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Raworth in Brighton in 2009
Sophie Jane Raworth

(1968-05-15) 15 May 1968 (age 50)
Redhill, Surrey, England
OccupationJournalist, presenter, newsreader
Years active1992–present
Notable credit(s)
BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten

Sophie Jane Raworth (born 15 May 1968) [1] is an English journalist and broadcaster. She works for the BBC as a newsreader, anchoring BBC News at One . She also regularly appears on the BBC News at Six and occasionally on BBC News at Ten .

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In 2015, she became the new presenter of consumer affairs programme Watchdog and in 2016, began presenting Crimewatch , both for BBC One.

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Early life

Born in Surrey to a florist mother and a businessman father, [2] Raworth grew up in an exclusive area of Twickenham [3] in south west London and attended the independent Putney High [4] and St Paul's Girls' [2] [5] schools. After completing a degree in French and German at the University of Manchester, Raworth spent a year teaching English to teenagers in Toulouse before studying for a postgraduate course in broadcasting and journalism at City University, London. [1] [2]

Twickenham suburban area in west London, England

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Putney High School is an independent all-girls school in Putney, London. It admits students from the ages 4–18. Founded in 1893 it is a member of the Girls' Day School Trust, a union of 26 schools with 19,500 students and 3,500 staff. The school uniform is purple and has always been since a uniform was put in place. On average, in the junior school, there are 48 children in a year, 2 classes in a year and 24 in each class. In the senior school, there are about 25-7 in a class and each year has an intake of about 110, so 4 classes a year.

St Pauls Girls School independent day school for girls in London, England

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Raworth joined the BBC in 1992 as a news reporter, first for Greater Manchester Radio and then, in April 1994, as BBC Regions correspondent in Brussels. [1] In May 1995, she became the regular joint presenter of BBC's Look North programme in Leeds.

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Raworth moved to national television in 1997, to co-present the BBC's Breakfast News programme on BBC One, initially with Justin Webb, and in later years, with John Nicolson. [1]

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Raworth then joined the BBC's early morning news programme Breakfast at its launch in 2000, which she presented alongside Jeremy Bowen [6] and in later years, Dermot Murnaghan, on Monday–Thursdays, and sometimes with regular relief presenters such as Bill Turnbull and Michael Peschardt. She then moved to the BBC Six O'Clock News in January 2003 which she presented alongside George Alagiah; she was a presenter on this bulletin until October 2005 when she went on maternity leave, and was replaced by Natasha Kaplinsky. In March 2006 Raworth was named as the main presenter of the BBC News at One, replacing Anna Ford on Monday-Thursdays. She took up the position in June 2006 after returning from maternity leave. She also can occasionally be seen presenting relief shifts on the rolling news channel BBC News Channel.

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Raworth has presented several BBC specials, including coverage of the Queen's Golden Jubilee and Our Monarchy – the Next 50 Years, both alongside David Dimbleby. [1] In addition, she has appeared on Tomorrow's World and, in the early 2000s, entertainment programmes such as Dream Lives and the quiz show Judgemental.

In 2004, Raworth appeared on the BBC fashion show What Not to Wear , in which she was given a makeover by style advisors Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine. In 2006 she was part of the television coverage of the Children's Party at the Palace, an event to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday. Along with Huw Edwards, she presented some fake news updates for the programme, which led to many complaints from viewers. [7] Raworth had a cameo role as a newsreader in the last series of the BBC comedy series My Hero .

At the end of the One O'Clock News on 31 January 2008, she announced that she would be leaving the programme until the summer, and confirmed Kate Silverton as presenting the bulletin during her absence. Raworth returned on 25 August 2008, after the birth of her third child, with the presentation of the Bank Holiday edition of the BBC News at One, BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten. Raworth ran the Great North Run on 5 October 2008.

Since early 2009, Raworth has been the main relief presenter on the BBC News at Six and a regular relief presenter on the BBC News at Ten , often presenting when regular presenters Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce and George Alagiah are not available. She has also appeared in place of Andrew Marr on The Andrew Marr Show , and presented on the BBC News Channel (formerly known as BBC News 24).

In May 2009, she presented The Trouble with Working Women with reporter and father-of-three Justin Rowlatt on the BBC. The programme looked at the role of the working woman. [8] In 2009, she presented Crimewatch Roadshow on BBC One on weekday mornings.

In 2013, Raworth had a cameo appearance at the start of the film A Good Day to Die Hard as herself. [9]

On 16 July 2013, Raworth was given an Award of Doctor of Arts honoris causa by City University London. Raworth presented Watchdog Daily in 2012 and Watchdog Test House in 2014 and 2015, before landing the role of main presenter on Watchdog in September 2015. She replaced Anne Robinson.

In February 2016, Raworth replaced Kirsty Young as main anchor of Crimewatch . She previously guest presented the programme in 2012.

In 2017 it was reported that she earns £150,000 - £199,999 as a BBC presenter. [10]

In 2018, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, Raworth presented a documentary called RAF 100: Into the Blue, where she talked about her grandfather, Cpt. Edwin Raworth, who was a pilot in the First World War. [11]

Personal life

Raworth lives in London. [1]

In March 2017, the genealogy programme, Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC television, featured Sophie Raworth's family story. It revealed that she was descended from non-conformist ancestors who were members of an idealistic religious community called the New Jerusalem Church. They lived in Birmingham at a time when the city was rocked by religious riots in 1791 with people like her ancestors being the targets. [12] [13] In the aftermath of the riots, Sophie's ancestors, William and Martha Mott, took a great risk and uprooted their young family and moved to America. However, within two years of arriving, the parents had died of yellow fever and the children were sent back to England. [12] Raworth discovers in the programme that she was not descended from the line that she had previously believed, but from Samuel Mott who was sent to live with a bankrupt and ended up taking his own life. [12]

Investigating another branch of her paternal family tree, she found a long line of horticultural heritage stretching back to the 1700s, and beginning with her great-grandfather, Edgar Cussons Crowder, who once worked in the Palm House at Kew Gardens. [14] Further research reveals that her five times great-grandfather, Abraham Crowder, grew and sold pineapple plants in the 18th century, at a time when the fruit was a prestigious luxury. [12]


On 17 April 2011, Raworth completed the London Marathon, despite collapsing two miles from the finish line. [15] By 2017, she had completed all six World Marathon Majors. [16]

In April 2018, Raworth completed the Marathon Des Sables, a six-day, 251 km (156 mi) ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert. [17]



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  16. Allen-Mills, Tony (22 April 2018). "London Marathon is a walk in the park for Sophie Raworth after six-day Sahara slog". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  17. Raworth, Sophie [@sophieraworth] (13 April 2018). "6 marathons in 5 days - 150 miles across the Sahara desert carrying all my food and kit for the week. Was so terrified I didn't tell anyone I was doing @marathonDsables! But i just finished it 😀🐪" (Tweet) via Twitter.
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Preceded by
Huw Edwards
Main presenter & Friday alt presenter of BBC News at Six
Served alongside: George Alagiah (2003–2005 & 2019-present)
Succeeded by
Natasha Kaplinsky


Preceded by
Anna Ford
Main presenter of BBC News at One
2006 – present
Preceded by
Main presenter of Crimewatch Roadshow
Succeeded by
Ginny Buckley