Diana Luke is a Canadian who has been living in Britain for almost
40 years. Despite this her North American accent is as strong as ever
and she still gets asked on a regular basis:
a) Are you over on
b) What part of the States are you from?
c) Are you Irish?
She thinks that some of her ancestors from County Cork
join her when she has a drink, as the Irish intonation seems to be more
prevalent then! Her eclectic career began in health when she studied Nursing
but left when she realised that bed pans and injections were considered
more important than saying, " How ya doin?'" She then went on
to train as a Health and Fitness Adviser, then left for England. She worked
in Adult Education as a Lecturer in Health Education and also ran groups
and saw patients in three general practices. Her innovative work was filmed
for Channel Four's Wellbeing Series and Yorkshire TV. She also had her
first acting role in BBC 2 WSH, playing herself as a TV show host. She
then had the lucky fluke of being in the right place at the right time.
She was asked to take part in a round the table discussion on "love
and sex" at Hallam FM and her provocative statements got her her
first radio job at Viking Radio in Hull as their first female presenter.
Her career then took her to London for many new beginnings including the
BBC and Jazz FM.
She trained a few years ago as a professional Hypno-Psychotherapist
and works with clients on self-confidence issues, relationship problems,
stress management etc. Diana now works from home in her digital recording
studio doing voice work and radio shows internationally via ISDN. This
includes radio station imaging, automated shows, Inflight programmes,
narrative work and voiceovers for TV and radio. At present she can be
heard live on the air accross Yorkshire on BBC Radio Sheffield, York, Leeds, and Humberside Sunday nights from 9pm to 1am. The Sunday sixties show is called "Diana Luke Loves the 60's"
and the last pre-recorded hour is called "The Luke of Love". She
can also be heard in the air on a variety of airlines with relaxing shows
and personal development issues. She also has presented and produced a
CD called StressFreeFlying
which can be found in most good bookshops or Amazon.
Her shows in Ireland won the PPL Best Audience Interaction Award 2003.
In her spare time, she enjoys walking in the beautiful
countryside, visiting country pubs, checking out haunted places, reading
a good novel, making new scripts for her therapy clients, chatting with
friends and listening to music, loudly! She has begun writing two novels
and hopes to finish them one day! And for those in the know, she is a
Cancerian Water Snake with a Life Path of 4.