With a series of thoughtful real life documentaries under her belt including the topics of pregnancy, dating, marriage, alcohol and breastfeeding it’s no wonder
Cherry Healey can be arguably described as the modern day Carrie Bradshaw of the real woman. With being a full time mum and wife, presenting and keeping up an awesome website and blog, I was lucky enough to catch up with the lady herself and chat directing, pregnancy and that wonderful wardrobe of hers!
Hello Cherry, for those that haven’t witnessed your awesome t.v persona- tell us a little about yourself…
I make immersive programmes for BBC3. My first appearance was investigating women’s relationship with alcohol – and yes, I did get drunk all in the name of journalism – ahem! Since then I’ve made programmes looking at pregnancy, marriage and dating. My next project is out on the 12th April (and then available on iPlayer) and investigates breastfeeding.
What first got you into presenting?
I was working as an assistant producer making factual programmes for the BBC when a friend suggested I try out for a vacancy that had just come up. As an AP I would travel around the country trying to find interesting stories and people, so I thought immersive journalism sounded fascinating and fairly similar to the job I was doing at the time (except not in front of the camera!). Much to my surprise, within a few months I found myself presenting a programme!
If you didn’t do presenting, what do you think you would do?
I’d almost certainly want to be a director. People’s stories and perspectives are fascinating and they never fail to surprise me!
You have done lots of work on BBC 3, what was your favourite thing to present and why?
I loved presenting the programme investigating pregnancy. I met so many amazing women and even saw one of them give birth! It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. I was also really struggling with the idea of becoming a mum and the process of speaking to such a wide range of women helped with the transition.
What are the five words you would use to describe yourself?
I think it’s summed up in one: over-sharer (and that’s not really a word!)
On your website and blog you post some amazing outfits and really lovely style tips and tricks, what inspires your style?
Three things inspire my outfits: what’s clean, what’s comfortable and what can I run for a bus in! In a perfect world my outfit would be the love-child of Alexa Chung and Sarah Beeny – perfectly cute and fantastically practical!
What is your favourite thing in your wardrobe? Where about do you like to shop?
I’ve got a few favourite items. There is a slight silk theme. Total coincidence.
– Glam: a silk, navy jumpsuit from Zara – it’s incredibly flattering and easy to wear.
– Vintage: a silk, cream pleated Christian Dior shirt that used to belong to my Godmother
– Home: a pair of silky pyjamas worn with my husbands best jumper. Much to his annoyance.
– Work: thermals. I never, ever go anywhere without them.
If I were to peek into your handbag at this moment, what would I find?
Hard-core hand moisturiser (hate dry hands), spare thermal top (obv), makeup bag (containing Clinique brow pen, Max Factor mascara, Chanel foundation & MAC lipliner), iPhone, pad with pen (have a terrible memory so am endlessly writing lists), book (usually on the topic of the project I’m working on), a pot of raisins and a plastic duck (courtesy of my daughter!).
Cherry’s newest documentary ‘Is Breast Best?’ is on BBC 3 tonight at 9pm- don’t miss it!