Zeb Soanes is a BBC Broadcaster, author and events host.
A trusted newsreader, Zeb is also the reassuring voice of the Shipping Forecast to millions of listeners on BBC Radio 4.
A regular guest on Radio 4’s The News Quiz, he has reported for From Our Own Correspondent, presented BBC Radio 3’s Saturday Classics and read for Poetry Please on Radio 4.
Sunday Times readers voted him their ‘favourite male voice on UK radio’.
On our screens, he launched BBC Four, where he presented the BBC Proms.
He has also presented films for the Culture Show, Newsnight and Songs of Praise, made cameos in Sherlock and The League of Gentlemen and competed in the Christmas special of University Challenge.
He studied Creative Writing and Drama at UEA and has written for The Observer, Country Life and The Literary Review.
His best-selling first book for children, Gaspard the Fox, illustrated by James Mayhew, began a series of stories inspired by his remarkable encounters with a real urban fox.
A trained actor, Zeb has earned a reputation as ‘the go-to person for music narration’ (Daily Telegraph) performing favourite orchestral works for children including Peter and the Wolf, Babar the Elephant and Paddington; his third book in the Gaspard series, Gaspard’s Foxtrot, has been adapted as a major new concert work by Jonathan Dove, touring the UK in 2021.
In recognition of his efforts to culturally rehabilitate the urban fox, he was made the first patron of the Mammal Society.
Aside from broadcasting Zeb Soanes is a prevalent event and awards host.
He can also be found behind the mic at conferences and awards ceremonies across the country acting as a ‘voice of god‘.