Profile Pieces

I’ve interviewed a good number of leading people in their field; many of those encounters are also to be found on the Arts and Music pages in the main menu of the site.

ayrton-sennaAs well as profiling many major players within the world of Formula One, including a tribute to the great Ayrton Senna, I’ve also spoken to such sports people as champion jockeys Frankie Dettori and Richard Dunwoody, six-time world snooker champion Steve Davis, champion pool player and hustler Steve Knight, and sports promoter and Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn. To be fair though, I met the five men above in one sitting, around a poker table, for a regular Esquire Sports Quarterly feature called “The Bet”.michael-oleary

I’ve profiled quite a few successful businessmen, from rebellious Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary to revolutionary designer and inventor James Dyson, veteran adventurer and travel company owner Geoffrey Kent, and teenage millionaire Benjamin Cohen.

elle-macphersonThere haven’t just been encounters with remarkable men though. Granted there were, at one time, meetings with more than a fair share of models (including Jordan, Caprice and Claudia Schiffer). Yet there was also Russian tennis ace Elena Dementieva, actress, entrepreneur (and OK, model) Elle Macpherson, activist and human rights campaigner Caoimhe Butterly, and leading film stars Kate Beckinsale and Julianne Moore.

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Philip Watson is an experienced freelance journalist who has written articles on a wide variety of subjects. His in-depth features range from 9/11 to the Poker Million tournament, fathers’ rights to Chernobyl children, Miles Davis to (a film version of) James Joyce’s Ulysses, British soldiers injured in Afghanistan to the Peace One Day campaign, and the Irish boom to the Irish bust. Interviews and profiles extend from Martin Scorsese to Claudia Schiffer, Paul Weller to William Boyd, conman “King Con” to F1 driver “Fast” Eddie Irvine, Antony Gormley to Antoine de Caunes, and maverick British inventor James Dyson to radical American comic Lenny Bruce. Philip gained a distinction on the postgraduate journalism course at University of Wales, Cardiff and worked for a number of years at GQ, where he was deputy editor, and Esquire, where he was editor-at-large. He has been freelance for the past decade or more, contributing articles and features to many publications in Britain, Ireland and the US, including the Telegraph Magazine, Guardian, Sunday Times, Observer, Irish Times, London Evening Standard, Travel + Leisure and music magazine The Wire. Philip has also appeared on radio and television programmes in the UK and Ireland, including RTÉ arts review show The Works. He is the editor of More Than A Game: GQ on Sport (Orion) and a collection of his interviews with musicians features in the anthology Invisible Jukebox (Quartet).