Tom Bradby

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Tom Bradby
Born Thomas Matthew Bradby
January 1967 (age 48)
Nationality British
Education Westbourne House School; Sherborne School; University of Edinburgh
Occupation Presenter, News at Ten
Years active 1990–present
Employer ITN, ITV
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 Political Editor for ITV News from 2005 to 2015,[1] the current main presenter of News at Ten and host of the political discussion series The Agenda with Tom Bradby.

Early life and family[edit]

Bradby was born in Malta in 1967. 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]


Bradby has worked for ITN, producer of ITV News, since 1990 when he joined the organisation as an editorial trainee. He subsequently became producer for ITV's political editor Michael Brunson in 1992.

From 1993 to 1996, Bradby was ITV's Ireland correspondent, reporting on events including the Northern Ireland peace process, the IRA ceasefire and Bill Clinton's visit to Ireland in November 1995. Bradby later became ITV's Asia correspondent from 1999 to 2001. 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.

Bradby returned to the UK and began a stint as royal correspondent, 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 later became UK editor and then political editor, taking on the role in 2005.

On 16 November 2010, Bradby carried out the first official interview of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at St James's Palace after the couple's engagement was announced. It was reported that Bradby was chosen specifically to conduct the interview owing to a long-standing acquaintance with Prince William.[5] He subsequently attended William and Catherine's wedding as a guest.[6]

Bradby has since transitioned from reporter to presenter for a variety of programmes: In February 2012, ITV launched a weekly political discussion programme, The Agenda, hosted by Bradby; in August 2013, Bradby presented an edition of News at Ten for the first time; and in May 2015, he presented ITV's main coverage of the 2015 general election. In October 2015, Bradby took over as the sole main newscaster of the flagship News at Ten.[7]


Bradby has written six novels:

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

Bradby wrote the ITV drama The Great Fire, broadcast in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Bradby lives in Hampshire with his jewellery designer wife Claudia and three children.[2] Bradby has stated that he is apolitical with no "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 (London). 12 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Claudia Genevieve Jane Hill-Norton". Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Bryony Gordon (15 March 2011). "Tom Bradby: Whitehall's Prince Charming". The Independent (London). 
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (16 October 2010). "ITV's Tom Bradby beats rivals to first William and Kate interview". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ "Royal wedding: Guest list offers a glimpse of the court of King William". The Daily Telegraph (London). 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. 

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Nick Robinson
Political Editor, ITV News
2005 – 2015
Succeeded by
Robert Peston