Olly Smith

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

Family background[edit]

His brother is the comedian and writer Will Smith,[1] not to be confused with the American actor Will Smith. Olly Smith was born in Jersey.[2] He lives in Sussex with his family.[3]

Writing[edit]

Smith is 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[4] in 2010, Wine: Both Barrels[5] in 2012, and Behind Enemy Wines[6] in 2013.

Smith previously wrote for film and TV including Pingu, Wallace and Gromit and Charlie and Lola.[3]

Television[edit]

Smith regularly appears as a wine expert on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen[7] and is a frequent guest on ITV's This Morning. In September 2014 Smith presented a four-part series Last Taste of Summer, which aired on This Morning.[8]

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.[9] Outside of the UK, he presented a documentary series about Chilean wine, Uncorking the South, for Canal 13.

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

Awards[edit]

In 2011, Smith was named by Off License News among the top 75 most influential people in the UK wine trade.[10]

  • United Kingdom Vineyards Association Communicator of the Year 2012[11]
  • Roederer Awards Finalist for International Columnist of the Year 2012[12]
  • Wines of Portugal Journalism Award 2012[13]
  • International Wine & Spirits Communicator of the Year Award 2009 [14]
  • Drinks Business Young Achiever of the Year Award 2009 [15]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olly Smith on Twitter: "@tvpeanuts Yes I am related to Will Smith! I'm delighted to reveal that he is my brother, do follow him @willsmithuk"". Twitter.com. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  2. ^ https://www.sundaypost.com/news/world-news/my-favourite-holiday-olly-smith/
  3. ^ a b "About". Olly Smith. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Eat & Drink, signed copy". Olly Smith. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Wine: Both Barrels, signed copy". Olly Smith. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Behind Enemy Wines, signed copy". Olly Smith. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  7. ^ "BBC Saturday Kitchen". Olly Smith. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  8. ^ "Last Taste of Summer". Olly Smith. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  9. ^ "The Secret Supper Club - All 4". Channel4.com. 2015-02-12. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  10. ^ Off Licence News, 16 May 2011, Top 75 Most Influential People in Wine
  11. ^ "Olly wins Communicator of the Year!". Olly Smith. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  12. ^ "Louis Roederer Wine Writers Awards | finalists". Theroedererawards.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  13. ^ "Olly wins Journalism Award!". Olly Smith. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  14. ^ "IWSC Communicator of the Year 2009 announced at Vinitaly Gala opening night" (PDF). Tizwine.com. April 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  15. ^ "Drinks Business Awards 2009". Thedrinksbusiness.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-11-25.