Matthew Ponsford

Matthew Ponsford

Freelance features, news, and sport journalist who has written for Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, and others. Currently associate producer at CNN International.

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TEETH | Accent Magazine

I first met Persephone in an empty pub basement where she asked me to help her fix a pair of motorized nipple tassels that had broken just before her performance. They formed part of the climax of her routine, which also sees her put on a penguin handpuppet and play a miniature trombone.

On the other side of Persephone’s double life, she is half of one of Britain’s top forensic science teams. Together her and David identify plane crash victims from their teeth and determine the type of murder weapon used by the marks on a dead person’s face. They’ve presented evidence in court at some of the UK’s most notorious trials, such as the Victoria Climbie murder case — examining torture wounds inflicted to an eight-year-old girl by her aunt — and also when a dog belonging to Tory MP Alan Clark bit a BBC cameraman.