The millennial world of social media is a hotbed of breaking new talent and we have three of the frontrunners on this week’s pod.
If you’re on social media – which let’s face it, who isn’t? – you’ll have probably seen Woody and Kleiny “Stick it in that old thing” and the gorgeous Brookelyn kissing strangers and stroking random men’s beards (much to their delight!). Our three guests today are social media superstars and their original comedic sketches, pranks and social experiments are enjoyed by millions across the globe.
It all started for entertainment duo - Woody and Kleiny when Simon Cowell called them “the new Ant-y and Dec-y” on Britain’s Got Talent. Since then the best buds have become online celebrities by performing impressive feats such as throwing hats on each other’s heads from insanely difficult angles and pulling hilarious pranks which are uploaded to the web for their millions of fans.
Stunning Scottish lass Brooke Lynette - known on social media as ‘Brookelyn’ - also regularly appears in Woody and Kleiny’s videos. But she also recently branched out alone with her own comedy antics and tongue in cheek parodies which have already amassed her over a billion video views. She’s a social media MEGASTAR - just don’t ever ask her to make you a cup of tea.
If you’ve ever wondered if you can make it big online, Woody, Kleiny and Brooklyn explain how it’s done in this fun filled episode.
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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…
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….
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…
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…
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.
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.
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...
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 Los Angeles. Narrowly escaping death Jim 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.
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…
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.
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.
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, Seancontinues 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…
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.
Brits will know him from hit TV shows such as Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Casualty and possibly a well known Cheeky Girls music video. 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 tothe 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 Britishsoap 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 celebrityand helping all his showbiz friends relocate to LA...
Camilla Sacre-Dallerup is an author, life coach and mindful living expert. She is also a NLP master practitioner coach, certified hypnotherapist, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor and a popular meditation teacher at both Unplug Meditation and The Den Los Angeles.
Before she started her life coaching and motivational speaking business in the UK, she spent over 25 years as a successful competitive athlete in the world of ballroom dancing. Camilla 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, she 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…
Camilla’s new book ‘Reinvent Me’ is out now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reinvent-Me-Camilla-Sacre-Dallerup/dp/1786780607
The spectacular Ross King, originally from Glasgow, is a Scotsman who now happily calls LA home. In the UK you’ve seen Ross 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 to Caroline and Claire about breaking into Jackie Collins’ mansion, hanging with Charlie Chaplin and being the entertainment King of LA. Pleasedownload and listen to the hilariously funny and super witty, man with the best stories in town, entertainment King of LA, Mr. Ross King…
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.
Brian has a recurring role on Cartoon Network's ‘Delocated’ and his jokes have been quoted many times in Reader's Digest, GQ Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and the New York TimesSunday Crossword Puzzle.
Brian took a moment out of his busy schedule to talk to Brits in the Wood so please download and listen to the very funny, smart, charismatic and our very first American on the show, the wonderfully amusing Brian Kiley…
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.
He enjoyed huge success last year as the writer and director of hit international touring stage play ‘Marilyn & Sinatra’ – a show about the little known romance between Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra which was a sell-out success in London’s West End and Off Broadway in New York (available now as an audiobook at bigfinish.com - just enter 'Marilyn' in the search box).
Sandro is also a best selling author having written the biographies of Mickey Rourke and Colin Firth, and has been a long time contributor to the BBC, for whom he co-host’s Radio 5’s Oscars coverage each year. If that’s not enough, he is the creator of the world’s first Bachelor of Arts degree course in celebrity journalism and chairman of BAFTA LA’s Newcomers Program where the British Academy supports the best new emerging UK talents on the LA entertainment scene.
Sandro is also a wealth of Hollywood knowledge and the creator of the Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour (www.tourificescapes.com) - in which he tells you the stories behind classic movies at the places around LA where they were made.
Download Brits in the Wood to listen to Mr. Showbiz himself talk about celebrity journalism, Helen Mirren’s secret tattoos and what it’s like kissing Madonna - a fun hour with the charming and charismatic Sandro Monetti…
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.
Essex boy James has come a long way and is now one of TV’s most successful producers having produced shows such as Xtra Factor, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Alan Carr: Chatty Man.
In December 2015, Longman relocated to LA to work with Corden on The Late Late Show, which has become a hit with US audiences and won followers world-wide for it’s brilliant comedy sketches and Car Pool Karaoke, which has seen Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lopez and One Direction all take a spin with Corden as they belt out a tune. Download to listen to the funny, inspirational and West Ham-mad Brit in the Wood that is James Longman…
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.
Formally known as ‘Enigma’ on the British version of TV show Gladiators, Jenny is also a successful businesswoman and runs her own business, Pace & Go, with her partner and fellow Gladiator, Wayne ‘Doom’ Gordon. Download to listen to the beautiful, inspirational and British Wonder Woman in the Wood that is Jenny Pacey…
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…
Today she’s loving life living in LA with her husband Amos Pizzey, cofounder of Talent House and manifesting greatness wherever she goes. Download to listen to the inspirational and super fun Brit in the Wood superstar that is Lisa I’Anson…
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. His face was in every teen magazine and adoring young girls across the world had his picture on their bedroom walls.
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. Speaking to Brits in the Wood, Chesney explains how at 19 he was clueless about the harsh realities of the music business but 25 years on he has no regrets – today he’s loving life living in LA with his model wife and 3 children, he’s incredibly successful writing music, touring and working as a mentor on hit shows like The X Factor. He’s one of the nicest and most talented singer / songwriters in the biz, the one and only… Chesney Hawkes.
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.
‘The Shamen,’ for whom Mr.C performed as front man will be recognised by practically everyone who was alive in the 90s, and rightly so. Tracks like ‘Move Any Mountain,’ ‘Boss Drum’ and of course, that one - ‘Ebeneezer Goode’ - have cemented themselves in the minds and hearts of so many, for whom electronic music makes up a huge part of their lives.
Download to listen to one of music’s most iconic figures as he stops by for a chat with Brits in the Wood to discuss making music, taking drugs, transcendental medication, and his journey from milk man to world wide superstar. The Superfreq himself, Mr.C…
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!
Download to listen to the very smiley, beautiful and entrepreneurial Brit in the Wood Carol Smillie as she talks to hosts Caroline and Claire about her genius IQ, discovering sex toys under the bed and how her knickers are flying off…