About Jaci

Jaci Stephen portrait

“…will grow up to be Mae West, if nobody strangles her first”

Nancy Banks Smith, The Guardian


Jaci Stephen is an award-winning journalist in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her television column has appeared in the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine for over 25 years. The Daily Mail is the UK’s biggest newspaper, and the magazine commands an audience of over 3 million readers from the 1.7million UK sales. In addition, she writes features, interviews, TV and movie reviews, and commentary, for both the Daily Mail and its sister paper, the Mail on Sunday. Her work also appears on MailOnline, where she writes reviews about US TV and features. MailOnline has more than 252m global unique browsers.


In 1990, Jaci was named Broadcasting Writer of the Year in the What the Papers Say Awards in the UK. In 1998, she was also nominated for Journalist of the Year. Jaci has spent most of her career in newspapers and is used to working to pressurized deadlines.


As a freelance writer for additional publications, her work has been published in: The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Times Educational Supplement, Times Literary Supplement, The Fiction Magazine, Poetry Wales, The Anglo-Welsh Review, Books and Bookmen, New Statesman, and the Hell’s Kitchen based magazine W42St, where she was a columnist.


Jaci left the UK to live in America in 2009 and chose to live in both Los Angeles and in New York to cover TV personalities and celebrities as well as TV and film production companies. She has been definitively settled in New York for nine years.


In 2015, her blog ‘LA Not So Confidential’ won two awards. In the Southern California Journalism Awards, Jaci won the award for Satire/Humor writing (across all platforms) and also won the Humor Writing award in the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards (US). The blog covers show business, celebrities, TV and Lifestyle.


Jaci was also nominated for Individual Blog, International Critic, and Interviewer between 2013-2017. She has appeared on and presented many TV shows, including her own formats, Star Suppers and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. The former was filmed in her Paris apartment, where celebrities cooked for her while she interviewed them. One program was nominated for a Royal Television Society award. The latter was a similar format but filmed in the UK.


Jaci is also a published fiction writer and poet and also has a passion for languages. She speaks reasonable French that she learned during her time living in Paris; she is also learning Spanish and Italian.


In her younger years, Jaci was a champion ballroom dancer and award-winning public speaker and debater.


Now also working in residential real estate in New York City, Jaci has joined Nest Seekers International.  

  • BBC’s Los Angeles correspondent on Radio Four during 2009/2010.
  • Presenter, The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV), a news, entertainment and current affairs show, 2010 – 2013 with guests talking about topical events.
  • Presenter and resident TV and Film CriticThis Morning – a daytime news/entertainment show on ITV, 1997 – 2002, guest presenting live, studio-based reviews of current TV shows and movies (1million viewers).
  • Presenter, Loose Women – a daily afternoon discussion show, on ITV, 2003 – 2004, with 2 million viewers.
  • Presenter, Writer, Associate Producer, Star Suppers (own format), on the UK Food channel, 2003 – entertaining and interviewing celebrities who cooked in her Paris apartment.
  • Presenter, Writer, Associate Producer, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (own format) on ITV Wales channel, 2005. (A new series following on from the success of Star Suppers).
  • Presenter and Judge, (Presenters) series on ITV Wales, 2002. Talent show to find a new TV presenter. (Named the “Simon Cowell” of the jury).
  • Presenter, Culture Vultures, BBC Wales (radio), 2000 – 2001 Arts-based discussion and interview show.
  • Subject, The Secret of My Success, ITV Wales, 2009. Single program in a 12-part series exploring personal and professional background, and career development.
  • Subject, So You Think You Want a Healthy Lifestyle? Channel 4, 2003. Shot on location and home exploring benefits (or not) of a super-healthy lifestyle.

Used to: presenting live and recorded TV shows, studio-based and on location; reading autocue in a studio or staged setting; creating scripted and unscripted TV formats and interviewing guests in format-based TV/radio shows. Equity member.

Jaci has also published books, including – First Fictions (Faber, 1984); The Green Bridge: Stories from Wales (Seren Books, 1988); Poetry Wales (1983); The Other Side of Summer – audio book (BBC Radio 4, 1984) and Definitions of a Horse – novel (Hutchinson, 1990).

In 1976, Jaci was a member of the the first National Youth Theatre of Wales. Still an occasional actor, she is also a trained singer, an ex-ballroom dancing champion, and an award-winning public speaker and debater.


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