Stacey Dooley is one of Britain's most loved documentary presenters.
She rose to prominence in 2008, appearing as a contributor on BBC3 series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts; a programme illustrating the typical fashion-obsessed consumer and highlighting throwaway fashion. From 2009 to present day, Stacey has produced an array of social-issue themed documentaries concerning sex trafficking, domestic abuse and prisons from some of the world’s most hostile territories.
In 2011, BBC3 aired Tourism and the Truth: Stacey Dooley Investigates. Over two episodes, Dooley investigated how tourism in Thailand and Kenya affects employees there regarding wages, corruption and environmental changes. She also began presenting CBBC’s Show Me What You're Made Of, which has now finished its seventh series.
Shot in Stacey’s native Luton, My Hometown Fanatics was broadcast on BBC3 in 2012. A three-part series titled Coming Here Soon was broadcast on BBC3 later that year, in which she explored the lives of young people in three countries affected by the global financial crisis: Greece, Ireland and Japan.
Stacey’s impressive work in bringing a voice and platform to many earnt her an MBE for services to broadcasting in 2018. later that year she worked on various projects for BBC1, including investigating the environmental impact that fast fashion has on our planet as well as working with Children In Need to explore the extent of homelessness in the UK. Celebrities on the NHS Front-line was to celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Health Service, where she presented alongside Jonnie Peacock and Michael Mosley and the staff at King’s College Hospital.
In the same year the series of Stacey Dooley Investigates took her to Russia, Florida, Iraq, and Hungary to explore more challenging issues such as child exploitation; sex offenders; war; domestic violence; pollution in the fashion industry and coming face-to-face with an ISIS soldier for which she won a One World Media Award. The episodes of this series won the title of the Most Watched Documentaries on BBC iPlayer.
Stacey was crowned the winner of the 16th series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing in December 2018 and named as Grazia’s new Contributing editor for Investigations in early 2019.
The same year saw Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over debuted on UKTV’s W Channel. The six-part series saw Stacey stay overnight in the company of families within the UK from all walks of life.
She is a big advocate for children's TV and has worked closely with CBBC for a number of years on programmes such as Pets Factor and Nine to Five.
Her debut book On the Frontline with the Women who Fight Back, draws on encounters with the brave, wonderful women Stacey has met over her career to explore, at its centre, womanhood in the world today - it quickly made its way onto The Sunday Times Bestseller list. This prompted her to stage several talks and two UK book tours, where she invited a variety of well-known faces to interview her about her work.
2019 documentaries include; Stacey Dooley and the Lifers; Spy Cams and Creep Catchers; This World’s Spanish Narcos; Whale Wars; Stacey Dooley on the Ward and Bounty Hunters. Many of them quickly became most watched on BBC iPlayer.
Stacey continues to take on a diverse range of projects. She began presenting BBC3’s reality competition series Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star which has just completed its second successful series and is available worldwide on Netflix. In the same year, Stacey took on several challenging documentaries; this takes her documentary tally to over 80 in the years she has been presenting.
Inspired by the front line and others trying to make a difference during the Pandemic, Lockdown Hero’s is the latest BBC3 project for Stacey – armed with social media and a network of contract, she reaches out to people across the country in search of those who are trying to help others throughout the pandemic. Her second Panorama Stacey Dooley and the Lockdown Babies played on BBC1 in July 2020.
Albert Square came calling where she was asked to host an interview show Secrets of the Square whilst EastEnders takes a summer break. Late 2020 sees Stacey filming This is my House, a new primetime Entertainment format for BBC One which will air in 2021. 2021 will also see the return of Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over for W Channel.