Clara Amfo is the latest celebrity to announce a fascinating new podcast series, joining the likes of Claudia Winkleman and Fearne Cotton. Here, we spotlight 13 of the best celebrity podcasts you need to be listening to.
The world of podcasting has revolutionised the way we consume news, guided the conversations we’re having and furthered our obsession with true crime. And now, it’s 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 of a magazine. More than ever before, we’re connecting with our favourite celebrities through their podcasts – a medium which allows individuals in the limelight to not only reclaim their narrative, but discuss something they’re passionate about as they do so.
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As the number of podcasts steadily increases, it can sometimes feel a bit of a challenge to sort through everything that’s available and find the one worth listening to. That’s why this guide to Stylist’s best celebrity podcasts exists: to help you find the best content by our favourite people, without all the fuss in between.
This City by Clara Amfo
BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo is launching a brand new podcast for 2020 on the 21 January, and it sounds seriously exciting. The premise is simple: This City will see 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, This City promises to provide an insight into some of the most beloved areas of London.
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 has a podcast? Hosted by Whitmore herself, CASTaway sees the TV personality sit down with a number of celebrity guests to talk all things podcasts. If you consider yourself a podcast newbie, this series is sure to get you started.
How Did We Get Here? with Claudia Winkleman and Professor Tanya Byron
Former Stylist guest editor Claudia Winkleman has a new podcast for 2020. 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
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 is launching 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
With contributions from Georgina Smith
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