Celebrating my 15th anniversary at QVC

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Julia's first appearance with co-presenter Jon BriggsWe caught up with Julia Roberts as she celebrates her 15th anniversary with QVC. Here she reminisces about her first ever show, her highlights and most embarrassing moments…

Tell us about your first ever show…

I first appeared on QVC on 1st October 1993 with Jon Briggs for the launch of QVC TV. It was terribly nerve racking and exciting because we were welcoming everyone to a new way of shopping.

My first show was a gold jewellery show. I can even remember what I was wearing – it was a coral-coloured jacket which I still own and it still fits me which is amazing! You could say it's a piece of history.

What have been the funniest/most embarrassing moments?

I was presenting In The Kitchen with Paul Lavers and had baked a chocolate cake which we were icing. We used an icing bag with nozzle attachments but hadn't attached them properly. The chocolate butter icing was oozing out of the sides of the bag, and we were trying to do a round-up at the end of the show but we were in hysterics!

Have you had any fashion faux pas/drastic hair styles?

The time I went on air with my hair in plaits probably wasn't a great idea. I was also accustomed to the shoulder pads of the 90s – it was relevant to the time so that's my excuse.

What has been the highlight of the last 15 years?

It has to be my trip to the Bahamas with Claire Sutton. I felt so privileged to be there, it was amazing.

I did, however, have a bit of a dilemma at the beginning of the trip. I'd flown out two days later than Claire but wasn't able to get a direct flight. So I had to fly to Florida then get a connecting flight to the Bahamas, but my luggage didn't make it! On the first night we had a welcome party and I had no clothes to change into apart from what I was standing in!

Kim Mendelson from Kim & Co Luckily Kim Mendelson was there from Kim & Co and she actually lent me some clothes until my suitcase turned up. I've still got the paradise island print top I borrowed.

Simon Wilson was also out there with us. He had a St Tropez tan before he came out so he didn't look pale when he arrived. However, while we were gradually tanning, Simon seemed to get paler and paler as the tan wore off. It was hilarious.

What do you enjoy presenting the most?

A personal favourite is the Breast Cancer Care show. It's a cause close to my heart as my mum and sister both had breast cancer. I love getting involved with the shows even if I'm not presenting them.

I also love presenting beauty shows with Alison Young because she's a wealth of knowledge.

Have you got any tips for budding presenters?

My top tip is always listen to your co-presenter or guest. There's no point in having a set formula because once you start conversing that will go out the window.

Love Julia
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So, to join in with Julia's celebrations tune into her special 15th anniversary show on Saturday 4th October from 5pm – 7pm.

11 Comments

  1. Karen Thompson September 29, 2008 at 6:15 am -  Reply

    I used to watch QVC a little in the early days, but after illness in 2004 I became a regular viewer and customer, especially with crafting.
    HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY QVC AND WELL DONE JULIA ROBERTS

  2. mauvefairy September 29, 2008 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Happy Anniversary Julia!!
    My first ever QVC experiance was 10yrs ago, when I went visiting my sister and I remember it because my sister dragged me off the bus to tell me that we had 15 mins to get to her house before silver jewelry was going to be on QVC. We both spent ALL day and night watching, and my sister bought me a silver and lapis lazuli necklace for my birthday.
    I hope Julia you have many happy days and years at the Best Shopping TV Channel, that is of course QVC XXX

  3. valerie blake September 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    qvc has been in my life for more years than i care to remember,i remember clare suttons marriage as my daughter married the same year.it has helped me through some bad times due to health problems,and now i spend most of my time indoors i watch and listen and learn
    thankyou and may i wish you all a very happy birthday i shall have a glass of wine with you.

  4. Bernadette O Brien September 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia congratulations on your 15th birthday with QVC your my favorite presenter on QVC ,I love watching you present the shows as you always give an honest opinion have a lovely birthday with all the presenters and QVC ,looking forward to your birthday show on saturday ENJOY.

  5. Brenda Riddell September 30, 2008 at 1:13 am -  Reply

    Happy Anniversary Julia
    Heres to the next 15 years
    I love watching your shows, its like being home with a friend, plenty of laughs and good conversation.
    Long may it continue.

  6. Sandra Slimming September 30, 2008 at 3:41 am -  Reply

    Have been with QVC from the beginning and have enjoyed every minute of the last 15 years. I have bought many things but I most like the laughter and fun from you when you are with Dennis Basso and Lorriane Cotterhill(Kipling).
    Happy birthday and here’s to the next 15 years.

  7. june banham October 1, 2008 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    i have been with qvc 15 years and loved every minute of it i have enjoyed all the shows i have watched my favorite northern nights i just love all the bedding , and the xmas shows well done , hope there is many more june .northumberland

  8. Silvana October 1, 2008 at 4:11 am -  Reply

    Many congratulations on your 15th anniversary, Julia!
    I have been watching QVC for about 13 years now. You are my favourite QVC presenter – my daughter also thinks you’re great!
    Carry on the great work!

  9. Ange October 1, 2008 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY QVC YEAH….Here’s to another 15 yrs, my partner & I have been with QVC since 1999 and have never looked back, I think the birthday celebrations should include all those behind the scenes and the call centres and not just the faces that appear ‘LIVE’.
    Well Done

  10. Maria October 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Happy Anniversary Julia/QVC
    I have been with QVC since day 1, and every year I think they cant better that and every year you bring out new and better ranges keep up the good work QVC.
    Julia like a fine wine you better with age! please dont leave.

  11. ann cain October 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Julia can you please ask qvc if they would please tell us the sizes eg 10 12 14 16.You are the onlyone that tell us.

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