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Josie d'Arby

Hi, I'm Josie and it is my huge pleasure and also something of an honour to be the presenter of Inside Out West.

Josie d'Arby

Josie d'Arby

It's great to work in this area - I grew up just over the bridge in Newport, South Wales so I know my way around.

And between you and me, a very young Josie used to usher at the Bristol Hippodrome, so addicted was I to the phenomenon that is the musical! 

I've been working in television since I was 14-years-old, as both a TV host/reporter and actress.

I have also guest presented on Radio 4.  I love all aspects of what I do, which is why I never felt the need to choose one path above another. 

Fingers crossed, I seem to be getting away with it!  I believe Inside Out is an important part of the BBC schedule as it brings us all a little closer together.

It's also able to enlighten people on the issues that affect us and reveal some amazing things happening on our own doorsteps which we otherwise might have missed.  It's basically made because we all care about our community and the people who live in it.

I hope you enjoy the new series and, as ever, feel free to e-mail us on if you think there's something we're missing out on.

Adventures in television

I've presented many programmes and hosted numerous events in a career that has spanned more than twelve years.  Amongst the many programmes which I've worked on are 'Top of the Pops' and 'The Bigger Breakfast'.

During a break from TV presenting, I returned to my acting roots and was seen on our screens as PC Jodie Finn in the BBC One drama series 'Mersey Beat', a role I played for three seasons.  'Mersey Beat' successfully introduced me to an audience as an actor as well as a presenter.

In the series I couldn't have been cast further away from type - my character was aggressive and short tempered.  I loved her but I hope you'll find me the opposite! 

"Presenting youth programmes was a great learning curve - young people have such energy and curiosity... I'd love to do it again..."

Josie d'Arby

Since then I've successfully balanced presenting and acting.  I appeared in two hit comedy shows - BBC Two's science spoof 'Look Around You' and Channel 4's hit relationship satire 'Spoons'.

I've also worked on BBC One's 'Casualty' and enjoyed playing a lead role in a moving episode of 'Judge John Deed'.  Acting remains a passion and I recently appeared on stage in a national tour of 'The Vagina Monologues' which was really one of my favourite things.

Charity campaigner

I'm also an enthusiastic charity campaigner. I helped to raise money for Sports Relief as part of the celebrity show jumping team on 'Only Fools on Horses'.  I also work with the London based charity Surf, raising funds for survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.

Josie d'Arby

Josie d'Arby

I'm a celebrity ambassador for the British Red Cross and have visited projects in Africa and Cambodia, actively raising funds and awareness. 

Working with the Red Cross has been one of the highlights of my time so far - they remain impartial and provide help for the victims of all sorts of horrendous situations across the globe and I am so proud be a part of their team.

Life and loves

Away from work I enjoy writing songs and I've played live on the London circuit.  I also enjoy good literature and travel, and I'm keen on sport, cinema and live theatre.  One of my favourite things to do is Sunday markets, and I have often been known to peddle my wares on my own stall in central London.

I enjoy the interaction with passers by and every sale involves a long chat, so it's wonderfully social and you get a great sense of community.  I have many friends who are market traders and I just feel when I'm with them, I am with my people.

I love getting up at five and setting up my stall, hot coffee, fingerless gloves and a weekly catch up with the other characters who all have wonderful compelling stories to tell.  On a slow day, I might be found playing chess on the pavement with a passer by.

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