Olly Smith

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Olly Smith (born 18 September 1974) is a British TV presenter, wine expert, columnist and author.

His brother is the British comedian Will Smith.[1] He was born in Jersey, and currently resides in Sussex with his family.[citation needed]


Olly is currently wine editor of The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine and writes a weekly wine column. He has formerly written columns for Wine & Spirit, Men's Health, and Waitrose and Sainsbury's supermarket magazines, and features for such publications as The Independent on Sunday, London Lite, and Country Life. Smith has written three books, Eat & Drink: Good Food That’s Great to Drink With[2] in 2010, Wine: Both Barrels[3] in 2012, and Behind Enemy Wines[4] in 2013.

Olly previously wrote for film and TV including Pingu, Wallace and Gromit and Charlie and Lola.[citation needed]


Smith regularly appears as a wine expert on BBC1′s Saturday Kitchen[5] and is a frequent guest on ITV's This Morning.

Smith was host of the short-lived Iron Chef UK during 2010.

In 2011, Smith presented a ten part series for Channel 4 entitled The Secret Supper Club.[6] Outside of the UK, he presented a documentary series about Chilean wine, Uncorking the South, for Canal 13. Smith's latest series, Jeni & Olly's West Coast Wine Adventures, has been shown Food Network and Travel Channel since April 2014.

He is also a voice-over artist, narrating Chic Eats for The Discovery Channel, performing voices for ITV's award-winning show The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers as well as writing and presenting Dude, Where's My Title? for Radio 4. He also performed alongside Roger Moore in The Fly Who Loved Me Christmas cartoon for UNICEF.


Smith won The International Wine and Spirit Communicator of the Year 2008 award. He is the youngest person to win the award.[citation needed]

In 2011, Olly was named by Off License news among the top 75 most influential people in the UK wine trade.[citation needed]

Recent awards:

  • United Kingdom Vineyards Association Communicator of the Year 2012[citation needed]
  • Roederer Awards Finalist for International Columnist of the Year 2012[citation needed]
  • Wines of Portugal Journalism Award 2012[citation needed]
  • International Wine & Spirits Communicator of the Year Award 2009[citation needed]
  • Drinks Business Young Achiever of the Year Award 2009[citation needed]


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