Lydia Spencer-Elliott

Chief Features Writer

Lydia Spencer-Elliott
Exeter University

Pop culture, politics, entertainment, trends, opinion, dating, real-life stories, guides, The Tab's Do Better Campaign, The Tab's You Matter Campaign

  • Lydia has interviewed everyone from the women who brought down Harvey Weinstein to Love Island's Ekin-Su.
  • Her expertise in pop culture has seen her appear in a documentary about Harry Styles and go viral on TikTok explaining the infamous Wagatha Christie trial.
  • Lydia pioneered The Tab's coverage of the Women's World Cup and wouldn't rest until her Mary Earp's profile was the most read story of the tournament.


Lydia Spencer-Elliott joined The Tab in 2022, currently working as the Chief Features Writer. She has previously freelanced for VICE, The Guardian, The Independent, Cosmopolitan and was Grazia's Senior Features Writer before joining the team.


Lydia graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA Honours in English Literature and Film Studies. After she graduated, she completed an MA in Magazine Journalism at City University, London and freelanced throughout her post grad.


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The secret reason why Marks & Spencer is the best clothes shop on the high street right now

Are we…old?

If you own these 12 things, you’re officially a TikTok fashion girlie

My wardrobe has never been more influenced by the internet

Coachella conspiracy theories are claiming the festival is fully flopping

The glory days are OVER

How Dua Lipa finally learnt to dance, an investigation

We’ve come a long way from THAT viral 2019 video

All of Sex and the City’s most annoying characters, ranked

Flawed is an understatement

All the long and winding lore behind Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter visuals

The album cover alone deserves a dissertation

Debunked: Is Netflix’s viral ‘skip the foreplay’ feature actually real?

It ‘removes naughty scenes’ from shows like Bridgerton

Cry, there could be ‘challenges’ ahead for The Gentlemen season two

And it’s all to do with the cast

‘In the bin’: We asked the Samba girlies what the hell they’re going to do now

Nothing is safe from Rishi Sunak

Omg, Freddy from Made in Chelsea was KIDNAPPED while they filmed the series in Corsica

He was bundled into a 4×4 by gangsters

From ’90s to now: Gillian Anderson’s most slay outfits of all time

She’s always been Mother

Inside all of the stunning filming locations from Netflix’s Ripley series

I’ve never wanted to go to Italy more

Ripley: A side-by-side comparison of the cast of the film and the TV series

I fear no one will ever look better than Jude Law in white linen

Um, Andrew Garfield is dating a ‘professional witch’ called Dr. Kate Tomas

What is going ON

Right, what actually happens to Freddie Miles in Netflix’s Ripley?

He was never Tom’s biggest fan

Ok, why is Netflix’s Ripley series shot in black and white?

It looks SO different to the ’90s film

Right, who is Beyoncé talking about in her Jolene cover?

There’s been so much controversy over this song

Sex and the City’s most poorly aged moments as it airs on Netflix for the very first time

It’s getting hard to defend Carrie

Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer: What actually happened to murderer Dirk P?

He terrorised clubbers in Berlin

Right, here’s what the Italian opera lyrics on Beyoncé’s song Daughter actually mean

We didn’t see that coming on the country album

Inside Kim Kardashian and Bianca Censori’s rocky relationship since she married Kanye

‘She is truly surprised’

Everything Blue Ivy has been up to since stealing the show at Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour

The greatest nepo baby of all time

What to know about Beyoncé’s hot bodyguard Julius since he sent TikTok into meltdown

Honеy honeeeey I could be your bodyguard

Omg guys, Jacob Elordi is going to Oxford University in October to study English

He fell in love with the campus while filming Saltburn

Where to watch Kaya Scodelario next if you loved her as Susie Glass in The Gentlemen

We’re all obsessed

Ok, here’s what scandalous book the Palm Royale series is based on

Get ready to clutch your pearls

Explained: What is the ‘dating birth order theory’ on TikTok and where did it come from?

Eldest daughters are SUFFERING

Right, here’s why Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs house has been raided by US law enforcement

He’s faced a lot of allegations

Ok, is the Palm Royale real? All you need to know about the boujee Apple TV+ country club

Need a membership ASAP

Omg, scientists say the shows you watch on Netflix reveal tonnes about your personality

True crime girlies, listen up

The Gentlemen fans just found out Theo James’ real name and everyone is shook

‘Thassa Greek king right there’

‘Boy bye’: Saffron Barker splits from rugby star boyfriend and is posting all over TikTok

This seems messy already

Um, Bianca Censori’s dad has demanded to meet Kanye in Australia to discuss her outfits

He’s seriously worried about his daughter

No, Eddie and Susie don’t need to kiss to make The Gentlemen ‘better’

Fans are complaining about the lack of romance in the show

A look back at Kate Middleton’s vibey Y2K style which solidified her it-girl status

The depop girlies would die for these outfits

Omg, Olivia Neill’s £2million London home was burgled and they tried to steal her Porsche

She walked in on the robber in her bedroom

Cowboy Carter: All of the rumoured featured artists on Beyoncé’s new album

Swifties brace yourselves

Inside the ridiculously boujee Windsor Farm Shop where Kate Middleton was finally spotted

Of course they sell smoked pheasant crisps

Boats and boys’ trips: Inside Jonathan’s vanilla life when he’s not filming MAFS Australia

This guy loves fishing a little too much

If you loved The Gentlemen, you should watch these TV shows and films next

And where to watch them!

The White Lotus to The Gentlemen: Theo James’ characters, ranked from worst to best

Lest we forget he was in The Inbetweeners

Um, did Ayo Edebiri and Paul Mescal just soft-launch a relationship?

I’m freaking out

Brandy Hellville: Everything that goes down in HBO’s new Brandy Melville documentary


Take this quiz to see if Ireland would adopt you like they’ve adopted Ayo Edebiri

Who wouldn’t want to be the honorary people’s princess of Ireland?

What you see in this viral image can tell you whether you’re left-brained or right-brained

Why can I see an ostrich

Right, here’s the The Gentlemen’s chaos ending fully explained

Things do not go smoothly

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone films, ranked by how much palpable chemistry they had

I’ll never get over La La Land

‘I felt exposed and ashamed’: How students battle loneliness amid mental health crisis

People aged 16 to 24 are the loneliest age group in the UK

Ok, this is how Netflix’s The Gentlemen series relates to the movie

The Guy Ritchie web is webbing

Saddle up and look inside Bella Hadid’s new cowgirl life with her Rodeo star boyfriend

The most yee-haw vibe shift ever

Right, here’s how to actually pronounce Marchioness of Cholmondeley

The internet is baffled

Sambas to Spezials: What your choice of Adidas trainer says about your overall vibe

They have the fashion girlies in a choke hold

Kanye’s wife Bianca accused of using X-rated fashion as part of a career ‘game plan’

‘She is a very smart woman’

Inside Kate and William’s hectic 40-minute photoshoot which led to royal chaos

Apparently she used Photoshop so the ‘children looked good’

Falls, fails and partying: The biggest Oscars 2024 moments you didn’t see on TV

Martin Scorsese was bored out of his mind

Standout moments from Ryan Gosling’s Oscar performance, ranked by how much Kenergy they had

I may never recover from this

Jimmy Kimmel’s most controversial Oscars jokes which left all the celebs cringing

Emma Stone was not impressed

Let’s admit it, International Women’s Day has never felt more pointless

If I see one more cheesy quote I’m going to scream x

Okay, so what is actually inside the unhinged Oscars 2024 gift bags worth $180k?

This product list is chaos

What Netflix’s Supersex series doesn’t tell you about Rocco Siffredi

He’s the ‘Godfather’ of rough sex

Everyone’s worried Sharon Osbourne is ill – here’s why she looks so different

She’s spoken openly about her sudden weight loss

Right, here’s why people think barnacles could be the answer to finding the MH370 plane

Yes you read that right

Inside MH370’s Semiconductor theory which links the US government to the missing plane

It’s one of the most persistent conspiracies

Gary Goldsmith: How is Kate Middleton’s uncle even allowed on Celebrity Big Brother?

Women’s Aid have already spoken out about his behaviour

Toxic relationships are prompting women to go ‘boysober’ and the internet is loving it

‘Count. Me. In.’

Jamie Laing criticised for ‘mocking’ northern accent on air – one day into Radio 1 role

‘He’s taking the p*ss’

The Kate Middleton pics might have been grainy but these 10 memes are clearly hilarious

A pap shot has never been blurrier

All the theories about what happened to missing MH370 plane – 10 years after disappearance

A new hunt for the vanished aircraft could be starting soon

The Ambanis: All to know about the billionaire family Rihanna came out of retirement for

They paid her £5 million

Awkward exes and humungous hangovers: Inside the wild Brits 2024 after parties

Raye danced with her shoes off until 5AM

The Octopus Murders: What Netflix’s new documentary doesn’t tell you about the chilling case

There are so many theories

The harrowing true story behind Under the Banner of Heaven

This is dark

Reasons why your evil situationship is nothing like One Day or Normal People

Hate to break it to you baby girl

Ariana Grande fans are accusing her of ‘gaslighting’ them over Ethan Slater relationship

‘Girl, we can see the timelines’

Rumours to relationship: Paige DeSorbo and Craig Conover’s chaos journey to exclusivity

This should give anyone in a situationship some hope

Raye’s top 10 best songs ever, ranked by just how wow they are

She’s just been named songwriter of the year

Demonic rituals and relatability: Every theory behind why Taylor Swift ‘can’t dance’

Clips from The Eras Tour won’t stop going viral

Can I Tell You a Secret: Where is cyber stalker Matthew Hardy now?

This documentary kept me awake for days

Who TF Did I Marry? A rundown of ‘pathological liar’ TikTok which shocked the internet

Her husband was NOT who she thought he was

Bradley Cooper roasted for crying over ‘missing’ Leonard Bernstein – who he never met

‘If we give him an Oscar will he stop doing this kind of thing?’

Love Is Blind’s Chelsea doesn’t deserve hate for saying she looks like Megan Fox

She’s just issued an apology

Can I Tell You a Secret? What Netflix’s documentary leaves out about Matthew Hardy

It took police 11 years to put him in jail

Saltburn mansion’s real-life owner says influencers won’t stop trespassing on his land

He’s had to set up a regular ‘staff patrol’ of the grounds

Ok, here’s the eerie ending of Expats fully explained

What even happened to Margaret, Hilary and Mercy?

Omg, The Bear fans are convinced Will Poulter is returning as chef Luca for season three

And their theory is seriously convincing

Gird your loins, there’s going to be a Devil Wears Prada reunion at the 2024 SAG Awards

Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt together again!!

Baby to Boyfriend: Justin Bieber’s all time biggest bops, ranked

Bieber Super Bowl half time show WHEN

Enough is enough, it’s time to free Barry Keoghan from the shackles of Saltburn

Let him out!

Omg, you can visit Dexter’s One Day cafe in real life and it looks EXACTLY like the show

Everyone on TikTok is heading there already

One Day to The White Lotus: Leo Woodall’s performances, ranked by how boyfriend they are

Impossible to say if Jack or Dexter is hotter

Vultures 1: Why Kanye West’s album distributor chose to pull his new record from Apple music

Drama drama drama

Can I Tell You a Secret? The terrifying true story behind Netflix’s new cyber stalker documentary

I’m never using social media again

Guys, Tinder and Hinge are being sued for deliberately turning people into ‘addicts’

Ok so this is why I can’t find love

One Day: Final episode Easter eggs which make Emma and Dexter’s ending even more tragic

Prepare to sob (again)

BAFTAs to Golden Globes: Ayo Edebiri’s awards season looks ranked by how hard they served

She’s so cool I could scream

Jamie Laing speaks out after criticism he’s turned Radio 1 into a ‘posh boys club’

He’ll be replacing Jordan North in March

Lads lads lads, Harry Styles has entered his football fan era and everybody’s freaking out

And just like that I support Man United

‘Shame on you’: Viewers furious after Matthew Perry left off BAFTA’s memoriam honours list

The British Academy were forced to make a statement after the backlash

From Tracy Beaker to How to Have Sex: Inside the rise of Mia McKenna-Bruce

She had a huge win at the BAFTAs last night

Meet Harris Dickinson: The vibey it-boy from Iron Claw who everyone’s obsessed with

He deserves all the BAFTAs

Balloon sleeves and ruffles: The secret meanings behind Poor Things’ costumes

I need them available to buy NOW