Natalie Anglesey speaks to the BBC Breakfast presenter and twinkle-toed Strictly star and ahead of the Phones 4u Arena show
Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014
Raven-haired Susanna Reid made fashion history when she famously reported from the red carpet at The Oscars in 2009 wearing a £50 charity shop frock.
But she admits she has been delighted with her glamorous Strictly wardrobe. “As the working mother of three boys, with terrific support from my partner Dominic Cotton, it’s a real treat wearing sequined costumes and make-up and hair to show you at your best,” the popular 43-year-old TV star beams.
Following a nail-biting final, watched by 12.5 million viewers, Susanna, fellow finalist Natalie Gumede, winner Abbey Clancy, actor Mark Benton, former England rugby player Ben Cohen, Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden and Westlife heartthrob Nicky Byrne will relive the Strictly Come Dancing 2013 experience as the live tour waltzes into Manchester this week.
“As the working mother of three boys, with terrific support from my partner Dominic Cotton, it’s a real treat wearing sequined costumes and make-up and hair to show you at your best.”
Now well known as one of Strictly’s twinkle-toed stars, Susanna is one of the main BBC Breakfast presenters, alongside Bill Turnbull, and has been in her current role since 2012 when she replaced Sian Williams in the move to MediaCityUK, in Salford.
“We live in Balham in London where the boys go to school and I wondered how I could accept this wonderful opportunity without disrupting the family too much,” she recalls.
“Manchester’s only two hours by train and I was only working three days a week so I knew there’d be a way. I now give the boys their tea and then hop on the train where I do all my homework for the programme. Then I’m back home when they get home from school.”
Why accept Strictly when she’s already so busy? “I firmly believe you can make it happen if you want it badly enough. I know some people think I’m a workaholic but it’s only worked out well for me because of my partner’s support and the boys finding it fun. But a lot of my career has happened by accident rather than design.”
Educated at the independent Croham Hurst School, Croydon, alongside comedienne Sue Perkins, Susanna studied politics, philosophy and law before taking a broadcast journalism course. She began her career at BBC Radio Bristol, became a producer and reporter for Radio 5 live, then joined BBC News 24 as a reporter.
While three months pregnant, she had her coat on ready to go home when she was told the late night presenter had failed to turn up and she’d have to stand in. Half way through the televised news she was told she still had her coat on – but she got the job!
As the regular newsreader reading the headlines on The Andrew Marr Show in 2010, Susanna also stood in briefly for him when he arrived late after interviewing the Prime Minister. She finally presented the main show when Marr unfortunately suffered a stroke.
A regular contributor to Media Trust, Susanna ran the London Marathon in just over five hours and is a regular host and guest star at charity events – among the most high profile, her role in the annual BBC’s Children In Need’s “newsreaders performance”, where in 2011 she took part in a Strictly competition and won!
Susanna is quick to play down rumours she’s being head-hunted by ITV’s Daybreak. “As far as I know it’s just a story. I love my job on BBC Breakfast so I’m concentrating on that, and of course on the Strictly Come Dancing Live arena tour!”
Strictly Come Dancing Live will be at the Phones 4u Arena on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 February. Tickets cost £41-£52. Click here to book tickets to Strictly Come Dancing Live .
Susanna Reid – The Strictly Come Dancing runner-up who divides her time between home in London and prettily gracing the sofa at MediaCityUk brightening up blokes’ breakfasts with her smouldering brunette looks.
Source: Manchester Evening News