From Nigella Lawson to Michael Caine, presenter Matt Stadlen has interviewed them all. In this podcast, he continues to delve into the minds of our leading public figures, to uncover what it really takes to succeed in their journeys to the top.
Bonus Episode: Hermione Norris
In this bonus edition of How I Got There, Matt welcomes actor Hermione Norris into the studio. Before rising to fame on ‘Spooks’, ‘Wire In The Blood’ and, more recently, ‘Luther’, Hermione was poised to become a ballerina after winning a scholarship to Elmhurst School for Dance when she was just 11. It was there, in an afterschool drama club, that her path was changed forever, and she realised her passion for the stage. Hear Matt and Hermione discuss her time at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, life on the theatre circuit, her father’s untimely death and the breakout roll: Karen Marsden on ‘Cold Feet’.
Episode 10: Anita Rani
In this episode of How I Got There, Matt is joined by television presenter Anita Rani. In her own words, Anita grew up on the 'right side' of the Pennines after her Hindu Father was brought to Bradford as a 4-year-old by Anita's Grandfather. Her interest in a broadcasting career started early on, and from the age of 14 she had a show on the local Asian radio station. Hear how Anita carved out her career from University to Countryfile, whilst keeping a grounded home life.
Episode 9: Alan Rusbridger
This week on How I Got There, Matt is joined by the Guardian editor who presided over the Edward Snowden NSA surveillance revelations. Alan Rusbridger was also editor when the Guardian took on elements of the Murdoch press, and revealed the phone hacking scandal that led to News International paying Millions of pounds in damages & legal costs. Alan reveals what it's like to be an editor when your newspaper is coming under the utmost scrutiny as you publish stories which criticise another news organisation, or even see you clashing with the British and US governments.
Episode 8: David Baddiel
In this episode of How I Got There, Matt is joined by comedian David Baddiel. His career started in the mid 80's and followed on from a well-trodden path of Cambridge footlights to professional performer. This route wasn't quite as easy by the time of the alternative comedy circuit though, and when he called the comedy store and announced himself as vice president of footlights, they put the phone down on him. He still managed to become the first 'rock star comedian' with Rob Newman selling out Wembley Arena. His second comedy partner was Frank Skinner, and together they wrote the most successful English football song 'Three Lions' along with the Lightning seeds. Hear why David ended up renting a room to Frank Skinner for 6 years for £40 a week despite Frank becoming 'super famous'.
Episode 7 : Peter Hitchens
This week on How I Got there, Matt is joined by Mail on Sunday columnist, eight-time author and Conservative pundit Peter Hitchens. Together they explore Peter's political transition from Bolshevism to social conservatism, witnessing the fall of Easterm Bloc as a foreign correspondent, the difficult relationship with his brother Christopher, and converting to Christianity.
Episode 6: Rory Bremner
This week, Matt is joined by the man of many voices, Rory Bremner. Rory started his career whilst at University in London doing up to 3 stand-up comedy gigs a night. By the time he finished University, he'd already been spotted by TV and was performing in satirical shows such as Spitting Image. Rory talks to Matt here about how he honed his skills as a mimic while at school, and also what a big influence his brother was in developing the talent. Rory's impressions moved from the sporting commentators he started out with on the parody single '19' to mostly political figures in the long running show Bremner, Bird & Fortune. Rory finishes telling us about his hopes for the next 10 years and what ambitions he has left.
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Lovely warm interviews
Matt has a very warm, engaging style and combined with his research and intelligence has produced an insightful and interesting series of interviews. Worth listening particularly for young people in the early stages of their careers. Follow your instinct, what you love and above all stay positive!
Inspiring, warm and engaging interviews. A real pleasure listening - keep the episodes coming, Matthew!
Excellent hosting and questioning.
A superb host who knows how to get the best out of the range of guests.
Interesting and informative yet relaxed and friendly.
Can’t wait for more.