Julie has a multi-faceted career as an accomplished actress and TV presenter, an award-winning author, travel writer and columnist, and a leading voice-over artist, public speaker and events host. She has created her own range of products, Swoon, which sells in Boots and on Amazon, and in November 2014, she co-produced and co-presented a new series, Crafty Beggars, with her business partner, Wendy Turner Webster. The first venture for their company, Good Turn Productions, it aired on Discovery's TLC. (For more info about the show visit www.craftybeggars.tv )
Honoured by the Royal Television Society with the Television Personality of the Year Award, Julie's professionalism, engaging personality and dynamic approach mean she is in constant demand. She has worked extensively for the Travel Channel presenting Cruise Today, and she regularly writes about travel and lifestyle for the Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, Femail and Best magazine. With long-running columns in The Sunday Mirror, Now and Yours magazines to her credit, she is currently Contributing Editor for Cruise International magazine. Julie and Wendy also have a double-page spread about crafts in Simply Homemade, and she co-writes a travel column in Magnet magazine with her husband, actor Patrick Pearson.
Julie brought her warmth and humour to The Alan Titchmarsh Show as resident relationships expert for three years. She has been a guest presenter on Loose Women and The Wright Stuff and regularly reviewed the papers on The Steve Allen Show for LBC. Other presenting credits include This Morning where she was guest co-presenter; gardening series Turf Wars; collectables series Bootsale Challenge, and she wrote, directed and presented A Buyer's Guide to Spain. Julie also gives talks on a range of subjects - from a memory makeover to collecting teddy bears - and she is an outstanding host for corporate events and award ceremonies.
As an actress, Julie's career has spanned over forty years of prestigious theatre and television. She has worked in the West End, spent five years with The Royal Shakespeare Company (in Stratford and London) and recently returned to her home town of Grimsby to star in panto. Her long list of TV credits include Casualty, Taggart, Holby City, The Survivors, The Bill, Luv, First Born, Chains of Love, Doctors and September Song, but she is probably best known for having been a regular in no less than three soaps - as Barry Grant's ill-fated girlfriend Fran in Brookside, motorbike-riding Jo in Emmerdale and the outrageous Jacqui in Hollyoaks. She is also responsible for putting the 'Pop' in the Birds Eye Peas commercials, and her distinctive voice has made her one of the country's top voice-over artists, with several hundred TV and radio commercials to her name.
For more information about Crafty Beggars please visit www.craftybeggars.tv
And for examples of Julie's travel writing please see 'My Other Life' within 'Julie's blog' at craftybeggars.tv