After a brief go at drama school and a stint working in fashion in her early 20s, Gemma is now a BBC broadcaster, magpie, life enthusiast who has won awards for making documentaries on subjects such as young people in violent relationships, she presents The Surgery Show on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday nights at 9pm and co-produced and presented internet entertainment show, The Fox Problem. Gemma has presented shows and one offs for BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 2, 3, 4, 4 Extra, 6Music and BBC World Service. She is also founder of boutique production company – Boom Shakalaka Productions. She likes to write, explore the planet, trek mountains and DJ garage classics.
2017 will see the release of Gemma’s first book – ‘Open, a toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be’ published by Pan Macmillan.
(2016) Winner of the Rose D’or Award for Best Music Programme for Amazing Grace on BBC 6Music, presented by Gemma Cairney & produced by Jax Coombes.
(2016) Silver Winner for Best Music Special at the New York’s Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs for Amazing Grace on BBC 6Music presented by Gemma Cairney & produced by Jax Coombes.
(2015) Silver Award Winner for Best Music Special at the New York’s Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs for BBC 6Music’s – Mali Music presented by Gemma Cairney & produced by Jax Coombes.
(2014) A Women to Watch Under 30 Award at Red Magazine’s Women Of The Year Awards.
(2014) SONY GOLD for Best Documentary for Tempted by Teacher. Presented By Gemma Cairney & produced by Markthree Media for BBC Radio 1.
(2013) SONY GOLD for Best Documentary for Bruising Silence presented by Gemma Cairney & produced by Snappin’ Turtle Productions for BBC Radio 1.