Emily Maitlis is one of the top 50 most influential people in Britain (GQ Magazine) and the lead presenter on Newsnight – the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme – and part of the core BBC presenting team for elections both here and in the United States. She co-hosts the hugely respected podcast Americast, and was named the Network Presenter of the Year at the RTS Television Journalism Awards in 2019 and 2020.
In 2019 Emily scooped a world exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Prince Andrew who talked publicly for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein. This jaw-dropping interview won Emily another RTS Television Journalism Award for Interview of the Year and was named in The Times’ 10 Best TV Interviews.
She has interviewed numerous figures from the world of politics, sports and the arts including Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Marine Le Pen, David Beckham, Kofi Annan, Hugh Grant, Michael Caine, Juliette Binoche, Julian Assange, Christine Lagarde as well as the last six UK Prime Ministers. Emily covered the 2016 and 2020 US presidential primaries and campaigns and has interviewed ex-President Donald Trump a number of times.
Celebrated for her unique and inimitable style, with GQ Magazine saying “Don’t confuse her with: Andrew Neil. He grills; she incinerates”.
Hugely respected for the integrity of her documentaries. The 2020 BBC film Taking Control: The Dominic Cummings Story examined the career of the Prime Minister’s Chief Adviser and ‘mastermind’ of the Vote Leave campaign to explore just how much political power lay with him. She has previously presented Expenses: The Scandal That Changed Britain, which looked into the Parliamentary expenses scandal that rocked Westminster and the impact it had on public trust, and Inside Facebook: Zuckerberg’s $100 Billion Gamble – a BBC documentary which featured an exclusive television interview with the Facebook founder.
Emily’s book Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News was published in April 2019, giving a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest news stories and interviews of recent years. Airhead is a Sunday Times bestseller and is currently being adapted by Working Title for television drama.
She has also written for The Sunday Times and the Spectator Magazine as well as the Guardian, GQ, Evening Standard and the New Statesman.
As well as being named RTS Presenter of the Year two years consecutively, Emily also won the internationally renowned Hans Joachim Freidrichs prize, as well as the British Journalism Awards Interviewer of the Year in 2020. Further awards include the London Press Club Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award for her work on Newsnight and the Wincott Business Award for Inside Facebook.
Emily has travelled extensively and speaks basic Mandarin as well as fluent French, Spanish and Italian. In her spare time she enjoys running marathons in odd parts of the world.
She lives with her two sons, one husband and an extraordinarily entitled whippet, Moody.
From Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News:
Behind every interview there is a backstory. How it came about. How it ended. The compromises that were made. The regrets, the rows, the deeply inappropriate comedy.
Making news is an essential but imperfect art, and it rarely goes according to plan.
I never expected to find myself wandering around the Maharani of Jaipur’s bedroom with Bill Clinton or invited to the Miss USA beauty pageant by its owner, Donald Trump. I never expected to be thrown into a provincial Cuban jail, or to be drinking red wine at Steve Bannon’s kitchen table or spend three hours in a lift with Alan Partridge.
I certainly didn’t expect the Dalai Lama to tell me the story of his most memorable poo.
How can I thank you enough for such an insightful and amusing presentation earlier this week. Everyone loved it and you had our clients in stitches. They said this was the best seminar they have come to in the 15 years we have been holding them, no doubt much down to you, so it will be a hard act to follow.
– Head of Wealth Management, at a prestigious city bank.