After gaining a degree in politics at the University of Sussex, she trained as an actress and was a magistrate for ten years.
Arnold joined the BBC Radio Drama Company in 1988. After meeting Peter Donaldson at a party in 1994, she joined Radio 4's presentation team in that year. In 2004, she became a newsreader, and now regularly reads the afternoon and evening news on Radio 4. In 2005, she featured as a news presenter in BBC Two comedy Broken News. In June 2006 she was promoted to read the news on Radio 4's Today programme. From 2007 she has co-presented comedian Jon Holmes's show Listen Against, a parody of various programmes on Radio 4. A second series of Listen Against was broadcast in November and December 2008, and a third began in September 2010.
Arnold gained some media coverage in May 2012. While returning home, stuck in traffic, she observed an empty plastic bottle being thrown from the car ahead of her and threw it back into the vehicle through an open window. On twitter, colleague and friend Corrie Corfield said Arnold deserved a damehood for her action.
Awards and recognition
Alice Arnold was ranked number 79 in the Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2011, number 66 in the Pride Power List 2011, number 99 in the World Pride Power List 2012 and number 79 in the World Pride Power List 2013.
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- http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2006/dec/10/features.review37 Louise France "One year of being Mr and Mr" The Observer 10 December 2006
- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-405769/Balding-finally-steps-lesbian-lover.html Daily Mail, 18 September 2012 "Balding finally steps out with lesbian lover"
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/9253214/BBC-newsreader-is-litter-crusader-after-confronting-lout-with-bottle.html Hannah Furness Daily Telegraph, 9 May 2012 "BBC newsreader is 'litter crusader' after confronting lout with bottle"
- http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/london/angry-bbc-newsreader-throws-rubbish-back-into-car-in-traffic-jam-7722709.html Evening Standard, 8 May 2012 "Angry BBC newsreader throws rubbish back into car in traffic jam"