Penny Smith Biography
Penny Smith born Penelope Jane Smith, is an English television presenter, newsreader and radio presenter. She was on born 21 September 1958 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire and grew up in Rutland.
She attended Uppingham Primary School in Uppingham and the Rutland High School for Girls (later Rutland College) in Oakham.
She has presented for Sky News, GMTV, Classic FM, BBC Radio London, and is the current presenter of Weekend Breakfast on Talkradio.
Smith began her career as a reporter and feature writer on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 1977. After four years, she left to backpack through Central and South America and South East Asia where she reported and presented on a current affairs programme for Radio Television Hong Kong. In 1984 she joined Radio Trent as a reporter/presenter and then worked for Central Television as press officer for documentaries and drama.
After that she co-presented Lookaround, the local evening news for Border Television and in 1987 she joined Thames Television to co-present Thames News with Andrew Gardner. Smith left the station toward the end of 1988 to help launch Sky News in February 1989. In April 1993 she joined GMTV where she stayed on the programme until 4 June 2010.
Penny Smith Age
She was on born 21 September 1958 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire and grew up in Rutland.
Penny Smith Married
Smith married journalist Tony Birtley in May 1984 in Grantham, but they divorced in 1987.
Penny Smith Partner
Smith has been in a relationship with the actor Vince Leigh since September 2001. She counts Rory Bremner and Paul McKenna amongst her ex-boyfriends.
Penny Smith Children
GMTV newsreader Penny Smith says she’s given up on the idea of adoption. She told new! magazine: “I’vedecided I’ve got far too many children in my life. That sounds so mean,but I’ve got godchildren and nieces and nephews and I’m quite happy.
“Although I might consider a dog now I won’t have 4am starts.”
Penny Smith Cancer
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Penny Smith Twitter
— Penny Smith (@WhichPennySmith) July 20, 2018
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Penny Smith Net Worth
Penny Smith has an estimated net worth of $20 Million.
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Penny Smith Books
- Summer Holiday – 2011
- After the Break – 2009
- Coming Up Next – 2008
Penny Smith Interview
Do you get your five-a-day?
Penny Smith: Luckily, my mother cooked vegetables so marvellously (braised leeks, mmmm… cauliflower cheese, woof woof… stuffed peppers, hellooooo) that I genuinely prefer them to almost anything else on the plate. Five portions a day are easy when I’m at home, but less so when I’m on the move. Why don’t more fast food joints offer vegetable soup? Easy to eat and better for you than a pie.
How do you rate your health in your 50s compared with when you were younger?
Penny Smith: Having eventually broken a proper bone, I’ve discovered I’m no longer invincible. I say ‘proper’ bone because in the past, I’ve broken toes (no treatment), cracked vertebrae (no treatment) and my scaphoid while on a dog sledging trek (given a joint support), but nothing that has changed things like the broken wrist I got while skiing 13 months ago. Obviously my eyesight is no longer 100%. And I probably ought to check whether my ears are still swivelling on target. And if I’m in a seat for more than a couple of hours I have to go and have a stretch. But all things considered, I’m doing OK.
Have you ever dieted?
Penny Smith: A year ago, I discovered that I was reaching for the size 14s in my wardrobe and that even they were feeling a tad snug. What I did wasn’t revolutionary. I cut down on the amount I was eating and allowed myself to get hungry. Conscious eating, I call it. No diet has ever worked for me if I’ve had to give up my favourite things. I’ll eat bread and chocolate – just less of them. If I’m hungry and at home, I’ll eat loads of vegetables. I boil a bath-size amount of carrots,cauliflower, sprouts or whatever I have, then add some olive oil, light soya sauce and freshly ground pepper. I eat it before going out in the evening so I’ll be too full to eat canapés or crisps. I’m now a size 10 and feel much better for it.
Do you weigh yourself?
Penny Smith: No, I go by my clothes. I was working as an au pair in Belgium when I was 18 and put on 4 stone in three months. I blame it all on the scales. If I’d put on a kilo, I’d cheer myself up by eating cheese. If I’d lost a kilo, I’d reward myself by eating cheese.
Your early starts for GMTV must have been hard. What are your tips for shift workers?
Penny Smith: Working when your body tells you it’s time to sleep is exhausting. You crave sugar and carbs. I’d take in homemade soup to heat up in the microwave to stop myself eating the wretched pastries. Otherwise, it’s all about sleep. I definitely sleep better if I don’t drink caffeine or alcohol, and if I don’t eat late. So now, if I’m not sleeping, I go back to my early-rising GMTV days and avoid tea and coffee, have a hot bath and stop drinking liquids at least an hour before bed.
How do you stay fit – and motivated to exercise?
Penny Smith: I walk as much as I can and try to go up stairs rather than escalators. I love the feeling you get after a good walk. And I borrow other people’s children so that I can run, skip and be silly. You’ll never find me sitting down while there’s dancing to be done. And if you need a tree climbed, pick me.
You’ve made yoga videos. Is yoga still part of your fitness routine
Penny Smith: Yoga was superb while I was getting up five days a week at 4am. I did it three times a week for an hour and a half and it was very therapeutic. Nowadays, I do whatever yoga stretches I need to do to stop my body breaking.
Which other lifestyle choices keep you healthy?
Penny Smith: Food wise, I try to go for fish and vegetables rather than burger and chips! And I surround myself with friends who find the same things funny as I do. Laughter is definitely one of my favourite medicines to take regularly. I’d put it on the NHS.
What’s a typical day’s menu for you?
Penny Smith: There’s nothing typical about my menus! Breakfast could be mozzarella, avocado and tomato, or tomatoes and olive oil on toast, poached eggs and kippers, muesli with cocoa nibs and flaxseed… For a main meal, maybe salmon or prawns. And nuts, British apples and pears or a crumpet with a drizzle of honey for a snack.
Any guilty food pleasures?
Penny Smith: Red Bounty bars, salt and vinegar crisps and beer.
How do you handle stress?
Penny Smith: I try hard to remain positive at all times – not in an unrealistic way, but if something or someone annoys me, I’ll avoid it/them until I can deal with the issue. And, since stress can cause ill health, I attempt to deal with whatever is stressing me out as soon as I can. Having said that, there’s nothing like tidying a cupboard when you ought to be writing an article.
What advice would you give to the teenage you?
Penny Smith: Stop comparing yourself to your friends. You’ll never be as tiny as they are. Rejoice in your strong bones, your healthy skin and your optimism. Be glad that you aren’t picky about food because it will stand you in good stead when you go off backpacking.
Is there one diet issue that bugs you?
Penny Smith: People who claim they’re allergic to certain foods when they mean they’re trying to stay a size zero. There are other people who are genuinely allergic.