Penny Smith

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Penny Smith
Born(1958-09-21) September 21, 1958 (ageĀ 54)
Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England,[1]
OccupationNewsreader, television presenter
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Penny Smith
Born(1958-09-21) September 21, 1958 (ageĀ 54)
Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England,[1]
OccupationNewsreader, television presenter

Penelope Jane Smith (born 21 September 1958) is an English television presenter and newsreader. She is set to begin presenting for BBC London 94.9. She has presented for GMTV, Sky News and Classic FM.


Early life and education

Smith was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire)[citation needed]. She attended Uppingham Primary School[2] in Uppingham and the Rutland High School for Girls (later Rutland College) in Oakham.[3] She was a fan of folk music and regularly sang at folk clubs.[citation needed]


Smith began her career as a reporter and feature writer on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 1977.[4] After four years, she left to backpack through Central and South America and South East Asia where she reported and presented on a current affairs programme for Radio Television Hong Kong. In 1984 she joined Radio Trent as a reporter/presenter and then worked for Central Television as press officer for documentaries and drama. After that she co-presented the local evening news for Border Television and after a year she co-presented Thames News with Andrew Gardner. Smith then moved to Sky News before becoming a presenter on GMTV in April 1993. She stayed on the programme until 4 June 2010. [5][6] [7]

Smith has also presented Crime Net, Crime File and Crime Fighters for Carlton, Crime Monthly and Most Wanted for LWT, Going For A Song for the BBC and Celebrity for ITV. She also co-presented the 1995 series of The Krypton Factor alongside Gordon Burns.

In 2006, Smith starred in the BBC2 show Just the Two of Us. She sang with Curtis Stigers and was eliminated on 3 March. She came fourth. She later appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 2006,[8][9] and several episodes of Have I Got News For You.[8][10] She also appeared in Garfield 2 when Garfield was watching television. In February 2009, she appeared on the ITV1 daytime programme Loose Women as a panelist on occasion. She was asked to appear at the last moment because of snow blizzards in London preventing some of the regular panellists from reaching the studio.

In August 2010, she appears as a panellist on ITV's new show 3@Three.[11]

Since September 2010 she has reviewed the newspapers on ITV's This Morning and is a regular contributor on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

From 18 October 2010, Smith presented Market Kitchen: Big Adventure alongside Matt Tebbutt (weeknights at 7.00pm on the Good Food channel).

She presented The Wright Stuff in place of Matthew Wright on Channel 5 30 July 2012.


She presented an opera show on Classic FM.[citation needed] In July 2010 she presented Kiri Prize, a nationwide hunt to find an opera star on Radio 2.[12]

Smith also covers the Friday Night Arts Show on BBC Radio 2 when Claudia Winkleman is away.

On 7 January 2013 she will begin co-presenting the weekday breakfast show on BBC London 94.9.[13]

Other work

Smith has written for a number of national newspapers and magazines, including a beauty column for "Femail" in the Daily Mail and articles in Essentials magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Woman and Home.

She has produced three yoga videos: Penny Smith's Power Yoga, Penny Smith's Essential Guide to Yoga presented alongside Howard Napper and Penny Smith's Yoga Masterclass.

Personal life

Smith married journalist Tony Birtley in May 1984 in Grantham, but they divorced in 1987. She counts Rory Bremner and Paul McKenna amongst her ex-boyfriends. Since September 2001, Smith has been in a relationship with the actor Vince Leigh.[14] In 2000 she was voted the 92nd sexiest woman in the world by readers of FHM magazine. She is good friends with Mariella Frostrup and lives in Notting Hill. Smith's passions are opera, tennis, hiking and yoga.




  1. ^ "Eastwood-born Penny Smith of GMTV on her new novel". This is Nottingham. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Uppingham Church of England Primary School". Uppingham Primary School. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Penny Smith remembers flushing her sports pants down the loo and hanging out with the bad-girl outlaws" Daily Mail 31 December 2011
  4. ^ "PENNY SMITH: 'I won't give up my day job' - Environment". Peterborough Today. 2 March 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  5. ^ GMTV stars Penny Smith and John Stapleton leave the sofa in cut backs Mirror, 4 March 2010
  6. ^ Old pro Penny Smith keeps mum on the GMTV sofa after being axed... but tweets: 'Let the partying commence' Mail Online, 4 March 2010
  7. ^ Tears as Penny Smith leaves GMTV BBC News, 4 June 2010
  8. ^ a b Penny Smith Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ "Nevermind Mind The Buzzcocks - Series 19, Episode 4". Google Video. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  10. ^ Have I Got News for You Series 39, Episode 9 BBC One, 3 June 2010
  11. ^ 3@Three Presspack, ITV Press Centre, 26 July 2010
  12. ^ 'I'm off the sofa at last': Penny Smith on leaving the hot seat at GMTV Mail Online, 6 June 2010
  13. ^ Presenter Penny Smith to join BBC London 94.9 FM BBC, 10 December 2012
  14. ^ Richard Barber (7 April 2008). "He's is a puffed-up co-presenter on an ego trip - but GMTV's Penny Smith says the character in her novel is NOT based on Eamonn Holmes". Mail Online. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  15. ^ "Coming Up Next: Penny Smith". Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  16. ^ "After the Break: Penny Smith". Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  17. ^ "Penny Smith at Vipopedia, biography, posters". Vipopedia. Retrieved 4 June 2010.

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