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Susanna Reid - things you didn't know about the television presenter

Susanna Reid
Susanna Reid

From famous best friends to appearing in a soap, there is lots to know about morning TV star Susanna Reid...

Susanna Reid has become the queen of morning TV since joining ITV in 2014 to present Good Morning Britain alongside Piers Morgan.

Viewers can't get enough of her sharp wit and amazing ability to keep opinionated Piers in check, and despite her 4am alarm every morning she manages to hold her own while interviewing some of the most influential people in the country.

But apart from her early starts and banter with TV 'husband' to Piers, what else is there to know about the Good Morning Britain presenter and journalist?

Most fans of the presenter will know that:

  • Susanna left BBC Breakfast in 2014, having worked for the BBC for almost 20 years
  • Susanna was a runner up in Strictly Come Dancing in 2013
  • She had a cameo in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks in 2018

But what else do we know about Susanna Reid? Here are several things you probably don't know...

1. Susanna's good friends with co-host Piers Morgan 

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Piers and Susanna have been working together since 2014 (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty)

Despite the fact Susanna spends a fair amount of time clashing with Piers Morgan on live TV, she has confessed she has a soft spot for her TV husband... "Whatever happens, he's my friend," she told You Magazine. "There has to be a mutual respect otherwise you couldn't work together. But he is the only one of my friends who I also hate," she joked.

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2. Susanna used to be an actress

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Before she found fame as a television presenter and journalist, Susanna tried her hand at being an actress. In 1982 she appeared in a stage production of Agatha Christie's Spider's Web, and in 1985 Susanna had a role in Channel 4 drama, The Price. Speaking of her role in The Price, Susanna told The Guardian: "I was on the television as a child actress at the age of 13 and Adrian Dunbar from Line of Duty kidnapped me!"

3. She began her presenting career on the radio

Despite now being famous for her early starts on Good Morning Britain, Susanna started her career at BBC Radio Bristol. She then became a reporter for Radio 5 Live, before going on to become a producer for the show.

4. Susanna started her TV career by accident 

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After joining the team at BBC News 24, where Susanna worked as a reporter, she found herself filling in for the 11pm presenter. Susanna was three months pregnant with her first child at the time, and she did such a good job covering that she ended up landing the job permanently.

5. She's a trendsetter

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If there is one thing you can be certain of, it's that Susanna will be looking amazing on Good Morning Britain, no matter how early it is in the morning. In fact, fans love her outfits so much that she shares pictures of what she is wearing to work each morning on social media, delighting fans by letting them know where her dresses can be bought.

6. She's a huge football fan 

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Susanna is a a loyal supporter of Crystal Palace, and often shares her love for the football team on social media.

7. She's best friends with Judge Rinder 

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Susanna and Robert 'Judge' Rinder instantly bonded on the Good Morning Britain sofa back in 2014 and now spend a week every summer in Ibiza together. Talking to You Magazine, Susanna admitted: "Oh, we let out hair down. That's my four days in the year when I have no responsibilities!" Fans also got an insight into their great friendship when they appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox together in July 2020.

Susanna Reid's Fact File 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the presenter....

How old is she?

Susanna Reid's age is 49. She was born on 10 December 1970.

Does she have children?

Susanna Reid has three teenage sons called Sam, Jack and Finn from a former long-term relationship with Dominic Cotton.

Where was she born?

Susanna Reid was born in Croydon, London.

How tall is she?

Susanna Reid is 1.63 metres tall.

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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.

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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.