Suzi Perry

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Suzi Perry
Suzy Perry 2013 British Grand Prix cropped.jpg
Perry presenting at the 2013 British Grand Prix.
Born Suzi Perry
(1970-05-03) 3 May 1970 (age 46)
Cosford, Shropshire, England
Residence Birmingham, England, UK
Nationality English
Education Wolverhampton Polytechnic
Occupation Television presenter, Journalist
Employer BT Sport, BBC
Known for Model, television presenter, columnist, sporting host
Spouse(s) Steve Bullock (divorced)
Bastien Boosten (m. 2009)
Website Official website

Suzi Perry (born 3 May 1970) is an English television presenter, currently covering MotoGP for BT Sport. She is 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 to 2015.

Early life[edit]

Perry was born in an RAF hospital in Cosford, Shropshire, 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]

Broadcasting career[edit]

BBC Sport[edit]

David Coulthard, Suzi Perry and Eddie Jordan at the 2013 British Grand Prix

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 helped to present the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[citation needed]

From 1997, Perry presented coverage of BBC Sport's MotoGP for 13 years.[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] She was due to be part of the 2011 Grand National coverage but was replaced at the last moment—without any explanation—by Dan Walker, who happened to be at Aintree presenting Football Focus on the same day.[citation needed]

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 also wrote regular blogs for BBC Sport to give a behind-the-scenes look at F1. This was the first time a woman had taken on the full-time main anchor role in Formula One on British TV.[citation needed]

In 2015, it was announced Perry would present a new F1 show for BBC Two with Murray Walker. The show, called Formula 1 Rewind, involves Walker looking back at some of the BBC's archives.[9][10]

Other television work[edit]

Perry filming for The Gadget Show in 2011

Perry was the original presenter of Live Elite League Speedway on Sky Sports. She appeared on the 2002–03 revival of Treasure Hunt, where she took the "skyrunner" role made famous by Anneka Rice.[citation needed]

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. She was temporarily replaced by Gail Porter while recovering from an ectopic pregnancy, and returned in August 2009. Perry created the current theme music for the Gadget Show in 2011, as part of one of the show's challenges. In February 2012, it was announced that the show's format was going to change and be renamed The Gadget Show: World Tour, featuring only two of the previous team of presenters: Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward.[11]

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.[12]

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 ex-Gadget Show fellow presenter Ortis Deley for the BBC's Let's Dance for Comic Relief.[13][14] Perry was a guest panellist on the Channel 5 magazine show The Wright Stuff, alongside comedian Lee Hurst, for the week of 19–23 March 2012. Her appearance as a guest in the third series of BBC Two's The Sarah Millican Television Programme was shown on 2 November 2013. On 14 June 2014, she co-presented the BBC's coverage of Trooping the Colour with Huw Edwards.[citation needed] On 6 March 2015, Perry appeared as a guest on The One Show.[citation needed]

Radio work[edit]

Perry also presents Suzi Perry's Formula 1 Anthems on BBC Radio 2.[15]

Honours[edit]

In September 2016, Perry was made an honorary Doctor of Engineering for services to science, technology, and work encouraging young entrepreneurs.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Perry was married to Steve Bullock, a model from Sheffield, for four years.[1] By February 2009, she was engaged to her Dutch boyfriend, Bastien Boosten—whom she met while filming The Gadget Show whilst driving a personal submarine—[1] and was two and a half months pregnant. She 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][18]

From 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, with an Elvis impersonator conducting the 30-minute ceremony. She was the first celebrity bride to post her wedding pictures on Twitter.[19] The pair appeared together on All Star Mr & Mrs in 2010.[12] Perry is also stepmother to a girl of 16 (in 2012).[20][21]

Perry is a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1]

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 12 times.[22][23]

Perry is a patron of Promise Dreams,[1] a charity launched in 2001 and based in her home town of Wolverhampton. Promise Dreams raise money for seriously or terminally ill children, to provide treatment, help and support for them and their families.[24] She is also a patron of the National Association for Bikers with a Disability.[25]

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 18 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Famous Alumni: University of Wolverhampton, wlv.ac.uk; accessed 27 March 2016.
  3. ^ Peck, Emily. "Gadget Show's Suzi Perry talks tech – ACHICA Living". achica.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Downes, Andy (17 February 2010). "Suzi Perry Quits MotoGP on BBC". Motorcycle News. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Roz Laws (11 April 2010). "Suzi Perry on coming down with meningitis and missing her motorbikes". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  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. ^ GMT (21 December 2012). "F1: Suzi Perry replaces Jake Humphrey as BBC presenter". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Formula 1: BBC offers extensive coverage of the 2015 season". BBC Sport. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "2015 Formula 1 on the BBC". BBC. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Gadget Show rebooted for 2012 by The Gadget Show". Fwd.channel5.com. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ a b All Star Mr and Mrs – Barry McGuigan, Suzi Perry, Simon Gregson Reviews, tv.com; accessed 27 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Let's Dance for Sport Relief – Suzi and Ortis". bbc.co.uk. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Suzi Perry & Ortis Deley dance to Livin' La Vida Loca – Let's Dance for Sport Relief 2012 – BBC One". YouTube. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Suzi Perry's Formula 1 Anthems". bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  16. ^ Wootton, Doug (21 September 2016). "Honorary degree for TV's Perry, Broadcaster returns to university". Shropshire Star. p. 15. 
  17. ^ "University announces honours list". wlv.ac.uk. University of Wolverhampton. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  18. ^ Stroud, Carl (21 February 2009). "TV presenter Suzi Perry loses her baby". The Sun. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  19. ^ To have and to Tweet: Forget the traditional wedding album ... Suzi Perry shares her big day online Mail Online, 9 August 2009.
  20. ^ Perry, Suzi (18 December 2012). "Had to pop into Hollister to ...". Twitter. Retrieved 18 December 2012. Had to pop into Hollister to get a coat for my 16yr old 
  21. ^ Perry, Suzi (18 December 2012). "She is my step daughter, but...". Twitter. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  22. ^ Anna Tyzack (9 June 2006). ""Only Fools on Horses" stars named – Equestrian news, equine news, horse news". Horse & Hound. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  23. ^ It's saddle sore Suzi The Sun, 17 June 2006[dead link]
  24. ^ Promise Dreams – Wolverhampton's Children Charity
  25. ^ NABD Supporters National Association for Bikers with a Disability; accessed 27 May 2009.

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