Mariella Frostrup

Mariella Frostrup - Presenter and Host

Mariella Frostrup has firmly established herself at the top end of opinion forming journalists and TV presenters in the UK. 

Defying any attempt to pigeonhole her skills and talents Mariella has made her mark on a wide variety of programmes and writes regularly for The Observer, and other publications. 

On television in she has continued to impress both audiences and critics with her friendly, accessible and intelligent screen presence.  Her projects run the gamut from current affairs (Panorama, Question Time and Backlash) to movies and the arts.


Mariella presented 'The Book Show' for Artsworld and appeared at the Hay Book Festival in Hay-on-Wye where she presented the highlights of Britain’s biggest literary festival, and interviewed the likes of Sandi Toksvig and Gordon Brown. Her hour-long show, Hay-On-Sky, came live from the event.

Mariella has interviewed many different celebrities, writers and other artists and has presented a variety of different TV programmes, including one on travel, and has appeared in other TV shows such as the series 'Have I Got News for You' and the sitcom 'Absolutely Fabulous'. She made several guest appearances as herself in the series 'Coupling' including an episode where one of the characters fantasizes about her, then meets her in person.

She writes for The Guardian, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday, Harpers & Queen and the New Statesman. She is also an art critic and has been on the judging panels for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Evening Standard British Film Awards.

She presents Open Book and fronted the Memory Season on Radio Four. Mariella combines her television and radio career with that of a prolific journalist.  Mariella is currently the film critic for Harpers & Queen and has a weekly dilemma column in The Observer Magazine for whom she also writes major interviews.

Mariella is also a respected arts critic and has sat on the judging panels of various awards including the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Evening Standard Film Awards, the Amnesty International Media Awards, the Whitbread Book Of The Year, the London Film Festival and the RIBA Stirling Prize Awards 2006.