I'm an award-winning writer and editor with a talent for storytelling and proven track record of creating engaging, entertaining and informative content.
I'll give you insightful and amusing interviews; in-depth and entertaining features; crisp, clean copy for editorial or commercial work across multiple platforms; confident broadcast work. I can write for any audience, to a word count and on time, with the perfect tone.
I've written on almost any subject: film, food, drink, travel, physical and mental health, sport, music, television, culture and society, 'lifestyle' and politics. I have literally hundreds of celebrity and non-celebrity interviews under my belt, from Pacino and De Niro, to Jolie and Gervais, via Elton and McCartney.
I spent 11 years at ShortList and have also written for titles diverse as the Guardian, Observer Magazine, Empire, Vera, The Independent, Telegraph, RT, Google, Guinness, LG, YOU, Daily Mail, Penguin, Jaguar, The Jackal, Marie Claire, Stylist, Guardian Labs, easyJet Traveller, Fashionbeans, Flash Pack and Changeboard. I've received a record four PPA Writer of the Year nominations and won two Games Media Awards.
The Days of the Bagnold Summer star - and son of Nick Cave - on rebelling from his parents, fame, and grieving for his twin brother Arthur For Earl Cave, tapping into his inner mardy youth for his new film Days of the Bagnold Summer - a quirky, genuinely funny suburban comedy directed by Simon Bird from The Inbetweeners - wasn't easy.
When a Star Wars fan began uploading his fan theories to YouTube, he imagined it as a simple hobby. Two million subscribers later, Star Wars Theory almost killed its creator Most people who express their opinions online are, in effect, breaking wind in the middle of a hurricane.
As the rain hits the roof of a photography studio on an industrial estate in South East London, two young British actors are planning to take over the world. Stephen Odubola is trying to persuade Micheal Ward that he should move to Los Angeles.
Quiet extrovert, cultured street kid, gentle nutcase; Robert De Niro's life is one of contradictions. Speaking to the actor, and his old friends in Little Italy, Andrew Dickens goes in search of the real "Bobby Milk" Robert De Niro's waiting. No, I'm not quoting Bananarama - he really is.
Idris Elba interview for ShortList magazine
Jeremy Corbyn: has there been a more emotive name in modern British politics? Maybe it's the initials. After all, he's not the first JC to have both a devoted following and passionate detractors. Just ask Jeremy Clarkson. And that other chap with the beard.
Turning around is an art. Turning around can be done well, like an Olympic ice-skater. Turning around can be done badly, like a drunk uncle on a dancefloor. And, just occasionally, turning around can be done to such effect that the turner ends up facing in the direction of greatness.
Preconceptions are a lot like greatest hits albums. You know you shouldn't really have them, but in reality, they involve a lot less work and are easy to listen to. They're also a lot like analogies in this introduction: very hard to avoid.
Al Pacino interview for ShortList
When you hear the word 'masculinity', Grayson Perry is perhaps not the first person to spring to mind. He's no Marlon Brando, you might say. No Ross Kemp.
Ricky Gervais interview for ShortList around The Invention of Lying
In Rotherhithe, London, there is a blue plaque commemorating Sir Michael Caine's birthplace. Not unusual, you might think, except for one thing: technically, he shouldn't have one. "On the plaque it says, 'Voted for by the people,'" he tells me. "Because normally you only get a blue plaque if you're dead.
He's Britain's greatest musical export, a living legend and, when the Olympics finally arrive, the man who will say, "Hello, World." In the meantime, ShortList's Andrew Dickens says, "Hello, Sir Paul" The subject of this interview needs no introduction, but he's going to get one anyway. He is Sir Paul McCartney.
We at this magazine possess great power. Not supernatural power - not yet - but the power, the privilege, to say to thousands: this is a man you should know about. He's talented, he's interesting, he's one of the good guys and he's going places. He's one of us.
Megastar, pretty boy, tabloid villain; how much do we really know about Jude Law? ShortList's Andrew Dickens shares a late breakfast with the reinvigorated actor Jude Law says he's never used moisturiser. As I sit, looking - OK, staring - at his annoyingly youthful, tanned and handsome face, I find this hard to believe.
Rami Malek, as your mum might say, is being a brave soldier. We're in an artist's loft studio in some bit of New York you're unlikely to ever visit. It is an airless 89 degrees Fahrenheit, yet Malek entered this fiery hell box wearing a jumper and shirt. He's ill.
You're the face - or neck - of Dolce & Gabbana The One Grey. Do you know what you're looking for in a fragrance? Not really. You change it up over the years, don't you? And because they're evocative they mark out periods in your life, relationships.
"Have you spoken to Ryan?" asks Russell Crowe. I have, yes. "So you don't get an opportunity to talk to him again?" I don't, no. Two jets of white smoke escape from Crowe's nostrils, he begins to smile with his eyes. To 'smeyes'. "His nickname is 'Spanky'."
Robbie Williams is going it alone again. Andrew Dickens cornered the refreshingly self-aware pop star to talk fatherhood, fidelity and ash-covered Weetabix Robbie Williams: two words that conjure up mixed feelings in most men. On one hand, he comes across as the kind of cocksure lothario who'd whip your girlfriend away, only to return her three days later, a shell of her former self.
The world can make an actor feel overly important. What I do isn't hard work. It's not ditch digging - which I have done, for one summer. Of course there are times when your fuel tank's low, but even on the hardest days you are on a film set.
I don't have a specific look. It's whatever I feel comfortable in at the time. Sometimes I'll get up and dress smart, and then sometimes I'll get up and wear the baggiest tracksuit. On a day-to-day basis, I wear oversized T-shirts, fitted tracksuit bottoms and shoes such as Balenciaga Triple S trainers.
I like loyalty over ability. You know when you're young and can count your friends on one hand? It's easy to find people who can do the job, but it's hard to find people you can go out with, build with, eat with. That's loyalty. You're breaking bread.
Samuel L Jackson is 68 years old. Sixty-eight motherf*cking years. Hard to believe, isn't it? This vision of youthful energy sitting before me, dressed in so much white that he has to drink his coffee through a straw from a plastic cup housed within a ceramic mug in order to minimise the chance of speckling, is 68.
Through sheer force of friendliness, Dermot O'Leary's takeover of TV land continues with his new car-themed game show. Andrew Dickens hops in his passenger seat [Photography: Greg Williams] Believe it or not, magazine interviews aren't easy. There is actually an element of skill involved; to pick and position questions that will best elicit entertaining and informative words on a particular subject or subjects.
Travel, Food & Culture
Think Miss World with welly throwing; Britain's Got Talent in ballgowns. Andrew Dickens explores the madness of Ireland's cultural institution the Rose of Tralee. Picture the scene.
A look at the future of toys and how technology is shaping it.
In Rio de Janeiro this weekend, all eyes will be on very fast guys in green, black and gold. Andrew Dickens visits Jamaica to discover their secrets of speed. The crowd are livid, out of their seats and hurling abuse from the stands. It is quite the reaction to a red card.
A budget guide to Galway, Ireland
Follow RT on There have been so many powerful images in the news lately, it's hard for anything to stand out. We've been emotionally waterboarded by a constant stream of protest, violence and brutality, hope, hate and humour.
One secret to having a cheaper ski holiday is to go early or late in the season 'Cheap' ski clothes can be picked up from stores such as Aldi and Decathlon Self-catered apartments are usually cheaper than hotels or catered chalets There are three things that put people off ski holidays: fear of physical pain, fear of not being very good .
As I lie on my back in a small Tokyo apartment, a 70-something Japanese man, half his right thumb missing, is rhythmically piercing my skin with minute ink-tipped needles on the end of an aluminium stick. This is tebori, the traditional Japanese method of tattooing. And I'm getting myself a very permanent souvenir.
A fast-paced, film-themed guide to San Francisco
Some of the names in this article have been changed to protect the innocent, and the not so innocent. And me, should I ever return to the village of Great Barrington, Gloucestershire. It's a Sunday morning in December and I'm showering in my bathroom above the Fox Inn, Great Barrington, Gloucestershire.
Driving from London to Italy in a Ferrari, collecting pizzas, bringing then home
"I want to have those memories," says Mike 'Pretty Boy' Hales. "I want to tell my kids about my career, the excitement, the journey. The places, the people. It's a rollercoaster. I want to think back to good times, the way I think back to great moments at school.
In January, it emerged that Boris Becker had misplaced a few items. These items were five tennis Grand Slam trophies. To be precise, five of his six Grand Slam trophies: two Australian Open and three Wimbledon. He hadn't sold them or donated them; he simply didn't know where they were.
White tie for men just might be the hardest dress code to master. Whether it's for a wedding or a state dinner, here's everything you need to know including the difference between white tie and black tie, the key pieces to buy and how to wear it.
"Over-entitled bunch of whingers." "Perfectly pleasant, except when talking about Arsenal." These are all answers to the question, 'How would you describe Arsenal fans?' It was asked because it has become increasingly obvious that, in 2017, Arsenal fans have overtaken Manchester United's as the most hated by other football fans.
Hundreds of people, mostly men, squeeze their way past each other and the two rows of stalls flanking the room. They stop every shuffled yard to peer closely at labels on bottles and jars, and the samples of their contents in corresponding ramekins.
Sport & Health
Hello and welcome to Depression Awareness Week: a week of campaigning, chatting and, apparently, wearing hats, all aimed at, you guessed it, raising awareness of depression. Back in pre-austerity 2010, halcyon days I think you'll all agree, I wrote the following article in an attempt to do just that.
Sometimes you kick, sometimes you get kicked. For months, these thoughtful lyrics from INXS have been my inspirational mantra as I prepare for today, the biggest physical challenge of my mostly unchallenging life. But now, I'm pretty certain Michael Hutchence is cursing me from beyond the grave.
Life begins at 40! Try telling that to someone from the 15th century. If they hit 40, they'd be looking over their shoulder for an unearthly scythe held by a guy who always looks slim in black. For them, the phrase would have been 'death stalks at 40, if you make it that far'.
Organisations must 'walk the walk' when it comes to addressing workplace mental health, and the key to success is addressing culture. The penny has finally dropped. Well, not so much dropped as drifted down slower than a feather on the Moon, but that penny - employers realising that mental health should be talked about it in the same way as physical health - has at last touched down.
In 1919, hundreds of people were murdered in race riots across the US and UK. Men, women and children were butchered. So why is it a footnote in history? Because the media and governments don't want you to know how they reacted.
Follow RT on History isn't 'being erased' by the removal of statues. It's been erased over centuries by those in power. The only way to judge the past properly is by teaching ALL history - good, bad and downright ugly. Who'd have thought that people would be so into statues in 2020?
Follow RT on The UK has admitted there'll be customs checks in the Irish Sea post-Brexit, splitting a nation, proving Boris a Big Fat Liar and hastening a united Ireland. But does the South really want the North in its current state? Well, nobody saw that one coming, did they?
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED So, Donald Trump is about to be US president. Bummer, eh? I bet when you saw the results you were pretty distraught, pretty angry. A proper WTF moment if ever there was one. I mean, he's a lecherous demagogue with no experience of public administration, who is due to face a number of legal battles in court.
Follow RT on The Swedish hero of the anti-lockdown movement has said Sweden should have had a tougher lockdown. How will his devotees cope with their grief and can he ever be replaced? Some people say never meet your heroes, but I say don't bother having heroes - because they'll only let you down.
The UK PM was saved from death by the National Health Service (NHS). Now he needs to have a middle-class crisis, burst his privileged bubble and not send his son to private school. That way, he'll learn to value ordinary lives.
Follow RT on While millions are caused real pain by the pandemic, too many well-off metropolitan types are whining about shockingly trivial stuff to show how they're 'struggling'. They need to get some perspective and wind their necks in. Let's get this straight: The Covid-19 pandemic is a BAD thing.
Follow RT on World War II and the UK's role in it are crucial parts of history, but we have been invoking it at every turn - from coronavirus to statues. Time to realise our exploits 75 years ago don't always matter.
Copywriting & Branded Content
It's with good reason that Dublin is one of the world's most famous - and most visited - cities. In fact, it's with several good reasons: the wide array of things to do in Dublin ticks every traveller's boxes. There's the Irish capital's rich history and culture, its literature and music.
TV and Video
"Death really isn't a good subject for a Valentine's card," says Ruth Turner, Hallmark's head of editorial. "And we would never do anything gun-related for obvious reasons." I'm at Hallmark House, a vast and impressive art-deco building in rural West Yorkshire.
A regular 'funny list' page that I wrote each week.