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Neil Simpson was born in England in 1966 and has a degree in Film Studies from the University of Stirling and the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in London.
He has been an award-winning journalist and a section editor on the Daily Mirror, Sunday Telegraph and Mail on Sunday and has written regularly for the Daily Star and many consumer and entertainment magazines. He is an experienced commentator on television and radio and can be commissioned for celebrity-based newspaper articles and columns.
Neil took on his first ghost-writing commission in 1998 when he was asked to help a millionaire businessman produce a unique self-help book. Since then he has written with sports players, pop stars, reality television personalities, high achievers and a host of â€˜ordinaryâ€™ people who have lived extraordinary lives. He is happy to remain in the background when books are published and never betrays a co-authorâ€™s confidence.
He is always happy to hear from showbusiness agents, public relations staff and interesting individuals who want to produce a great book.
Dermot O'Leary is the man with the dreamy good looks, the relaxed, natural charm and the real-life X-Factor. He's in every top ten of the sexiest men on TV, he's long been called 'head boy in the cool school of British broadcasting' and he's now jostling for the position of star of live, prime time entertainment. But there's a whole lot more to Dermot than talent show, realty TV and Radio 2. In this, the first biography of the famously private star, best-selling author Neil Simpson paints the most complete picture yet of a surprisingly complex man. He reveals the truth about Dermot's life as: *The Essex boy whose heart belongs to Ireland - and who's got the tattoos to prove it. *The hunk who couldn't get a steady girlfriend until he reached his mid-twenties. *The television professional whose first ventures in front of a live audience nearly ended in disaster. *The man about town who sacrificed his social life to become the face of youth TV - and then risked everything when he walked away. *The new lad from T4 who found fame alongside Big Brother - but whose most cherished programme was about Catholic priests. *The laid back charmer whose hidden ambitions have made him a millionaire and could turn him into the new Parkinson. Drawing on the memories of friends and colleagues alike this unique biography covers everything from Dermot's relationships to his religion to his religion, his love of football to the support of his family. Famously hard working and endlessly good-humoured, Dermot O'Leary is the man with the million pound smile. This is his refreshing, surprising and inspirational story.
Gordon Ramsay is the most exciting and high-profile chef of today. His amazing talent, huge personality and non-nonsense attitude have propelled him to the top of his profession and won him legions of admirers the world over. His television programmes such as Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and The F Word attract huge audiences; viewers just can't seem to get enough of this driven, outspoken kitchen wizard. But what lies behind the man in the chef's whites and just how did he manoeuvre himself into such a prominent position in the culinary world? A multi-millionaire by the time he was 30, Ramsay is as ambitious today as he was when he was a teenager. At the age of 18, he was a professional footballer playing for Glasgow Rangers. An injury sent him from the football field to the kitchen, where he well and truly made his mark. He juggles 18-hour days in the kitchens of his various restaurants with his television career and his role as devoted father and husband - and still finds time to run marathons! This in-depth and affectionate book traces the life of Gordon Ramsay from the council estates of Glasgow and the picturesque countryside of Stratford-upon-Avon to some of the finest and most expensive restaurants in the world. It also examines how he has overcome the recent allegations which threatened to tear apart his world and the empire he has worked so hard to build. Sometimes hilarious and sometimes heart-breaking, it uncovers the secret tragedies that helped to turn Ramsay into one of the most successful men of his generation.
Lorraine Kelly is Britain's undisputed Queen of breakfast television. From TV-am , GMTV and This Morning to LK Today , her genuine warmth, enthusiasm and energy have made her the most-loved broadcaster in Britain.But there is far more to Lorraine than glossy television shows. Born in a one-bedroom flat in Glasgow's notorious Gorbals district, she became a journalist the hard way. She spent years learning her trade on local papers before working as a researcher on BBC Scotland - where bosses told her she would never get a job in front of a camera.Since then, Lorraine has certainly proved them wrong, reporting on some of the toughest stories of the age - from the Piper Alpha and Lockerbie disasters to the tragedy at Dunblane. And with every job she has shown the sensitivity and compassion that have helped viewers take her to their hearts.Today Lorraine is a true television superwoman. This fantastic biography charts her extraordinary life and career; the endless struggles with her weight; the happiness she has found with husband Steve and daughter Rosie; the old friends who have kept her grounded in London's showbiz jungle; and the real reason why she started running marathons in her 40s - raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity in the process.
Comedian, teatime talk show host and all-round entertainer, multi-award winning Paul O'Grady is one of the most popular figures on British television.But his real-life journey has been more dramatic than any of his on-stage stories.Born into a noisy Irish Catholic household in Birkenhead, Paul was always determined to live a colourful life. He was a boxing champion as a boy. He became a dad as a teenager. He has been a barman in a brothel and spent his first years in London working as a carer to some of the capital's most at-risk kids.In this, the first major biography of the star, Neil Simpson reveals the extraordinary highs and the terrible lows of Paul's life. He explains: how Lily Savage was born as a way to make more money - and help Paul take his mind off the horrors he saw every day as a social worker; how tough it was for the 'blonde bombsite from Birkenhead' to break into the entertainment mainstream; and, why Paul decided to risk everything by throwing off Lily's wig and carving out a new career as himself.The depression, the private grief and the near fatal heart attacks that struck as Paul re-invented himself as the funniest and most successful chat show host in the country. Frequently hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenchingly sad, Paul O'Grady has always lived his life on a rollercoaster of emotions. Today he is a proud grandfather, a multimillionaire and a man loved by millions of devoted fans. This is his incredible story.
Comedian, tea-time talk show host and all-round entertainer, multi-award winning Paul O'Grady is one of the most popular figures on British television. Brought up in an Irish Catholic house in Tranmere, Birkenhead, O'Grady has come a long way from his roots. And what a lively and incredible journey it has been. He has worked as a civil servant, a waiter, a barman, a woodsman, a carer in a children's home and an office worker in an abattoir. And his private life has been equally colourful. He was married twice in his youth - once to a lesbian Portuguese waitress. Initially famous for his outrageous wigs and raucous behaviour, he found fame as Lily Savage or the 'Blonde Bombshell', a vampish drag act that was inspired by his experiences when working as a waiter in a brothel. He began by touring gay clubs and pubs. Then, in the early 1990s, he achieved more mainstream fame with his big break - a slot on ITV's This Morning . In recent years, after hosting many highly acclaimed TV shows as Lily Savage, O'Grady has chosen to appear as himself. He has been seen jet-setting around the world in his travelogue shows entitled Paul O'Grady's Orient and Paul O'Grady's America, causing havoc in the BBC's Celebrity Driving School , and, most recently, hosting his hugely popular self-titled talk show. The abundance of awards that Paul O'Grady has been given in the past five years are a testament to just how much affection the British public have for him. In this hilarious new biography, Neil Simpson paints a fascinating and novel portrait of the wild and incredible man that we all love so much.
A wonderful biography of the undisputed king of celebrity chefs, Neil Simpson paints a fascinating picture of the man in full, and uncovers the secret tragedies that turned Gordon Ramsay into one of the most driven, successful and angry men in Britain. He details: the violent, alcoholic, absent father who died just days after the pair had been reconciled as adults; the best-friend and protege whose bizarre suicide came hours after the two had shared a final meal; the decade-long battle to save his younger brother from heroin addiction and crime; and, the real reason why Gordon wasn't at the birth of any of his four children - and has never changed a nappy in his life. Sometimes hilarious and frequently heart-breaking, Gordon Ramsay's life story runs from the council estates of Glasgow and the picture post-card countryside of Stratford-upon-Avon to some of the finest and most expensive restaurants in the world. This is his incredible, inspiring story.
Lorraine Kelly is Britain's undisputed Queen of breakfast television. Millions of us have been waking up to her for more than 20 years - from TV-am and GMTV through to This Morning and her phenomenally successful show LK Today . Her genuine warmth, enthusiasm and energy have made her the most-loved broadcaster in Britain - and one of the best connected people in entertainment. But there is far more to Lorraine than just glossy television shows. Born in a one-bedroom flat in Glasgow's notorious Gorbals district, she became a journalist the hard way. She spent years learning her trade on local papers before working as a researcher on BBC Scotland - where bosses told her she would never get a job in front of a camera. Since then Lorraine has certainly proved them wrong. Since joining TV-am she has reported on some of the toughest stories of the age - from the Piper Alpha and Lockerbie disasters to the tragedy at Dunblane. And with every job she has shown the sensitivity and compassion that have helped viewers take her to their hearts. Today Lorraine is a true television superwoman - and in her first ever biography, we chart her extraordinary life and career; the endless struggles with her weight and the reason why she thinks the word 'diet' should be banned; the happiness she has found with husband Steve and daughter Rosie; the old friends who have kept her grounded in London's showbiz jungle; and the real reason why she started running marathons in her 40s - raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity in the process. Lorraine Kelly is an inspiration and a national treasure.
Little Britain has rocketed into the 'best of the BBC' with Matt Lucas and David Walliams delighting us all with the mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain. However despite their regular appearances on high profile chat shows such as Parkinson very little is actually known about these two fantastic BAFTA awarding wining actors/comedians who have just launched into their third series. This book is a compelling read as we find out the people behind the personas of some of the most truly controversial characters, from wearing drag to Matt's favourite sausage this book really does have all the answers!
Jade Goody is Big Brother's greatest success story and one of the hottest properties on the celebrity scene today. She is Heat Magazine's best-selling cover-girl, and she continues to boost-ratings on TV whenever she steps in front of the camera. Her fitness video Jade's Dance Workout out sold Geri Halliwell's effort and 3 years after first gracing our screens her star is still in the assent. In this major biography, top showbiz reporter Neil Simpson reveals: how Jade survived her terrible childhood; the truth behind her turbulent break-up with long-term boyfriend and father of her two children, Jeff Braizer; the loss of her father to a heroine overdose; and the secret of just how she runs her career - single handed! This is the story of a truly phenomenal woman, who despite her critics has overcome a mountain of personal issues as well as the intense media spotlight; endearing her to the nation who always loves a winner.