Antiques Roadshow: The Life of Fiona Bruce, From Modeling to Teens and First Women, to Slapping Jeremy Clarkson’s Butt
Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce hasn’t always traveled across the country to discover the best antiques.
The 57-year-old has hosted the BBC One show since 2007, but her long and successful career as a journalist dates back much further than that.
Fiona first joined the BBC as a researcher for Panorama in 1989 after meeting editor-in-chief Tim Gardam at a wedding.
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Since then, she has held the title of many First Women in Journalism, including the first female news reader on BBC News at Ten, and has featured numerous programs for the BBC including BBC News at Six, Crimewatch, Real Story, Fake or Fortune, and Question Time.
Here’s a look at his life, from his long career as a journalist, to teenage modeling, to Jeremy Clarkson’s butt.
The first years of living abroad in modeling
Fiona was born in Singapore to an English mother and a Scottish father. She has two older brothers.
She attended school at Gayton Primary School in Wirral, International School in Milan and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College in New Cross, London.
In college, she posed for stories in teenage magazine Jackie.
She then studied French and Italian at the University of Oxford and attended the Institute at the University of London in Paris.
Fiona went from being a researcher to a production assistant on Panorama before moving to reporting in 1992.
She reported on Breakfast News, then BBC South East, before returning to Panorama and then Newsnight.
In 1999, Fiona was named a secondary presenter for Huw Edwards on BBC News at Six before the two were on the 10am news.
In 2001, she became the first female presenter to be part of the BBC’s General Election Studio team, and in 2019, the first full-time Question Time host.
In May 2020, she said Question Time was “without a doubt the hardest job I’ve ever done.”
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Antiques Roadshow was not a full blast, as Fiona presented two BBC Two Antiques Show series starting in 1998.
Fiona has a clear interest in history, as she has also written and presented documentaries on Queen Victoria’s relationship with Prince Albert and the Queen’s official residences.
And she revealed a hidden talent for singing during some of her appearances on Children in Need.
Revenge on Jeremy Clarkson
Fiona was featured in an episode of Top Gear where she met Jeremy Clarkson and had to push him out of the offices in a Peel P50.
As she walked away, Jeremy commented that she had “a nice butt.”
In revenge, when Fiona next appeared on the show, she slapped Jeremy on the buttocks and said he “needed a little work.”
The revenge continued as she is known to pick up Jeremy’s Sunday Times car reviews column when he is on vacation.
She called it “perching my butt – nice or not – on her patch.”
Fiona married Nigel Sharrocks in 1994, in Islington.
The couple have two children, Sam, 22, and Mia Rose, 19.