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Show 34: Dan Robinson – Top Gun 007 style

How does a kid from Hartlepool end up in America, flying the world’s most expensive fighter jet F22 stealth aircraft? Daniel Robinson did exactly that – he was the first British pilot qualified to fly the supersonic jet which pilots refer to as ‘almost like God.’ Putting it simply… he went to Top Gun and being the only Brit – of course his call sign was Bond.

After the military he earned his MBA and moved to New York City to work in private wealth management. But a family tragedy called for our high-flyer to return to England and rescue his family business from bankruptcy. He turned the company around and became the UK’s SME businessman of the year in the process.

Dan Robinson’s story is an inspirational example of following your dreams and achieving greatness – even when it doesn’t all go to plan. We feel the need, the need for speed with pilot, businessman and Jiu-Jitsu extraordinaire – the very eloquent, handsome and new Brit actor in the Wood, Dan Robinson. Don’t miss this adrenaline fuelled episode…

Show 33: Camilla Cleese - And now for something vaguely familiar…

What’s it like growing up as the daughter of genuine comedy royalty – and to forge your own career on the comedy circuit? Camilla Cleese should know – she’s the daughter of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers legend – John Cleese. She’s now based in Los Angeles, and a comedian, writer and actor in her own right – but spills the beans on which Python is her favourite (clue…it’s not her dad!), and which of his films he’s least proud of – and the pranks they play on each other.

At 6ft 1in and stunningly beautiful, she certainly looks like she should be strutting down a Victoria Secret runway but she is in fact becoming a firm fixture on LA’s comedy circuit. In recent years she’s been working with and learning from her famous father – writing and performing in a number of tours and various other projects with him. They co-penned the musical stage adaptation of the film, ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ and she worked as a writer on the very first ‘Just For Laughs International Comedy Gala’ at the Sydney Opera House.

In this show, Camilla talks to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant about following in her father’s famous comedy footsteps, the jokes she plays on him when they’re on the road and having a new child in the family… her stepmother. Please tune in to listen to the very funny, talented and utterly gorgeous Camilla Cleese….

Show 32: Nikki Lund - The Ultimate LA Multi Hyphenate

As if growing up being Kim Kardashian’s BFF isn’t cool enough – these days Nikki Lund is also a singer / songwriter, has styled some of the world’s biggest celebrities, is head of her own global fashion empire and is also a new mother. In the age of multi hyphenates – Nikki Lund is leading the pack.

An LA native, Nikki spent years honing her songwriting skills with Hollywood’s finest and has recently enjoyed a Billboard hit record and signed with Madonna’s label Maverick. However, the visionary fashion entrepreneur also serves as the driving force and designer behind global brands such as Eccentric Symphony, Nikki Lund, White Trash Beautiful and Nikki Rich – the latter which she launched with her then boyfriend and business partner, Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora.

In this show, Nikki chats to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant about her childhood bestie Kim Kardashian, her rock star ex Richie Sambora, her new single, her fashion empire and basically being the ultimate LA cool girl…

Show 31: Lady Victoria Hervey - The Lady Loves LA

Lady Victoria Hervey is known for being a model, aristocrat, ‘It Girl’ and was the author of the popular party animal diary column ‘Victoria’s Secrets’ in The Sunday Times, which gave readers an insight into the life of a London socialite.

Daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol, Lady Victoria led a privileged life, was seen at all the best events and notably modelled for Christian Dior, However, in a bid to escape her non-stop party lifestyle, Lady Victoria moved to LA in 2004. These days she is embracing a new direction in her career launching her own bikini line and as an author. Her first fiction novel ‘Lady in Waiting’ is semi-autobiographical – and follows the story of Lady Frederica Felton’s adventures from the hijinks of boarding school to the glamour of the Hollywood Hills.

Lady Victoria is no stranger to reality TV either, having already appeared on Love Island, The Farm, The Jump and Celebrity Big Brother. She’s also a contestant on a forthcoming ITV2 reality show this autumn – “Celebrity Showmance” – in which pairs of celebrities use social media to try to fool the public into believing they are an item.

Don’t miss this fun episode as Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant chat to Lady V about fame, fashion, friendships and freezing her eggs…

Show 30 : Charlie Clapham - Soap Star to Movie Star, Swapping Leicester for LA

Actor Charlie Clapham said goodbye to Channel 4 teen soap Hollyoaks earlier this year, in emotional scenes which saw him shed real tears.

After four years playing lead character Freddie Roscoe, he left on a cliff-hanger and now Hollyoaks’ loss is Hollywood’s gain. Charlie swapped his home town of Leicester for Los Angeles, to fulfill his dreams of becoming a movie star.

He’s already partied with Will Smith and Jim Carrey and ignored Russell Brand at the urinals, as he reveals to Brits In The Wood on this week’s podcast. He also explains to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant his secret skill… how to perfectly pierce a nipple. Ouch.

Show 29 : Plastic Jesus - Anonymous Artist with Something to Spray…

In a city of sycophants, one man is calling us out for Keeping Up With The Kardashians and begging us to stop making stupid people famous. Plastic Jesus – dubbed the Banksy of LA – hit the international headlines when he built a wall around Donald Trump’s Hollywood star of fame – but his work was familiar to many in the city before that… even if they didn’t realise it. The British-born artist – who strongly guards his identity – is known for his renegade street art popping up all over the city.

He specialises in bold stencil and installation work, inspired by world news events, society, the urban environment, culture and politics. His critically acclaimed work combines humour, irony, criticism and unique opinion to create art that engages on many levels. You may also remember his ‘No more heroes’ piece featuring disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong connected to an IV drip which caught the world’s attention and was featured by many media organisations including CNN, the BBC, The Daily Mail and Huffington post.

He says he’s not about revolution and he’s not an anarchist but he would like to see some changes around the place. In this pod episode Plastic Jesus suggests his work is more about shining a small light into some of those dark corners of society then standing back and watching reactions and opinions. He also talks to Caroline and Claire about going out to work at 4am, where he finds his inspiration and evading the LADP.

Show 28 : Victoria Summer - Hollywood’s Next Big Thing

Elegant, worldly and alluring, Victoria Summer has been turning heads in Hollywood over the last few years with her timeless look and undeniable talent.  Victoria appeared as the iconic ‘Julie Andrews’ in Walt Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks (2013) opposite Tom Hanks. Then shortly after, she won a supporting role in Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) directed by Michael Bay. Last year she played the lead female role in Game of Aces (2016) opposite Chris Klein.

Victoria chats to Caroline and Claire about arriving in Hollywood in 2012 with nothing but two suitcases and a dream. She explains how it was belief, hard work and possibly chopping all her hair off that led to her becoming one of today’s Hollywood leading ladies.

Victoria Summer is Hollywood’s next big thing, a future icon – you won’t want to miss this episode…

Show 27 : Jim Tavaré - Escaping Death with Prince Charles’ Favourite Comedian

Jim Tavaré is an internationally acclaimed actor and comedian with a highly distinguished career. He played Tom the Innkeeper in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and has the honour of being named as Prince Charles’ favourite comedian. He also holds the distinction of being the only overseas act ever to reach the final of NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ here in America.

Earlier this year – just when Jim’s career was at an all time high – he had a horrific ‘head on’ car crash in which he suffered a broken neck, a punctured lung, 15 broken ribs, two broken clavicles, a broken sternum, a fractured wrist, a smashed up femur, fibula and tibia, had a new metal heel, ankle and four blood transfusions. Caroline and Claire catch up with Jim to find out how this formidable Brit in the Wood is doing.

Show 26 : Michelle Collins - From the Square, to the Street, to the Wood…

Michelle Collins must have one of the most recognisable faces in the UK as over the last 30 years she’s had long, prominent and starring roles in two of the nation’s favourite soaps – AND with some of the juiciest story lines. First she was stalking the Square in EastEnders as bad girl Cindy Beale and then she was conquering the cobbles in Coronation Street as Stella Price, landlady of the Rovers Return.

However, she’s also done a plethora of other TV, film and theatrical work including baring ‘nearly’ all in Calendar Girls on the West End, drinking elephant urine with Bear Grylls, time travel with Doctor Who and she’s even been running her own production company working with Jo Brand and Sheridan Smith.

Michelle talks to Caroline and Claire about being turned down by half a dozen drama schools as a teen but persevering, working hard and rising to become one of the most successful actresses on the British screen. Listen to her fascinating story and excellent advice on this week’s unmissable Brits in the Wood podcast. Duff, duff, duff, duff, duff…

Show 28 : Victoria Summer - Hollywood’s Next Big Thing

Elegant, worldly and alluring, Victoria Summer has been turning heads in Hollywood over the last few years with her timeless look and undeniable talent.  Victoria appeared as the iconic ‘Julie Andrews’ in Walt Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks (2013) opposite Tom Hanks. Then shortly after, she won a supporting role in Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) directed by Michael Bay. Last year she played the lead female role in Game of Aces (2016) opposite Chris Klein.

Victoria chats to Caroline and Claire about arriving in Hollywood in 2012 with nothing but two suitcases and a dream. She explains how it was belief, hard work and possibly chopping all her hair off that led to her becoming one of today’s Hollywood leading ladies.

Victoria Summer is Hollywood’s next big thing, a future icon – you won’t want to miss this episode…

Show 27 : Jim Tavaré - Escaping Death with Prince Charles’ Favourite Comedian

Jim Tavaré is an internationally acclaimed actor and comedian with a highly distinguished career. He played Tom the Innkeeper in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and has the honour of being named as Prince Charles’ favourite comedian. He also holds the distinction of being the only overseas act ever to reach the final of NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ here in America.

Earlier this year – just when Jim’s career was at an all time high – he had a horrific ‘head on’ car crash in which he suffered a broken neck, a punctured lung, 15 broken ribs, two broken clavicles, a broken sternum, a fractured wrist, a smashed up femur, fibula and tibia, had a new metal heel, ankle and four blood transfusions. Caroline and Claire catch up with Jim to find out how this formidable Brit in the Wood is doing.

Show 26 : Michelle Collins - From the Square, to the Street, to the Wood…

Michelle Collins must have one of the most recognisable faces in the UK as over the last 30 years she’s had long, prominent and starring roles in two of the nation’s favourite soaps – AND with some of the juiciest story lines. First she was stalking the Square in EastEnders as bad girl Cindy Beale and then she was conquering the cobbles in Coronation Street as Stella Price, landlady of the Rovers Return.

However, she’s also done a plethora of other TV, film and theatrical work including baring ‘nearly’ all in Calendar Girls on the West End, drinking elephant urine with Bear Grylls, time travel with Doctor Who and she’s even been running her own production company working with Jo Brand and Sheridan Smith.

Michelle talks to Caroline and Claire about being turned down by half a dozen drama schools as a teen but persevering, working hard and rising to become one of the most successful actresses on the British screen. Listen to her fascinating story and excellent advice on this week’s unmissable Brits in the Wood podcast. Duff, duff, duff, duff, duff…

Show 25 : John Ferriter - TV’s Deal Shaker and Star Maker

He’s an A-list manager, former agent and is behind some of the biggest shows and deals in television history. There is simply no-one bigger on the business side of TV and talent management than John Ferriter.

Not only has John packaged some of the world’s most successful shows:  The Biggest Loser, The Weakest Link, Project Runway and Keeping Up with The Kardashians – but he’s also managed some of the world’s biggest stars: Ryan Seacrest, Garth Brooks, Larry King, Jimmy Kimmel, Dick Clark and Piers Morgan to name just a few.

John talks to Caroline and Claire about his Jerry Maguire moment leaving William Morris, Mark Wright conquering America and just how you get Piers Morgan to cooperate.

Check out John’s incredible story, amazing advice and how he’s helped shape the careers of some of the biggest names in entertainment today on this week’s BITW pod.

Show 24 : Kara Noble - Queen of the Airwaves and a Right Royal Scandal

If you lived in the UK between 1985-1999, you’ll recognise the unmistakable husky tones of Kara Noble. Kara was Queen of the radio airways – waking up 4 million Londoners on the radio every morning on Europe’s most popular commercial radio station – 95.8 Capital FM – as the co-host of their Breakfast show, alongside the irrepressible Chris Tarrant.

So how did it turn from Kara being the darling of the airwaves to the national press calling her a ‘traitor’ on their front pages and forcing her to flee Britain for good?

For 17 years Kara has kept to herself the story of how a compromising photo of Capital FM’s then-publicist Sophie Rhys-Jones – who married Prince Edward and became the Queen’s daughter-in-law – took her to the centre of a media maelstrom in the run up to the royal wedding.

Kara talks to Caroline and Claire about overcoming this terrible time, as well as her extraordinary childhood where Paul McCartney would pop round and play ‘Yesterday’ on his guitar, to finally finding her own happy ending here in LA with her husband… who spent 26 years in jail, wrongly convicted for the murder of his mother. Her unmissable story is this week’s BITW podcast.

Show 23 : Sean Borg - The PR Guru

London “It-boy’’ and PR superstar Sean Borg found success in Hollywood on shows such as TMZ and Hollywood 411. A leader in the field of entertainment and PR, Sean continues to work with many well-known faces in the world of show business on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the 90s Sean became a well known mover and shaker on the London social scene orchestrating the careers of British ‘It-Girl’ Tamara Beckwith, royal pal Tara Palmer-Tompkinson and Tamara Mellon (of Jimmy Choo) to name but a few. In fact, it was GQ Magazine who labelled Sean as an “It-boy” and placed him firmly on the map as “one-to-know.”

Now living in California, Sean still runs the PR for many of his celebrity friends and is Showbiz Editor at the British Weekly. He also writes the well-read social diary ‘Scene by Sean’ in LIVE Magazine – a column that features the popular people of Palm Springs.

In this podcast episode, Sean chats to Caroline and Claire about being an effective publicist, becoming famous (the right way) and pushing his famous friends into the jungle…

Show 22 : Jerry Corley - The Joke Doctor

Comedian Jerry Corley has been performing standup for over 25 years. He was writing for Jay Leno and the Tonight Show for 8 years of those and is now teaching classes for those who want to do the same.

Jerry’s ‘Stand Up Comedy Clinic’ is hands down the top comedy school in Los Angeles catering to standup comics and comedy writers from all over the world. He has an unmatched ability to break down the art of comedy into a science, imparting breakthrough comedy writing techniques and formulas to his classes in a high-energy, performance style, that not only teach his students the comedy writing secrets the pros use, but keeps everyone laughing along the way.

In this episode, Jerry chats to Caroline and Claire about selling jokes to Chris Rock, crossing the comedy line and the art of making someone laugh.

Show 21 : Andy Newton-Lee

Brits will know him from hit TV shows such as Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Casualty and possibly a well known Cheeky Girls music video (which he’d rather forget). But these days Andy Newton-Lee, who has been living in LA for twelve years, is the mastermind behind Next Stop LAX – a fully bonded immigration company which helps stars from all over the world relocate to the USA. However, the actor turned business mogul has now put on his TV producer cap and made his own ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ meets ‘The Office’ TV show called ‘British Andy’ which he’s shopping around the networks. The show stars Andy’s hilarious alter ego ‘British Andy’ – and the storylines are based on his funny real life experiences with former British soap stars such as Michael Greco and Charlie Brooks relocating to Hollywood. In this podcast episode, Andy chats to Caroline and Claire about his jet setting lifestyle, overcoming skin cancer, the Sam Smith dating rumours, generally being a big celebrity and helping all his showbiz friends relocate to LA…

Show 20 : Camilla Sacre-Dallerup – Strictly Successful

Camilla Sacre-Dallerup is an author, life coach and mindful living expert. She was part of the original cast of Strictly Come Dancing (the UK’s equivalent to the US’ Dancing with the Stars), and after winning the trophy in 2008, left to focus on her wellbeing business. In this episode Camilla speaks to Brits in the Wood about the importance of meditation, her new life in Los Angeles, and how we can all turn our dreams into reality…

Show 19 : Ross King – Entertainment King of LA

In the UK you’ve seen Ross King on the ITV morning shows ‘Good Morning Britain’ and ‘Lorraine’ as their LA correspondent. In the USA, he covers everything from the Oscars to daily happenings in Hollywood and was the Entertainment Anchor on KTLA’s Prime News snagging four Emmys and a Golden Mic Award to boot. Friend to the stars, in this episode Ross talks about breaking into Jackie Collins’ mansion, hanging with Charlie Chaplin and being the entertainment King of LA.

Show 18 : Brian Kiley – Our First American

Brian Kiley is the head monologue writer for Conan O’Brien and has been nominated for 16 Emmy awards. He is also an actor, a stand-up comedian and has appeared hundreds of times on national TV including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in his own ‘Comedy Central Presents’ special.

Show 17 : Sandro Monetti – Mr. Showbiz

Sandro Monetti is THE ultimate Hollywood insider who has interviewed all of the A-list stars and can currently be seen sharing his pop culture expertise each week on hit Bravo TV series, ‘Then and Now.’ He is an Entertainment Journalist of the Year nominee two years running and a regular contributor on CNN International. But this Brit in Hollywood, who has worked for major media outlets around the world, doesn’t just report on entertainment, he creates it as well.

Show 16 : James Longman – The Man Behind James Corden

Ever wondered who thinks up all those brilliant comedy skits featuring James Corden with the likes of Matt Damon, Tom Cruise and Victoria Beckham on The Late Late Show? Well Caroline and Claire talk to the mastermind behind the funny – the show’s Comedy Segment Producer – James Longman.

Show 15 : Jenny Pacey – It’s Wonder Woman

Formally known as ‘Enigma’ on the British version of TV show Gladiators, Jenny Pacey is the definition of fit and appears in this summer’s blockbuster movie – Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot. The athletic brunette’s impressive resume includes being one of the UK’s leading fitness experts, Olympic athlete, celebrity personal trainer, motivational speaker, model, television presenter, actress and writer.

Show 14 : Lisa I’Anson – Girl Power!

You’ll recognise her velvety dulcet tones anywhere, especially if you lived in the UK during the 90s. Lisa I’Anson was one of the original ‘ladettes’ and proponents of Girl Power. She was also THE presenter on Top of the Pops and BBC Radio 1 from 1995 until 1999. However, she was very publically sacked on air after failing to show up for her morning radio show after going missing after clubbing in Ibiza. It was THE news story of the year. So what happened in those missing hours? Lisa finally tells all…

Show 13 : Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only!

Chesney Hawkes was an overnight heart-throb at the age of just 19 when his 1991 debut single ‘The One And Only’ became a smash hit. However, The One And Only proved to be an embarrassingly accurate title – because he never had another hit. Then when his record label dropped him and refused to take his calls; he suddenly discovered he was broke. But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the one and only Chesney made a come back and is now happier than ever.

Show 12 : Mr. C – Naughty, Naughty, Very Naughty

Mr.C from The Shamen (or Richard West to his family) has been one of the most influential figures on the electronic sound for decades. From his humble beginnings as an MC in his home city of London, right through to present-day and his position at the head of Superfreq – one of dance’s most innovative labels – Mr.C has consistently pushed the envelope to give us some of the finest electronic music of the past thirty years.

Show 11 : Carol Smille – It’s Smiley Smiley Carol Smillie!

Television presenter Carol Smillie started out on game show ‘Wheel of Fortune’ but it was the hit DIY series ‘Changing Rooms’ that made her a British household name. However, she’s gone from changing rooms to changing careers, and is now running her own business empire: ‘Pretty Clever Pants’ for Life’s Little Leaks!

Show 10 : Gabriella ‘London’ Ellis – Made in Chelsea, Reborn in the USA

After starring in the BAFTA award-winning ‘Made in Chelsea’ British reality TV show, Gabriella Ellis is now based full time in Los Angeles. She has rebranded herself as ‘London Ellis’ this side of the pond and has her sights firmly set on a successful career in the USA pop charts.

Show 9 : Caroline Pearce – Ice Ice ‘Gladiator’ Baby

Caroline Pearce is a former Great Britain heptathlete and bobsledder, TV sports anchor, UFC commentator and event host. She is a published author and go-to fitness and nutrition consultant. American listeners may have seen her reporting on Fox Sports and British listeners may also know her as ‘Ice’ from the revival of the hit TV show ‘UK Gladiators’ on Sky 1.

Show 8 : Craig Robert Young – From the Nottingham Coal Mines to the Hills of Hollywood

Craig Robert Young talks about being a working actor in LA, becoming a YouTube sensation and a rather dodgy job he once held at the Playboy Mansion. He is currently directing his own sitcom about Hollywood celebrity assistants, and together with the wonderful Eileen Lee, he runs the brilliant Brits in LA social group (a must for all Anglophiles to join).

Show 7 : Elliott Lester – From Pygmy Goats to a Lama… The Dalai Lama that is…

British Film Director Elliott Lester talks about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pet pygmy goats, Jared Leto’s coolness and how he stood the Dalai Lama up.

Show 6 : Mark Rhino Smith – Charge of the Rhino

Former Gladiator and bodybuilding champion Mark Rhino Smith first catapulted onto British screens as Rhino in the massive hit TV series, Gladiators where he reigned for five years. However, nowadays he’s a fully fledged Hollywood movie star with an infectious work hard, dream big philosophy.

Show 5 : Huw Parmenter – A Pleasure To Meet Huw

Huw Parmenter is an English actor, writer and producer, best known for playing Roland in the History Channel’s successful series ‘Vikings.’ However, British viewers may remember him playing Albert, a French curate in East Enders. Huw also appeared as Frank in Desert Rats at the Arts Theatre and recently starred in and produced The Chaskis Theatre production of ‘After Orlando’ – an International Theatre action response to The Pulse nightclub shooting.

Show 4 : Mark Browning – And The Oscar Nominations Goes To…

Mark Browning is Managing Director of ITN Productions, one of the UK’s biggest production companies, working across television, digital, commercials, branded content and sports production. This year with Mark at the helm, ITN Productions earned its first-ever Oscar nomination for their 40-minute film called Watani: My Homeland, in which the ITN team spent three years with a Syrian family.

Show 3 : Tony Hadley – Breaking Through the Barricades

Tony Hadley has, over the years, earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. A pioneer of the 80s romantic movement and lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Tony has had numerous chart topping singles and albums all over the world, some of the most memorable being the singles Gold, Only When You Leave, Through the Barricades and of course the international number one True.

Show 2 : Leilani Dowding – Page 3 to 90210

Former Miss Great Britain and Page 3 favourite, Leilani discusses her 90210 life since crossing the pond in 2005. Leilani founded and now runs the successful women’s fashion line Leiluna and is also a multi million dollar home realtor. But when she’s not flipping houses to movie stars or dressing the world’s top models, she talks about her time on an American reality TV show, dating in LA and her brief flirtation with Scientology.

Show 1 : Billy Morrison – Finding Our Rhythm

Billy Morrison is one of the few rockers who can truly say he made it all the way to the top from the very bottom. Twenty years ago, Billy was homeless and close to death. Today he is on the road with Billy Idol and one of the world’s top rhythm guitar players.