage at sport – gymnast Beth Tweddle, swimmer Hannah Miley and Scotland’s most capped goalie Gemma Fay: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/31904240
On the Road BBC1 Scotland – along with Fred MacAulay, Martel hosted this flagship Commonwealth year show in 2014.
Previously: Co-host itv car show Drivetime, Sky News entertainment expert and newspaper reviewer, BBC3 undercover journalist/presenter, Daybreak guest showbiz editor, Channel 5.
BBC Radio Scotland – stand in for Fred MacAulay, co-presenter of The Music Bed
Previously: own shows on – Talk 107 and – SunTalk.
Scandalous – debut novel published by Michael Joseph (Penguin) 2010 as featured in The Telegraph, Heat, The Sun, Sky News.
Sunlouger and Sunlounger II anthologies, 2013, 2014 – Amazon Top Ten.
Evening Telegraph – weekly opinion column
Previously: The Sun (London) 2000-2006: graduate trainee, staff job (city, features, showbiz)
Freelance, The Scottish Sun weekly columnist (2006-2012)
Scotland on Sunday columnist 2009
Training and Education:
The High School of Dundee
Law – LL.B The University of Edinburgh
Law Postgrad to Practice – University of Dundee
Newspaper Journalism Postgrad – London City University
Agent Contact: Craig Latto at DAA Management: