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 In Da House, 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 makeup, a shopping centre and a yoghurt. 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.