Maia Dunphy is a Writer and Broadcaster who stepped in front of the camera after over a decade writing and producing behind it. Maia has worked on many RTÉ comedy shows including The Podge & Rodge Show, Katherine Lynch's Wagon's Den as well as the IFTA winning Bronx Bunny Show. She has also worked with Dustin the Turkey and Zig and Zag. Inspired by her ‘M Word’ blog, Maia released her book of the same name, ‘The M Word’. The book provides light relief for mothers who are fed-up with their mundane lives of feeling under pressure to do it all while running on two hours' sleep. Maia took part in season two of the hugely successful RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars where she performed a number of dances from the rumba to the tango.
Her first venture on screen was From Boom to Maternity which she wrote and hosted for RTÉ as part of the Reality Bites Series. Her second documentary Merlot & Me, about the rise of women drinking at home, aired on RTÉ in January 2013. The critically acclaimed documentary was the highest rating Reality Bites series that year. Following the success of her first two documentaries, Maia went on to make the four-part series Maia Dunphy's What Women Want airing on RTÉ in 2013. Each episode covered an aspect of modern life or society affecting women, from the pressures to stay looking young to 21st century relationships and the importance of female sexuality. The ratings and success of the first series saw a second series quickly re-commissioned and in Autumn 2014, Maia looked at food fads, the psychology of shopping, perceptions of beauty and the ongoing cult of celebrity. Maia Dunphy’s Truth About aired on RTÉ in their 2015 Autumn schedule. To coincide with the birth of her son Tom Laurence in the same year, Maia revealed the truth about childbirth and what women really go through.
In addition to all her documentaries, she has featured on many other shows including Craig Doyle Live, The Late Late Show, Late Lunch Live, The Today Show and The Six O’Clock Show. She has also featured as a contestant on a number of popular Irish and UK programmes including Celebrity MasterChef Ireland on RTÉ and most recently fronted the hit RTE1 TV Show ‘What Planet Are You On?’.
Also, no stranger to radio, she regularly contributed to the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ 2FM and also sat in the hotseat for Colm Hayes.
As a writer, Maia set up her own blog, The M Word - a hub for women who happen to be mums. Maia also wrote a monthly column for Image Magazine. Previously Maia has written regularly for The Dubliner Magazine, the Irish Independent Insider Magazine, The Sun and the Evening Herald. She ghost wrote the Mr. Tayto spoof autobiography The Man in the Jacket in 2009 which famously kept former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern off the Christmas No.1 spot in the book charts. Additionally, she contributed to Podge and Rodge’s book The Ballydung Bible. Maia also writes a weekly column for The Sunday Independent.
Maia is a popular Master of Ceremonies and she has hosted many events including the Stellar Awards, the BIM Awards and the Dogs Trust Ball amongst others.
She is a supporter of many charities including Childline, Dogs Trust, Dublin Zoo and Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Sabah, where she spent a year working in 2000.
In December 2014, Maia won the much-coveted Irish Tatler Woman of the Year award for Entertainment.
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