|Born||Maia Conchita Dunphy|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin|
|Occupation||Television producer, broadcaster and writer|
|Years active||2000 - present|
|Known for||Maia Dunphy's What Women Want|
Celebrity MasterChef: Ireland
|Johnny Vegas (m. 2011-2018)|
|Children||2 Michael andTom Dunphy Pennington|
Maïa Conchita Dunphy is an Irish television producer, broadcaster and writer.
Dunphy grew up in Dalkey, County Dublin. Her father is originally from New Ross and her mother Helen from Spain, but grew up in England. She attended school in Paris, France, before returning to Ireland to attend St Andrews College, Blackrock, Dublin.
Dunphy has written and produced for many comedy shows for RTÉ including Podge & Rodge and Katherine Lynch's Wagon's Den and books such as The Ballydung Bible, and has worked with Dustin the Turkey and Zig and Zag. She has written regular columns for The Dubliner magazine, the Irish Times, Image Magazine, the Irish Independent Insider Magazine and the Evening Herald amongst others.
Dunphy wrote the Mr. Tayto spoof autobiography The Man in the Jacket in 2009 which famously kept former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern off the Christmas No.1 spot in the book charts. She is a contributor on the RTÉ 2fm Ryan Tubridy Show and has also sat in for Colm Hayes. Her first book penned under her own name - The M Word - was published in November 2017.
In January 2012, Dunphy wrote and hosted a documentary on the Irish baby boom for RTÉ as part of the Reality Bites series. She also began appearing as a regular panelist on the Craig Doyle Live show. Her second documentary Merlot & Me aired on RTÉ in January 2013 to critical acclaim.
In September 2013, a four-part documentary series Maia Dunphy's What Women Want began on RTÉ. The series covered four female centric topics: the pressure on women to stay looking young and the lengths some go to in 'Forever Young'; how women really feel about sex and the importance of female sexuality in 'Best Sex Ever'; the increasing problem of anxiety and benzodiazepine use in 'Calm'; and how many Irish women are breaking away from the traditional ideals of relationships and family in 'Happily Ever After'. The series was well received.
The second series was broadcast on RTÉ 2 in November and December 2014 and looked at food fads in "Food Not Fear"; the love of shopping, from designer bags to the buzz of a bargain in "Retail Therapy"; how perceptions of beauty have become skewed in "The Secrets of Attraction"; and the ongoing cult of celebrity in "Fame".
In October 2015 a new series Maïa Dunphy's Truth About aired on RTÉ 2. In December 2014, Dunphy won the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year award for Entertainment. In August 2013, she was a finalist on Celebrity MasterChef: Ireland.
In late 2017 Dunphy released The M Word - a book for women who happen to be mothers which was well received. []
Dunphy is a well-known face on many Irish shows.
In April 2011, she wed British comedian Johnny Vegas in her mother's home town of Seville, Spain. The couple lived in London together, but announced in May 2018 that they had separated the previous year.
In November 2018 it was rumoured the notoriously private couple were back together after they were photographed at the Royal Television Society Awards in Manchester []