Miranda Sawyer

Miranda Sawyer (born January 1967) is an English journalist and broadcaster. She grew up in Wilmslow, Cheshire with her brother Toby, who is an actor. She was educated at Cheadle Hulme School,[1] an independent school in Greater Manchester, and has a degree in Jurisprudence from Pembroke College, Oxford. She moved to London in 1988 to begin a career as a journalist with the magazine Smash Hits.

Miranda Sawyer
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Sawyer at the 2018 British Podcast Awards
Born1967 (age 53–54)
Alma materPembroke College, Oxford
Spouse(s)Michael Smiley

In 1993, she became the youngest winner of the Periodical Publishers Association Magazine Writer of the Year award for her work on Select magazine. She formerly wrote columns for Time Out (1993–96) and the Daily Mirror (2000–2003), and was a frequent contributor to Mixmag and The Face during the 1990s.

She is now a feature writer for The Observer and its radio critic. Her writing appears in GQ, Vogue and The Guardian and she is a regular arts critic in print, on television and on radio. She was a member of the judging panel for the 2007 Turner Prize and the panel that awarded Liverpool its Capital of Culture status.

In 2004, Sawyer wrote, researched and presented an hour-long documentary for Channel 4 about the age of consent, Writing in The Guardian in 2003 an article entitled "sex is not just for grown-ups" she argued for the age of consent to be reduced to 12.[2] Sex Before 16: How the Law Is Failing. In 2007, she presented a highly personal documentary for More4 on abortion rights in the US, A Matter of Life and Death, as part of its Travels with My Camera strand.[3]

Sawyer interrogated Russell Brand for The Guardian in the aftermath of Brand's infamous prank calls controversy.[4]

She has been an occasional guest on the UK arts programme Newsnight Review and The Culture Show on BBC Two, and also BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music's Radcliffe and Maconie Show. She also took part in a celebrity edition of BBC Two's afternoon quiz show The Weakest Link.

Her first book Park and Ride, a travel book on the Great British suburbs, was published by Little, Brown in 1999.

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Belfast-born comedian and actor Michael Smiley.They have two children.[5] In 2014, she appeared in The Life of Rock with Brian Pern as herself.[6]


  1. ^ "Students Given Expert Creative Career Advice". Cheadle Hulme School. 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (2 November 2003). "Sex is not just for grown-ups" – via www.theguardian.com.
  3. ^ Moran, Caitlin (13 April 2007). "Abortion: why it's the ultimate motherly act". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/media/2008/nov/09/russell-brand-sachsgate
  5. ^ Carpenter, Louise (26 June 2016). "Miranda Sawyer: How I banished my mid-life blues and learned to live in the present". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Brian Pern The Life of Rock with Brian Pern, Episode 3 - Part Three: Death of Rock". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 27 September 2019.

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