Matt Blake is a long-form feature writer and journalist from London. His work has appeared in a bunch of national newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Vice, FHM, ShortList, Grazia, Men’s Health, The Independent and The London Magazine.
He started his career at the Daily Mirror as a Graduate Trainee, where he became General Reporter. Though, while he also covered health, sport, showbiz and defence, he mostly reported on crime and the courts for the paper.
Matt later became Crime Correspondent at The Independent and i, where he covered stories from the trial of serial killer Levi Bellfield to the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal and the London riots of 2011. Upon leaving the Independent, Matt moved into long-form feature writing, first freelance then as Chief Writer and, later, Features Editor of FHM magazine until its farewell issue in January 2016. Now he’s freelance again.
Specialising in long-reads, investigations and interviews, Matt has written at length about British soldiers travelling to Iraq and Syria to fight Isis (including the only comprehensive investigations into the final days of Kosta Scurfield and Dean Evans, the first and second British citizens killed fighting Isis in Syria), the socialist NBA and the forgotten art of the journeyman boxer.
Matt’s 2012 investigation into slave-like working conditions on cruise ships became one of Channel 4’s most-viewed Dispatches films in recent years, under the title Cruises Undercover: The Truth Below Decks. He has unwittingly interviewed a murderer in his own front room, been offered a kneecapping by a London gangster and chased from a crack den in Brixton by dogs. His closest brush with death, however, was trying to eat the Guinness world’s largest cooked breakfast in 30 minutes. He failed.
Some of his recent celebrity profiles include Miles Teller, Derren Brown, Sol Campbell, Jack Whitehall, M Night Shyamalan, and more.
You can email Matt on firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @mattblakeuk.