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Emmanuel Ray is a fashion and entertainment presenter and commentator. He has appeared on BBC One, RTE, S4C, World Fashion Channel, Fashion TV, Vogue TV, GBC, BBC Asian Network, Brit Asia TV, YGTV, Spectrum FM, SLBC, ITN, E4, ITV, On FM, Gaydar Radio and Stonewall Live USA’s first ever international broadcast.
He won Fashion Icon of the Year 2011 at Fashions Finest Awards UK, and was nominated for London Personality of the Year 2012 at London Lifestyle Awards. He was also nominated for Positive Role Model 2013 at National Diversity Awards.
His society column ‘Diary of an It Boy’ appeared in print in Laissez Faire, and on 5 digital publications; Superstar Magazine, Break London Radio’s website, The Style Column, Work in Fashion portal, My Kali Mag, kontraPLAN fashion journal and Pride Life Magazine. It was the first ever column to appear in 8 different publications simultaneously.
Born in Sri Lanka, Emmanuel Ray started his career at the age of 6, as a child performer. He was also a classical Dancer, and became a Model at the age of 15. Having worked in Asia and the Middle East, Emmanuel came to London in 2004 and continued modelling.
He also worked on events, shows and promotions for various brands including Volkswagen, Hutchison Whampoa, Estee Lauder, Gucci, Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Guerlain, Givenchy and Nicole Farhi.
He moved on to fashion & entertainment commentating and presenting in 2009. Credits include London Fashion Week, Clothes Show Live, Ideal Home Show, Alternative Fashion Week, The Only Way is Essex Christmas special, Made in Chelsea, and various showbiz parties, launch events and fashion shows. He has also hosted media events at the BBC TV Centre and BBC White City.
He inaugurated Fashion Week Gibraltar in Spring/Summer 2012. He also reported from Brighton Fashion Week and presented at the annual 46th Botswana Independence Day celebrations.
Emmanuel has raised funds for and supported various charities including SOS Children’s Villages, Save The Children, Tree of Hope children’s charity, Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, London Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund, St Mary’s Hospital Pædiatric Unit, Look Ahead Housing & Care, Shelter, Samaritans, Photovoice, Portugal Prints, Derbyshire Hepatitis C Charity, Sri Lanka Christian Association, Castledon School (Essex) for children with special needs and the School Bus Project for children in Sexaxa village, Maun, Botswana.
He has also has supported human rights and peace campaigns, representing Britain in Los Angeles’s celebrity-led NOH8 Campaign against California Proposition 8, and in the international All Out campaign against the Ugandan government’s controversial anti-gay bill. He was also involved in the Ministry for Peace campaign in British Parliament, 4D for World Peace by Uniting for Peace, and has campaigned for the Ceylon Workers Congress in Sri Lanka, supporting poor manual labourers in the tea plantation sector.
Emmanuel lives in London and is available for most presenting & commentating work. He is currently working on a book on Male Grooming, and a pilot for a TV series on the same topic.