Five things you might not know about WDYTYA? star Sophie Raworth
BBC journalist Sophie Raworth investigates her roots in the final episode of Who Do You Think You Are? series 13 next week. Here's five things you might not know about the star...
Don't miss Sophie Raworth's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on Wednesday 8 March (Photo: Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
One of the most trusted names in broadcast journalism, Sophie Raworth’s career has taken her from a junior reporter at Greater Manchester Radio to anchoring the primetime BBC News at Six.
As a popular presenter, regularly juggling news bulletins with being a mum of three, Raworth can also be seen hosting Watchdog, guest-presenting important royal events, and fronting the coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Here’s some interesting facts about Sophie as she delves into her family history:
In her early 20s, Sophie travelled to France to spend a year teaching children English in Toulouse. When she returned, she made the big decision to study broadcasting and journalism at City University, London.
2. Newsreader with a vengeance
During her years as a broadcaster, Sophie has covered some of the biggest events of the last 25 years. Perhaps no event was bigger, or brasher, than when she made a cameo appearance in the latest Die Hard film, A Good Day to Die Hard. Yippee Ki-yay, indeed.
3. Dare to wear
As a respected news presenter, Sophie Raworth’s business-like elegance reflects the seriousness of her profession. In 2004, she took part in the BBC fashion-advice show What Not to Wear. Not that she needed much advice, of course. According to Raworth, the two fashionistas taught her “to be more adventurous with clothes”.
4. Early bird gets the book worm
Between her duties as a newsreader and part-time action movie star, Sophie has also been a judge in various book competitions. At one point, she even had to read 61 novels. Where does she find the time?
5. Who run the world?
Beyond the newsroom, Sophie’s passion is marathon running. She has now completed four marathons, completing 2014’s London Marathon in a respectable three hours and 48 minutes. In 2011, Sophie dramatically collapsed only two miles from the finish line on The Mall.