Kate Silverton Biography
Kate Silverton is an English journalist. She was born on 4 August 1970 in Waltham Abbey in Essex, England, to Terry Silverton, a black-cab driver turned registered hypnotherapist and Patricia Silverton.
Kate Silverton attended West Hatch High School in Chigwell, Essex, where she was a junior swimming champion. She also competed in the triathlon. She was a Girl Guide and gained the Queen’s Guide Award. Silverton graduated from St. Cuthbert’s Society, a college at Durham University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, having previously studied Arabic and Middle Eastern history for a year.
Silverton worked for a London-based bank before becoming a journalist. She trained with the BBC, working on Look North news before becoming a reporter and presenter at Tyne Tees Television. Generally a relief presenter for the BBC, Silverton can be seen regularly presenting the BBC News at One, BBC News at Six, BBC News at Ten, and BBC Weekend News, as well as making occasional appearances on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News.
Kate Silverton Age
Kate Silverton was born on 4 August 1970 in Waltham Abbey in Essex, England, to Terry Silverton, a black-cab driver turned registered hypnotherapist and Patricia Silverton. Silverton has two sisters, Claire and Amy. She is 48 years old as of 2018.
Kate Silverton Husband
Kate Silverton is married to Mike Heron, a former Royal Marine.
Kate Silverton Wedding
Kate Silverton married Mike Heron, a former Royal Marine, at Fleet Street’s St Bride’s Church on Saturday 18 December 2010.
Kate Silverton Baby – Kate Silverton Children
Kate Silverton gave birth to a baby girl, Clemency Florence Rose at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London on 5 November 2011. Her second child, a son, was born on 26 June 2014.
Kate Silverton Pregnant
Her baby daughter was eventually conceived naturally, after four unsuccessful cycles of IVF. After losing an ovary during an operation to remove a cyst at the age of 29, Silverton had been told that she was unlikely to get pregnant naturally. She later described her pregnancy as a “miracle”.
On 25 January 2014, at the age of 43, Silverton announced that she was pregnant with her second child. She used her Twitter account to break the news, stating: “Mike and I are very happy to share that Clemency is set to become a big sister this summer.”
Kate Silverton Interview
Do you read books a lot, and what genre do you like best?
Kate Silverton: I used to read voraciously, I confess though now being a mum to two small children means I tend to have a stack of books by the bedside that I only have time to dip into before I either fall fast asleep or we are disturbed by either one little person joining us or on occasion two and then I am either reading about bears, tigers or unicorns or else telling them a story in the hope they will drift off to sleep again! But I genuinely love books and am inspired by most genres. When I was younger and even today I adore Wilbur Smith – his factual accuracy meant I learnt a lot about history and Africa in particular and he was my main reason for travelling to Africa as a teenager. I had the privilege to meet him last year after he heard we had named our son after him! I like crime stories too – at present I am also very inspired by non-fiction especially books around parenting perhaps for obvious reasons but also as my BSc degree is in Developmental Psychology and I hope to study for a Masters in Psychotherapy and Developmental Psychology later in the year.
What are you currently reading, and do you have any favourite authors?
Kate Silverton: I am currentlly reading Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker. I am interviewing him for the Barnes Literary Festival at the OSO Centre in South West London. Harry is a former soldier who lost both his legs after being blown up in Afghanistan. It is a stylistically ambitious novel based on a character Tom Barnes – but it is in essence Harry’s journey. I have reported from the frontline in Afghanistan and Iraq and have lived alongside soldiers like Harry, tremendously courageous young men many of whom have now had their lives changed by war. My husband is a former Royal Marines Commando and I continue to have a deep affinity for and admiration of the military – even if I might not always agree with the politics behind the missions.
The Specsavers Bestseller Awards celebrate the best known books of the 21st century, but what is your favourite book of all time?
Kate Silverton: Without doubt My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara – I read this beautiful novel written in 1941 about the son of a rancher and the incredible relationship he had with his horse Flicka. The boy, Ken is a daydreamer and angers his parents after he fails his grades at school. His son tries to get him to take responsibility for something and decides to give him a horse to look after. He chooses the one horse that has a strain of mustang in her and she resists all attempts to be caught and trained. During one escape she is severely injured and I remember still to this day the description of this horse, beautiful but broken, lying in a stream with her blood running away. Ken effectively rescues her, saves her life but in doing so he endangers his own. I still cannot get it out of my mind thirty odd years on.
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How important to our sense of national culture do you feel it is to celebrate books and literature generally?
Kate Silverton: It is everything – absolutely everything. I cannot conceive of a day when books don’t form a vital part of our national culture. We must celebrate reading, books and literature always and at every opportunity. I literally cannot wait to introduce my children all the classics. We read together every night and what a joy it was to introduce Clemency and wilbur to Alice in Wonderland recently – reading the same book my mother read to me. It is a bit battered and torn but they are captivated by the story and pictures.
Kate Silverton Strictly 2018 Interview Together with Aljaz Skorjanec
Kate Silverton News
Last updated on: 22/09/2018
Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Former winner’s secret advice to Kate Silverton revealed
Strictly Come Dancing begins this evening and Kate Silverton has revealed that she’s been getting some tips from former winner Chris Hollins ahead of the first live show. The BBC newsreader has even had some dance practice from Chris. Silverton is one of those contestants who has been partnered with pro dancer, Aljaž Škorjanec.
Kate becomes the next in a long line of newsreaders to compete on the show, and they typically do quite well.
Susanna Reid, Natasha Kaplinsky and Chris Hollins, have all competed on the show, and Chris was actually crowned champion.
Speaking about how newsreaders have performed in the past, she said: “Traditionally they have done quite well.”
In fact, Kate recently admitted she’s had a sneaky dance practice with ahead of the live shows from Chris.
“I’m just taking that as a good Omen because I’ve danced in a nightclub with Chris Hollins and he was obviously very good, I was in the dark so it was fine,” she told The Sun.
“My dancing has been described as like a worm trying to shed it’s skin before.”
However, she also revealed what it was like switching from dance practice to being in the newsroom.
“I’ve been in and out of the newsroom, which has been really surreal and everyone’s been quite bemused by it I think, not least my husband,” she continued.
“Put it this way I’ve had my first lift on the first day, already.
“No man has ever lifted me before, ever, ever and it happened,” she added.
Kate went on to describe how her training’s been coming along since agreeing to appear on BBC’s dancing programme.
“I think that we are very certain about where our level is, so for us we can only go up! Put it that way, we are going to have a journey,” she said.
“I just hope that we can kind of just get one foot in front of the other and get moving before we’re off [the show].”
Meanwhile, Kate has also revealed that she’s no longer crying in rehearsals.
The broadcaster has been working hard to put the final touches on her Cha Cha Cha which she’ll be performing to Kiss by Tom Jones.
Kate gave an update to her 8,900 Instagram followers on how rehearsals were going with her pro dancer, Aljaž.
“It’s going well now. I’m not crying anymore,” she revealed and Aljaž the said that she was actually smiling during rehearsals now, which is a very good sign.