21 Facts About Muriel Gray


Muriel Janet Gray FRSE was born on 30 August 1958 and is a Scottish author, broadcaster and journalist.


Muriel Gray came to public notice as an interviewer on Channel 4's alternative pop-show The Tube, and then appeared as a regular presenter on BBC radio.


Muriel Gray was the first woman to have been Rector of the University of Edinburgh and is the first female chair of the board of governors at Glasgow School of Art.


Muriel Gray presented a documentary for Channel 4 tracing her Jewish roots on her mother's side, entitled The Wondering Jew, in which she discovered her maternal line descended from what is Moldova.


Muriel Gray is married to television producer Hamish Barbour and they have three children.


On 31 January 2016, Muriel Gray was seen thanking the British Airways pilot of the plane in which her husband, Hamish Barbour, was a passenger, for successfully landing on three wheels instead of the usual five.


Muriel Gray was briefly a DJ for Edinburgh's Radio Forth in 1983 and 1984.


Muriel Gray was a regular stand-in presenter on BBC Radio 1 during most of the eighties, including for John Peel.


Muriel Gray presented regularly on BBC Radio 4, for Start the Week in Russell Harty's absence and during Jeremy Paxman's leave.


Muriel Gray presented various other TV shows including Ride On, a motoring magazine show for Channel 4, The Design Awards, for BBC, and The Booker Prize awards for Channel 4.


Muriel Gray presented the definitive documentary on The Glasgow Boys, a group of influential 19th-century painters, including Sir John Lavery and James Guthrie, who challenged the orthodox values of their day.


Muriel Gray co-presented Channel 4's coverage of the 2016 Turner Prize ceremony in Glasgow.


Muriel Gray has been a columnist for many publications, including Time Out magazine, the Sunday Correspondent, the Sunday Mirror, and Bliss magazine, and now writes a regular column in the Sunday Herald.


Muriel Gray won Columnist of the Year in the 2001 Scottish press awards.


Muriel Gray became a best-selling horror novelist with the publication of her first novel The Trickster, which was followed by two more, Furnace and The Ancient.


Muriel Gray was chosen with Jenny Colgan and Isla Dewar to feature on the cover.


Muriel Gray wrote a history of Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to mark its re-opening in 2006.


Muriel Gray appears on the BBC Two programme Grumpy Old Women.


Muriel Gray started her own production company in 1989, originally named Gallus Besom, then renamed to Ideal World in 1993.


Muriel Gray is a patron of the Craighalbert Centre, a conductive education school in Cumbernauld near Glasgow.


Muriel Gray currently serves as a trustee on the following boards: the British Museum, Glasgow Science Centre, the Scottish Maritime Museum, The Lighthouse and the Children's Parliament.