JULIA Bradbury made her name presenting the likes of Countryfile and Watchdog, before cornering the rambling market as the charismatic host of a series of BBC walking shows.
Get the lowdown on her life and career, including the somewhat risqué fitness secret that she let slip last year…
Julia Bradbury has presented a series of hit walking shows on the BBC
Who is Julia Bradbury?
Julia Bradbury was born in Dublin on July 24, 1970, but moved to England in her early years, attending school in Sheffield.
She left school at 16 and started out on a TV career on cable channels Chrysalis TV and L!VE TV before moving onto terrestrial telly as Los Angeles correspondent for GMTV.
The 48-year-old is perhaps best known for her stints presenting long-running shows Countryfile from 2004 to 2014 and Watchdog between 2005 and 2009.
However, she’s fronted a wide variety of shows on the BBC and ITV including Planet Earth Live, Kill It, Cook It, Eat It and Take On the Twisters.
Since 2007, when she presented Wainwright Walks on BBC Four, Julia has become synonymous with walking programs – even being dubbed the “Walking Man’s Totty”.
Her work has included shows such as Coast to Coast, Canal Walks, South Africa Walks, Icelandic Walk and German Wanderlust.
She’s also published five books on the subject with the most recent, Unforgettable Walks, published last year.
Handout Julia had long-running stints on Countryfile and Watchdog
Is she married and does she have any children?
Julia has three children with her partner Gerard Cunningham – a son, Zephyrus, born in 2011 and twin girls Xanthe and Zena who arrived in 2015.
The presenter was back in front of the camera just six months after giving birth to her twins, and credited pole dancing with transforming her body after the birth.
She revealed her passion for her new fitness hobby during an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine.
Julia said: “I got a pole last year, it’s one of those expandable ones which you can put up anywhere in the house.
“It’s literally from floor to ceiling, it goes anywhere. It’s amazing exercise, and very, very difficult to master.
“The art of pole dancing is indeed an art, some might say a dark art but I’m going to go with art.”
Handout Julia has a boy and twin girls with her partner Gerard Cunningham
She has spoken out about her struggles with depression as she launched a campaign for charity MQ.
Revealing how things had “come to a head” following personal and professional difficulties, Julia said she hoped speaking out would encourage others to open up about their mental health.
The TV presenter described her battle with the condition in an unflinching column for the Daily Mirror.
“One day I found myself in a place where I was so low I started to withdraw from my family and friends and the things I cared about,” she wrote.
“There were days when I just couldn’t face talking to anybody, pretending I was busy to put them off the scent of what I was going through.”
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When is Australia with Julia Bradbury on TV?
Australia with Julia Bradbury is on Thursday evenings at 8.30pm on ITV, and lasts for half an hour.
The first series of Julia Bradbury’s new show sees the host embark on a journey across Australia.
Julia does everything from trekking to the oldest rain forest in the world to meeting Australia’s favourite koala and going backstage at Sydney’s opera house.
Julia Bradbury reveals plans to learn to pole dance on Lorraine