Conor Woodman

Conor T. P. Woodman[1] (born 21 March 1974) is an Irish director, television presenter, author and public speaker, best known as the host of Scam City and Around the World in 80 Trades.

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Born21 March 1974 (age 44)
Galway, Ireland
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
OccupationAuthor, Director, Television presenter
EmployerNational Geographic, Channel 4, BBC, Radio 4
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
(m. 2014; div. 2018)
Parent(s)Ciaran Woodman
Miriam Woodman

Personal life

Conor Woodman was born in Galway, Ireland on 21 March 1974. He is the son of Professor Ciaran Woodman (1954–2015),[2][3] a cancer epidemiologist, and Dr Miriam Woodman; he is the elder brother of Ciaran Woodman, Jr.

Woodman moved to Birmingham, England at the age of eight. He attended King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys and King Edward's School, Birmingham.[4] He later graduated from The University of Manchester.

Woodman is a former financial analyst turned investigative journalist. He has written and reported from the four corners of the globe on all manner of issues from gangs and organised crime to slavery and diamond smuggling to forest fires and salmon farming.[5]

Woodman was married to British actress and playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The couple announced they were divorcing in 2017.[6]


In 2009, he published his first book, The Adventure Capitalist,[7] chronicling his experiences trading his way around the globe.

His second book, Unfair Trade: The Truth Behind Big Business, Politics and Fair Trade[8] was published in 2011. Unfair Trade was long-listed for the 2012 Orwell Prize.[9]

Woodman's third book, Sharks: Investigating The Criminal Heart of the Global City was published by September Publishing in March 2017.[10]

Woodman has also written for several newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, TNT, Wanderlust, Conde Nast and Wexas Traveller.[5]


In 2009, Woodman presented the Channel 4 travel and adventure series Around the World in 80 Trades.[11] The 4-part series is based on his book, The Adventure Capitalist.

From 2012–2014, Woodman hosted two seasons of the National Geographic Channel show Scam City, in which he travels to various popular cities around the globe and reveals the darker side of tourism.[12] Scam City was nominated for a Broadcast Digital Award in 2014[13] and in 2015 for Best Factual Series at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Woodman presented two-part ITV series Hunting the Doorstep Conmen in 2013.[14] In October, he presented Exposure: Britain's Booming Cannabis Business for ITV part of ITV's award-winning Exposure strand.[15]

In 2015, Woodman reported on 3 episodes of BBC1's flagship consumer affairs show Watchdog.[16][17]

In August 2016, it was announced that Woodman would host an eight part series for Channel 4 and History Channel Canada entitled Hunting Nazi Treasure. The first season aired on History Channel Canada in October 2017.[18]


In 2014, Woodman produced and directed his first feature documentary film, True Appaloosa. The film follows Scott Engstrom, an Appaloosa horse breeder, to Kyrgyzstan as she tries to track down a horse that she thought looked like an Appaloosa while watching the TV show Around the World in 80 Trades. Engstrom was convinced that DNA from the horse might be able to prove that the true source of the North American Appaloosa horse was Asia and not Europe as the history books claim.[19] In January 2015, a 60-minute version of the film was transmitted on the BBC to critical acclaim.[20] The feature-length documentary premiered at the Sun Valley, Idaho Film Festival in March 2015.[21]

In October 2015, Woodman's dramatic short film Jester[12] premiered at the Sunscreen West Film Festival in Los Angeles.[22]


Woodman regularly reports back on his travels for the BBC's flagship current affairs show From Our Own Correspondent and is also a guest presenter on Radio 4's Costing the Earth.


  • Woodman, Conor Around The World in 80 Trades - The Adventure Capitalist; London: Non Basic Stock Line, 2009
  • Woodman, Conor Unfair Trade: How Big Business Exploits the World's Poor and Why It Doesn't Have To; London: Random House, 2011


  1. ^ "Mr C.T.P. Woodman and Ms P.M. Waller-Bridge - Engagements Announcements - Telegraph Announcements".
  2. ^ "Mr C.T.P. Woodman and Ms P.M. Waller-Bridge - Engagements Announcements - Telegraph Announcements".
  3. ^ Watts, Geoff (2015). "Ciaran Bernard John Woodman". The Lancet. 385 (9986): 2458. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61130-8.
  4. ^ Laws, Roz (2012). "Beaten by robbers in strip club scam; TV detective tells of ordeal to expose holiday crimes". Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  5. ^ a b "Broadcasting Clients | ROAR Broadcasting". Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  6. ^ Logan, Elizabeth (31 December 2017). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Husband Conor Woodman Are Divorcing".
  7. ^ Woodman, C. (2009). Around the World in 80 Trades. Pan Macmillan UK. ISBN 9781743034712. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  8. ^ Woodman, C. (2012). Unfair Trade: The shocking truth behind ‘ethical’ business. Random House. ISBN 9781446473016. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  9. ^ "Long Lists | The Orwell Prize". Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  10. ^ "Sharks: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City - September Publishing". September Publishing. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  11. ^ "Around the World in 80 Trades (TV Mini-Series 2009) - IMDb". Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  12. ^ a b "Jester (2015) Short, Comedy, Drama - IMDb". 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  13. ^ "Broadcast Digital Awards 2014". Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Current Affairs | Commissioning". Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  15. ^ "ITV Exposure finds torture and coercion in Britain's home-grown cannabis industry". ITV News. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  16. ^ Laws, Roz (21 January 2015). "Birmingham TV presenter Conor Woodman reveals all about his search for a rare horse".
  17. ^ "Holiday Scams - Conor Woodman explains how to stay safe from scam artists and thieves". 18 June 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  18. ^ Franks, Nico (11 August 2016). "Canuck, UK nets hunt Nazi treasure". Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  19. ^ "New film explores theory around ancient origins of the appaloosa horse". 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  20. ^ Raeside, Julia (22 January 2015). "Up the Women review – could it be the Dad's Army of the suffragette movement?".
  21. ^ "True Appaloosa".
  22. ^ "Sunscreen West Film Festival".

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