Edith Bowman is an award-winning radio broadcaster, podcast host and television presenter.
A huge movie fan and respected film presenter, Edith launched her podcast ‘Soundtracking’ in 2016. The show, which talks to directors, actors, writers and composers about their relationship with music, both professionally and personally, has won an ARIA for Best Specialist Music Show 2018 and was the recipient of two Gold trophies for Best Digital Music Programme and Music Podcast at the New York Festival Radio Awards in 2018.
Edith presents Life Cinematic for BBC4 exploring film-making with guests such as Sam Mendes and Sofia Coppola. She is co-hosting the 2021 BAFTA Film Awards alongside Dermot O’Leary for BBC1 this April.
She is host of Netflix’s The Crown: The Official Podcast, taking listeners behind the scenes and interviewing members of the cast and crew. In 2020 she partnered with BMW to present their new podcast Play Next, a music discovery podcast that uncovers ground-breaking new music.
Born and raised in Anstruther, Fife, Edith worked at her parent’s hotel before going on to study for a degree at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret College and then working in local radio as both a producer and presenter for two years. Her broadcasting career took off when she sent a speculative showreel to MTV. The channel immediately signed her to work on news roundup Daily Edition, which led to co-presenting MTV’s Hitlist UK with another then-unknown presenter Cat Deeley. Cat and Edith’s great chemistry soon persuaded Capital FM to sign the pair to present Cat And Edith’s Hit Music Sunday.
From 2003 to 2014 Edith was one of Radio 1’s lead presenters, starting out co-hosting the Colin And Edith Show with Colin Murray then her own solo weekday afternoon show and on to the Weekend Breakfast Show. Her BBC Radio 1 Review Show won a Sony Gold Award. She has presented The Bump Club for Radio 5 Live (reuniting with her co-host Colin Murray) and Saturday mornings 10am-1pm for BBC Radio 6 Music. Her radio career continues and spans both BBC and commercial stations. Other shows have included The Quay Sessions for BBC Radio Scotland, regular Screen 6 Specials for BBC Radio 6 Music and hosting the Breakfast Show for the newly relaunched Virgin Radio from 2016 to 2017 becoming the first female to host a commercial radio breakfast show solo. She continues to regularly cover for Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review show on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Edith’s television presenting roles, too numerous to list, have included RI:SE (C4), Top Of The Pops (BBC1), Rough Guide To The World (BBC2), Film 2016 and Film 2017 (BBC1), Guitar Star (Sky Arts) and Songs To Have Sex To which she co-produced (Sky Arts). She has hosted the BBC’s festival coverage of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and T In The Park as well as Isle Of Wight for Sky Arts.
She has been the host of the Scottish BAFTA’s for 7 years running and, as well as having fronted BAFTA’s own programming for the Film Awards for many years, has also presented the live BBC America red carpet coverage for The Britannia Awards in LA.
A keen photographer and writer, ‘Edith Bowman’s Great British Festivals’ was published in 2015 which included her own photography. She has written regular columns for Clash Magazine, Balance and was Music Editor for Elle. 2021 will see more of Edith’s own images go on display in an exhibition for The National Trust.