Mariella Frostrup is a British author, journalist, and broadcaster whose career has established her at the forefront of arts and culture in the UK. Frostrup is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and holds an honorary doctorate from Nottingham Trent University.
Mariella Frostrup was born in Norway, grew up in Ireland, and has lived in London since the age of sixteen. She wound up in music PR in the 80s and 90s, where she was involved in promoting bands of the day, from Dire Straits to UB40, Bananarama to the Boomtown Rats, and roped in to work on Band Aid and Live Aid. Later her music experience led Mariella into television, making her debut on Channel 4’s Big World.
Since then, she has reviewed films, been an art critic, and presented TV shows on books, film, arts, and current affairs.
Mariella Frostrup is best known as the presenter of Radio 4’s weekly program Open Book. She was also one of the UK’s longest-running agony aunts with her column Dear Mariella for the Observer. She ran this column for almost 20 years until 2021.
Frostrup is the author and co-author of several books. Her most recent is Wild Women: A collection of first-hand accounts from female explorers (2022). It is a collection of the greatest women's travel, from Constantinople to Crimea, from Antarctica to the Andes.
She has been on the judging panels of numerous awards, including The Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, the Costa Prize, the Turner Prize, and the RIBA Stirling Prize Awards.
Mariella Frostrup is also a loud advocate for equal rights and women’s causes, Save The Children’s Gender Ambassador and a Founder Trustee of The Great Initiative, plus a Patron of The Shark Trust and a long-term supporter of Comic Relief.
Mariella lives in London and Somerset with her husband and two children.
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