Dooley at an event organised by War on Want in 2009 protesting against sweatshops
Stacey Jaclyn Dooley
9 March 1987
|Television||Blood, Sweat and T-shirts |
Stacey Dooley Investigates
Strictly Come Dancing
Stacey Jaclyn Dooley MBE (born 9 March 1987) is an English television presenter, journalist, documentary filmmaker, media personality, and author. Since 2009, she has made social-issue-themed television documentaries for BBC Three concerning child labour and women in developing countries. She also won the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Life and career
1987–2010: Early life and career beginnings
Stacey Dooley was born on 9 March 1987 in Luton. Her father was from Ireland, and left the family when Stacey was two years old. She grew up in Luton, Bedfordshire, and studied at Stopsley High School. Dooley left school at 15 and worked as a shop assistant, selling perfumes at Luton Airport. She also worked in a hairdressers in Bramingham.
At the age of 21, Dooley first appeared on television when she travelled to India as one of the participants on the documentary television series Blood, Sweat and T-shirts in April 2008. Dooley and the other participants were selected to illustrate the typical fashion-obsessed consumer. Thanks to her appearance on the show, and partly because of her interest in labour laws in developing countries, a series was commissioned with Dooley as presenter. Stacey Dooley Investigates began in August 2009 and a two-part special was shown on BBC Three throughout August and September 2009. It also aired in Australia on ABC2 from 2 June 2010. In October 2010, BBC Three aired two further programmes, the first on former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the second on sex trafficking and underage sex slavery in Cambodia.
2011–2017: Stacey Dooley Investigates and television career
In 2011, BBC Three aired Tourism and the Truth: Stacey Dooley Investigates. Over two episodes, Dooley investigated how tourism in Thailand and Kenya affects employees there, in particular with regard to wages, corruption and environmental changes. Also in 2011, Dooley presented the CBBC series Show Me What You're Made Of.
Shot in Dooley's native Luton, My Hometown Fanatics was broadcast on BBC Three on 20 February 2012. In the programme, Dooley interviewed Islamists and the English Defence League. A three-part series titled Coming Here Soon was broadcast on BBC Three in June and July 2012, in which Dooley explored the lives of young people in three countries affected by the global financial crisis: Greece, Ireland and Japan. The programme on Japan was criticised by some because it ignored the Samaritans guidelines on reporting of suicide. While Dooley was in the United States in 2012, she created two series of Stacey Dooley in the USA where she investigated issues affecting teens across America such as: Girls Behind Bars, Border Wars, Homelessness and Kids in the Crossfire. In 2015, Dooley created the documentary series Beaten By My Boyfriend where she investigated domestic abuse within the UK.
In 2016, Dooley presented Stacey Dooley in Cologne: The Blame Game, about the 2015 New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany, which aired on 29 January. She also presented Stacey Dooley: Hate and Pride in Orlando where she travelled to Orlando, Florida in the aftermath of the Pulse Bar shootings. On 30 July, Dooley appeared on the BBC's Celebrity Mastermind where her specialist subject was the television series Girls.
In November, Dooley appeared in a BBC Three series Brainwashing Stacey, where she went to a US anti-abortion summer camp and then to some African big-game hunters. Stacey also made a documentary Sex in Strange Places for which she travelled to Turkey, Brazil and Russia to explore people's different attitudes towards sex and prostitution.
In December 2016, Dooley was stopped by police in Tokyo while filming Young Sex For Sale In Japan, a documentary about child sexual exploitation in that country. She was held on the street for two hours by police who were investigating their confrontation with two men "protecting" some of the girls, who had called the police on the film crew. After initially being confronted by two men who demanded "no movies", the pair tried to use physical force against the film crew to make them leave the area. The story was released a few days before the programme was made available in February 2017.
In March 2017, Dooley presented Canada's Lost Girls, in which she travelled across Canada investigating the various factors which played a part in the disappearance and murder of over 1200 Native American women. Stacey also narrated a documentary The Natives: This Is Our America where she investigated the lives of young Native Americans, and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. In 2017, Dooley presented The Pets Factor for CBBC.
2018–present: Television career, debut book, and Strictly Come Dancing
In April 2018, Dooley took part in a BBC show Celebrities on the NHS Front-line to celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Health Service. In the 2018 series of Stacey Dooley Investigates, she travelled 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. Dooley considers herself a feminist and has made documentaries regarding gender equality.
Dooley published her debut book in February 2018: Stacey Dooley, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back. The book features topics concerning sex trafficking, domestic violence, gender equality and child exploitation. The book became a Sunday Times Bestseller. She also had her own UK book tour, hosted by Viv Groskop.
Dooley was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting. In 2012, and again in 2015, Dooley was a member of the judging panel for The Observer Ethical Awards.
On 16 August 2018, Dooley was announced as the eighth contestant to take part in the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing; on 15 December 2018, she was announced as the winner of the series alongside dance partner Kevin Clifton. Following her win, shortly afterwards the BBC announced Dooley as co-presenter of New Year Live on BBC One, alongside fellow Strictly 2018 contestant Joe Sugg. She also took part in BBC One‘s Children in Need where she explored the number of homeless young people in the UK.
In 2019, Dooley was announced as Grazia's new contributing editor for Investigations. She appeared on The National Television Awards 2019, presented BBC’s The Nine To Five With Stacey Dooley, and took part in The Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour throughout the UK. Dooley also presented BBC Three’s Glow Up: Britain's Next Make Up Star.
Dooley was criticised in February 2019 after she posted photos holding an African child on her Instagram account during a trip to Uganda organised by British charity Comic Relief. Dooley was accused on social media of reinforcing white saviour stereotypes.
British MP David Lammy tweeted in response to a news story about Dooley: "The world does not need any more white saviours. As I've said before, this just perpetuates tired and unhelpful stereotypes. Let's instead promote voices from across the continent of Africa and have serious debate." Lammy told the BBC: "My problem with British celebrities being flown out by Comic Relief to make these films is that it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era." Ugandan campaign group No White Saviours wrote on Dooley's Instagram: "White saviourism is a symptom of white supremacy and something we all have to work together to deconstruct.” Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff wrote: "The sight of celebrities making weepy 'personal journeys' towards understanding poverty has begun to feel more and more crass, especially where it overshadows the people whose experiences they’re meant to be understanding in the first place."
Dooley told The Guardian she had no regrets over the incident and she would do the same again. In June 2019, Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis told members of the British Parliament that the charity would stop sending celebrities abroad as a consequence of the controversy.
|Series title||No.||Episode title||Episode date||Role|
|2008: Blood, Sweat and T-shirts||(4 episodes)||22 April – 13 May 2008||Participant|
|2009–present: Stacey Dooley Investigates|
|Child Labour||1||Kids for Sale||1 October 2009||Herself|
|2||Kids with Machetes||8 October 2009||Herself|
|Child Labour Series 2||1||Kids with Guns||7 October 2010||Herself|
|2||Sex Trafficking in Cambodia||14 October 2010||Herself|
|Holiday Hell||1||Thailand: Tourism and the Truth||28 March 2011||Herself|
|2||Tourism and the Truth: Kenya||9 June 2011||Herself|
|–||–||My Hometown Fanatics||20 February 2012||Herself|
|–||–||The Truth About Magaluf||7 January 2013||Herself|
|New Drug Frontiers||1||Cocaine Capital of the World||12 August 2013||Herself|
|2||Thailand's Drug Craze||19 August 2013||Herself|
|3||Europe's Dirty Drugs Secret||26 August 2013||Herself|
|The Truth About...||1||Booze, Bar Crawls and Bulgaria||30 September 2013||Herself|
|2||Sex, Stags and Prague||7 October 2013||Herself|
|3||Crime, Carnage and Cancun||14 October 2013||Herself|
|4||Domestic Violence||26 June 2014||Herself|
|–||–||Beaten by My Boyfriend||25 March 2015||Herself|
|Series 6||1||Meth and Madness in Mexico||7 April 2015||Herself|
|2||Ecstasy Wars||14 April 2015||Herself|
|3||The Cannabis Smugglers||21 April 2015||Herself|
|Series 7||1||Saving the Cyber Sex Girls||19 October 2015||Herself|
|2||World's Worst Place to Be a Woman?||26 October 2015||Herself|
|Series 8: Sex in Strange Places||1||Turkey||8 March 2016||Herself|
|2||Brazil||15 March 2016||Herself|
|3||Russia||22 March 2016||Herself|
|–||1||In Cologne: The Blame Game (14 min short)||28 January 2016||Herself|
|1||Hate and Pride in Orlando (15 min short)||24 June 2016||Herself|
|Series 9: Migrant Kids in Crisis||1||Greece (30 mins)||19 April 2016||Herself|
|–||1||On the Frontline: Girls, Guns and Isis||15 November 2016||Herself|
|Series 10: Brainwashing Stacey||1||Anti-Abortion Camp||29 November 2016||Herself|
|2||Living with Big Game Hunters||6 December 2016||Herself|
|Series 11||1||Young Sex for Sale in Japan||28 February 2017||Herself|
|2||Canada’s Lost Girls (40 mins)||7 March 2017||Herself|
|3||Mums Selling Their Kids for Sex (35 mins)||16 May 2017||Herself|
|4||Kids Selling Drugs Online (19 mins)||14 July 2017||Herself|
|5||The Billion Pound Party (28 mins)||7 August 2017||Herself|
|6||Second Chance Sex Offenders||24 January 2018||Herself|
|7||Russia's War on Women||31 January 2018||Herself|
|8||Face to Face with Isis (33 Mins)||7 February 2018||Herself|
|9||Gypsy Kids Taken from Home (42 Mins)||14 February 2018||Herself|
|10||Shot by My Neighbour (43 Mins)||10 September 2018||Herself|
|11||Face to Face with Armageddon (39 Mins)||18 September 2018||Herself|
|12||Fashion's Dirty Secrets||8 October 2018||Herself|
|13||The Young and Homeless||13 November 2018||Herself|
|2011–present: Show Me What You're Made Of|
|Series 1–6||(25 episodes to date)||–||Herself|
|2012: Coming Here Soon|
|Series 1||1||Greece, Bust and Broken||26 June 2012||Herself|
|2||Ireland, Lost and Leaving||3 July 2012||Herself|
|3||Japan, Fall of the Rising Sun||10 July 2012||Herself|
|2012, 2014: Stacey Dooley in the USA|
|Series 1||1||Girls Behind Bars||22 October 2012||Herself|
|2||Gay to Straight||29 October 2012||Herself|
|3||Border Wars||5 November 2012||Herself|
|Series 2||4||Giving Up My Baby||3 July 2014||Herself|
|5||Homeless in Detroit||10 July 2014||Herself|
|6||Kids in the Crossfire||17 July 2014||Herself|
|2012: Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera|
|–||(1 episode)||15 November 2012||Narrator|
|2018: Strictly Come Dancing (series 16)||(25 episodes)||8 September 2018 – 15 December 2018||Winner|
|2019: Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star||6 March – Present||Host|
- Stacey Dooley, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back (2018)
- "Agency biography". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
- Kellaway, Kate (13 August 2017). "Stacey Dooley: 'People tell you to eff off all the time'". The Observer. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- "Strictly Come Dancing winners crowned". BBC News. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
- Dooley, Stacey (17 March 2016). "My father was Irish! The (second) homeland!https://twitter.com/_lalalalalove_/status/710447614874021889 …".
- "John Boland: Wide-eyed Stacey puts our most acclaimed economists to shame". Independent.ie.
- Coming Here Soon, 26 June and 3 July 2012
- "Is Stacey Dooley the new Louis Theroux?".
- "ABC2 Programming Airdate: Stacey Dooley Investigates (episode one)". ABC Television Publicity. 1 October 2010.
- "BBC Three – Thailand: Tourism and the Truth – Stacey Dooley Investigates". BBC. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- "BBC Three – Coming Here Soon, Greece, Bust and Broken, Coming Here Soon Trail". BBC. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- Akins, Chris. "The BBC3 documentary that broke all the rules on reporting suicide". New Statesman. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "BBC Three's Stacey Dooley held by Japanese police". BBC. 26 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- The Natives: This Is Our America, retrieved 27 October 2018
- "Stacey Dooley". IMDb. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
- "Stacey Dooley: I owe my MBE to my mum and all the women who inspire me". BBC News. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- "Stacey Dooley, campaigner and TV presenter". The Observer. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- "Observer Ethical Awards 2015: judges". The Observer. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- Frances Taylor (16 August 2018). "Stacey Dooley revealed as eighth Strictly Come Dancing star". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
- "Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton win Strictly Come Dancing 2018". BBC News. BBC. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
- "BBC – Stacey Dooley and Joe Sugg take One Step Beyond the ballroom as they join Madness at this year's New Year's Eve celebrations on BBC One". BBC Media Centre. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
- "Stacey Dooley on Instagram: "OB.SESSSSSSSSSSED 💔"". Instagram. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- Mirror .co.uk (27 February 2019). "Stacey Dooley trolled for 'White Saviour complex' after Comic Relief trip". mirror. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- Lammy, David (27 February 2019). "The world does not need any more white saviours. As I've said before, this just perpetuates tired and unhelpful stereotypes. Let's instead promote voices from across the continent of Africa and have serious debate.https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/stacey-dooley-trolled-white-saviour-14061401 …". @DavidLammy. Retrieved 11 June 2019. External link in
- "Dooley hits back at Comic Relief criticism". 28 February 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- Kampala, Patience Akumu (3 March 2019). "Charity at heart of 'white saviour' row speaks out". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- Hinsliff, Gaby (28 February 2019). "'White saviours' belong in the 1980s. Let's keep them there | Gaby Hinsliff". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- correspondent, Mark Brown Arts (24 May 2019). "Stacey Dooley 'would do the same' after Comic Relief row". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- Johnson, Jamie (11 June 2019). "Comic Relief will stop sending celebrities abroad in wake of 'white saviour' racism row, Richard Curtis tells MPs". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
- "BBC Three – Stacey Dooley Investigates – Episode guide". BBC. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "BBC Three – Beaten by My Boyfriend". BBC. Archived from the original on 30 March 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
- "BBC Three – Coming Here Soon – Episode guide". BBC.
- "BBC Three – Stacey Dooley in the USA, Series 1 – Episode guide". BBC. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "BBC Three – Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera". BBC. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star at BBC Programmes