Julia Hardy


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Julia is currently one of the most renowned and respected hosts in the world of video games, as well as an accomplished live host covering music and entertainment content.  

In 2020 her new podcast series This Game Changed My Life launches for BBC Sounds.  

Everyone from the BBC to BAFTA, Xbox to PlayStation – all trust her to bring their content to gamers from across the globe. She has also worked for 4Music, Channel 5, BBC 3, Bravo, Challenge TV, BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 4 Radio 5 Live, BAFTA, Vice, The Guardian, The Mirror, Very.co.uk, Xbox, Playstation, Eurogamer, Front, SBTV

Originally starting in music TV, she has worked hosting content from all different genres from to anchoring the biggest amateur boxing match between the world's biggest Youtubers Logan Paul and the KSI to being Sky News' and Very.co.uk's go-to everywoman tech expert.

Having hosted and scripted two video game TV shows for Bravo and then Challenge TV, she then became Radio 1's gaming presenter. Fronting all their gaming TV content for iPlayer on 'The Gaming Show,' as well as covering all of their gaming content for live on air. Her relationship with Radio 1 was bolstered further when she was asked to dep for Early Breakfast shows over Xmas, moving her away from solely gaming at Radio 1 and onto another exciting path.

She also provides consultancy to brands and channels when they want to create unique gaming or esports content having fronted BBC 3's mainstream esports content several times.

Julia was one of the leading voices for raising awareness for women's treatment within the gaming community (a previously notoriously toxic and dangerous environment for women), she created a blog called Misogyny Monday to call out some of the more disgusting comments that she would receive and turn it into something positive. The popularity of that blog led to her being invited to Canada to do a TEDx talk on sexism which was performed to a crowd of over 1300 people and was simultaneously the best/most challenging experience of her life. If you'd like to watch it in full, click on the REELS tab and scroll across.

A hugely public mental health advocate as she has suffered from depression her whole adult life and a keen supporter of The Alzheimer's Society due to her mum's condition. She is also fairly obsessed with training (current mission is a six pack) she has used working out as a means of keeping herself fit but also mentally healthy, she often posts her training regimes on Instagram so that people can revel in the terrible gym faces she pulls.