Brenda is a hugely revered presenter known for her passionate and thought provoking arts documentaries for BBC 2, 4 and BBC World. For a number of years, she presented the BBC’s annual coverage of the RA’s Summer Exhibition (along side Kirsty Wark) as well as one off films including New Tate Modern: Switched On (co-presented with Andrew Marr); The Brits Who Designed the Modern World and Charles I, Treasures Reunited. In 2017 she travelled to Venice for the BBC 2 Film Venice Biennale: Britain’s New Voices which followed the experiences of a group of young British artists who had their work exhibited at the Biennale as part of the first ever Diaspora Pavilion. Her BBC4 documentary Whoever Heard of a Black Artist was nominated for a Screen Nation Award in 2018.
She was also the the arts, culture and entertainment correspondent for BBC Network and BBC London News and has interviewed numerous figures from Hollywood to Hoxton including Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood, Elton John, David Bowie, David Hockney, Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Tamara Rojo. Brenda’s skills also extend to radio; she has presented for BBC World Service and has been a regular contributor to programmes on BBC Radio 2, 4 and 5 Live.
Brenda took the spotlight as the one of the main presenters of the BBC’s flagship The Clothes Show, followed by the key fashion and entertainment role at This Morning. Brenda’s warm and versatile style has meant she has switched easily between genres and broadcasters – from lifestyle and interior design programmes on the BBC to arts and consumer shows on Sky and ITV.
Her incredible body of work led to her being awarded an OBE in 2019 services to broadcasting and diversity as well as a British Community Award from the House of Lords and an honorary doctorate at the University of the Arts. Brenda played a key role running the partnership between the BBC, The Arts Fund and Museum of the Year which then led to her role as a judge of this prestigious arts prize.
On top of all of this Brenda is also a regular judge for The Jack Petchey Foundation ‘Glee’ and ‘Speak Out’ competitions (run in schools across London for disadvantaged young people) and for The Stroke Association’s Creative Arts awards. She is also Vice Chair of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dance company; co-founder and Vice Chair of Creative Industries Alliance and Vice Chair of BBC Embrace Network.