Zara Janjua, Festival MC
TV presenter, Journalist and Writer
Zara Janjua is a TV presenter, journalist, actor, comedian and writer. She presented national news programmes, RTS award-winning daytime, cookery, sport and comedy shows; recently hosting BBC’s The Comedy Underground. Zara won a spot in the BBC’s Comedy Writer’s Room 2019/20 and is now writing for some of the channel’s biggest and best comedy shows. Zara has written and performed in sketches on STV’s Late Show and regularly performs stand-up in comedy clubs and festivals around the UK. As an actor, she has appeared in theatre productions and she has fronted adverts and global campaigns for Liz Earle Skincare.
She moved to London to work in TV production as a producer and director. In 2019 she celebrated a BAFTA and NTA win on ITV’s This Morning team. She specialises in branded editorial video production as a creative producer and director, winning awards for content she produced at New York Gay Pride for Stonewall 50. Zara is a corporate and charity event host and commentator for global events, fundraisers and charity dinners. She helped First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launch the Gender Pay Gap Action Plan in Scotland and fronted a global fashion launch between Harris Tweed Hebrides and Pakistani fashion designer HSY. She is an after-dinner speaker on women’s rights, mental health and comedy & confidence; writing bespoke comedy routines for events. She often presents or reports segments on TV, radio and podcasts.