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Edith Eleanor Bowman (born 15 January 1975) is a Scottishmarker music critic, radio DJ and television presenter. She is mostly known for hosting the weekday afternoon show and from September 2009 weekend morning on BBC Radio 1 and for presenting a variety of music related television shows and music festivals .

Media career

Bowman's television debut was as a news reader on MTV UK. 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 Hit Music Sunday on Capital FM in 2001–2002 and travel show Roadtripping for BBC Choice in 2002.

She became a presenter on Channel 4's breakfast show RI:SE when it launched on 29 April 2002, staying with the programme until teaming up with Colin Murray, who had also worked on RI:SE, on 29 March 2003 to cohost Colin and Edith on BBC Radio 1. 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.

In 2004, she co-presented BBC Scotland series Teen Commandments with Cameron Stout and 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 [117975]. Earlier in the competition she sang a version of Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone". The show also featured Al Murray, Kim Medcalf, Adrian Edmondson, Jon Culshaw, Konnie Huq, Dawn Steele, and other celebrities. In an interview with Sam Darcy in June 2009, Edith claimed that being in Fame Academy was the closest possible thing to "being in High School Musical" everyday.

After occasional appearances in 2003, Bowman co-presented Top of the Pops up until the end of the series, replacing Fearne Cotton while she was away. In total she appeared on the show ten times including the final weekly episode. She returned to Top of the Pops for the 2006 Christmas special.

Since 2005, she has been the voice of the television and radio adverts for the electrical store, Comet.

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 slot. Edith has recently been on maternity leave, to have her first child and as a result of this, Nihal, Vernon Kay, Fearne Cotton and Sara Cox have been sitting in for her on a rotating basis since then. Edith returned to the airwaves following her leave, at the beginning of September 2008, initially taking over from Dick and Dom on the Sunday Morning Lie In from 10:00 to 13:00. She then returned to weekday afternoons on 3rd of November 2008.

In July 2009 it was announced that Radio 1 were to change their daytime schedule, and this saw Edith being moved to Weekend Breakfast. Edith's former afternoon show is now being presented by Greg James. Initially causing controversy, listeners slated the station for being ageist, however the move will mean Edith can spend time with her newborn baby. Edith has been quoted as saying she feels she has taken her shows as far as she can, change is good and the move just means she can create a new show for a new market.

She has also presented various music programmes for Channel 4 such as "Channel 4 presents..." and "TBA". Edith also appeared on children's art program SMart in 2007.

Edith regularly appears on coverage of festivals such as Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading and Leeds Festival, for both BBC Radio and TV.

Career milestones

In 2005, Bowman presented BBC Scotland's coverage of the Live 8 event at Murrayfield Stadiummarker in Edinburghmarker, and hosted the network's T in the Park programmes together with Dougie Anderson who had also worked on RI:SE. Also in 2005, she hosted the Q Awards with Colin Murray live on BBC Radio 1.

She also presented the BBC Three TV coverage of Glastonburymarker, T in the Park and The Reading Festival with Colin Murray. She also hosted the TV coverage of the first Electric Proms with Zane Lowe.

On 7 July 2007 she was a presenter of the BBC coverage of Live Earth.

2008 saw Bowman step up to support 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 supermodel Twiggy.

Personal life

Bowman was born in Anstruthermarker in Fifemarker, Scotland.She studied at Queen Margaret University Collegemarker, Edinburghmarker. In 2004, she began dating Elbow frontman Guy Garvey until she left him in 2005, inspiring many of the songs for his third album, Leaders of the Free World . She currently lives in Londonmarker and is dating Editors frontman Tom Smith. In December 2007 it was announced they were expecting a baby in June 2008. She began her maternity leave on Friday 30 May 2008. On Tuesday 10 June 2008 it was announced on Radio 1 that Bowman had given birth at 12.32pm. She and her partner, Tom Smith, named the baby Rudy Brae Bowman Smith.


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