Meet our Presenters
Sarah has always loved the idea of travelling but never had the chance to go backpacking as she couldnt take time out from her strict dancing schedule. She did the usual Mediterranean family holidays growing up and has friends on both the East and West Coasts of America. Shes also travelled a little on TV, spending 3 weeks on the Gold Coast in Australia covering Im A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here for This Morning a few years back. Apart from that, Sarahs geography is pretty limitedBUT HOPEFULLY NOT ANY MORE. Shes joined the ESSENTIAL team.
36 years old and still botox free, Sarah Cawood grew up in a picturesque little market town in Lincolnshire called Stamford which she left at 16 to hit the bright lights of London to pursue a career in ballet at the Royal Ballet School. It was an inauspicious start: Sarah got kicked out after a year for being a bit crap, More to the point, she developed a taste for hanging out on the fringes of the burgeoning glam rock scene with desperately unsuitable men.
From there she went to The Arts Educational Schools and carried on training, eventually ending up having 3 or 4 good years in the dancing world, culminating in a stint in Phantom of the Opera in Londons West End. It was after leaving Phantom that she found herself in the right place at the right time and landed a job as a continuity presenter on then fledgling cable TV channel Nickelodeon. Sarahs worked in the land of television programming for about 13 years.
Its been a long and varied journey taking in yoof TV (The Girlie Show), kids TV (Live and Kicking) legendary shows of yore (Top of the Pops) and loads of frankly forgettable stuff in between. If youre really interested in viewing the entire CV you can find it at www.sarahcawood.co.uk.
It has taken Sarah over a decade to land her dream job. This is it! Travelling the world to far flung destinations I would never otherwise have the opportunity to visit and GETTING PAID FOR IT! Try not to hate me: we do actually work quite hard when were away filming. She hopes youre all enjoying watching the ESSENTIAL series as much as shes enjoying making it.