Mandy Sutcliffe was born in Stockport, England, and studied illustration at Leeds University. While studying in Paris, Mandy spent hours drawing and painting in parks. While there, Mandy first heard the name “Belle” and began to develop the little girl character who would go on to star in her children’s stories and lifestyle products. Mandy has drawn on her own childhood memories to create the world of Belle and Boo, basing many of their adventures on her own experiences. Mandy lives in Bristol with her partner and their young twin sons, Ellis and Sam.