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Everyone has those difficult blank moments sometimes. Whether in your personal life, career, relationship, or in a public situation, writer's block, social anxiety, imposter syndrome, being off-form or having an identity crisis can affect anyone at any time. It's part of the human condition and yet it can throw us off course and make us feel helpless. Giles Paley-Phillips and Jim Daly host an informal, insightful podcast in which they chat to well-known people from comedy, acting, writing, b ...
 
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Kerry Howard is an actress and writer, known for her roles in Him and Her, Reggie Perrin and more recently HBO's Two Weeks to Live. We talked to Kerry about paint swatches, moving in lockdown, her relationship with social media and her grandfather who always believed she'd become an actress. PLUS we have extra chat with Kerry just for our Patreons …
 
Michelle Ackerley is an English television presenter and journalist, best known for her work on BBC programmes such as Watchdog and The One Show. She has worked on a myriad BBC and CBBC shows including Totally Rubbish, I Want My Own Room, Deadly Art All Over the Place and Crimewatch Roadshow since 2015. Michelle talked to Giles and Jim about breaki…
 
Sophie Green is an award-winning conservation & wildlife artist from the UK, who specialises in capturing the photorealistic details of animals and their surroundings. Sophie has dedicated her time and artistic work to raising awareness for issues surrounding animal welfare and the environment. She worked closely with foundations such as IFAW (Inte…
 
John Walker Motson, OBE, also known as Motty, is an English football commentator. Beginning as a television commentator with the BBC in 1971, he has commentated on over 2000 games on television and radio. We talked to John about his early life and discovering his love of football through attending games with his methodist minister father. John tell…
 
Alex Horne is a comedian, musician and podcaster who is best know for creating the smash TV show Taskmaster. He has taken multiple shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and has been a mainstay on British TV for years. Alex talks to Jim about being neighbours, the guilt of going to private school, Cambridge Footlights, the freelance juggle and, just for Pat…
 
Dom Joly is a multi-talent comedian, travel writer, podcasters, presenter and satirist. His breakthrough came with the worldwide phenomenon Trigger Happy TV which he produced and stared in, one of the biggest shows in the world of the early 2000s. Since then he has travelled the world presenting travel shows and writing about his adventures in a se…
 
Emma Jones is a journalist, broadcaster from Leeds. She is best known for her work with Leeds United TV, BBC Radio 5 Live and hosting the brilliant podcasts The Dead Parent Club and Netball Nation. Emma spoke to Giles and Jim and football (naturally!), England at Euro 2022, social media and much more. (TW - This episode contains conversations on lo…
 
It's the Summer break, so we thought we'd put together a little selection of clips from some of our favourite episodes from last year to keep you going till we return next week with some amazing new episodes. An advert free version is available to our Patreon at Patreon.com/Blankpodcast @eliistender10 @jimdalycomedy @blankpod…
 
Christina Trevanion is a TV Presenter, auctioneer and antique valuer. Many people will know Christina from her appearances on shows such as Flog It, Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip. Christina is also the Managing Partner of Trevanion Auctioneers and Valuers and Co-owner of Trevanion and Dean Auction House. We talked to Christina about her lifel…
 
Here is a little summer BONUS episode of Blank Podcast that features a compilation of our conversations with Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson who make up the brilliant League of Gentlemen. We discuss all aspects of their lives, their careers, their working relationships and any difficult moments along the way Massive …
 
Jayne Sharp is a presenter, broadcaster and voiceover artists. We talked to Jayne about social media, being a parent to children who are digital natives and comedy videos PLUS we have bonus content with Jayne for our Patrons available at patreon.com/blankpodcast Massive thanks to our Patrons Mary Catherine Byrnes, Victoria Nielsen, Manya Kay, Alex …
 
Imogen Heap is a singer, songwriter and multi-Grammy and Ivor Novella award-winning producer and engineer. A pioneer of electro-pop, Imogen's album Speak For Yourself went Gold in the US and her third album Ellipse was in the Top 5 on the Billboard Charts. Her music has been used on many TV and Film soundtracks including The OC, Garden State, I Kno…
 
Tamzin Outhwaite is a stage and screen actress, presenter and narrator. Best known for her role as Mel Owen in Eastenders, Tamzin has been starred in many theatrical productions including Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves and most recently The Seagull alongside Emilia Clarke and Robert Glenister. We talked to Tamzin about superstitions, her…
 
Jackie Adedeji is a presenter, podcaster, journalist and columnist for The Metro. She has also appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 1xtra Talks. Her podcast ''Jackie Big Tits'' discusses taboo subjects society might necessarily not want to discuss. On this episode Jackie talks to Giles and Jim about social media, body positivity and all sorts of subjec…
 
Jeremy Dyson is a writer, comedian and musician. Jeremy is best known for his work creating and co-writing The League of Gentlemen, BBC's Funland and the stage production of Ghost Stories, which Jeremy later adapted and directed for the big screen. We talked to Jeremy about trying to seek out new shows and music in a time where there is so much ava…
 
Rhys Darby is a comedian, actor and writer from New Zealand, best known for his roles in Flight of the Concords, Wrecked and big-screen roles in Jumanji, Yes Man, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What we do in the Shadows. Rhys is also a prolific stand-up, writer and artist. We talked to Rhys about his love of British sitcoms, especially Dad's Army an…
 
Vikki Stone is a writer, comedian, musician and composer. Vikki has toured extensively as a stand-up as well as many TV appearances including The John Bishop Show, and BBC Radio 3's 'Proms Unplucked' We talked to Vikki about her experiences of freshwater swimming, her musical journey, which included being a flautist in the National Children's Orche…
 
Tom Kerridge is a three-time Michelin starred chef, TV personality and author. Owner of many well-known establishments including The Hand and Flower in Marlow, where he garnered his first Michelin Star, Tom has gone on to regularly appear on TV including The Great British Menu and hosting his own shows like the recent Outdoor Cooking on the Food Ne…
 
Alex Lowe is an English actor, comedian and voice artist. He is the creator and performer of the character Barry from Watford on Steve Wright's BBC Radio 2 show and Iain Lee's shows, as well as also being the creator and performer behind the character Clinton Baptiste, originally seen in Phoenix Nights, as whom he has since toured. Alex chatted to …
 
Nina Conti is a ventriloquist, stand-up comedian and actress. Nina talked to us about her journey into performing and discovering the art of ventriloquism. We talk live performance and the anxieties and care of duty involved when having members of the public join in. We discuss philosophy and car crash dinner parties. PLUS we have bonus content for…
 
Sophie Eggleton is a podcaster, writer, teacher and presenter, a proper all-rounder who's positivity and kindness is infectious and makes her a perfect guest for BLANK. Sophie chats to Giles and Jim about presenting for Download Festival and working in the music industry, being a mental health ambassador and they all delve back into their MySpace p…
 
Graham Coxon is a musician, singer-songwriter, painter and is a founding member and lead guitarist in the rock band Blur. We talked to Graham about his early musical influences whilst growing up in Colchester, Essex and eventually starting a band with long term collaborator Damon Albarn. He speaks openly to us about his experiences with alcoholism,…
 
Steve Pemberton is an actor, writer and comedian. Best known as a member of The League of Gentlemen alongside Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, and Jeremy Dyson. Steve and Reece have also co-written and starred in the sitcom Psychoville and the comedy-drama anthology series Inside No. 9. Steve has also starred in shows like Benidorm, Worzel Gummidge a…
 
Rosie Jones is a comedian, writer and actor who has risen to stardom in the past 18 months in the UK. She has written for panel shows like Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule, Would I Lie to You?, The Last Leg and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and has appeared as a guest on most of them too.She has also written hit Netflix show Sex Education and host…
 
Taj Atwal is an actor best known for playing the role of "Jasminder" in BAFTA Cymru award winning comedy "Stella" aired on Sky1. She has also played a number of guest roles in comedies such as "Miranda" and "In with the Flynn's" as well as featuring in BBC Line Of Duty and upcoming BBC show The Syndicate. She spoke to Giles and Jim about taking up …
 
Henry Winter is the most well known football journalist in the UK. He is currently the Chief Football Writer for The Times, having previously written for The Daily Telegraph and The Independent. He has been a regular on Sky Sports' long-running football review programme The Sunday Supplement, BBC 5Live and has ghost-written many footballer's autobi…
 
Paterson Joseph is an actor and writer. Best known for his appearances in films like The Beach and Aeon Flux and roles in iconic TV shows like Peep Show and most recently BBC Noughts and Crosses. We talked to Paterson about writing his new book 'The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho', how we all deal with taking notes and the balancing act …
 
A special episode to announcement to let you guys know that we have written a book! It's called Blank: Why it's Fine to Falter and Fail, And How To Pick Yourself Up Again and it's OUT NOW!!! We are joined by Celine Hughes, our fantastic Senior Commissioning Editor from Quadrille Publishing, who has published the book to talk about why they acquired…
 
Nick Offerman is an actor, comedian, writer and professional woodworker. Best known for his TV roles in Parks and Recreations, Devs and Fargo and films including We're the Mill, 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. We talked to Nick from his house in the hills of LA about his love of writer Wendell Berry, his journey into acting from his rural home i…
 
Deborah Frances-White is a comedian, author and screenwriter who is founder of the Guilty Feminist comedy network, which help multiple charities, especially relating to refugees and/or human rights. She hosts the podcasts Global Pillage and The Guilty Feminist and is a prominent voice in the fight for equality. Deborah chats to Giles and Jim about …
 
Tamzin Merchant is an actor and writer best known for her roles in 2005's Pride and Prejudice, The Tudors and most recently Amazon Prime's Carnival Row alongside Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. Her first book for children 'The Hatmakers' came out in February 2021 with Puffin Books. We talked to Tamzin about the inspiration around her new book an…
 
Vicky McClure is a Bafta award-winning actress and presenter. Best known for her roles as DI Kate Fleming BBC's Line of Duty and Lol in Shane Meadows This Is England film and subsequent series on Channel 4. In 2019 she made a very personal documentary called Our Dementia Choir, which showed the powerful and positive impact music has on those with a…
 
Miranda Raison is an actor known for her many theatre, television and film roles, with an extensive back catalogue of performances, including appearances on Spooks, Doctor Who, Silk and Spotless on Canal+ amongst others. She spoke to Giles and Jim about getting into acting, expanding into voice over work, speaking French and by association Jim's te…
 
Mathew Horne is a British actor, comedian, and writer. Best known for his work with Catherine Tate and for playing Gavin in Gavin and Stacey, Mathew has been a prolific stage and screen actor, most recently playing Raymond in Rain Man. We talked to Mathew about his career where he initially started in comedy whilst studying at Manchester University…
 
Troy Townsend is Head of Development for Kick It Out, football's quality and inclusion organisation. A key part of Troy's work is addressing gaps in representation across all areas of the game and includes delivering equality and diversity workshops to English Football League (EFL) and scholars with the League Football Education (LFE). We talked to…
 
Jill Halfpenny is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV. Her notable roles include Rebecca Hopkins in ITV soap opera Coronation Street; Kate Mitchell in BBC One soap opera EastEnders; Izzie Redpath in Waterloo Road; and Diane Manning in In The Club. She won the second series of the television dance contest Strictly Come Dancing in 2004. …
 
Harry Lawtey is a British actor most recently seen in HBO/BBC series Industry We talked to Harry about his early life living in Cyprus and moving to London on his own to study acting and performance and how it was hard to be away from home. Harry tells us about working on Industry and learning more about the finance industry to prepare for the role…
 
Sophia Myles is an actor known for her roles inThunderbirds, Isolde in Tristan & Isolde, Darcy in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Erika in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution and Freya in Outlander. We spoke to Sophia about her early life growing up in Notting Hill and being the daughter of a vicar. Sophia spoke candidly about her life and work a…
 
Mike Fenton Stevens is an actor, comedian and podcaster. He is best known for being a founder member of The Hee Bee Gee Bees and the voice behind the Spitting Image 1986 number 1 hit "The Chicken Song". He was a prominent member in the birth of the alternative comedy scene in England in the 180s and also starred in KYTV, its Radio 4 predecessor, Ra…
 
Stephen Fry is a writer, comedian and actor. A prolific career spanning some over 35 years, Stephen Fry has become an icon of British TV, film and literature and a genuine national treasure. We caught up with Stephen while he was in LA and began our conversation by talking about America and how it has changed since the time Stephen spent there film…
 
Hayley Tamaddon is an multi-talented actor, who is best known for her TV roles as Del Dingle in Emmerdale, Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street and as Calista in Shameless but has performed on stage in many huge productions. She spoke to Giles and Jim about how she landed her first big roles in theatre and the graft it took to get there. She also de…
 
Fred Sirieix is a presenter, TV personality and maître d'hôtel, best known for his work on Channel 4's First Dates, BBC's Remarkable Places to Eat, Snackmasters and ITV's Gordon, Gino and Fred's Road Trip. We talked to Fred about his early experiences with food and making his way in the industry, going from training to be a chef to working front of…
 
Sian Harries is a writer, comedian and actress. Sian has written for both television and radio. She co-wrote both Greg Davies's Man Down for Channel 4 and 2018 sitcom, The Tourist Trap, starring Sally Phillips, for the BBC. Known by her closest friends as The Giggler, we spent almost the entire podcast laughing at everything from school plays, live…
 
Charlotte Hawkins is our special guests for this Christmas eve episode! Charlotte is a television and radio presenter, newsreader and journalist, currently getting up at stupid o'clock to brighten our mornings on Good Morning Britain on ITV. She also hosts a show on Classic FM and talks to Giles and Jim about her love of Classical Music. She also d…
 
Naomi Wilkinson is a television presenter, actress and producer, best known for her work in children's televsion on Cbeebies and Channels 5's milkshake. We started our chat by talking to Naomi about her time working at Butlins as a a Red Coats and how that was in someways a launchpad for her career in presenting. She admits that being a presenter o…
 
Kevin Day is a national treasure and one of the Uk's most recognised and well known standup comedians and comedy writers. Kevin came to prominence in the British alternative comedy stand up scene of the late eighties and early nineties, and quickly was MCing The Comedy Store. He has gone on to tour extensively, play the Edinburgh Fringe almost ever…
 
Ian Rankin is a multi-award winning novelist and writer. Best known for his novels based in Edinburgh starring DI John Rebus and in more recent years DI Malcolm Fox, Ian Rankin has regularly contributed to BBC Arts Review and several documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC Four. We talked to Ian from his flat in Edinburgh and began by chatting about hi…
 
Emma Kennedy is a writer, comedian, actress and Lego guru. Originally trained as a solicitor, Emma moved into acting and live performance and then onto writing. Her books include The Tent, The Bucket and Me, which went on to be adapted in a BBC Series called The Kennedys. In 2012 Emma won Celebrity Masterchef. We started our conversation with Emma …
 
Janet Devlin is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter who competed in the eighth series of X-Factor in 2011 where she finished in fifth place. Devlin's debut album was released in 2012 and her second studio album Confessional was released this year. Jane is incredibly open about her career in the music industry and all the ups and downs that has broug…
 
Laura Whitmore is a radio broadcaster, TV presenter, writer and podcaster. Laura's first big gig was presenting for MTV, which led to her then presenting on ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! More recently Laura has presented her own show on Radio 5Live, as well as being the presenter for ITV's Love Island and team captain on Celebrity Juice…
 
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