Clemency Burton-Hill

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Clemency Burton-Hill
BornClemency Margaret Greatrex Burton
(1981-07-01) 1 July 1981 (age 31)
London, England
Other namesClemmie Burton-Hill
Years active1992-present
Spouse(s)James Roscoe
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Clemency Burton-Hill
BornClemency Margaret Greatrex Burton
(1981-07-01) 1 July 1981 (age 31)
London, England
Other namesClemmie Burton-Hill
Years active1992-present
Spouse(s)James Roscoe

Clemency Margaret Greatrex Burton (born 1 July 1981 in London) is an English actress, novelist, journalist and violinist.[1]


Private life

The daughter of the TV presenter and writer Humphrey Burton and Gillian Hawser, an agent (who had married Robert I Hill in 1970), she attended St Paul's Girls' School and Westminster School and went on to read English at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Since university, Burton-Hill has combined a career in acting, writing, music and political and arts consultancy. She married James Roscoe on 18 October 2008.

Writing career

Her first journalistic role was as a staff fashion writer at Vogue and she has since written for The Economist, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times Literary Supplement, Elle, and The Mail on Sunday. She has also been a columnist at Total Politics and The Liberal magazines and also for The Daily Telegraph and now is a freelance contributing editor of The Spectator.

In January 2009 Burton-Hill's first novel, The Other Side of the Stars, was published by Headline Review, a division of Hodder Headline. She has since signed a new two-book deal with Headline.

Television and radio

Burton-Hill is a presenter on both BBC Radio 3's classical music Breakfast show and The Culture Show on BBC Two television.

In 2008 and 2009, she was a member of the live presenting team at the Proms for BBC Four and BBC Two interviewing Philip Glass and Daniel Barenboim. She has fronted the medical documentary Operation Smile, filmed in Madagascar; presented a film about Frederic Chopin for BBC World as part of their Visionaries series; and recently co-presented, with Huw Edwards, six films about the Leeds International Piano Competition for BBC Four.

In April and May 2010 Burton-Hill presented the BBC Young Musician 2010 programme on BBC Four with the semi-finals and final also shown on BBC Two.[2] She did this again in 2012.


Working as an actress since 1997 in film and television productions, she appeared in Hustle, Midsomer Murders, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, Supernova, and Dream Team and played the regular role of Sophie Montgomery in Party Animals.


Burton-Hill, a former scholar at the Royal College of Music where she was the recipient of the Hugh Bean Violin Prize, has toured with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In 2005 Burton-Hill co-founded Aurora Orchestra and is a trustee of the Choir of London and a member of its orchestra with whom she regularly tours to the West Bank and Occupied Territories.

Charity interests

She is a trustee of Dramatic Need.[3]


1992Emily's GhostKelly
1993The Higher MortalsMelissa
1997Dream TeamGeorgina Jacobs
The PromiseElizabeth Gage
2000The Last of the Blonde BombshellsYoung Vera
Hit ListNicky
2002Until DeathEmma Oldfield
2005Midsomer MurdersHettie Trent
La Femme MusketeerMarie Mancini
2005Supernova (TV movie)Ginny McKillip
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon GodMelora
A Higher AgencyAnna
2006Party AnimalsSophie Montgomery
HustleMelissa DeMonfort
The Prince and Me 2: The Royal WeddingPrincess Kirstendirect-to-video
2007The PalaceAlice Templeton
Shoot on SightPamela Davies
The WreckIsabelle
2008Agatha Christie: PoirotClaudia Reece-Holland1 episode
Kis VukArabellavoice
2009Shadows in the SunIsabelle
VivaldiLaura Padovanpost-production


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