(born 1973 in Carlisle
) is an English
journalist, author and broadcaster. Dent is well known in the UK as a columnist for newspapers and magazines, she is also a prolific television critic and author. Dent has been a magazine and newspaper journalist/columnist since 1996. She has also worked as a critic for the UK television series Big Brother
, during Big Brother 9
she was Channel 4
's resident critic.
Dent studied English Literature at Stirling University
. While still at university she was given her first big break, working for the style magazine Cosmopolitian
, and after graduating she was employed as the editorial assistant at Marie Claire
in London. Grace then became a freelance writer with regular features and columns in various women's magazines including Glamour
, Marie Claire
, and More
. She worked for the tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror
, visiting various international destinations to investigate off-beat stories. Dent remains a television critic for the broadsheet newspaper, The Guardian
, her television column "World of Lather" has appeared in The Guardian
Dent is a bestselling author and has written eight novels to date. Her first trilogy of novels for Puffin Books focused on Ronnie Ripperton, Fleur Swan and Claude Cassiera, "a trio of minxish, boy-crazy friends a.k.a "Les Bambinos Dangereuses." Her first novel, It's a Girl Thing was published in 2003, the second was The Great Escape in 2004, followed by Curse of the Mega Boobed Bimbos in 2005.
In 2007 the first Diary of a Chav novel Trainers v Tiaras was released for Hodder Books, followed by Slinging the Bling. In 2008, Too Cool For School was released, followed by The Ibiza Diaries then The Fame Diaries. Her ninth novel The Real Diaries is scheduled for Spring 2009. Dent's novels have been published in the USA and eleven other countries. She is shortlisted for the 2008 Queen of Teen Prize.
Dent has appeared on British television as a presenter and commentator. She has presented several films for The Culture Show (BBC2) and was a writer and on-screen contributor to Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe (BBC4). During Big Brother 9, Dent was the regular critic on Big Brother's Little Brother (E4).
Dent is married and, as of 2005, lives in East London