Born in 1973, Steve Backshall was brought up on a farm. He studied English at University before taking a second degree in Biology. He is the presenter of the top-rated CBBC natural history programme, DEADLY 60. After writing for ROUGH GUIDES and filming documentaries for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC he became a key member of the expedition team for the hit series, LOST LAND OF THE JAGUAR, LOST LAND OF THE VOLCANO and LOST LAND OF THE TIGER. Steve has also written several books for children.Steve's website is http://www.stevebackshall.com/, and you can follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stevebackshallofficial and Twitter @SteveJBackshall
Tilly Bagshawe upset the nuns at her Catholic boarding school by getting pregnant at seventeen. Expelled but undaunted, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter alone and went on to Cambridge University before fulfilling her dream of becoming a writer. Now a happy (but tired!) mother of three, she has contributed to many newspapers and magazines including GLAMOUR, COSMOPOLITAN, THE SUNDAY TIMES and THE DAILY MAIL.
R. Scott Bakker is the son of a tobacco share-cropper, and spent his youth either exploring the wooded bluffs of Lake Erie's north shore or working in hot summer fields. He left the countryside to study English language and literature at University of Western Ontario, and from there moved to Nashville to pursue a PhD in philosophy. He now lives in London, Ontario with his fiancee, Sharron, and their cat, Scully.
Duncan Bannatyne is the former stoker in the Navy who built up his own business empire and is now worth £320 million and is a star of the TV series Dragons' Den. His first book, Anyone Can Do It, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and paperback.
Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including NO SAFE HOUSE, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, TRUST YOUR EYES and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. He lives near Toronto with his wife.www.linwoodbarclay.com.
Patrick Barclay is the football columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and has won the Sports Journalist of the Year award. He has previously worked for the Independent, Guardian and Observer.Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/paddybarclay.
Sean Barrett has narrated many television documentaries for the BBC and Discovery Channel, notably THE PEOPLE'S CENTURY, WALKING WITH BEASTS, and GREAT LIVES. As a member of the BBC Radio Rep, he has appeared in hundreds of radio plays, and played Father Gillespie in the BBC Worldservice / BBC7 serial WESTWAY throughout its eight year-run. As a film and television actor he has appeared in pieces as diverse as TWELFTH NIGHT and FATHER TED, and he is a doyen of audiobook reading, with acclaimed recordings of authors ranging from Chaucer to Beckett and in 2012 recorded Antony Beevor's THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
In 1956, Sir Alan Bates debuted on stage in the West End as Cliff in Look Back in Anger, a role he had originated at the Royal Court and which made him a star. He featured in films such as Whistle Down the Wind, A Kind of Loving, Zorba the Greek, Far From the Madding Crowd, Women in Love, Hamlet and Gosford Park. Stage performances include Look Back in Anger and Life Class. He was knighted in the New Year's Honours List 2003 and died in December the same year.
Alistair Beaton is one of the country's leading satirical writers, and makes frequent appearances on Radio 4. His hit comedy Feelgood won the Evening Standard Award in 2001
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Marty Becker is the resident vet on GOOD MORNING AMERICA and the co-author with Gina Spadafori of WHY DO DOGS DRINK OUT OF THE TOILET? and DO CATS ALWAYS LAND ON THEIR FEET? He lives in Idaho.
Hannah Beckerman worked in television as a producer and commissioning editor for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel USA before becoming a full-time author and journalist. She is a book critic and features writer for a range of publications including the Observer, the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and the Sunday Express, and is a regular chair at literary festivals and publishing events across the UK. She has been a judge for numerous book prizes including the Costa Book Awards.Her debut novel, The Dead Wife's Handbook, was published in 2014. Described as 'beautifully written and full of love' and 'original, emotive and achingly poignant', it was Heat magazine's Book of the Year and Hello! magazine's Best Summer Read. She lives in London with her husband and daughter. To find out more, follow her on Twitter @hannahbeckerman
Atarah Ben-Tovim was made an M.B.E. (1980) - for services to children's music. She has an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Council for National Academic Awards (1991) and is an Associate of both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. She was a child prodigy on the flute.
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A K Benedict read English at Cambridge and studied creative writing at Sussex. She composed film and television soundtracks, as well as performing as a musician before becoming a full-time writer in 2012. She now writes novels, drama, poetry and short stories, and lives in St Leonards-on-Sea with her dog, Dame Margaret Rutherford. Find out more at www.akbenedict.com or follow her on Twitter @ak_benedict
Mitch Benn found fame as the singer of spectacularly angry, clever and funny songs on the Now Show. He tours regularly both on his own and his band. His song 'I'm proud of the BBC was hugely popular and won him the Media Blog Hero of the Year Award. He is also a regular on the Now Show. He is married and has two daughters. He has over 40,000 followers on twitter.
Three compilers who alone determine the selection of poems: Judith Chernaik ? American academic and from Brooklyn, now a London resident. Gerard Benson ? widely published professional poet, gives regular poetry performances, an original Barrow Poet, lives in Bradford.Cicely Herbert ? widely published, London resident, also a Barrow Poet.
Richard Benson was born on a small farm near Doncasater in 1966, After a childhood spent crashing tractors and being outwitted by various farmyard animals, he left home to become a journalist, and has since written for various newspapers and magazines. THE FARM is his first book and became an overnight success when it was shortlisted by Richard & Judy's Book Club.
A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot's career spans four decades. Highlights include Caddyshack, Showtime's Brotherhood and Director of Narration for the Emmy-nominated, The Truth About Cancer. His voice can be heard on television, radio, videogames, documentaries and industrials.
Fred Berman can currently be seen on Broadway in Disney's "The Lion King." He has appeared on stages all over the country, as well as in numerous film and TV roles. He has performed over 50 audiobooks, and has received several Earphone Awards, including one for his performance of Joe Hill's "Horns." He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Author and critic Jo Berry has written about TV and film for numerous publications including The Guardian, Radio Times, Empire Magazine, Eve Magazine and Maxim. A contributor to the books 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and The Rough Guide To Cult TV, among others, she is also the author of The Ultimate DVD Easter Egg Guide, Chick Flicks (with Angie Errigo) and The Parents' Guide To Kids' Movies.