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The Top Profile Journalists, Literacy and Film Critics

Do you want to know which film and literacy critics are talking about this month’s box office hit or this year’s best-selling book?

There’s an undeniably huge demand for content, and with the rise of streaming services, the film industry is booming, and the trends in book publishing are shifting. How else will we stay informed, and decide which film is worthy of our attention or what book to pick from the shelf if not  keeping an eye on journalists coving the entertainment sector and doing the hard work: providing reviews?

We’ve explored the data to pinpoint the latest trends to bring you a media list of the top Film, Book, Celebrity and Entertainment journalists.

Note: information is accurate for the date the blog was posted. Journalists might change outlets and sectors in the future.

Danny Leigh

Danny Leigh

Chief Film Critic, Financial Times

Danny joined as Chief Film Critic at the Financial Times in 2019. He is an experienced journalist, previously working as a freelance film critic for the FT and The Guardian, and also co-hosted BBC One’s Film Programme. He writes about new film releases.

Callum Crumlish

Callum Crumlish

Senior Entertainment Reporter, Daily Express

Callum writes about all things Film, Music, Theatre, & Literature at the Daily Express. He became the Senior Entertainment Reporter at the title in 2020, where he used to work as a TV reporter. Callum recently focuses on film news and reviews.

Tim Robey

Tim Robey

Film Critic, The Daily Telegraph

Tim is the long-standing Film Critic and the Daily Telegraph. He has been working for the title since 2000. His focus is on reviews, but Tim also writes on film-related issues. 

Clarisse Loughrey​

Clarisse Loughrey

Chief Film Critic, The Independent

Clarisse has been appointed Chief Film Critic at The Independent. She was previously a Culture Reporter at the title. She writes reviews about the latest films, such as the Avatar sequel, Babylon or Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.

Colin Grant

Colin Grant

Author & Freelance Book Critic

Colin writes for a number of newspapers and journals including the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, TLS, London Review of Books, Granta and New York Review of Books. He is also the author of 5 books and the director of WriterMosaic.

Patricia Nicol

Patricia Nicol

Freelance Journalist

Patricia covers mostly Arts and Books. She is the Sunday Times’ Audio (radio and podcasts) reviewer, and Best Books columnist at the Daily Mail Inspire. Patricia also works for the Sunday Times as a Fiction reviewer. She also contributes to the Daily Mail Femail section and The Evening Standard on culture and books. On audio, especially keen to hear about new programmes & channels, returning series and podcasts.

Frederick Studemann

Frederick Studemann

Literary Editor, Financial Times

Frederick is responsible for all the FT’s coverage of books including reviews, news, interviews with authors and books essays. Also oversees the Monday book review, which runs on the opinion pages and focuses more on economics and geopolitics.

Jenny Proudfoot

Digital Features Editor, Marie Claire (UK)

Jenny covers all features as well as culture, especially focusing on book reviews and food-related topics as the Digital Features Editor of Marie Claire UK. She joined the title in 2016 as Features Assistant.

Hephzibah Anderson

Hephzibah Anderson

Freelance Journalist

Hephzibah is a Freelance Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster. She produces book review content for BBC, Prospect and Mail on Sunday. Also writes a blog, Littlest Librarian, mainly about children’s literature.

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