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MARTEL MAXWELL
Representing Agent: Craig Latto
Roles: Presenter, Expert, Writer
BIOGRAPHY:
Martel is a television and radio presenter, journalist, author and mum. She presents for ITV1’s Lorraine, BBC1’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.

She is an immersive and investigative journalist and expert interviewer who absorbs herself in every and any subject matter she is asked to cover.

For Lorraine, Martel visits the sets of some of our most-watched shows to interview cast members, while on the One Show, she presents short films based in Scotland.

She recently moved back to Scotland, bulldozed a field and built a family home.

Recently she guest presented a special series on potatoes for BBC Scotland’s rural show Landward. And her love of Scotland shone through co-hosting 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.

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, followed by training in Sydney and around the UK.

After stints on news, features, the city desk and investigations, Martel’s love of partying was spotted and she joined 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.

She is an official Dundee ambassador, a proud redhead – and has passed the ginger gene to her boys. She married the first boy she kissed (it took him 20 years to ask her out) and they are expecting their third child.

Television:

Lorraine, ITV1 – Showbiz presenter and reporter, red carpet interviewer and behind the scenes set interviews. Previously, newspaper reviewer, referendum reporter.
The One Show, BBC1 – Scottish short film presenter.
Landward, BBC1 Scotland – guest presenter.
BBC Inspired – Presenter of live online panel show interviewing gymnast Beth Tweddle, swimmer Hannah Miley and Scotland’s most capped goalie Gemma Fay
On the Road BBC1 Scotland – along with comedian Fred MacAulay, Martel hosted this flagship Commonwealth year show in 2014.
Previously co-host ITV car show Drivetime, guest co-host STV’s The Hour, Sky News entertainment expert and newspaper reviewer, BBC3 undercover journalist/presenter, Daybreak guest showbiz editor

Radio:
BBC Radio Scotland: stand in host for Fred MacAulay until his 2015 departure, co-presenter of The Music Bed
Host of shows on Talk 107 and and SunTalk.

Literary:
Scandalous – debut novel published by Michael Joseph (Penguin) 2010 as featured in The Telegraph, Heat, The Sun, Sky News.
Sunlounger and Sunlounger II anthologies, 2013, 2014 – Amazon Top Ten.

Newspapers:
Currently: Evening Telegraph – weekly opinion column in Dundee paper
Lifestyle editor for Dundee and St Andrews, i-on magazine
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
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