Suzi Perry

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Suzi Perry
Gadget Show Live 2011.jpg
Suzi Perry in 2011
Born Suzi Perry
(1970-05-03) 3 May 1970 (age 43)
Cosford, Shropshire, England
Residence Birmingham, England
Nationality English
Education Wolverhampton Polytechnic
Occupation Television presenter
Employer BBC
Known for Model, television presenter, columnist, Journalist
Spouse(s) Steve Bullock (divorced)
Bastien Boosten (6 August 2009)
Website
http://www.suziperry.com/

Suzi Perry (born 3 May 1970) is an English television presenter, best known for covering MotoGP for the BBC for 13 years, The Gadget Show on Channel 5 for 9 years and the BBC's Formula One coverage from 2013.

Early life[edit]

Perry was born in an RAF hospital in Cosford, Shropshire. She is the daughter of a music promoter and her godfather was guitarist Mel Galley.[1] Brought up in Finchfield,[1] she attended Smestow school in Wolverhampton, and had a school job as a lighting technician at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.[1] Perry went on to study business studies and finance at Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now the University of Wolverhampton).[2]

After graduation, Perry spent 12 months in Japan working as a model, then as an advertising model following her return to Britain.[3]

Perry's television career is best known for the years spent as a presenter for BBC coverage of MotoGP motorcycle racing. Perry was a co-host of The Gadget Show until 2011.[3]

Broadcasting career[edit]

BBC Sport[edit]

Perry is mainly known as a motor sports correspondent, reporting on motorbike racing for BBC News as well as presenting other sports-related programmes, including Wimbledon, the Boat Race, the London Marathon, Royal Ascot and the Great North Run. She also helped to present the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Perry presented coverage of MotoGP for BBC Sport for 13 years, commencing with the 1997 season.[4] In February 2010, following a year in which she suffered a number of health issues including viral meningitis and an ectopic pregnancy, it was announced that she was stepping down from presenting MotoGP coverage.[5] She stated that the extensive travelling involved combined with her other TV commitments was having a detrimental effect on her work-life balance.[5]

Following her departure from MotoGP, Perry was part of the BBC presenting team at the 2010 Epsom Derby[6] and Royal Ascot[7] and was due to be part of the 2011 Grand National coverage but was replaced at the last moment by Dan Walker who happened to be at Aintree presenting Football Focus on the same day. No explanation was offered by the BBC as to the need for the change.

On 21 December 2012 the BBC announced that Perry would replace Jake Humphrey as presenter of the BBC's Formula One coverage from the 2013 season, covering 10 live races and 10 highlight shows.[8] She would also write regular blogs for BBC Sport to give a behind the scenes look at F1. This was the first time a female had taken on the full-time main anchor role in Formula One on British TV.

Other television work[edit]

Perry filming for the Gadget Show in 2011

Perry appeared on the 2002-03 revival of Treasure Hunt, where she took the "skyrunner" role made famous by Anneka Rice.

Since 2004, Perry had been a co-presenter for Channel 5's The Gadget Show, a hi-tech weekly programme, alongside Jason Bradbury, Jon Bentley, Ortis Deley and Pollyanna Woodward. Perry was temporarily replaced by Gail Porter whilst she recovered from an ectopic pregnancy, and returned to The Gadget Show in August 2009. Perry also created the current theme music for the Gadget Show in 2011 as part of a Gadget Show challenge. In February 2012 it was announced that the show's format was changing, it was then known as The Gadget Show: World Tour and features only two of the previous presenting team Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward.[9]

On 15 May 2008, Perry appeared on Through the Keyhole on BBC Two, allowing Lisa Snowdon to look around her property before being identified by the panel. In 2010 Perry appeared on ITV's All Star Mr & Mrs with husband Bastien.[10]

Her other shows include Housecall, Superstars, City Hospital, How to take Stunning Pictures and Holiday.

On 10 March 2012, Perry danced to "Livin' the Vida Loca" with fellow ex-Gadget Show presenter Ortis Deley for the BBC's Let's Dance for Comic Relief.[11][12]

Perry was a panellist on Channel 5 magazine show The Wright Stuff, alongside comedian Lee Hurst, for the week of 19–23 March 2012. She was a guest on the Sarah Millican Slightly Longer Television Programme - Series 3 - Episode 6; screened 2nd November 2013 on BBC2.

Support for charity[edit]

In 2006, Perry appeared as a celebrity showjumper in the BBC's Sport Relief event Only Fools on Horses. On 12 July, after being voted off the show, she revealed that she had fallen off her horse a total of 12 times.[13][14]

Perry is a patron of Promise Dreams,[1] a charity based in her home town of Wolverhampton that was launched in 2001. Promise Dreams raise money for children who are seriously or terminally ill and provide treatment, help and support for both them and their families.[15] Perry is also a patron of the National Association for Bikers with a Disability.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Perry was married to Steve Bullock, a model from Sheffield, for four years.[1] By February 2009, Perry was engaged to her Dutch boyfriend, Bastien Boosten (whom she met whilst filming The Gadget Show whilst driving a personal submarine),[1] and two and a half months pregnant. Perry suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy on 17 February, and was taken to West Middlesex Hospital from a London film studio, where she underwent surgery after losing four pints of blood.[1][17]

As of April 2009, Perry lived in London, but shared a house in the South of France with her fiancé.[1] They married on 6 August 2009. Perry was the first celebrity bride to post her wedding pictures on Twitter.[18] Perry had an Elvis impersonator conducting the 30-minute ceremony. The pair appeared together on All Star Mr & Mrs in 2010.[10] Perry is also stepmother to a girl, who was aged 16 as of December 2012.[19][20]

Perry is a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "TV’s Suzi: The day I thought I might die". Express & Star. 15 April 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. ^ Famous Alumni, University of Wolverhampton
  3. ^ a b Peck, Emily. "Gadget Show’s Suzi Perry talks tech - ACHICA Living". achica.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Downes, Andy (2010-02-17). "Suzi Perry Quits MotoGP on BBC". Motorcycle News. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  5. ^ a b Roz Laws (2010-04-11). "Suzi Perry on coming down with meningitis and missing her motorbikes". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  6. ^ BBC Sport to broadcast the 2010 Derby BBC Press Office, 2 June 2010
  7. ^ Royal Ascot on BBC Sport BBC Press Office, 14 June 2010
  8. ^ 13:30 GMT (2012-12-21). "BBC Sport - F1: Suzi Perry replaces Jake Humphrey as BBC presenter". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  9. ^ "The Gadget Show | The Gadget Show rebooted for 2012 by The Gadget Show". Fwd.channel5.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  10. ^ a b All Star Mr and Mrs - Barry McGuigan, Suzi Perry, Simon Gregson Reviews TV.com
  11. ^ "Let's Dance for Sport Relief - Suzi and Ortis". bbc.co.uk. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0agK_vTpZs
  13. ^ Anna Tyzack (9 June 2006). ""Only Fools on Horses" stars named – Equestrian news, equine news, horse news – Horse & Hound". Horse & Hound. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  14. ^ It's saddle sore Suzi The Sun, 17 June 2006[dead link]
  15. ^ Promise Dreams – Wolverhampton's Children Charity
  16. ^ NABD Supporters National Association for Bikers with a Disability, accessed 27 May 2009
  17. ^ Stroud, Carl (21 February 2009). "TV presenter Suzi Perry loses her baby". The Sun. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  18. ^ To have and to Tweet: Forget the traditional wedding album... Suzi Perry shares her big day online Mail Online, 9 August 2009
  19. ^ Perry, Suzi (2012-12-18). "Had to pop into Hollister to ...". Twitter. Retrieved 2012-12-18. "Had to pop into Hollister to get a coat for my 16yr old" 
  20. ^ Perry, Suzi (2012-12-18). "She is my step daughter, but ...". Twitter. Retrieved 2012-12-18. "She is my step daughter" 

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