Hello and welcome! Some of you may know me as former call girl blogger Belle de Jour, the inspiration for ITV and Showtime's series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Others may know me as Dr Brooke Magnanti, forensic scientist and columnist. Or maybe you don't know me yet... but I hope you'll stay and find out!
"She is the thinking man’s dream girl ... There is nothing this woman can’t do, and you can tell by the history of her blogging."
- Clive James
Brooke Magnanti, one of Observer’s “Faces of 2009” and Guardian newspaper's “Best British Weblog 2003,” is a scientist and author. She is writer of the award-winning Belle de Jour blog, the first blog to ever become a book. The books were adapted into the hit ITV show "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" starring Billie Piper.
Brooke has been featured by more than 100 media outlets including the Sunday Times, Independent, New Scientist, Grazia, The Scotsman, HardTalk, Sky News, This Week and Newsnight. She is a columnist for the Telegraph's Wonder Women, former science editor of Cliterati, and has contributed pieces to the Guardian, Big Issue, and Town. Brooke was featured in an episode of Stephen Fry's Planet Word and is a popular public speaker on the themes of biometric and forensic science, sexualisation and popular culture, and internet anonymity and identity.
Brooke was born in west central Florida in 1975. She was a National Merit Scholar and received a B.Sc. from Florida State University in 1996, where she studied in the Anthropology and Mathematics departments. She later studied for a master's in Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Sheffield in England, and earned the UK's first ever Ph.D. in Forensic Pathology, specialising in human decomposition and postmortem identification. She has worked in forensic science, epidemiology, chemoinformatics and cancer research. Brooke currently lives in rural NW Scotland with her husband.