By Christian Berechree
Shows such as Bones and CSI have done the seemingly unthinkable: they’ve made forensic science cool, sexy even. On television, every scientist is beautiful, always impeccably dressed and groomed, and witty to boot.
It seems unlikely this would be the case in the real world of forensics. Charisma, good looks and a biting sense of humour are hardly required skills for lab work.
However, in the case of forensic anthropologist and a
uthor Dr Xanthe Mallett, it would seem that TV isn’t too far off the mark. Dr Mallett looks as though she’d be just as comfortable at Paris fashion week in a designer dress as she would behind a microscope wearing a white coat.
Xanthe Mallett has become a public face for forensics, appearing on television shows like Wanted and History Cold Case. Her camera-ready looks and engaging conversation style make her an easy person to pay attention to.
She attributes much of her transition from scientist to media personality to her creative background. She trained as a dancer throughout her early life. More…