After graduating from Glasgow College of Art in 1979, Muriel Gray worked as an illustrator at Waterston's Printers Edinburgh, before becoming Assistant Head of Design at the National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh. A long career in broadcasting and writing followed, including hosting the iconic Channel 4 alternative music show The Tube, and publishing three novels and several nonfiction books. In 1987, she founded her own production company, Gallus Besom, which grew to become the largest and most successful independent TV company in Scotland. It is now part of the International Banijay group. She was the first female Rector of the University of Edinburgh and current charity and trustee work includes Chairing the Board of Trustees of Glasgow School of Art, Trustee of The British Museum, Patron of Trees For Life and Friend of The Children's Parliament. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.