Edith Bowman

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Edith Eleanor Bowman (born 15 January 1974) is a Scottish radio DJ and TV presenter. Edith Bowman_sentence_0

She hosted the Weekday Afternoon Show and the Weekend breakfast on BBC Radio 1 until 2012, and has presented a variety of music-related television shows and music festivals. Edith Bowman_sentence_1

Media career Edith Bowman_section_0

Television Edith Bowman_section_1

Bowman's first on-screen job on TV was as a news reader on MTV UK. Edith Bowman_sentence_2

She went on to host many shows for the station, including co-presenting chart show Hitlist UK with Cat Deeley, with whom she also presented travel show Roadtripping for BBC Choice in 2002. Edith Bowman_sentence_3

She also worked as a presenter on Channel 4's breakfast show RI:SE when it launched on 29 April 2002. Edith Bowman_sentence_4

In 2004, she co-presented the BBC Scotland series Teen Commandments with Cameron Stout. Edith Bowman_sentence_5

After occasional appearances in 2003, Bowman co-presented Top of the Pops until the end of the series, replacing Fearne Cotton while she was away. Edith Bowman_sentence_6

In total she appeared on the show ten times including the final weekly episode. Edith Bowman_sentence_7

She returned to Top of the Pops for the 2006 Christmas Special. Edith Bowman_sentence_8

In 2020, during the Coronavirus pandemic, she remotely interviewed the film maker Sofia Coppola for the BBC4 series Life Cinematic. Edith Bowman_sentence_9

She has also presented various music programmes for Channel 4 such as Channel 4 Presents..., Evo Music Rooms, and TBA. Edith Bowman_sentence_10

Bowman also appeared on children's art program SMart in 2007 and has appeared in coverage of festivals such as Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading and Leeds Festival, for both BBC Radio and TV. Edith Bowman_sentence_11

On 29 April 2011, she was a reporter for BBC TV on their coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Edith Bowman_sentence_12

In 2011, she narrated Channel 5's documentary series McFly on the Wall. Edith Bowman_sentence_13

Radio Edith Bowman_section_2

Bowman presented Hit Music Sunday with Cat Deeley on Capital FM in 2001–2002. Edith Bowman_sentence_14

On 29 March 2003, she teamed up with Colin Murray, who had also worked on RI:SE, to co-host Colin and Edith on BBC Radio 1. Edith Bowman_sentence_15

In April 2004 this show moved from a weekend morning slot to weekday afternoons, broadcasting between 13:00 and 16:00, after the departure of Mark and Lard from the station. Edith Bowman_sentence_16

In August 2006, Bowman became the sole occupier of the BBC Radio 1 afternoon 13:00 to 16:00 slot, with Murray taking over a late-night specialist music programme. Edith Bowman_sentence_17

In September 2008, she returned to the airwaves following maternity leave, initially taking over from Dick and Dom on the Sunday Morning Lie In from 10:00 to 13:00. Edith Bowman_sentence_18

She returned to weekday afternoons on 3 November 2008. Edith Bowman_sentence_19

In July 2009 it was announced that Radio 1 was to change its daytime schedule, and this saw Bowman move to Weekend Breakfast. Edith Bowman_sentence_20

She said that she felt she had taken her shows as far as she could, and the move meant she could create a new show for a new market. Edith Bowman_sentence_21

In February 2012, it was announced that Bowman was being replaced by Gemma Cairney on Weekend Breakfast, and would move to Tuesday evenings, in order to take over The Review Show, from DJ Nihal. Edith Bowman_sentence_22

Bowman left Radio 1 on 1 April, but continued on different projects through out-of-house productions which air on the station. Edith Bowman_sentence_23

Her first show of the new Review Show was on 24 April 2012. Edith Bowman_sentence_24

In November 2012, she started co-hosting a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 6 Music, alongside Adam Buxton. Edith Bowman_sentence_25

In June 2014, Radio 1 announced that The Review Show would be cancelled on 1 September 2014, ending Bowman's career at the station. Edith Bowman_sentence_26

In February 2016, she was announced as the only solo, female, breakfast show host on commercial radio, with the launch of Virgin Radio UK on 30 March. Edith Bowman_sentence_27

She left the programme on 29 September 2017. Edith Bowman_sentence_28

Bowman is an occasional stand-in presenter of Kermode and Mayo's Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live. Edith Bowman_sentence_29

Podcast Edith Bowman_section_3

Bowman has presented 'Soundtracking', a weekly half hour podcast in which she interviews film-makers about musical influences and their choice of music in films. Edith Bowman_sentence_30

Career milestones Edith Bowman_section_4

In 2005, Bowman presented BBC Scotland's coverage of the Live 8 event at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, and hosted the network's T in the Park programmes with Dougie Anderson who had also worked on RI:SE. Edith Bowman_sentence_31

Also in 2005, she hosted the Q Awards with Colin Murray live on BBC Radio 1. Edith Bowman_sentence_32

She also presented the BBC Three coverage of Glastonbury, T in the Park and the Reading Festival with Colin Murray. Edith Bowman_sentence_33

She also hosted the TV coverage of the first Electric Proms with Zane Lowe. Edith Bowman_sentence_34

On 7 July 2007, she co-presented the BBC coverage of Live Earth. Edith Bowman_sentence_35

After leaving Radio 1, Bowman presented several one-off film specials for Channel 4. Edith Bowman_sentence_36

She also presented Evo Music Rooms a late night music programme for Channel 4 and The Vue Film Show, also for Channel 4. Edith Bowman_sentence_37

In 2011, she presented coverage of the T in the Park music festival for BBC Three. Edith Bowman_sentence_38

She also had a stint with BBC America as an entertainment presenter in 2014. Edith Bowman_sentence_39

Charity interests Edith Bowman_section_5

In May 2008, Bowman supported the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, alongside fellow celebrities: comedian Alan Carr, actress Anna Friel, singer Natalie Imbruglia and model Twiggy. Edith Bowman_sentence_40

From 2015 until 2017 Bowman hosted the annual Young Scot Awards. Edith Bowman_sentence_41

Singing Edith Bowman_section_6

Bowman's television debut was on the Grampian Television talent show The Big Break. Edith Bowman_sentence_42

At the age of 14, she covered Bananarama's "Venus" which was itself a cover of the Shocking Blue original, but finished joint last in her heat. Edith Bowman_sentence_43

On 11 March 2005 she won the TV talent show Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, a charity music contest in which she sang "Champagne Supernova" with Jools Holland's band. Edith Bowman_sentence_44

Earlier in the competition she sang a version of Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone". Edith Bowman_sentence_45

The show also featured Al Murray, Kim Medcalf, Adrian Edmondson, Jon Culshaw, Konnie Huq, Dawn Steele, and other celebrities. Edith Bowman_sentence_46

Personal life Edith Bowman_section_7

Bowman was brought up in Anstruther in Fife, Scotland. Edith Bowman_sentence_47

She attended secondary school at Waid Academy in Anstruther and then continued her studies at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. Edith Bowman_sentence_48

She lives in London with Editors frontman Tom Smith. Edith Bowman_sentence_49

They have two sons; Rudy (born 2008) and Spike (born 2013). Edith Bowman_sentence_50

The couple married in December 2013. Edith Bowman_sentence_51

Bowman is the Goddaughter of former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Edith Bowman_sentence_52

In 2006, Bowman apologised for using racially insensitive language, after reading out listener correspondence describing Japanese people as 'Nasty Nips'. Edith Bowman_sentence_53


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