Sophie is the face of the BBC1’s 1 O’clock News programme. Before this she co hosted BBC’s Breakfast News prior to moving to the 6 O’clock New in January 2003.
Outside news, Sophie has reported on BBC1’s flagship science show Tomorrow’s World and fronted her own science series Dream Lives as well as the BBC1 daytime quiz show Judgemental. In 2003 Sophie presented BBC2’s live astrological event All Night Star Party.
Due to her journalistic background, Sophie is also a popular corporate presenter and conference host.
Before this, she presented Breakfast alongside Jeremy Bowen. She joined Breakfast News in 1997, co-presenting the programme four days a week.
Sophie is also a regular presenter with the BBC Events team. She hosted the coverage of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary in November 2007 as well as the coverage of the tenth anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
She also presented the BBC’s coverage of HRH The Prince of Wales’ marriage to Camilla Parker-Bowles in April 2005 and the Queen’s 80th birthday party celebrations in Windsor and the Children’s Party at the Palace in London.
Other projects include the victory parades in London for England’s rugby team in 2003 and England’s cricket team in 2005, the State Opening of Parliament, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations – presenting alongside David Dimbleby – and a one-hour live debate on the future of the monarchy, Our Monarchy – The Next 50 Years, again alongside David Dimbleby.
Sophie also spent a fortnight on the BBC’s election bus during the 2005 General Election campaign, reporting and presenting from towns and cities up and down the UK.
She has anchored programmes from Los Angeles on Oscars night, from Israel and from Washington DC during President Clinton’s impeachment trial.
Away from news, Sophie was a regular reporter on BBC One’s Tomorrow’s World, including a 30-minute special on altitude sickness from Bolivia.
In 2003 she bravely let Trinny and Susannah get their hands on her for a BBC One Special, What Not To Wear On The Red Carpet. She also presented a six-part science and technology series Dream Lives on BBC One.
Other programmes include the daytime quiz show Judgemental, and 4X4, a BBC One current affairs programme.
Sophie joined the BBC’s regional trainee scheme in 1992. She went on to become a reporter for the former BBC GMR in Manchester.
In April 1994 Sophie moved to Brussels to become Europe producer for the regions. Then in May 1995 she moved to Leeds to join BBC Look North. It was here that she first presented the news as well as continuing to report and produce it.
In 1997 she moved to London to take up her role on Breakfast News.
Sophie studied French and German at Manchester University. As part of her course she spent a year teaching English to teenagers in Toulouse.
On completion of her degree, she began a postgraduate course in broadcasting and journalism at City University, London.
Sophie was born in May 1968. She is married and lives in London with her husband and their three children.