Alice Roberts Biography

Alice Roberts is an English biologist, biological anthropologist, author, and television presenter. She has been serving as a professor at the University of Birmingham since 2012. With a background in medicine and a passion for exploring the wonders of the natural world, Roberts has become a familiar face on British television, presenting a range of documentary programs. In addition to her television work, she is also a respected author and has received numerous honorary doctorates for her contributions to academia. Outside of her professional life, Roberts enjoys a variety of hobbies including surfing, gardening, cycling, and painting.

Quick Facts

  • British Celebrities Born In May
  • Also Known As: Alice May Roberts
  • Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Females
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: David Stevens (m. 2000)
    • Children: Phoebe Stevens
  • Anthropologists
  • British Women
  • Height: 5’7″ (170 cm), 5’7″ Females
  • Notable Alumni: Cardiff University
  • More Facts
  • Education: University of Wales, University of Bristol, Cardiff University, University of Wales College of Medicine

Childhood & Early Life

Alice Roberts was born on 19 May 1973 in Bristol, England, to an aeronautical engineer and an arts teacher. She initially studied at Westbury C-of-E Primary School and later attended The Red Maids’ High School. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BCh) degree and intercalated Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wales College of Medicine in 1997.

Career in Research

After graduating in 1997, Alice Roberts worked as a junior practitioner at the National Health Service. She then served as an anatomy demonstrator at University of Bristol, eventually becoming a lecturer in 1999. She spent seven years on her PhD in paleopathology. During this time, she also taught at the Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy in University of Bristol where her chief roles were researching paleopathology and osteoarchaeology as well as teaching embryology, physical anthropology and clinical anatomy. In 2009, Roberts co-presented modules for the “Beating Bipolar” program, the first ever web-based education treatment for those with bipolar depression. That year, she was elected as an honorary fellow at the Hull York Medical School and also as the Director of Anatomy at NHS Severn Deanery School of Surgery. She completed her tenure in 2016. In February 2012, she became the first professor at University of Birmingham to join the department of public engagement in science. Since 2018, Roberts has been serving as a member of the advisory board at University of Bath’s Milner Centre for Evolution. She has also been a member of Cheltenham Science Festival’s advisory board for around ten years.


Alice Roberts has authored many scientific articles for a number of journals. She has also penned down numerous books, including ‘The Celts: Search for a Civilisation,’ ‘The Complete Human Body,’ ‘Evolution: The Human Story’ and ‘Don’t Die Young: An Anatomist’s Guide to Your Organs and Your Health,’ to name a few.

Television Career

Alice Roberts first appeared on television in 2001 in an episode of ‘Time Team Live’. She is one of the regular co-presenters of BBC’s environmental and geographical series ‘Coast’. She presented and wrote a BBC Two series titled ‘Dr Alice Roberts: Don’t Die Young’. Based on anatomy and health, the series was screened from January 2007. In 2009, she presented ‘The Incredible Human Journey’, a five-part BBC Two series. That year, Roberts, along with Mark Hamilton, served as the presenter of the one-hour documentary ‘A Necessary Evil?’ In August 2010, she presented the documentaries ‘Wild Swimming’ and ‘Digging for Britain’. A year later, she got the opportunity to present ‘Origins of Us,’ examining how far the human body has evolved over the past seven million years. From 22 to 24 October 2012, Roberts appeared with Dr George McGavin in the series ‘Prehistoric Autopsy’. Four years later, she co-presented the program, ‘Food Detectives’, a BBC Two series based on food nutrition. After presenting ‘The Day The Dinosaurs Died’ in 2017, she served as the presenter of Channel 4’s documentary series ‘Britain’s Most Historic Towns’.

Family & Personal Life

Alice Roberts has been married to David Stevens since 2000. The couple met in 1997. They have a son and a daughter. She organizes the Cheltenham Science Festival and other outreach programs within the Medical Sciences Division of University of Bristol.

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