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Mehreen Baig (Ori Jones Photography)
8 September 1989
London, United Kingdom
Mehreen Baig (born 8 September 1989) is a British television presenter and activist, of Pakistani heritage, best known for her appearance on the two-part BBC Two documentary Muslims Like Us. She gave a passionate speech when collecting the award for the programme which won the Reality and Constructed Factual award at the 2017 BAFTAs.
Born at Homerton Hospital in Hackney, London, she attended Queen Elizabeth's School for Girls in Barnet. Mehreen attained 10A*s-As at GCSE. She studied Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English Lit for A levels at Woodhouse College, and graduated in English and Drama from University in 2011. She then trained to be an English and Drama teacher at the UCL Institute of Education graduating in 2012. She worked at Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham as a English teacher for five years, and also organised and lead English and Drama workshops in Pakistan, at Edhi Orphanage, after the flood
Mehreen's blogs generated significant media interest, including an article in ‘The Telegraph’, and it was through her writing that she was discovered for the BAFTA, Grierson and RTS award winning BBC2 reality documentary ‘Muslims Like Us’.
After the success of the show, Mehreen embarked on her presenting career. In the last year, she has presented a documentary for Discovery Channel and weekly segments on BBC1’s ‘Sunday Morning Live’, regularly appears on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ and has led two documentaries: ‘Islam, Women and Me’ on BBC1 and ‘Lost Boys: What’s Going Wrong For Asian Men?’ on BBC2.
Her debut documentary was hailed the “best documentary on television this week” by The Observer and had over double the viewers of any other channel at that time: it had 43% higher than the slot average of 16-24 year old viewers and BAME audience. The programme outperformed the slot average of male viewers aged 16-34 by 13.5%, and women aged 16-34 by 17.2%. Her second documentary was nominated for ‘Best TV Show’ in the Asian Media Awards. Now, Mehreen has filmed two series for BBC1 and BBC2 - which are due to air early next year - and is currently in the process of filming a new series for BBC1 about cosmetic surgery and a documentary for BBC2 about the different ways in which children are brought up around the world.
She has written articles for The Telegraph and The National (UAE) and regularly appears on the radio, including Radio 4, BBC Asian Network and 1Xtra. She also hosts ‘The Unapologetic Podcast’ on YouTube and Apple iTunes, which explores issues that affect young women in Britain. Mehreen was also nominated for the National Diversity Awards in the category of ‘Positive Role Model in Race, Faith and Religion.
- "Muslims Like Us - Winners' acceptance speech, Reality and Constructed Factual, Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards in 2017". www.bafta.org.
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