Tom Bradby

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Tom Bradby
Born Thomas Matthew Bradby
1967 (age 47–48)
Nationality British
Education Westbourne House School; Sherborne School; University of Edinburgh
Occupation Political editor
Years active 1990–present
Employer ITN
Spouse(s) Claudia Hill-Norton (m. 1994)
Children 3
Website Website

Thomas Matthew Bradby (born 13 January 1967) is a British journalist and novelist, best known as the current political editor for ITV News, a role which he began in 2005.[1] Since 2012, Bradby has been the presenter of the ITV political series The Agenda.

Early life and family[edit]

Bradby was born in Malta in 1967, the son of a Royal Navy officer. After a short spell in Gibraltar he moved to Britain and was educated at Westbourne House School, Sherborne School and the University of Edinburgh.[2] In 1994 he married Claudia, the daughter of Vice-Admiral Hon. Sir Nicholas John Hill-Norton.[3]


He joined ITN as an editorial trainee in 1990 and subsequently became producer for Michael Brunson, ITN's political editor, in 1992.

Bradby then spent three years (1993–96) as Ireland correspondent, during which time he covered the Northern Ireland peace process, the IRA ceasefire and Bill Clinton's visit to Ireland in November 1995. From 1999–2001, he was ITV's Asia correspondent. In October 1999, he was injured whilst covering the riots in Jakarta against the newly elected President, Abdurrahman Wahid.[4] He was hit in the leg by a flare attached to a chain as demonstrators clashed with armed police in the Indonesian capital. He underwent a three-hour operation for a compound fracture of his fibula and spent several days in a Jakarta hospital before flying home to Hong Kong to convalesce.

After recovering from his injury and returning to the UK, Bradby became Royal Correspondent for ITV News, covering a number of key stories, including the Queen's Jubilee year, as well as the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. He went on to become ITV News' UK editor, and then political editor. On 16 November 2010 he carried out the first official interview of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at St James's Palace following the announcement of the couple's engagement, reportedly having been specifically requested by the couple due to Bradby's friendship with the Prince.[5] He subsequently attended William and Catherine's wedding as a guest on 29 April 2011.[6]

In February 2012 he began hosting the topical discussion programme The Agenda on ITV, featuring a panel of politicians and other celebrity guests debating current issues in the news.

On 19 August 2013, he made his debut co-newscasting News at Ten alongside Mary Nightingale.

On 7 May 2015, he hosted the ITV coverage of the 2015 Election.

On 25 June 2015, ITV announced that Bradby would become the sole main newscaster of the flagship News at Ten.[7]


As of 2013, Bradby has written six novels:

His first novel, Shadow Dancer, was adapted into a film of the same name starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough in 2012, with the screenplay adapted by Bradby himself.[8] It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[8]

Bradby also wrote the ITV mini-series, The Great Fire, broadcast in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Bradby splits his time between his work in London and his home in Hampshire which he shares with his jewellery designer wife Claudia and their three children.[2] In addition to writing, he is also a keen footballer.[4]

Unusually for a political editor, Tom views himself as apolitical, saying that he does not "have a coherent set of political views".[2]


  1. ^ "Bradby named ITV political editor". BBC News. 13 July 2005. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tom Bradby: Smooth operator". The Independent. 12 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Claudia Genevieve Jane Hill-Norton". Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Bryony Gordon (15 March 2011). "Tom Bradby: Whitehall's Prince Charming". The Independent. 
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (16 October 2010). "ITV's Tom Bradby beats rivals to first William and Kate interview". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Royal wedding: Guest list offers a glimpse of the court of King William". Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tom Bradby to become main presenter of ITV's News at Ten". The Guardian (London). 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Shadow Dancer: Sundance Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
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Preceded by
Nick Robinson
Political editor of ITN (now ITV News)
Succeeded by

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