As well as being one of the UK’s favourite experts on wine on television, Oz Clarke is fantastic at corporate wine-tasting events where he speaks about wines from around the globe. Oz has spoken at some of the world’s most prestigious food and wine events, including the Wine Experience in New York and San Francisco and at a Boston Wine Expo.
Wine expert and TV presenter Oz Clarke has showcased his expertise on a variety of television series and in a number of books, a best selling author Clarke has become one of the most popular after dinner speaker at wine tasting and alcohol industry events across the globe.
Graduating from Oxford University Oz Clarke’s first profession was as an actor, singer and TV presenter, appearing in a variety of West End shows including Sweeney Todd and The Mitford Girls and also worked as part of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. Despite having always been interested in wine – spending several years as the captain of the Oxford University Wine Tasting Team– it took some time before Oz eventually found himself brining his personal and professional passions together and it was not until he was drafted into the English Wine Tasting Team that Clarke’s career as a wine expert began to take shape.
Clarke quickly began notorious amongst the acting world for his love and knowledge of wine and, when a wine expert dropped out of a production of the BBC’s Food and Drink series. The series’ producer is said to have cried “get me that actor who knows about wine!” – and thus Oz Clarke’s career as a wine connoisseur and TV presenter finally kicked off.
Working alongside fellow wine fanatic and TV presenter Jilly Goolden Oz Clarke quickly found himself one of the most recognized faces in the food and drink broadcasting, Having already spent several years working as the wine correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and as The Sunday Express’ first ever wine writer Clarke’s fame increased exponentially and within a few short years he found himself hosting his own television series as well as working alongside some of the most infamous television and radio presenters in the UK.
Since the mid 1990’s Oz Clarke has worked prolifically across British broadcasting, working as a television and radio presenter, guest expert and host, he manned several BBC Radio 4 series, including The Wine Programme and has appeared alongside Jame May and Hugh Dennis is a variety of wine and alcohol related shows.
In addition to his work as a TV presenter, Oz is also a best-selling author and has written a number of popular books including Oz Clarke’s Wine Guide, which won the Wine Magazine Book of the Year Award.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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