Having first found fame in Brookside, the actress has since starred in theatre, films and television on both sides of the Atlantic, including her acclaimed role this year as TV detective Marcella. A passionate campaigner for the WWF, her work with the charity has concentrated on protecting gorillas in Congo’s Virunga National Park.
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Best known for his flamboyant turn in cult classic Withnail and I, the Swaziland-born actor is an avid traveller. He has filmed two seasons of Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets, visiting Tokyo, New Orleans and the French Riviera, and is currently making a series of short films showcasing the highlights of Ireland’s coastline.
Louise is a profile writer for The Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine and Vogue. She is the author of the biography An Unlikely Countess, and lives in Somerset with her husband, four children and their many pets. She remains hopeful that this won’t always prevent her from recapturing the intrepid travelling days of her past.
Sally writes for The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Telegraph and Forbes, among others. A keen cyclist, she has written pieces on Burgundy and the Yorkshire Dales for the book Great Cycle Journeys of the World. Having lived in the US, India and Spain, she now lives in London.
Former arts correspondent for the BBC and feature writer and columnist, Rosie is currently Chair of Hull City of Culture, 2017. She’s travelled the world with young children in tow, and has even written a novel on exploring the French-speaking world with her family, Bonnes Vacances!
Spanish photographer Jorge shoots portraits regularly for Vogue and Vanity Fair. His past subjects have included everyone from artist Tracey Emin and model Claudia Schiffer to hotelier André Balazs – not to mention this issue’s dashing beachwear entrepreneurs, Harry Brantly and Max Leese of Frescobol Carioca.
is Deputy Editor of The Telegraph’s Ultratravel, and also contributes to publications ranging from Condé Nast Traveller to Harper’s Bazaar. “One of my best memories is of exploring Raja Ampat in Papua in a red-sailed phinisi,” she says. “We searched for birds of paradise in the morning, then dived with manta rays in the afternoon.”
has written for the Financial Times, edited Ski+board magazine, and produced numerous ski books. As well as having skied in 700 resorts he is a Guinness World Record holder. “I remember the moment I broke through the finish tape in Colorado,” he says. “It was December 31, 1994, and I’d skied for 365 consecutive days across 13 countries.”
founded the eponymous perfume company, which she sold in 1999, and now runs her second venture, the innovative fragrance company, Jo Loves. “I recently stood in Picasso’s footsteps in Mougins in France and the creativity just came pouring out of me,” she says. “I’m sure one of my best fragrances will be inspired by that moment.”
Bryony is a feature writer and columnist for The Daily Telegraph. Her memoir of 20-something living, The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos was published last year to great acclaim. She is married with a two-year-old daughter and has a parenting vlog called One Fat Mother.
Olga was immersed in the world of travel from childhood, as the second of Charles, Lord Forte’s children. She is Design Director of Rocco Forte Hotels, working alongside her brother, and also owns two hotels of her own in Cornwall and Devon. One of her two daughters – Alex – is TV’s “Hotel Inspector”.
Chris has spent much of his life in Latin America – visiting every nation on that continent at least once and living in Buenos Aires for ten years. In this issue Moss, the author of Patagonia: A Cultural History and for many years the editor of Time Out’s travel guides, scopes out the ultimate family adventure.
Sam writes about travel (and other things) for the Financial Times, Harper’s and British GQ. “I was entranced by Oman’s forbidding interior, by the silence, the history, the sudden explosions of colour,” he says. Next year, he is planning a trip to the mountains of northern India with his wife and baby daughter.
is a writer, cook and model. She has worked and travelled all over the world but these days is safely ensconced back in the English countryside with her husband, jazz musician Jamie Cullum, and their two young children. For Days Like This she shares the sights, scents and tastes of a Cypriot holiday.
is best known for her bestselling novels Slummy Mummy and What the Nanny Saw. For many years she lived in Central America, and returned this summer with her husband and children. She is working on her first film script, and skewers travel oneupmanship in our back-page column, The Travellers.