There’s something special about the morning TV routine: the enduring relationship that develops between presenter and viewer, bringing a closer sense of familiarity each day.
When it comes to British television, there are few more familiar faces than that of Susanna Reid.
Reid is now best known as the host of ITV’s popular morning show Hello Brittanywhich she presents every week from Monday to Thursday.
Between 2015 and 2021, Reid partnered with Piers Morgan as a co-host. the old world news the editor left the show last year amid controversy over comments he made about Megan Markle.
Reid remained, however, working with a changing roster of co-presenters that included Richard Madeley, Judge Robert Rinder and Ed Balls.
Born in Croydon, London in 1970, Reid started out as a child actor, starring in a stage production of Spider web by Agatha Christie when she was just 12, and in the 1985 Channel 4 dramaThe price.
“I was on TV as a child actress when I was 13 and Adrian Dunbar from Course of action kidnapped me,” she recalls The Guardian in 2016.
After stepping away from acting as a teenager, Reid went on to study politics, philosophy and law at Bristol University, where she became editor of the student newspaper. Epigrambefore training at Cardiff University’s Center for Journalism.
In 1994 Reid got a job as a news producer on BBC Radio Bristol, moving into a producer role on BBC Radio 5 Live two years later. She spent half a decade working for the station before landing a job as a BBC News reporter.
The move from radio to television proved to be transformative for Reid. In 2004, she was a presenter on BBC Breakfastbut it was only during her time as a competitor on Come dance strictly in 2013 that she really caught the public’s attention.
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Competing alongside professional partner Kevin Clifton, Reid ended up being named a finalist for the reality show’s 11th series.
A year later, she was poached from the BBC by ITV to face Hello Brittanya series the broadcaster was preparing to launch as a replacement for its poorly rated morning series Dawn.
Shortly after the series launched, Reid was joined by Morgan, forming a partnership that would — for better or for worse — color the next era of her career.
Throughout the early years of GMBReid has interviewed a plethora of celebrities and high-profile politicians, including David Beckham, Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and former British Prime Minister David Cameron.
In the tabloids and on social media, Reid was sometimes accused of “flirting” with interviewees – claims she later chastised as sexist.
“It’s frustrating – I’m a professional interviewer whose job it is to get the best out of people,” she said. Good Housekeeping magazine. “To then describe it in a different way, it’s kind of like, come on, really?”
Reid has three children from her marriage to sportswriter Dominic Cotton. The couple divorced in 2014 after 16 years of marriage.
In addition to his ongoing work on GMBReid has also presented a number of crime documentaries for ITV and appeared in series such as celebrity glasses box and Hollywoods.
Reid was praised for her acumen and tenacity as an interviewer. Immediately after the Brexit referendum, she made headlines when she pressed Leave campaigner Nigel Farage about campaign promises.
“Journalists have a duty to test politicians,” she tweeted shortly after. “Voters have the right to demand facts.”
Reid’s closeness to Morgan, a polarizing interviewer and notorious outrage dealer, has drawn widespread criticism over the years, with some viewers chastising him for perceived approval or tolerance of his confrontational rhetoric with guests.
Susanna Reid addresses Piers Morgan departure in first GMB show after leaving
However, Reid defended herself against this line of criticism, arguing, “It’s not my job to intervene. The guests know who is presenting the program and so if I feel it is necessary to say something, I do. Where I think the guest is perfectly capable of defending themselves, I will leave that to be the case as well. But I am not a referee. I am also part of the program.
Since Morgan’s departure, Reid has let the occasional joke slip at his former co-host’s expense.
To this day, Reid has continued to interview major personalities on GMBholding Boris Johnson responsible in the latest episode.
With Morgan’s departure, the show may have blunted its most controversial edge, but it’s also given Reid space to shine — not just as a familiar face on the airwaves, but one of the top reporters. country television.
Hello Brittany airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.