Fiona Bruce's Biography

Browse biogs A-Z

Who is Fiona Bruce?

BBC presenter, Fiona Bruce is famous for presenting on the Ten O'Clock News, Crimewatch UK (taking over after Jill Dando was murdered), and the current affairs programme Real Story. She has also chaired Call My Bluff.

The BBC announced that from 2008 Kirsty Young was taking over from Fiona Bruce as presenter on Crimewatch.

On 22 June 2007, the BBC announced that Fiona Bruce would take over presenting The Antiques Roadshow, when Michael Aspel steps down after the next series in spring 2008.

In an article in the News Statesman, Rosie Millard wrote that Fiona Bruce revealed that Peter Sissons sometimes calls Fiona "Fifi".

On April 30, 2004 Fiona Bruce (referring to the images of British troops abusing Iraqis that would later get the Mirror in trouble) emailed Piers Morgan to say: "This is a great story. I knew it wouldn't just be the Yanks. We're going to lead on it". When Morgan was sacked a couple of weeks later, Bruce requested an interview, writing " ... I've got an eye infection and look like an albino rabbit with dominatrix glasses ..." In the past Fiona Bruce had presented on the Six O'Clock News, The Antiques Show, Newsnight and Public Eye.

She joined the BBC in 1989 as a researcher on Panorama, after short stints in management consultancy and advertising. Whilst studying French and Italian at Oxford University, Fiona Bruce sang in rock bands and dyed her hair blue. She continued the music theme, when in February 2006 she partnered Alexander O'Neal in the BBC show Just the Two of Us. However, they were voted off the BBC show early on.

She was named 'Newscaster of the Year' at the 2003 Television and Radio Industry (TRIC) Awards and won the Michael Elliott Award for Television Presentation 2003.

Fiona Bruce was born in April 1964 and has two children, Sam and Mia. She is married to Nigel Sharrocks.

In the documentary Jackie Magazine: A Girl's Best Friend, Fiona Bruce revealed that she made several appearances, as a 15-year-old, in Jackie's Photo Love section.In February 2009, the BBC announced that Fiona Bruce would be presenting 15 episodes of Priceless Antiques Roadshow, delving into the archive of the Antiques Roadshow and revisiting some of the finds.

In 2011, Fiona Bruce was attacked with foam while filming Antiques Roadshow. It was reportedly a prank, however, in the past, she had been the victim of a stalker, Peter Oakey.

In July 2017, the BBC revealed that Fiona Bruce earned over £350,000 from licence fee revenue in their financial year 2016/7.

In December 2018 it was confirmed that Fiona Bruce would be the new host of BBC1's Question Time.

In September 2020, the BBC revealed that she was their sixth highest paid presenter, earning around £450,000 a year.

Back to Top

Latest User CommentsAdd your comment
Add your comment
To ensure you are a real person and not a computer please enter the following characters shown below: