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JOURNALISTIC CHAMELEON, nosy hack, deft inquisitor; I've been called all three (OK, just the first two).

 

I've written on a diverse range of subjects - from entertainment to parenting, travel to psychology, real life to technology - for a diverse range of publications including The Guardian, The Observer, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Sun and Daily Mirror, not to mention countless other national consumer and customer magazines plus many websites.

 

I’ve even humilated myself on more than one occasion in the unflinching pursuit of journalistic truth. Whatever the story, I always deliver copy accurately, on brief, and with personality.

"People bought the story that I'm a sex symbol so guys run away from me... I wish they'd throw themselves at me." Basic Instinct star SHARON STONE reveals the (nearly) naked truth about life as a Hollywood siren. Daily Mirror

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"I can be very hard on myself and self critical and insecure. I can also be quite hedonistic." Inside the head of SIENNA MILLER. Mail On Sunday Event Magazine

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"Despite the intense spotlight, Mick and I had a very normal family life." JERRY HALL discusses her unremarkable life with multimillionaire Rolling Stone and father of seven Mick Jagger, The Guardian 

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"We'd fight, we stole, we cheated and we didn't go to school. " Happy Mondays front man SHAUN RYDER on his family values, The Guardian

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"I was glad I got made bankrupt." Reality star and Atomic Kitten KERRY KATONA on her financial trials and tribulations, Sunday Telegraph.

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"Elvis was apprehensive about what his fans would think about him being a dad and how that would affect his status as a sex symbol," PRISCILLA PRESLEY on family life with a twentieth century icon, The Guardian.

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Double Olympic gold medal winning cyclist LAURA TROTT on her Benidorm nightmare, meeting Mickey Mouse and she won't leave home without her teddy bear, Daily Telegraph

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Hirsutes you: X Factor judge LOUIS WALSH unveils his new hair transplant, Daily Mirror

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Hollywood starlet, model and fashionista MISCHA BARTON  on getting naked for Noel Gallagher, dodging the paparazzi and why she hates fame, Mail On Sunday Live

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As The Great British Bake Off reaches boiling point judge MARY BERRY remembers her cruise ship hell with former Tory minister Edwina Currie, Daily Telegraph.

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"I spit on his picture." Bond actor ROGER MOORE reveals how he feels about Brad Pitt's earning power and talks tax, cash and wealth, Sunday Telegraph

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Girl of the moment SHERIDAN SMITH on Dustin Hoffman, Victorian vibrators and why she's just a scrubber from Doncaster, Celebs On Sunday.

“I'm somebody who likes to be spontaneous and I feel like I can do that now.” The quirky singer PALOMA FAITH on what money means to her. Sunday Telegraph

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'Everything was different after Athens.’ Double gold medal winner DAME KELLY HOLMES, on how the Olympic Games changed her life. Sunday Telegraph

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Double Olympic champion decathlete DALEY THOMSPON on striking gold in Abu Dhabi, dodging bird flu with Seb Coe in Hong Kong and why he’s an OCD traveller. Daily Telegraph

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“I’m not the only girl in Hollywood who has had a boob job. Get over it.” American Pie actress TARA REID on paranoia, plastic surgery and why she’s in no hurry to have babies, Reveal

I Try singer MACY GRAY on eccentrcity, creativity and her unrequited passion for Javier Bardem, Hello Magazine

"Everything got better after I stopped drinking and taking drugs." DAVINA MCCALL opens up about addiction, self-hatred and recovery, Woman's Weekly.

"Having been in the water hundreds of times now with sharks, I genuinely don't ever feel frightened – fascinated and excited, but not scared." Adventurer and ecologist extraordinaire; Deadly 60's STEVE BACKSHALL, The Guardian

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"Professional tennis players are underpaid," says CAROLINE WOZINAKI, Sunday Telegraph

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Gastronomic sorcerer HESTON BLUMENTHAL talks loss, lemon tarts and James Bond fantasies, The Guardian

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Children's TV royalty JUSTIN FLETCHER - aka Mr Tumble - on how Kenny Everett helped shape his cBeebies creations, The Guardian

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Acerbic writer and presenter CHARLIE BROOKER on impending fatherhood, TV incontinence and why he'll never help an OAP across the road again.

"To understand my life you need to understand my mum's life." KERRY KATONA talks about her complex family, The Guardian

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Karaoke queen DENISE VAN OUTEN on boozy nights, steaming hangovers and boxing clever, Daily Mail

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Spice Girl EMMA BUNTON on Olympic reunions, wedding plans and why she'd love more kids, Celebs On Sunday

"My brother's death, when he was eight years old, blew the family apart." Margin Call actor PAUL BETTANY on the tragedy that changed his life forever, The Guardian

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From Morecombe and Wise and Reeves and Mortimer - via Richard and Judy and The Krankies - Brummie comic FRANK SKINNER chooses his favourite comedy double acts, Mail On Sunday Live Magazine

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Little wonder HAYLEY OKINES - aged 112 in progeria years - talks about her hopes for 2012, The Guardian

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"I'm a better uncle, I'm a better brother, I'm a better son, I'm a better godparent. Everything has improved," says national treasure BOY GEORGE, The Guardian

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Billion dollar girl TAMARA ECCLESTONE on plastic surgery, tattoos and why she wants to live forever, Daily Mail

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Michael's brother TITO JACKSON, on loss, family and Conrad Murray, The Guardian

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Comedian BILL BAILEY pays tribute to the tragic comedy genius that was Robin Williams.