Katie Derham

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Katie Derham
TV newscaster Katie Derham.jpg
Derham at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Born Catherine Beatrice Margaret Derham
(1970-06-18) 18 June 1970 (age 45)
Canterbury, Kent, England
Alma mater Magdalene College, Cambridge
Occupation Journalist, television presenter
Notable credit(s) BBC Radio 3
Spouse(s) John Vincent (1999–present)
Children 2

Catherine Beatrice Margaret "Katie" Derham[1] (born 18 June 1970) is an English newscaster and a presenter on television and radio. In 2015 she is participating in the 13th series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

Early life and education[edit]

Her father John Derham was a chemist for Pfizer and her mother Margaret a teacher. She was born in Canterbury, Kent, but the family moved to Cheshire within a year and she grew up in Wilmslow.[2][3] She was educated at a primary school in Sandbach and at Cheadle Hulme School where she took A-Levels in French, History and Economics. She then read Economics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, graduating with a BA (Hons).[4]

Broadcasting career[edit]

BBC (1995–98)[edit]

Derham began her broadcasting career at the BBC, starting as a researcher on Radio 4's Money Box. In 1995 she won the Bradford & Bingley "Best Personal Finance Broadcaster Award" for her work as a presenter on Radio 5 Live's Moneycheck. She moved to BBC television in 1996 as a consumer affairs correspondent and was also a reporter on the long-running Film programme.

ITN (1998–2010)[edit]

In 1998 she joined ITN as the Media and Arts Editor for ITV News and, at the age of 27, became the youngest newscaster on British national television since ITN's creation in 1955. In 2004, Derham became the main female presenter of the ITV Lunchtime News, and a relief presenter of both the ITV Evening News and the ITV News at Ten. She also co-presented the ITV London news programme London Tonight. Derham hosted her final ITV News programme on 25 June 2010.

BBC (2010 onwards)[edit]

In April 2010 it was announced that Derham was to return to the BBC. Derham has an arts brief, including fronting the coverage of the Proms for BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 3.[5]

Derham is a presenter of Radio 3's Afternoon on 3 and Breakfast programmes, having previously presented the Hall of Fame Concert on Classic FM, and she presents the Traveller's Tree series on Radio 4. Derham also makes the occasional guest presenter appearance on Saturday Live.

In August 2015, the BBC announced that Derham had signed up to appear in the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her partner is Anton du Beke. In week four of the competition, the judges voted the couple's Viennese Waltz as the best dance, gaining 33 points from a possible 40.[6]

Other work[edit]

Derham hosted the Classical BRIT Awards ceremony four times from 2001 to 2004. In August 2008 she appeared in the BBC Two talent programme Maestro[7] where she learnt to conduct orchestral, choral and operatic music, and, in 2010, in the Factual Entertainment programme First Love[8] where she returned to the violin playing of her youth.

Personal life[edit]

Derham married restaurateur John Vincent in 1999 in Cheshire. They have two daughters and live in Rye, East Sussex. She plays the violin.[9]


  1. ^ Pelley, Rich (11 September 2010). "One last thing... Katie Derham". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Who's Who 2009
  3. ^ Duncan A. "Proms Queen", Radio Times (7–13 August 2010), p. 30 (BBC Magazines)
  4. ^ "Newsreader Katie Derham remembers her time at Cambridge". University of Cambridge. 26 April 1999. Retrieved 16 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Robinson, James (21 April 2010). "Katie Derham leaving ITN for BBC". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Katie Derham waltzes to the top of Strictly 2015 and 11 things we learned". The Daily Telegraph. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Eight passionate amateurs bid to become BBC Two's Maestro" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Five famous faces embark on an emotional journey into their past as they rekindle their first musical love". Electric Sky. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Katie Derham: 'I feel I have got a part of myself back'". The Independent (London). 18 August 2010. 

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Preceded by
Host of ITV News at 1:30
Succeeded by
Alastair Stewart
Preceded by
Katie Derham
Female host of London Tonight (ITV1)
Succeeded by
Nina Hossain