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Stacey Dooley

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Dooley at an event organised by War on Want in 2009 protesting against sweatshops
Stacey Jaclyn Dooley

(1987-03-09) 9 March 1987 (age 32)
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • Television presenter
  • journalist
  • documentary filmmaker
  • writer
  • media personality
Years active2008–present
TelevisionBlood, Sweat and T-shirts
Stacey Dooley Investigates
Strictly Come Dancing

Stacey Jaclyn Dooley MBE (born 9 March 1987)[1] is an English television presenter, journalist, documentary filmmaker, media personality, and author. Since 2009, she has made social-issue-themed television documentaries for BBC Three concerning child labour and women in developing countries.[2] She also won the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[3]


  • 1 Life and career
    • 1.1 1987–2010: Early life and career beginnings
    • 1.2 2011–2017: Stacey Dooley Investigates and television career
    • 1.3 2018–present: Television career, debut book, and Strictly Come Dancing
  • 2 Filmography
  • 3 Bibliography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Life and career[edit]

1987–2010: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Stacey Dooley was born on 9 March 1987 in Luton. Her father was from Ireland, and left the family when Stacey was two years old.[4][5] She grew up in Luton, Bedfordshire, and studied at Stopsley High School. Dooley left school at 15 and worked as a shop assistant, selling perfumes at Luton Airport. She also worked in a hairdressers in Bramingham.[6]

At the age of 21,[7] Dooley first appeared on television when she travelled to India as one of the participants on the documentary television series Blood, Sweat and T-shirts in April 2008. Dooley and the other participants were selected to illustrate the typical fashion-obsessed consumer. Thanks to her appearance on the show, and partly because of her interest in labour laws in developing countries, a series was commissioned with Dooley as presenter. Stacey Dooley Investigates began in August 2009 and a two-part special was shown on BBC Three throughout August and September 2009. It also aired in Australia on ABC2 from 2 June 2010.[8] In October 2010, BBC Three aired two further programmes, the first on former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the second on sex trafficking and underage sex slavery in Cambodia.

2011–2017: Stacey Dooley Investigates and television career[edit]

In 2011, BBC Three aired Tourism and the Truth: Stacey Dooley Investigates. Over two episodes, Dooley investigated how tourism in Thailand and Kenya affects employees there, in particular with regard to wages, corruption and environmental changes.[9] Also in 2011, Dooley presented the CBBC series Show Me What You're Made Of.

Shot in Dooley's native Luton, My Hometown Fanatics was broadcast on BBC Three on 20 February 2012. In the programme, Dooley interviewed Islamists and the English Defence League. A three-part series titled Coming Here Soon was broadcast on BBC Three in June and July 2012, in which Dooley explored the lives of young people in three countries affected by the global financial crisis: Greece, Ireland and Japan.[10] The programme on Japan was criticised by some because it ignored the Samaritans guidelines on reporting of suicide.[11] While Dooley was in the United States in 2012, she created two series of Stacey Dooley in the USA where she investigated issues affecting teens across America such as: Girls Behind Bars, Border Wars, Homelessness and Kids in the Crossfire.[1] In 2015, Dooley created the documentary series Beaten By My Boyfriend where she investigated domestic abuse within the UK.

In 2016, Dooley presented Stacey Dooley in Cologne: The Blame Game, about the 2015 New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany, which aired on 29 January. She also presented Stacey Dooley: Hate and Pride in Orlando where she travelled to Orlando, Florida in the aftermath of the Pulse Bar shootings. On 30 July, Dooley appeared on the BBC's Celebrity Mastermind where her specialist subject was the television series Girls. In November, Dooley appeared in a BBC Three series Brainwashing Stacey, where she went to a US anti-abortion summer camp and then to some African big-game hunters. Stacey also made a documentary Sex in Strange Places for which she travelled to Turkey, Brazil and Russia to explore people's different attitudes towards sex and prostitution.[1]

In December 2016, Dooley was stopped by police in Tokyo while filming Young Sex For Sale In Japan, a documentary about child sexual exploitation in that country. She was held on the street for two hours by police who were investigating their confrontation with two men "protecting" some of the girls, who had called the police on the film crew. After initially being confronted by two men who demanded "no movies", the pair tried to use physical force against the film crew to make them leave the area. The story was released a few days before the programme was made available in February 2017.[12]

In March 2017, Dooley presented Canada's Lost Girls, in which she travelled across Canada investigating the various factors which played a part in the disappearance and murder of over 1200 Native American women. Stacey also narrated a documentary The Natives: This Is Our America where she investigated the lives of young Native Americans, and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.[13] In 2017, Dooley presented The Pets Factor for CBBC.

2018–present: Television career, debut book, and Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In April 2018, Dooley took part in a BBC show Celebrities on the NHS Front-line to celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Health Service.[14] In the 2018 series of Stacey Dooley Investigates, she travelled to Russia, Florida, Iraq, and Hungary to explore more challenging issues such as child exploitation, sex offenders, war, domestic violence, pollution in the fashion industry, and coming face-to-face with an ISIS soldier for which she won a One World Media Award. The episodes of this series won the title of the Most Watched Documentaries on BBC iPlayer. Dooley considers herself a feminist and has made documentaries regarding gender equality.[1]

Dooley published her debut book in February 2018: Stacey Dooley, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back. The book features topics concerning sex trafficking, domestic violence, gender equality and child exploitation.[1] The book became a Sunday Times Bestseller.[1] She also had her own UK book tour, hosted by Viv Groskop.

Dooley was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting.[15] In 2012,[16] and again in 2015, Dooley was a member of the judging panel for The Observer Ethical Awards.[17]

On 16 August 2018, Dooley was announced as the eighth contestant to take part in the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing;[18] on 15 December 2018, she was announced as the winner of the series alongside dance partner Kevin Clifton.[19] Following her win, shortly afterwards the BBC announced Dooley as co-presenter of New Year Live on BBC One, alongside fellow Strictly 2018 contestant Joe Sugg.[20] She also took part in BBC One‘s Children in Need where she explored the number of homeless young people in the UK.[1]

In 2019, Dooley was announced as Grazia's new contributing editor for Investigations.[1] She appeared on The National Television Awards 2019, presented BBC’s The Nine To Five With Stacey Dooley, and took part in The Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour throughout the UK. Dooley also presented BBC Three’s Glow Up: Britain's Next Make Up Star.


Series title No. Episode title Episode date Role
2008: Blood, Sweat and T-shirts (4 episodes) 22 April – 13 May 2008 Participant
2009–present: Stacey Dooley Investigates[21]
Child Labour 1 Kids for Sale 1 October 2009 Herself
2 Kids with Machetes 8 October 2009 Herself
Child Labour Series 2 1 Kids with Guns 7 October 2010 Herself
2 Sex Trafficking in Cambodia 14 October 2010 Herself
Holiday Hell 1 Thailand: Tourism and the Truth 28 March 2011 Herself
2 Tourism and the Truth: Kenya 9 June 2011 Herself
My Hometown Fanatics 20 February 2012 Herself
The Truth About Magaluf 7 January 2013 Herself
New Drug Frontiers 1 Cocaine Capital of the World 12 August 2013 Herself
2 Thailand's Drug Craze 19 August 2013 Herself
3 Europe's Dirty Drugs Secret 26 August 2013 Herself
The Truth About... 1 Booze, Bar Crawls and Bulgaria 30 September 2013 Herself
2 Sex, Stags and Prague 7 October 2013 Herself
3 Crime, Carnage and Cancun 14 October 2013 Herself
4 Domestic Violence 26 June 2014 Herself
Beaten by My Boyfriend[22] 25 March 2015 Herself
Series 6 1 Meth and Madness in Mexico 7 April 2015 Herself
2 Ecstasy Wars 14 April 2015 Herself
3 The Cannabis Smugglers 21 April 2015 Herself
Series 7 1 Saving the Cyber Sex Girls 19 October 2015 Herself
2 World's Worst Place to Be a Woman? 26 October 2015 Herself
Series 8: Sex in Strange Places 1 Turkey 8 March 2016 Herself
2 Brazil 15 March 2016 Herself
3 Russia 22 March 2016 Herself
1 In Cologne: The Blame Game (14 min short) 28 January 2016 Herself
1 Hate and Pride in Orlando (15 min short) 24 June 2016 Herself
Series 9: Migrant Kids in Crisis 1 Greece (30 mins) 19 April 2016 Herself
1 On the Frontline: Girls, Guns and Isis 15 November 2016 Herself
Series 10: Brainwashing Stacey 1 Anti-Abortion Camp 29 November 2016 Herself
2 Living with Big Game Hunters 6 December 2016 Herself
Series 11 1 Young Sex for Sale in Japan 28 February 2017 Herself
2 Canada’s Lost Girls (40 mins) 7 March 2017 Herself
3 Mums Selling Their Kids for Sex (35 mins) 16 May 2017 Herself
4 Kids Selling Drugs Online (19 mins) 14 July 2017 Herself
5 The Billion Pound Party (28 mins) 7 August 2017 Herself
6 Second Chance Sex Offenders 24 January 2018 Herself
7 Russia's War on Women 31 January 2018 Herself
8 Face to Face with Isis (33 Mins) 7 February 2018 Herself
9 Gypsy Kids Taken from Home (42 Mins) 14 February 2018 Herself
10 Shot by My Neighbour (43 Mins) 10 September 2018 Herself
11 Face to Face with Armageddon (39 Mins) 18 September 2018 Herself
12 Fashion's Dirty Secrets 8 October 2018 Herself
13 The Young and Homeless 13 November 2018 Herself
2011–present: Show Me What You're Made Of
Series 1–6 (25 episodes to date) Herself
2012: Coming Here Soon[23]
Series 1 1 Greece, Bust and Broken 26 June 2012 Herself
2 Ireland, Lost and Leaving 3 July 2012 Herself
3 Japan, Fall of the Rising Sun 10 July 2012 Herself
2012, 2014: Stacey Dooley in the USA[24]
Series 1 1 Girls Behind Bars 22 October 2012 Herself
2 Gay to Straight 29 October 2012 Herself
3 Border Wars 5 November 2012 Herself
Series 2 4 Giving Up My Baby 3 July 2014 Herself
5 Homeless in Detroit 10 July 2014 Herself
6 Kids in the Crossfire 17 July 2014 Herself
2012: Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera[25]
(1 episode) 15 November 2012 Narrator
2018: Strictly Come Dancing (series 16) (25 episodes) 8 September 2018 – 15 December 2018 Winner
2019: Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star[26] 6 March – Present Host


  • Stacey Dooley, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back (2018)