Sophie Raworth - things you didn't know about the BBC newsreader

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Sophie Raworth attends the Bridget Riley retrospective exhibition at The Hayward Gallery on October 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) (Image credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Newsreader Sophie Raworth has become a well-known face on British television after working for the BBC for the last 25 years...

After working at the BBC for more than 25 years, Sophie Raworth has become one of television's most well-known newsreaders.

As well as being the anchor for the BBC News at One for the last 11 years, Sophie is a keen runner and likes to take on sporting challenges that push herself to the limit.

Most fans of the newsreader will know that:

  • Sophie has also appeared on BBC Breakfast, News at Six and News at 10
  • She's also fronted shows like Crimewatch and Watchdog
  • She was born in Surrey and grew up in Twickenham

But there is a lot more to Sophie Raworth than delivering the latest news each lunchtime. Here are several things you probably don't know about her...

Sophie Raworth: little known facts about the broadcasting journalist...

1. Sophie Raworth is a busy mum of three

Sophie married her husband, Richard Winter, after he proposed on holiday in Italy on her birthday, and the couple now have three children, two daughters called Ella and Georgia, and a son called Oliver.

Like any mum, Sophie sends her time juggling everything life throws at her, and has even joked in the past that she dreads losing her diary, as that contains everything from the children's play dates to her business meetings.

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2. She is a huge bookworm 

When she's not spending her spare time running, Sophie has admitted that she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She's an avid reader and loves nothing more than finding a brilliant book that's so enthralling that it'll make her miss her stop on the tube.

Sophie even has her own website called which she calls her 'virtual bookshop' and shares her thoughts on all the books she has enjoyed and would even love to write her own books about her running adventures.

Sophie has also been a judge for various book competitions and at one point had to read 56 books in 6 months!

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3. Sophie Raworth dreams of opening a bookshop

While she is currently busy reading the news on TV, Sophie has admitted that she would love to own a bookshop. On her website she has revealed: "In another life I might have owned a bookshop and spent hours a day reading novels. In this life I read the news at the BBC but still get through a lot of books on my commute to and from work."

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4. Her family used to grow pineapples

When Sophie appeared in series 13 of BBC genealogy documentary Who Do You Think You Are? she discovered that her 5x great-grandfather, Abraham Crowder, was head Gardner at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster and used to grow pineapples for sale. In the programme, Sophie confessed, "Every time I see a pineapple now, I just smile."

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5. She's a running addict 

After having her second child Sophie took on the challenge of doing the Great North Run and has never looked back. Since then she has run countless races, has completed all six World Marathon Majors and become an ultra runner.

She has even completed the gruelling Marathon Des Sables in which she ran 6 marathons in 5 days, whilst also carrying all her own food and kit across 150 miles of the Sahara desert. Wow.

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6. She's always wanted to be a journalist 

Sophie has confessed that she has always wanted to be a journalist, but never planned to be on TV, and wanted to work behind the scenes instead. She told MailOnline: "It was only when I started news reporting that I was asked if I wanted to do some presenting." And the rest, as they say, is history!

BBC/Jeff Overs

7. She had a surprising job as a student 

As a student Sophie once spent the summer packing boxes with chocolate sardines in a warehouse near her parents' house. But while that doesn't sound like much fun, Sophie has confessed she does have a slight chocolate obsession and likes to keep Lindt Lindor milk chocolates in the freezer!

Sophie Raworth's Fact File: 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the broadcast journalist....

How old is she?

Sophie Raworth's age is 51. Her date of birth is 15th of May 1968.

Is she in a relationship?

Sophie Raworth is married to Richard Winter.

Does she have kids?

Sophie Raworth has three children, two daughters called Ella and Georgia, and a son called Oliver.

Where was she born?

Sophie Raworth's place of birth is Redhill, Surrey.

How tall is she?

Sophie Raworth's height is 1.75 metres.

Twitter: @sophieraworth

Instagram: @sophieraworth

We work hard to ensure that all information is correct. Facts that change over time, such as age, will be correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of the last article update.


Picture credits: Main Sophie Raworth picture: Getty images; Sophie reading the news: BBC/Jeff Overs

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.