April 27th, 2011 15:49 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Royal Wedding Insider, Victoria Arbiter
Victoria Arbiter brings to her work a wealth of experience born from a life spent traveling the world and working professionally in a broad range of performance and media-related fields.
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Windsor, England, Victoria is the daughter of Dickie Arbiter, a career journalist, and the former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II. From a very young age, Victoria accompanied her father as he covered some of England`s most notable state occasions, including Trooping the Color, The Cenotaph, and the New Year`s Eve celebrations in Trafalgar Square. At the age of five, she made her live radio debut, joining her father as he presented the Christmas Day Morning Show for LBC News Radio.
As a child, Victoria set her sights on becoming a ballet dancer, and at the age of twelve she was accepted into the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School in Camberley, England, where she trained in all aspects of dance. While at Elmhurst, she made her professional theatre debut in The Adventures of Mr. Toad in London`s West End, and this was closely followed by Cinderella at The Theatre Royal Windsor.
Upon leaving Elmhurst, Victoria made the bold decision to move to New York, where she auditioned and was accepted on scholarship to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following graduation, she was invited to join the Academy Company, where she went on to play some of her favorite roles including Raymonde in A Flea in her Ear and Joanna Trout in Dear Brutus.
Shortly after leaving The Academy, Victoria made an appearance on the CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light, where she met her future husband, Ryan Brown. For three years Ryan played the role of Bill Lewis on Guiding Light before joining the cast of The Young and the Restless in the role of Billy Abbott. Now a fiction novelist, Ryan`s comic thriller Play Dead was published in hardcover in 2010 by Gallery Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. He is the son of New York Times Best-selling author, Sandra Brown.
Her career took yet another turn when she joined the web-based television network Yo New York as Senior Producer and Entertainment Correspondent. In her new role with the network, she covered major events such as The Directors` Guild of America Awards, The TV Land Awards, countless movie premiers, and other celebrity-driven affairs. Those she has interviewed include luminaries such as Ron Howard, Shirley McClaine, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Simpson, Uma Thurman and Michael J. Fox. While with Yo, she also produced and hosted profiles for numerous charities including The Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity. She was the only web reporter to secure an exclusive interview with Sarah Duchess of York, and, based on that interview, she was invited to be a weekly contributor to Lori Krammer`s show for the online talk radio network eYada.
Victoria hosted two seasons of A Taste from the Melting Pot, an international food and culture show for PBS. Featuring first-generation nationals from around the world, the show offered an intimate look into the customs and flavors of countries including Cameroon, Ecuador, and Israel, among others.
Most recently, Victoria hosted the brand new Signature Series for Voyages North America. The program, aimed at the high-end, luxury adventure-traveler has already seen Victoria zip-line over the El Yunque Rain Forest, and swim in the largest known bio-luminescent bay.
Victoria is currently working as Creator, Executive Producer, and Host on the pilot episode of Overdressed and Undercooked, a lighthearted, entertaining foray into the world of a novice cook on a mission to improve her culinary skills and conquer her fear of the kitchen. Victoria leads the audience on a humorous, often precarious quest to prepare the perfect meal before her mystery celebrity guest arrives for dinner. With the help of some of New York`s finest chefs, she learns to prepare an array of dishes from Italian and Chinese, to barbecue and raw vegan, while trying to remain glamorous and unflustered.
Victoria is a keen traveler, and work opportunities have allowed her to experience places as diverse as Cairo, Dubai, Kuwait, and Paris. She also lived and worked in Los Angeles for three years. Some of her favorite destinations include Venice, Costa Rica, French Polynesia, Greece, and Southern Africa.
Victoria has a broad range of interests. She ranks go-carting with Diana Princess of Wales as one of her most memorable experiences; but she has also dodged hippos while kayaking the Zambezi River, lunched at the top of the Austrian Alps, suppered while cruising the Nile, hiked the Rain Forests of Central America and the Mountains of Alaska, bathed in the hot springs of Costa Rica, and ridden camels in the Egyptian desert. She`s been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, into the depths of the pyramids of Giza, and once crossed the second largest lagoon in the world to spend the night on a remote island in the South Pacific with no electricity.
When not gallivanting the world, Victoria likes nothing better than to curl up on the sofa with a good book or to watch reruns of Ally McBeal. She still loves to attend the ballet and Broadway, and has been known to drag her husband to the odd cheesy concert (Streisand, Celine, and her absolute favorite, Il Divo). Although she still gets back to England two or three times a year, Victoria now lives in New York with her husband, young son, and rescued cats, Minnie and Batsi.
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