Marianne Levy spent her twenties as an actor. She was in various TV shows, did some comedy on Radio 4 and made a brief appearance in the film Ali G Indahouse, where she managed to forget both her lines. She then worked as a continuity announcer for Living TV, introducing, and getting obsessed with, America's Next Top Model. She's been the voice of a leading brand of make-up, a shopping centre and a yogurt. Marianne is the author of the Ellie May young-fiction series for Egmont and a regular contributor to the Independent on Sunday. She lives in London with her husband, daughter and a bad-tempered cat. Accidental Superstar is her first novel for older readers.