Susanna Reid

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Susanna Reid
BornSusanna Reid
(1970-12-10) 10 December 1970 (age 43)
Croydon, London, England
NationalityBritish
EthnicityEnglish, Scottish
EducationUniversity of Bristol
Cardiff University
OccupationJournalist
television presenter
Years active1982–present
EmployerBBC
Notable credit(s)BBC Breakfast
(2004–present)
Sunday Morning Live
(2010–11)
Partner(s)Dominic Cotton (1998–present)
Children3 sons
 
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Susanna Reid
BornSusanna Reid
(1970-12-10) 10 December 1970 (age 43)
Croydon, London, England
NationalityBritish
EthnicityEnglish, Scottish
EducationUniversity of Bristol
Cardiff University
OccupationJournalist
television presenter
Years active1982–present
EmployerBBC
Notable credit(s)BBC Breakfast
(2004–present)
Sunday Morning Live
(2010–11)
Partner(s)Dominic Cotton (1998–present)
Children3 sons

Susanna Reid (born 10 December 1970)[1] is an English journalist and presenter best known for presenting BBC Breakfast.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of three children, Reid was born in Croydon, South London, to an English father of Scottish ancestry, who worked as a management consultant, and an English mother who worked as a nurse. Her parents separated and divorced when she was aged 9.[2]

Reid was educated at the independent Croham Hurst School, Croydon from 1975–81, where comedienne Sue Perkins was amongst her classmates,[3] followed by the independent Croydon High School (1981–87) and St Paul's Girls' School (1987–89) in London. Reid studied Politics, Philosophy and Law at the University of Bristol (1989–92), where she was editor of Epigram, the university's student newspaper,[4] It was short-listed in 1991 as Best Student Newspaper in The Guardian/NUS student journalism awards. She then undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the Cardiff School of Journalism.

Reid appeared as an actress while an adolescent, in a stage production of Agatha Christie's Spider's Web (1982) with Shirley-Anne Field, and then alongside Peter Barkworth and Harriet Walter in The Price (1985) on Channel 4.[4]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Reid began her career at BBC Radio Bristol and then became a reporter for Radio 5 Live, as well as a producer. She then joined BBC News 24, where she spent two years as a reporter. When the 23:00 presenter didn't turn up one night, she became a stand-in presenter for an hour (while three months pregnant with her first child), which turned into a permanent position.[2] Before going on maternity leave, she presented on the BBC's online interactive service. Reid became a reporter for Breakfast News in 1998. After a second maternity break, she became a presenter on the BBC News channel.

Reid is one of the main presenters on BBC Breakfast, presenting alongside Bill Turnbull on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and previously presenting alongside Charlie Stayt on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. She has held her current role since 2012, when she replaced Sian Williams. In 2010 she stepped down from presenting Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays to take a role on a new programme Sunday Morning Live.[5] As of the final episode of the first series on 21 November 2010, she resumed her weekend presenting duties on BBC Breakfast within 2 weeks.[6] In light of the move of BBC Breakfast to MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester, and existing Monday to Thursday presenter Sian Williams deciding to stay in London on other programmes, in April 2012 Reid had taken over Williams' position as a main weekday presenter, alongside Bill Turnbull.

She was also previously the regular newsreader during the headlines on The Andrew Marr Show, On 16 May 2010 she stood in briefly for Andrew Marr, for the Sunday newspaper review, when he arrived late for the programme after interviewing the new Prime Minister David Cameron. Reid handed back to Marr following the paper review.[7] Reid presented the main show for the first time on 10 March 2013 following Marr's extended absence after suffering a stroke in January 2013.[8] On 22 February 2009 she presented the BBC's live coverage of the 2009 Oscars from Los Angeles.[9] She also presented coverage of the 2010 Oscars on 7 March.

Reid was the runner-up in the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional partner was newcomer and ballroom champion, Kevin Clifton. She previously participated in the Children in Need special of the show, pairing with Robin Windsor and eventually winning it in November 2011.

Charity interests[edit]

Reid is a regular contributor to Media Trust, the charity that links other charities to the media industry, and has hosted events for the Myotubular Trust and Voluntary Arts England.[4] In 1998, just before she became a reporter for Breakfast News, she worked for three months in Sri Lanka as a voluntary media consultant for a charity which counsels victims of the civil war and operates orphanages and social development programmes.[4]

Since 2008 she has also been part of the annual BBC's Children In Need "Newsreaders performance." During the 2011 charity night, she took part in a Strictly Come Dancing competition, along with three other BBC newsreaders. Reid and her professional dance partner, Robin Windsor won the competition.[10]

On 22 April 2012 Reid took part in the London Marathon, raising money for Sport Relief. She completed the course in just over 5 hours.

Personal life[edit]

Reid lives in Lambeth, South London,[11] with her longtime partner, former sports correspondent Dominic Cotton.[12]The couple have been together since 1998,[13] and have three sons.[12] Like Cotton, she is a supporter of Crystal Palace, visiting the club's Selhurst Park ground with her dance partner while taking part in the BBC television dance show, Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.[14]

Reid is a pescetarian, something she discusses occasionally in her Saturday morning banter with chef James Martin when commenting on the dishes on his following programme, Saturday Kitchen.[15] Reid has also been voted into Zoo Weekly 's top ten of 'Britain's sexiest mums', [16] and in 2013 was voted 96th in FHM 's '100 sexiest women' list.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nathan, Sara; Revoir, Paul (12 December 2011). "Oh, Susanna!". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Hardy, Rebecca (19 November 2011). "Susanna Reid: BBC Breakfast presenter says her career flourished when she had children | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Sue Perkins stands on her own BBC News, 25 July 2005
  4. ^ a b c d Susanna Reid profile BBC Breakfast
  5. ^ Sunday Morning Live BBC One
  6. ^ Susanna Reid Twitter post, dated 20 November 2010
  7. ^ "Susanna Reid to the rescue as Andrew Marr arrives late for his show (Perhaps it should happen more often) | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "BBC One – The Andrew Marr Show, 10/03/2013". BBC. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Thomas, Liz (23 February 2009). "And the budget award goes to... BBC presenter Susanna Reid, who's wearing a £50 Oxfam dress to the Oscars". Mail Online. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Children in Need: record on-the-night total of £26million raised". mirror.co.uk. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Revoir, Paul; McDermott, Nick (31 December 2010). "We were burgled". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Susanna Reid: I had to up my game to look good on TV once I entered my thirties". London: Mail Online. 29 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Through the Keyhole, Series 9 Episode 16, broadcast 29 May 2008
  14. ^ Strictly Come Dancing episode broadcast Saturday October 12th 2013
  15. ^ "BBC Breakfast, various episodes". BBC News. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "BBC's Susanna Reid on Strictly, her Croydon schooldays, and her beloved Palace". Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Susanna Reid". FHM. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

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Preceded by
Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev
Strictly Come Dancing runner-up
(with partner Kevin Clifton)

Series 11 (2013)
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Incumbent
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Preceded by
Mishal Husain
Deputy presenter of BBC Breakfast
2004–2012
Succeeded by
Louise Minchin
Preceded by
Sian Williams
Main presenter of BBC Breakfast
2012 – present
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Presenter of Sunday Morning Live
2010–2011
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Samira Ahmed