Wednesday, RTÉ One, 8.00pm
Brendan Courtney is an art director and broadcaster both in Ireland and the UK. He studied Art Direction at London's premier Fashion College, Central Saint Martins.
Brendan's TV career began in Ireland as fashion researcher and reporter on RTÉ's Open House after which he moved on to present Ireland's hit internet chat room dating show, Wanderlust, a format that went on to be sold to 11 countries. Following the International success of Wanderlust, ITV quickly offered Brendan a presenting contract and he has worked on hits such as Ant and Dec's Saturday Takeaway and Blind Date.
Over the past 5 years Brendan has co-produced and presented The Clothes Show in the UK and has hosted many of RTÉ's programmes including the channels 40th Anniversary Celebrations and reality show Treasure Island. He has since presented and produced with his UK based production company, Giant Film & TV of which he is Creative Director. His self authored documentaries Alias Ricky Gervais and Living with Boy George won critical acclaim.
In addition Brendan runs the UK's hugely successful personal styling and fashion direction service Ihatemylook.com. He has been nominated for Best TV Presenter Award twice he won most stylish presenter at The Belfast TV Awards in July 2007.
Brendan is honoured and excited to be presenting his second series of 'Off the Rails' with his fabulous co-presenter Sonya.
Sonya Lennon is widely regarded as one of Ireland's top fashion stylists, having established a reputation for creative excellence over almost twenty years. Her work is distinguished by a meticulous attention to detail for fashion and styling and intuitive awareness of the demands of each production.
Coupled with Sonya's reputation in the fashion industry, she is fast being recognized as a leading Costume Designer in Film and more recently Theatre.
Her styling and editorial work is clearly recognisable by the continuous use of narrative as a key creative tool in the development and creation of original fashion stories for Irish and international publications. Her reputation and experience has enabled her to not only manage the fashion and styling for many of her clients but to art direct, conceive and produce all aspects of the fashion stories - this alone marks her out as being unique amongst her peers.
While her editorial work reflects the cutting edge of her practice her portfolio of work has broadened to include costume for television, costume design for film and stage, styling for advertising and production for fashion shows. Since its beginning, Sonya has been a regular contributor to RTÉ's Off the Rails, and is delighted to be presenting the newly formatted series with co-presenter Brendan Courtney.