Susanna Reid

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Susanna Reid
Born Susanna Victoria Reid
(1970-12-10) 10 December 1970 (age 45)
Croydon, London, England
Residence Lambeth, South London
Education University of Bristol
Cardiff University
Occupation Journalist
television presenter
Years active 1982–present
Employer BBC (2004–2014)
ITV (2014—)[1]
Notable credit(s) BBC Breakfast (2004–14)
Sunday Morning Live (2010–11)
Good Morning Britain
Salary £500,000[2]
Partner(s) Dominic Cotton (1998–2014)
Children 3

Susanna Victoria Reid[3] (born 10 December 1970)[4] is an English journalist and presenter best known as the co-presenter of BBC Breakfast from 2003 until her departure in early 2014.

Since April 2014, Reid has co-presented the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain with Ben Shephard. She currently appears every Monday to Thursday.[5]

Early life[edit]

The youngest of three children, Reid was born in Croydon, London. She was educated at the independent Croham Hurst School, from 1975–81,[6] followed by the independent Croydon High School (1981–87) and St Paul's Girls' School (1987–89) in London. Her parents separated and divorced when she was aged 9.[7] Her father was a management consultant, her mother worked as a nurse. Reid studied Politics, Philosophy and Law at the University of Bristol (1989–92), where she was editor of Epigram, the student newspaper,[8] which was short-listed in 1991 as "Best Student Newspaper" in The Guardian/NUS student journalism awards. She then undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the Cardiff School of Journalism.

Reid appeared as an actress while an adolescent, in a stage production of Agatha Christie's Spider's Web (1982) with Shirley-Anne Field, and then alongside Peter Barkworth and Harriet Walter in The Price (1985) on Channel 4.[8]


Reid began her career at BBC Radio Bristol and then became a reporter for Radio 5 Live, as well as a producer. She then joined BBC News 24, where she spent two years as a reporter. When the 23:00 presenter didn't turn up one night, Reid became a stand-in presenter for an hour (while three months pregnant with her first child), which turned into a permanent position.[7] Before going on maternity leave, she presented on the BBC's online interactive service. Reid became a reporter for Breakfast News in 1998. After a second maternity break, she became a presenter on the BBC News channel.

Reid was one of the main presenters on BBC Breakfast, presenting with Bill Turnbull on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and previously presenting with Charlie Stayt on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. She held that role from 2012, when she replaced Sian Williams. In 2010, Reid stepped down from presenting Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays to take a role on a new programme Sunday Morning Live.[9] As of the final episode of the first series on 21 November 2010, she resumed her weekend presenting duties on BBC Breakfast within 2 weeks.[10] When BBC Breakfast moved to MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester, and the existing Monday to Thursday presenter Sian Williams decided to stay in London on other programmes, in April 2012. Reid took Williams' position as a main weekday presenter opposite Bill Turnbull.

Reid was also previously the regular newsreader during the headlines on The Andrew Marr Show. On 16 May 2010, she stood in briefly for Andrew Marr for the Sunday newspaper review, when he arrived late for the programme after interviewing the new Prime Minister David Cameron. Reid handed back to Marr following the paper review.[11] Reid presented the main show for the first time on 10 March 2013 following Marr's extended absence after suffering a stroke in January 2013.[12] On 22 February 2009, Reid presented the BBC's live coverage of the 2009 Oscars from Los Angeles[13] and also presented coverage of the 2010 Oscars on 7 March.

Reid was a runner-up in the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional partner was Kevin Clifton. She previously participated in the Children in Need special of the show, pairing with Robin Windsor and eventually winning it in November 2011.[14]

On 31 December 2013, Reid presented the New Year Live programme on BBC One,[15] replacing Gabby Logan.

In February 2014, it was reported that ITV were attempting to recruit Reid for their new breakfast programme, with a £1 million salary.[16] Reid had previously rejected claims of moving to ITV in December 2013, during her Strictly Come Dancing stint, claiming she would "bleed BBC" if cut open.[17] On 3 March 2014, the BBC confirmed Reid's move to ITV to front rival breakfast programme Good Morning Britain, which replaced its former breakfast show Daybreak. She co-hosts the show alongside Ben Shephard and Piers Morgan every Monday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.[5]

On 19 December 2014, Reid appeared on a special Text Santa episode of Tipping Point with fellow Good Morning Britain presenters.[18]


In March 2014, Television and Radio Industries Club named Reid Newsreader of the Year at their annual awards, the week after it was announced she would join ITV.[19]

In 2015, she won a Television and Radio Industries Club award for Newsreader of the Year.[20]


Year Title Channel Role Notes
2003–2014 Breakfast BBC One Co-presenter With Bill Turnbull
2003–2010 TV Bingo BBC Two Presenter
2010–2011 Sunday Morning Live BBC One Presenter
2013 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Runner-up
New Year Live Presenter
2014— Good Morning Britain ITV Co-presenter Monday–Thursday

Personal life[edit]

Reid lives in Balham, south London,[21] Between 1998 and February 2014[22] her partner was the former sports correspondent Dominic Cotton.[23][24][25] They still live in the same house, even though Cotton has a girlfriend,[26] Reid is single. They have three sons.[23] Reid is a supporter of Crystal Palace, visiting the club's Selhurst Park ground with her dance partner while taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, in 2013.[27]

Reid is a pescetarian, something she used to discuss occasionally in her Saturday morning banter with chef James Martin when commenting on the dishes on his following programme, Saturday Kitchen.[28] Reid has also been voted into Zoo Weekly 's top ten of "Britain's sexiest mums",[29] and in 2013 was voted 96th in FHM 's "100 sexiest women" list.[30]


Reid is a regular contributor to Media Trust, a charity linking other charities to the media industry, and has hosted events for the Myotubular Trust and Voluntary Arts England.[8] In 1998, just before she became a reporter for Breakfast News, she worked for three months in Sri Lanka as a voluntary media consultant for a charity which counsels victims of the civil war and operates orphanages and social development programmes.[8]

On 22 April 2012, Reid took part in the London Marathon, raising money for Sport Relief, completing the course in just over five hours.


  1. ^ "Susanna Reid joins ITV's new breakfast presenting team". 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Yaqoob, Janine. "ITV bosses worried about Susanna Reid's image after seeing Good Morning Britain viewing figures plummet – Mirror Online". Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  4. ^ Nathan, Sara; Revoir, Paul (12 December 2011). "Oh, Susanna!". London: Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Susanna Reid quits BBC for ITV". BBC News Online. 3 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Sue Perkins stands on her own BBC News, 25 July 2005
  7. ^ a b Hardy, Rebecca (19 November 2011). "Susanna Reid: BBC Breakfast presenter says her career flourished when she had children | Mail Online". Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d Susanna Reid profile BBC Breakfast
  9. ^ Sunday Morning Live BBC One
  10. ^ Susanna Reid Twitter post, dated 20 November 2010
  11. ^ "Susanna Reid to the rescue as Andrew Marr arrives late for his show (Perhaps it should happen more often) | Mail Online". 17 May 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "BBC One – The Andrew Marr Show, 10/03/2013". BBC. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Thomas, Liz (23 February 2009). "And the budget award goes to... BBC presenter Susanna Reid, who's wearing a £50 Oxfam dress to the Oscars". Mail Online. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "Children in Need: record on-the-night total of £26million raised". 19 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Ariel – BBC dominates festive viewing". 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  16. ^ Yaqoob, Janine (9 February 2014). "BBC Breakfast: Susanna Reid wants her own show – and will quit BBC if bosses don't give her what she wants". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Susanna Reid denies quit rumours: 'If you cut me open I'd bleed BBC'". Digital Spy. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Text Santa Tipping Point special | "ITV Press Centre"". 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  19. ^ "Susanna Reid wins newsreader of the year award". BBC News (BBC). 11 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Television And Radio Industries Club – 2015 TRIC Awards Winners". TRIC. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  21. ^ Revoir, Paul; McDermott, Nick (31 December 2010). "We were burgled". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ a b "Susanna Reid: I had to up my game to look good on TV once I entered my thirties". London: Mail Online. 29 July 2010. 
  24. ^ Duffin, Claire (2 March 2014). "'Curse of Strictly' strikes again as Susanna Reid and partner separate". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  25. ^ Through the Keyhole, Series 9 Episode 16, broadcast 29 May 2008
  26. ^ Susanna Reid still living with former partner
  27. ^ Strictly Come Dancing episode broadcast Saturday 12 October 2013
  28. ^ "BBC Breakfast, various episodes". BBC News. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  29. ^ "BBC's Susanna Reid on Strictly, her Croydon schooldays, and her beloved Palace". Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  30. ^ "Susanna Reid". FHM. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

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