In 2010, Julia supported the Children in Need charity appeal when she participated, again alongside Matt, in a unique globetrotting experience, Around the World in 80 Days. The six part series saw six celebrity pairings embark on a mammoth quest to travel around the world in relay race fashion – Julia and Matt undertook the Asian leg, traveling through Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. Her efforts for Children in Need raised over £15,000, as, aside from her cross continental exploits, an ardent fan donated £10,000 to join her on a TV walk.
In Climb Britain for BBC1 Julia faced her fears and managed to successfully climb to the top of The Old Man of Stoer – a 60 meter high sea stack that surges from the sea alongside the cliffs in Lochinver, Sutherland. Julia had never rock climbed before and regards this as one of her most frightening challenges. “It is good to push yourself - to prove to that you really can do anything if you set your mind to it.”
As a pioneer for outdoor exploration and adventure, drawing on her epic travels throughout the UK, Julia contributed to DK Travel Guides’ publication, Where To Go When: Great Britain and Ireland. Additional TV ventures include BBC Three’s Kill It, Cook It, Eat It, already in its fifth series. Exploring how our meat makes its way from field to fork, the show’s cameras never shy away from portraying the realities of the food process, from rearing to the often stomach churning slaughter.
Outside of her presenting duties, Julia’s culinary expertise was put to the test with an appearance on Channel 4’s cult hit Come Dine With Me, in which she went head-to-head with Edwina Currie, Christopher Biggins and Philip Olivier, all of whom were vying to stage the most delectable dinner party. Her Aquavit fuelled starters made her episode an un-missable hit. She also sang alongside legend Tony Christie in BBC One’s Just The Two of Us, in which six famous faces were paired with professional singers to duet together for viewers’ votes. They reached the quarter-finals of the second series.
But despite her fulfilling career Julia claims that her proudest achievement is the arrival of her son Zephyrus, born in 2011 and her twin girls Zena and Xanthe, born in 2015. She currently lives with her children and her partner Gerard in West London.
And underpinning all this, Julia cofounded The Outdoor Guide with her sister Gina, a free, online resource of aggregated information about all things outdoors.