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Sophie Raworth
Raworth in Brighton in 2009
Sophie Jane Raworth

(1968-05-15) 15 May 1968 (age 56)
Alma mater
Occupation(s)Journalist, presenter, newsreader
Years active1992–present
Notable credit(s)BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten
The Andrew Marr Show
Election Night
Richard Winter
(m. 2003)
RelativesKate Raworth (sister)

Sophie Jane Raworth (/ˈrwɜːrθ/; born 15 May 1968)[1][2] is an English journalist, newsreader and broadcaster working for the BBC. She is a senior newsreader and is one of the main presenters of BBC News (mainly BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten). She has been a television presenter for state occasions and has also presented the BBC's Election Night coverage, alongside other presenters. [3][4][5]

In 2015, she became the new presenter of consumer affairs programme Watchdog and in 2016, began presenting Crimewatch, both for BBC One.

Early life and education[edit]

Raworth was born on 15 May 1968 in Redhill, Surrey[1] to a florist mother and a businessman father.[6] She grew up in Twickenham[7] and was privately educated at Bute House Preparatory School for Girls,[1] Putney High School and St Paul's Girls' School.[6][8]

After completing a joint honours degree in French and German at the University of Manchester, Raworth spent a year teaching English to teenagers in Toulouse before completing a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism at City, University of London.[1][2][6]


Raworth joined the BBC in 1992 as a news reporter, first for Greater Manchester Radio and then, in April 1994, as BBC Regions correspondent in Brussels.[2] In May 1995, she became the regular joint presenter of BBC's Look North programme in Leeds.[3]

Raworth moved to national television in 1997, to co-present the BBC's Breakfast News programme on BBC One, initially with Justin Webb, and in later years, with John Nicolson.[2][3]

Raworth then joined the BBC's early morning news programme Breakfast at its launch in 2000, which she presented alongside Jeremy Bowen[9] and in later years, Dermot Murnaghan, on Monday–Thursdays, and sometimes with regular relief presenters such as Bill Turnbull and Michael Peschardt. She then moved to the BBC Six O'Clock News in January 2003 which she presented alongside George Alagiah; she was a presenter on this bulletin until October 2005 when she went on maternity leave, and was replaced by Natasha Kaplinsky.[citation needed]

In March 2006, Raworth was named as the main presenter of the BBC News at One, replacing Anna Ford on Monday–Thursdays. She took up the position in June 2006 after returning from maternity leave. She also can occasionally be seen presenting relief shifts on the rolling news channel BBC News Channel.

Raworth has presented several BBC specials, including coverage of the Queen's Golden Jubilee and Our Monarchy – the Next 50 Years, both alongside David Dimbleby.[2] In addition, she has appeared on Tomorrow's World and, in the early 2000s, entertainment programmes such as Dream Lives and the quiz show Judgemental.[citation needed]

In 2004, Raworth appeared on the BBC fashion show What Not to Wear, in which she was given a makeover by style advisors Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine. In 2006 she was part of the television coverage of the Children's Party at the Palace, an event to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday. Along with Huw Edwards, she presented some fake news updates for the programme, which led to many complaints from viewers.[10] Raworth had a cameo role[when?] as a newsreader in the last series of the BBC comedy series My Hero.[citation needed]

At the end of the One O'Clock News on 31 January 2008, she announced that she would be leaving the programme until the summer, and confirmed Kate Silverton as presenting the bulletin during her absence. Raworth returned on 25 August 2008, after the birth of her third child, with the presentation of the Bank Holiday edition of the BBC News at One, BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten.[citation needed]

Since early 2009, Raworth has been the main relief presenter on the BBC News at Six and a regular relief presenter on the BBC News at Ten, often presenting when regular presenters Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce are not available. She has also appeared in place of Andrew Marr on The Andrew Marr Show, and presented on the BBC News Channel (formerly known as BBC News 24).

In May 2009, she presented The Trouble with Working Women with reporter and father-of-three Justin Rowlatt on the BBC. The programme looked at the role of the working woman.[11] In 2009, she presented Crimewatch Roadshow on BBC One on weekday mornings.

In 2013, Raworth had a cameo appearance at the start of the film A Good Day to Die Hard as herself.[citation needed]

On 16 July 2013, Raworth was given an Award of Doctor of Arts honoris causa by City University London. Raworth presented Watchdog Daily in 2012 and Watchdog Test House in 2014 and 2015, before landing the role of main presenter on Watchdog in September 2015. She replaced Anne Robinson.

In February 2016, Raworth replaced Kirsty Young as main anchor of Crimewatch. She previously guest presented the programme in 2012.

In 2018, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, Raworth presented a documentary called RAF 100: Into the Blue, where she talked about her grandfather, Captain Edwin Raworth, who was a pilot in the First World War.[12]

From 9 January 2022 to July 2022, Sophie Raworth was the interim presenter on BBC's Sunday Morning, temporarily replacing Andrew Marr as host. In September 2022, former BBC News Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, began presenting Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg which replaced Sunday Morning in the timeslot on BBC One.

TV and film appearances[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Raworth married Richard Winter in 2003 and they live in Fulham, London with their two daughters and one son.[1][2][23][24][25] Her younger sister, Kate Raworth is an English economist.[26]


In March 2017, the genealogy programme, Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC television, featured Raworth's family story. It revealed that she was descended from non-conformist ancestors who were members of the New Jerusalem Church. They lived in Birmingham at a time when the city suffered religious riots in 1791 with people like her ancestors being the targets.[27][28] In the aftermath of the riots, Raworth's ancestors, William and Martha Mott, took a great risk by uprooting their young family to move to North America. However, within two years of arriving, the parents had died of yellow fever and the children were sent back to England.[29]

Raworth discovered in the programme that she was not descended from noted piano maker Henry Isaac Robert Mott[a] as the family had believed, but from his cousin, Samuel Mott, who was dismissed from the piano company and ended up taking his own life.[27]

Investigating another branch of her paternal family tree, she found a long line of horticultural heritage stretching back to the 1700s, and beginning with her great-grandfather Edgar Cussons Crowder, who once worked in the Palm House at Kew Gardens.[31][non-primary source needed] Further research revealed that her five-times great-grandfather, Abraham Crowder, grew and sold pineapple plants in the 18th century, at a time when the fruit was a prestigious luxury.[29]


On 17 April 2011, Raworth completed the London Marathon, despite collapsing two miles from the finish line.[32] By 2017, she had completed all six World Marathon Majors.[33]

In April 2018, Raworth completed the Marathon des Sables, a six-day, 251 km (156 mi) ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert.[34]

In October 2022, Raworth completed her 10th London Marathon.[35] In April 2023, Raworth again completed the London Marathon.[36]

At the 2024 London Marathon, Raworth fractured her ankle but the diagnosis did not come till the D-Day 80th anniversary celebrations. Raworth was forced to pull out of the 2024 United Kingdom general election debate. Raworth said "The injury I picked up at the London marathon has now been diagnosed as a fracture in my ankle. I was only told this last week during the D-Day commemorations. I’m now on crutches, in a boot and non-weight-bearing for some time."[37]



  1. ^ The Mott family business was successful and in 1817 Robert Mott patented a sostenente piano.[30]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Anon (2008). "Raworth, Sophie". Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). Oxford: A & C Black. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U246653. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "BBC News Profiles: Sophie Raworth". 1 December 2003. Retrieved 28 December 2006.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Sophie Raworth at IMDb
  4. ^ Sophie Raworth Profile TV Newsroom
  5. ^ Raworth Steps in for Ford
  6. ^ a b c Hermione Eyre (19 February 2006). "Sophie Raworth: The autocutie with brains". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  7. ^ Buckland, Danny (26 July 2006). "The £50 million secret garden". The Telegraph.
  8. ^ "St Paul's Girls' School: Alumnae Timeline". St Paul's Girls' School. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  9. ^ Moir, Jan (15 April 2005). "'Ice maiden? I'm the opposite'". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  10. ^ Horrocks, Peter ( 26 June 2006), "Spoof newsflash", BBC News. Complaints about BBC's fake news updates. BBC Editor's Blog.
  11. ^ "The Trouble with Working Women". BBC Two. Retrieved 16 December 2013
  12. ^ "BBC News Channel – RAF 100: Into the Blue". BBC. 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  14. ^ Gill, James (11 September 2018). "BBC journalists are already bidding for cameos in Bodyguard series two". Radio Times.
  15. ^ Horton, Tom (15 April 2021). "Prince Philip: BBC announces its plans to cover the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  16. ^ "Sunday Morning". bbc.co.uk. 9 January 2022. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  17. ^ "Our Next Prime Minister". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  18. ^ "The Proclamation of HM the King". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  19. ^ "Scotland: The Vigil". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  20. ^ "HM the Queen: The Journey to London". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  21. ^ "HM the Queen: The Procession to Lying-in-State". bbc.co.uk. 14 September 2022. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  22. ^ "BBC unveils special coverage and programming to mark Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort". bbc.co.uk/mediacentre. 11 April 2023. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  23. ^ "BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth 'heartbroken' as she announces shock death". hellomagazine.com. 9 December 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  24. ^ Bailey, Mark (13 March 2020). "Sophie Raworth on midlife running: 'At 51 years old, I have never been faster'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  25. ^ "The Home Page". www.fulhamsw6.com. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  26. ^ "Who Are Current BBC Female News Presenters?". Speaker Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  27. ^ a b "Sophie Raworth". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  28. ^ "WDYTYA? episode summary: Sophie Raworth". Who Do You Think You Are Magazine. Immediate Media Company Limited. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  29. ^ a b "Sophie Raworth featured article on TheGenealogist". TheGenealogist. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  30. ^ "Shared passions in Sophie Raworth's family". British Newspaper Archive. 9 March 2017.
  31. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? programme". BBC. 16 September 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  32. ^ "BBC newsreader collapses on London marathon run". BBC News. 17 April 2011.
  33. ^ Allen-Mills, Tony (22 April 2018). "London Marathon is a walk in the park for Sophie Raworth after six-day Sahara slog". Thetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  34. ^ Raworth, Sophie [@sophieraworth] (13 April 2018). "6 marathons in 5 days – 150 miles across the Sahara desert carrying all my food and kit for the week. Was so terrified I didn't tell anyone I was doing @marathonDsables! But i just finished it 😀🐪" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  35. ^ Potts, Michael (30 September 2022). "Which celebrities are running the London Marathon 2022?". radiotimes.com. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  36. ^ "London Marathon 2023: Full list of celebrities spotted running and their finishing times including Adele Roberts and EastEnders legend Natalie Cassidy". mylondon.news. Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  37. ^ "Sophie Raworth steps down from BBC election debate". BBC News. 11 June 2024. Retrieved 11 June 2024.

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Preceded by Main presenter & Friday alt presenter of BBC News at Six
Served alongside: George Alagiah (2003–2005 & 2019–present)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Main presenter of BBC News at One
2006 – present
Preceded by
Main presenter of Crimewatch Roadshow
Succeeded by