About Maria

Maria Realf is an experienced and versatile journalist, capable of writing and editing high-quality content for both print and online media. During a successful career spanning more than 15 years, she has worked in a staff or freelance capacity for many of the UK’s biggest media companies, including:

  • Associated Newspapers/DMGT
  • News International
  • Emap
  • IPC
  • The BBC
  • The National Magazine Company (now Hearst Magazines UK)

With a particular passion for entertainment journalism, Maria is a red-carpet regular, having covered the BAFTAs, the London Film Festival and numerous movie premieres. She has also interviewed many high-profile stars, including:

  • James Franco
  • James McAvoy
  • Dev Patel
  • Andy Serkis
  • Fearne Cotton
  • Noel Clarke

Other areas of journalistic interest include bridal, travel, health and general women’s lifestyle. Maria’s articles have appeared in YOU Magazine (Mail on Sunday), Daily Express, Zest, Company, Cosmopolitan Bride, You & Your Wedding and many other titles.

Her 2015 feature on brain tumours (read here) was hailed a “moving, powerful article” by Piers Morgan on Twitter. The petition she launched with this story attracted more than 120,000 signatures, resulting in the first ever inquiry by the House of Commons’ Petitions Committee and a 2016 parliamentary debate.

In 2017, Maria’s debut novel The One was published in Germany, where it spent 5 consecutive weeks in the top 50 of the Der Spiegel paperback fiction bestseller list.

It is currently slated for release in the UK and Portugal in 2018.