Celebrity podcasts: 17 of the best series to listen to in 2020

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Looking for a new podcast series to keep you company throughout the winter months? Give one of these fantastic podcasts from names including Louis Theroux, Jameela Jamil and Michelle Obama a go.     

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic first became part of our everyday lives, podcasts have become even more important than ever. Whether we put them on in the background during our WFH day or tune in before bed to relieve anxiety, the wonderful world of podcasts has been there for us through it all.

And as we head into the autumn months, now is the perfect time to find yourself a new podcast to while away the darker evenings. 

We all know that the world of podcasting has revolutionised the way we consume news, guided the way we talk about self-care and mental health and furthered our obsession with true crime – but it’s also changing the way we interact with celebrities.

Long-gone are the days when the world’s biggest personalities seemed like distant people we only saw or heard from when they were pasted across advertisements or staring out at us from the front page of a magazine. Now, more than ever before, we’re connecting with our favourite celebrities through podcasts – a medium which allows individuals in the limelight to explore their greatest passions and give us an insight into their lives during this strange time.

Lucky for us, the number of celebrities starting podcasts is constantly increasing, meaning there’s always some new episode or series to get started with. So without further ado, here’s Stylist’s guide to the best celebrity podcasts to get started with.

  • Grounded with Louis Theroux

    Louis Theroux has been keeping himself busy in 2020 with his new BBC podcast Grounded With Louis Theroux, which sees the famous documentarian sit down for a chat with some of the high-profile figures he’s been longing to talk to. So far, Theroux has been joined by names including Helena Bonham Carter and Rose McGowan – we can’t wait to see who joins him next.

  • Sex, Lies and DM Slides with Gizzi Erskine

    Food writer and chef Gizzi Erskine’s new podcast isn’t necessarily aimed at foodies. When she first announced the podcast on Instagram, Erskine said Sex, Lies and DM Slides would focus on “all the kind of crazy stuff that happens within the modern world of romance in the internet age”. She also revealed that guest interviews will include “celebrities, comedians, fetish club hosts, dominatrixes, dating site addicts and porn stars”. Erskine is also joined by her co-host Sydney Lima.

This City by Clara Amfo

Best celebrity podcasts: This City with Clara Amfo

BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo has made her mark of the podcasting world with this incredible series. The premise is simple: This City sees Amfo interview a series of celebrity guests (who happen to be some of London’s most recognisable names), about their favourite stories, hidden gems and certified spots in the city. With guests including Louis Theroux, Dina Asher Smith and Jade Thirlwall, you’ll be hooked after the first minute.

CASTaway by Laura Whitmore

Best celebrity podcasts: CASTaway by Laura Whitmore

You may know Laura Whitmore for her new presenter position on the new season of Love Island, but did you know she also hosts podcast? CASTaway sees the TV personality sit down with a number of celebrity guests to talk about all things podcasts, whereas her new series, Dating Hall Of Fame, explores the wonderful world of bad dates. 

How Did We Get Here? with Claudia Winkleman and Professor Tanya Byron

Best celebrity podcasts: How Did We Get Here? with Claudia Winkleman and Professor Tanya Byron

Former Stylist guest editor Claudia Winkleman is back with the second season of her podcast How Did We Get Here? and it’s safe to say we’re very excited. The radio presenter and Strictly Come Dancing host joins her good friend, clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron, to record sessions that offer a deep insight into family issues through conversations with guests. With topics ranging from parental estrangement, gender identity, domestic violence, trauma, inheriting mental health issues, family dynamics after cancer and raising a severely disabled daughter, How Did We Get Here? is a passionate, insightful and moving experience with clear outcomes to each of its 12 episodes.

So Lucky with Dawn O’Porter

Best celebrity podcasts: So Lucky with Dawn O’Porter

Everybody wants to be Dawn O’Porter’s friend, right? The author, broadcaster and journalist has always explored the many issues that affect women – dieting culture, online dating, pregnancy – in a uniquely funny, thoughtful and relatable way. She’s also the writer of hit novels Paper Aeroplanes, The Cows and, most recently, So Lucky. In So Lucky, O’Porter tells the story of female friendships and the perks and pitfalls of life during the digital age. With these themes from the book in mind, Porter has launched a 12-episode podcast series, interviewing guests including Matt Haig, Giovanna Fletcher and Sara Pascoe about the role that luck has played in their lives.

RuPaul: What’s The Tee? with Michelle Visage

Best celebrity podcasts: RuPaul: What’s The Tee? with Michelle Visage

Now RuPaul’s Drag Race has finally landed in the UK, it’s time to get listening to this incredible podcast if you haven’t already.

RuPaul: What’s The Tee? with Michelle Visage sees the two hosts dive into everything, including pop culture, beauty and general advice, as they are joined by a number of high-profile stars from across the worlds of TV, film and music. Perhaps most excitingly, the podcast gives us a peek behind the scenes of the hit show – the icing on top of the cake.

Modern Love

Best celebrity podcasts: Modern Love

Instead of boasting a mere one or two celebrity hosts, Modern Love has them all. This podcast version of the classic New York Times column sees well-known personalities read out true stories of “love, loss and redemption”.

Recent episodes have featured the likes of Amanda Seyfried and Logan Browning.

The Left Ear by Dakota Johnson

Best celebrity podcasts: The Left Ear

The Left Ear marks actor Dakota Johnson’s debut into the podcasting world, and while the episodes are never an easy listen, the project is an incredibly important one.

After posting a picture of her phone number on Instagram, Johnson asked women all over the world to share their stories of sexual harassment, abuse and assault via the phone’s voicemail service. The Left Ear is a collated collection of those stories, told by the survivors themselves. 

Happy Place by Fearne Cotton

Best celebrity podcasts: Happy Place

Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place is a beautifully uplifting podcast which sees the host (and former stylist.co.uk guest editor) interview incredible people about what happiness means to them. 

Boasting an impressive 44 episodes in its entirety, Happy Place has made a name for itself in the podcasting world – and it’s a must-listen for anyone looking for some powerful, thought-provoking interviews to dive into.  

Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Best celebrity podcasts: Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Table Manners with Jessie Ware is a podcast all about the messy intersection of food and family which occurs over the dinner table.

Accompanied by her “chef extraordinaire” mum Lennie, each week Ware invites over a new guest to sit down and chat over a plate of delicious food. It’s a laid back, funny and generally delightful listen – perfect for popping in one ear during your commute. 

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Best celebrity podcasts: Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

If you’re someone who finds yourself constantly asking questions about how the world works, Getting Curious is probably the podcast for you.

Hosted by Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, each of the episodes (which are uploaded weekly) sees the host explore a topic with the help of an expert in that field. Get ready to have your curiosity piqued. 

The Gurls Talk Podcast by Adwoa Aboah

Best celebrity podcasts: The Gurls Talk Podcast by Adwoa Aboah

Former Stylist guest editor Adwoa Aboah’s The Gurls Talk Podcast is a must-listen for anyone looking for some seriously in-depth and fierce female-led conversation. 

Each episode features a different incredible guest (recent appearances include Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams and period poverty activist Amika George) as the model speaks to them about their lives, issues they’re passionate about and everything in between. 

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey

Best celebrity podcasts: Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations is a podcast designed to lead you through the big questions in life.

Featuring powerful interviews with best-selling authors, thought leaders and health and wellness experts, the episodes are thought-provoking and inspiring all at once. The most recent episode features Chanel Miller, the sexual assault survivor at the centre of the Brock Turner case.

Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People

Best celebrity podcasts: Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People

Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People is jam-packed with inspirational, life-affirming stories about some of the world’s most incredible people. 

Again, each episode features a different guest, as Piper sits down with them to discuss how they turned adversity into positivity. One thing’s for certain: this podcast is truly extraordinary. 

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