“If you’re interviewed by Victoria, you know she’ll have done her homework and the questions will be pertinent and interesting – and will lead into happy conversation.
She’s warm, approachable and intelligent. You can’t ask more.”
Beryl Kingston, novelist (no relation!)
“I don’t like doing interviews, but if it’s Victoria Kingston, I am delighted. She’s a real favourite with me – easy to talk to and very accurate. She is so good at her job!”
Interviews from The Ambassador Theatre Magazine:
Victoria Kingston is a very experienced journalist. In the past two decades, she has profiled many well-known and well-loved personalities, from the world of writing, stage, film and TV. Victoria has a broad knowledge of show business and the arts – and she is a big believer in doing a lot of research before she interviews someone because it yields more interesting responses.
Victoria is also well known for theatre reviews and historical features on the arts. She wrote for the Ambassador Theatre Group magazine, a sumptuous publication which had interviews with some glittering celebrities – such as superstar Dame Edna Everage and Joan Collins – also some impressive actors like Simon Callow, Richard E.Grant and Patricia Hodge. She also interviewed Ashleigh and Pudsey, the duo who won TV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
For some years, she had a very popular column in South-West Magazine, Why We Love…..which featured local (south-west London) celebrities and their views on a host of very diverse, sometimes slightly whacky topics: Medical Drama, Parks, Pantomimes, Armchair Travel, Cookery, Charities, Teachers, Complaining, Bonfire Night – and many more.
Victoria writes about dogs, something very close to her heart. These have been published in Working Terrier, Kennel Gazette and on the welfare websites.
Using her experience as an English teacher, she has written for The English Review, a scholarly magazine which is read and used for teaching in nationwide sixth forms and colleges. She has done interviews, reviewed books and tackled literary topics, such as The Victorian Heroine.
Victoria has written for a host of county and local magazines: Wiltshire Life, NW Magazine, The Resident, SW Magazine, Surrey Life, Kent Life, The Hill, Sussex Life – and her grasp of geography has improved slightly as a result. She has also done diverse features for The Lady, Fancy Fowl – and for Richmond Theatre’s in-house magazine, Applause.
For some years, Victoria wrote for and co-edited Bowl of Cherries, a web magazine which focussed on lifestyle and the arts. One reader declared it to be “a web version of Radio Four”, which was praise indeed.
Some of the people Victoria has interviewed:
Actors / Writers / Entertainers /Musicians:
Jane Asher, Maria Barrett, Simon Brett, Ashleigh Butler (and Pudsey), Richard Attenborough, Isla Blair, Wendy Craig, Annette Crosbie, Niamh Cussack, Joanna David, Carl Davis, Margaret Drabble, Katie Fforde, Frederick Forsythe, Edward Fox, Emilia Fox, Clare Francis, Jamie Glover, Julian Glover, Lisa Goddard, Philippa Gregory, Susan Hampshire, Anita Harris, Nigel Havers, Patricia Hodge, Lis Howell, Penelope Keith, Felicity Kendal, Beryl Kingston, Christopher Luscombe, Jason Merrells, Gilda O’Neill, Nathaniel Parker, Rupert Penry-Jones, Angela Rippon, Greta Scacchi, Prunella Scales, David Soul, Ed Stoppard, Timothy West, Simon Williams, Henry Winkler.