I AM THE REAL BELLE DE JOUR; Sex Blog Hooker Is a Research Scientist

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Byline: MATT BLAKE

A RESEARCH scientist yesterday revealed herself as the former prostitute Belle de Jour.

Dr Brooke Magnanti, 34, said she was the former pounds 300-an-hour sex worker whose story inspired the ITV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl starring Billie Piper.

The author of a hit book about her experiences, she still writes a popular blog as Belle de Jour but has kept her identity secret until now.

Dr Magnanti said hiding her past was making her paranoid. She also feared a former boyfriend was about to reveal her identity.

The scientist, who works for Bristol University investigating the impact on babies of their mothers' exposure to toxic chemicals, told the Sunday Times: "I don't want this massive secret over me any more."

Dr Magnanti, who lives in Bristol, moved to London to find work while completing her PhD for Sheffield University but spent her savings. She wanted a way of making money which left enough time to complete her work and decided she had no objection to having sex for money. …