Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin

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Louise Minchin
Minchin in 2012
Born Louise Mary Grayson[1]
(1968-09-08) 8 September 1968 (age 49)
British Hong Kong[2]
Education University of St. Andrews
Occupation Journalist
presenter
Anchor
Notable credit(s) BBC Breakfast
BBC News at One
Missing Live
The One Show
Real Rescues
Spouse(s) David Minchin (m. 1998)
Children 2
Website Official website

Louise Mary Minchin (née Grayson) (born 8 September 1968)[3] is a British journalist and news presenter who currently works freelance within the BBC.

Since 2006, Minchin has been a regular anchor on the BBC One programme Breakfast, currently co-hosting the show three days a week with Dan Walker.

From 2009 until 2012, Minchin co-hosted Real Rescues alongside Nick Knowles and Chris Hollins. She has guest-hosted The One Show a number of times since 2010.

Early life[edit]

Minchin was born Louise Mary Grayson in 1968 in British Hong Kong to a Major in the Irish Guards of the British Army. She was educated at St Mary’s School, Ascot, and has a degree in Spanish from the University of St Andrews.[4] She subsequently studied journalism at the London College of Communication.[5]

Career[edit]

Minchin has worked for the Latin American section of the BBC World Service during a year in Argentina, the Today programme, Five and various local radio stations. In 2006 she toured the country in a converted bus meeting England fans as part of the World Cup coverage for BBC News.

She started work for Radio 5 Live in 1998, and married David Minchin the same year. She presented many of the station’s main programmes, including Drive and Breakfast. Between September 2003 and April 2012, she was a regular BBC News Channel presenter, initially working alongside Jon Sopel from 7 pm to 10 pm. Minchin then presented the 2 pm to 5 pm slot, also with Sopel, sharing this shift with Emily Maitlis. She was also one of the main relief presenters for the BBC News at One until April 2012.

In 2006 and 2007, Minchin was a relief presenter on BBC Breakfast while Kate Silverton covered for main anchor Sian Williams. After Williams returned, she continued to co-host the programme, and from July 2010 until April 2012 was the regular weekend presenter of the show.[6] In December 2011 the BBC announced that Minchin would replace Williams as a main presenter of BBC Breakfast along with Bill Turnbull and Charlie Stayt when the programme moved to Salford—the first edition was presented on Tuesday 10 April 2012.[7]

From 21 April 2008 Minchin presented a weekday programme called Missing Live along with Rav Wilding. The programme was shown at 9:15 am after BBC Breakfast on BBC One and ran for 4 weeks. The show returned for a second four-week run from 16 March 2009, and again in March 2010, highlighting both new cases and those previously featured with updates.

Minchin and Colin Jackson presented the Sunday morning show Sunday Life on BBC One in 2008.

From 2 November 2009, Minchin presented four weeks of live broadcasts of Real Rescues along with Nick Knowles.

Minchin also presented In the Know, a BBC sports magazine programme on Saturday mornings on BBC One during the 2004 Athens Olympics alongside co-presenter John Inverdale.

In April 2010 Minchin co-presented The One Show for a week alongside Chris Hollins while regular hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley were unavailable.[8] She covered again when the show returned in July 2010 for two weeks alongside Matt Baker and one episode with Matt Allwright.

Minchin and Gethin Jones presented the documentary series Crime and Punishment, which began on BBC One on 12 March 2012.

For a time from November 2012, Minchin was a co-presenter of Radio 5 Live’s Drive programme with Peter Allen. She often stands in as the main presenter of BBC Radio 4’s daily consumer programme You and Yours.

Minchin played herself reading the news in two BBC series: spy drama Spooks and the Torchwood mini-series Children of Earth.

In 2016, Minchin competed in Celebrity MasterChef on BBC One finishing second.[9][10]

Awards[edit]

In March 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Chester.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Louise married David Minchin on 6 June 1998. The couple have two daughters and live near Chester.[12]

She is an amateur triathlete, and qualified as a member of the 2015 Great Britain Age-Group Triathlon Team (45–49 age group). She competed in the standard distance event (1500m swim, a 40 km bike ride and a 10 km run) at the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago on 19 September 2015. She qualified for the team at the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water on 15 June 2015.[13] She went on to finish 71st out of 78 finishers at the Worlds.[14]

Actress (3 credits)
 2009 Torchwood (TV Series)
Newsreader

Children of Earth: Day Five (2009) … Newsreader
Children of Earth: Day Four (2009) … Newsreader
Children of Earth: Day Three (2009) … Newsreader
Children of Earth: Day Two (2009) … Newsreader
 2007 Silent Witness (TV Series)
Newsreader

Double Dare: Part 2 (2007) … Newsreader
Double Dare: Part 1 (2007) … Newsreader
 2006 MI-5 (TV Series)
Newsreader

Episode #5.4 (2006) … Newsreader (uncredited)

Self (30 credits)
 2006-2018 Breakfast (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter / Herself – Reporter

Episode dated 12 June 2018 (2018) … Herself – Presenter
Episode dated 11 June 2018 (2018) … Herself – Presenter
Episode dated 4 June 2018 (2018) … Herself – Presenter
Episode dated 16 May 2018 (2018) … Herself – Presenter
Episode dated 15 May 2018 (2018) … Herself – Presenter
 2010-2018 The One Show (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter / Herself / Herself – Guest Presenter / …

Episode dated 9 May 2018 (2018) … Herself
Episode dated 22 November 2017 (2017) … Herself
Episode #7.165 (2012) … Herself – Reporter
Episode #7.45 (2012) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #7.44 (2012) … Herself – Guest Presenter
 2017 Eurovision: You Decide (TV Special)
 2013-2016 Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Audience Member

The Final (2016) … Herself
Week 4 (2013) … Herself – Audience Member (uncredited)
 2016 Celebrity Chase (TV Series)
Herself – Contestant

Episode #6.8 (2016) … Herself – Contestant
 2015 Time Crashers (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.6 (2015) … Herself
Episode #1.5 (2015) … Herself
Episode #1.4 (2015) … Herself
Episode #1.3 (2015) … Herself
Episode #1.2 (2015) … Herself
 2015 Countdown (TV Series)
Herself – Dictionary Corner

Episode #72.85 (2015) … Herself – Dictionary Corner
Episode #72.84 (2015) … Herself – Dictionary Corner
Episode #72.83 (2015) … Herself – Dictionary Corner
Episode #72.82 (2015) … Herself – Dictionary Corner
Episode #72.81 (2015) … Herself – Dictionary Corner
 2015 The British Soap Awards 2015 (TV Special)
Herself – Presenter
 2015 UK General Election (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 7 May 2015 (2015) … Herself
 2014 Hacker Time (TV Series)
Herself

Bobby Lockwood (2014) … Herself
 2014 World War One at Home (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Presenter

The Safe House (2014) … Herself – Presenter
 2014 CBeebies Bedtime Story (TV Series)
Herself – Storyteller

Just Right for Two (2014) … Herself – Storyteller
 2013 Restoring England’s Heritage (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter
 2013 BBC East Midlands Today (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 5 February 2013 (2013) … Herself
 2012 Pointless Celebrities (TV Series)
Herself – Contestant

Daytime 9 (2012) … Herself – Contestant
 2012 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.15 (2012) … Herself
 2008-2011 Missing (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Presenter

Episode #8.5 (2011) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #8.1 (2011) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #7.10 (2010) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #7.1 (2010) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #6.20 (2009) … Herself – Presenter
 2007-2010 BBC One O’Clock News (TV Series)
Herself – Newsreader / Herself – Presenter

Episode dated 7 December 2010 (2010) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 23 November 2010 (2010) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 19 November 2010 (2010) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 18 November 2010 (2010) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 17 November 2010 (2010) … Herself – Newsreader
 2010 Ask Rhod Gilbert (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.6 (2010) … Herself
 2010 Let’s Dance for Sport Relief (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.1 (2010) … Herself (as Newsreaders)
 2009-2010 BBC Weekend News (TV Series)
Herself – Newsreader

Episode dated 13 February 2010 (2010) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 30 January 2010 (2010) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 17 October 2009 (2009) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 12 September 2009 (2009) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 4 July 2009 (2009) … Herself – Newsreader
 2009 Around the World in 80 Days (TV Mini-Series)
Herself

Episode #1.6 (2009) … Herself
Episode #1.4 (2009) … Herself
Episode #1.3 (2009) … Herself
 2009 BBC Six O’Clock News (TV Series)
Herself – Newsreader

Episode dated 3 June 2009 (2009) … Herself – Newsreader
 2008 Mastermind (TV Series)
Herself

 2008 Celebrity Eggheads (TV Series)
Herself – Contestant

Episode #1.2 (2008) … Herself – Contestant
 2007-2008 The Andrew Marr Show (TV Series)
Herself – Newsreader

Episode #3.24 (2008) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode #3.20 (2008) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode #3.2 (2007) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 3 June 2007 (2007) … Herself – Newsreader
Episode dated 13 May 2007 (2007) … Herself – Newsreader
 2007 Real Rescues (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Presenter

Episode #7.20 … Herself – Presenter
Episode #7.18 … Herself – Presenter
Episode #7.15 … Herself – Presenter
Episode #3.12 … Herself – Presenter
Episode #3.8 … Herself – Presenter
 2007 News 24 Sunday (TV Series)
Herself – Newsreader

Episode #3.5 (2007) … Herself – Newsreader
 2004 In the Know (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter
 1997 BBC News (TV Series)
Presenter
Hide Hide Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)
 2017 Panorama (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Madeleine McCann: 10 Years On (2017) … Herself (uncredited)
 2016 Breakfast (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter

Episode dated 29 December 2016 (2016) … Herself – Presenter (uncredited)
 2016 Have I Got News for You (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #52.5 (2016) … Herself (uncredited)
Episode #51.2 (2016) … Herself (uncredited)

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