Mariella Frostrup (born 12 November 1962 in Oslo, Norway) is a journalist and television presenter, well known on British TV and radio, mainly for arts programs. Her voice was once voted the sexiest female voice on TV, and research to find ’the perfect voice’ has indicated that Frostrup’s voice is one of the best. Her voice is often used on TV commercials as well.
Frostrup moved with her family as a child to the Republic of Ireland, living in Kilmacanogue, a small village south of Dublin in County Wicklow. Her Norwegian father, who died aged 44, was a journalist on the Irish Times, and her Scottish-born mother an artist. In 1977, Mariella left Ireland and moved to London. There, she worked as a public relations executive for Parlophone Records, between 1980 and 1990; married, and very quickly divorced, the musician-cum film director Richard Jobson - then leader of The Skids - in 1981; marshalled the PR for the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985; and, after leaving Parlophone, swiftly broke into television as a film critic, presenting Thames Television’s Video View from 1990 and - after Thames lost the London ITV franchise, reprised the role straight afterwards on The Little Picture Show for Carlton Television from 1993.
Frostrup has interviewed many different celebrities, writers and other artists and has presented a variety of different TV programmes, including one on travel, and has appeared in other TV shows such as the series Have I Got News for You and the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. She made several guest appearances as herself in the series Coupling including an episode where one of the characters fantasizes about her, then meets her in person.
Frostrup presented the BBC Radio 2 show, The Green Room, and also regularly presents Open Book (most Sundays and Thursdays) on Radio 4. She is widely viewed as having left-of-centre political views.
She writes for The Guardian, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday, Harpers & Queen and the New Statesman. She is also an art critic and has been on the judging panels for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
During the 1990s, Frostrup managed the actress Patsy Kensit.
She is married to human-rights lawyer Jason McCue and has two children, Molly and Danny. She lives in Central London.
In September 2007 she chaired a Question & Answer session with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth, Dorset.
Currently she presents the weekly book show on SkyArts1 called "The Book Show" where she interviews her extensive list of guests on their recent works and their "favourite heroes and heroines from fiction".