Sophie Raworth Biography
Sophie Raworth born Sophie Jane Raworth, is a British journalist and broadcaster. She was born on 15 May 1968 in Redhill, Surrey, England to a florist mother and a businessman father.
She grew up in an exclusive area of Twickenham in south west London. She attended the independent Putney High and St Paul’s Girls’ schools. After completing a degree in French and German at the University of Manchester, Raworth spent a year teaching English to teenagers in Toulouse before studying for a postgraduate course in broadcasting and journalism at City University, London.
She works for the BBC as a newsreader, anchoring BBC News at One on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She also regularly appears on the BBC News at Six and occasionally on BBC News at Ten.
Sophie Raworth Age
Sophie Raworth was born on 15 May 1968 in Redhill, Surrey, England to a florist mother and a businessman father. She grew up in an exclusive area of Twickenham in south west London.
Sophie Raworths Husband
Sophie Raworth is married to Richard Winter. They married at the local church in London on December 13, 2003. Sophie and Richard were friends for five years and dated each other for a year before their marriage. Richard proposed to Raworth on holiday in Amalfi, Italy, on her birthday. Richard is a property company director.
Sophie Raworth Children
Sophie Raworth and her husband Richard have three children; two daughters, Ella and Georgia, along with a son Oliver.
Sophie Raworth Family
In March 2017, the genealogy programme, Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC television, featured Sophie Raworth’s family story. It revealed that she was descended from non-conformist ancestors who were members of an idealistic religious community called the New Jerusalem Church. They lived in Birmingham at a time when the city was rocked by religious riots in 1791 with people like her ancestors being the targets. In the aftermath of the riots, Sophie’s ancestors, William and Martha Mott, took a great risk and uprooted their young family and moved to America. However, within two years of arriving, the parents had died of yellow fever and the children were sent back to England. Raworth discovers in the programme that she was not descended from the line that she had previously believed, but from Samuel Mott who was sent to live with a bankrupt and ended up taking his own life.
Investigating another branch of her paternal family tree, she found a long line of horticultural heritage stretching back to the 1700s, and beginning with her great-grandfather, Edgar Cussons Crowder, who once worked in the Palm House at Kew Gardens. Further research reveals that her five times great-grandfather, Abraham Crowder, grew and sold pineapple plants in the 18th century, at a time when the fruit was a prestigious luxury.
Sophie Raworth Salary
Sophie Raworth receives a salary in the range of £150,000-£199,999.
Sophie Raworth Twitter
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Sophie Raworth Running – Sophie Raworth Marathon
On 17 April 2011, Sophie Raworth completed the London Marathon, despite collapsing two miles from the finish line. By 2017 she had completed all six World Marathon Majors. In April 2018 Raworth completed the Marathon Des Sables, a six-day, 251 km (156 mi) ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert.
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Sophie Raworth Interview
You studied French at university – what made you choose that subject?
Sophie Raworth: I actually did a joint honours in French and German. As a child we had some friends who moved to the Dordogne and my parents used to take us there. We used to drive
down, probably once a year. I would sit in the back of the car reading French comics and French kids’ books my dad gave me. He was a very keen French speaker and that’s
what really got me into it.
As a student you went to Toulouse – what did your year abroad teach you that a classroom couldn’t?
Sophie Raworth: It was the perfect opportunity to immerse myself. I was offered the chance to go off and do a university course but decided I wanted to teach. I still remember arriving at this secondary school, just outside Toulouse (pictured below), where I was teaching a class of 16-year-old boys. I was only about 19 at the time and for the first few months I could hardly understand what they were saying, they were speaking so fast! They would all be teasing me but I remember the moment when it all clicked. I hung out with French people the whole time and became completely fluent.
Do you want to go back?
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I should go back but I don’t know anyone there any more. A lot of the people I knew were Parisians – they were gone two years after I left. I spent a lot of time in Paris after that.
What are your favourite memories from that time?
Sophie Raworth: In Toulouse, I remember bars and parties, amazing food – cassoulet! I drove over the border to Spain once. Being able to drive down to the south of France at the drop of a hat is such freedom compared to living in Britain, where you have to get on a ferry or go under the Channel.
Have you been on any professional assignments in France or where you’ve used your French?
Sophie Raworth: I did some work experience with the BBC where I spent a week in the Paris bureau. After training, one of my first jobs was as a producer in Brussels. I used my languages a lot for two years, which was fantastic. When I finished in Toulouse I was in this real quandary about whether or not I should come back to Britain. I felt like I’d really like to stay there and be French. I go to France and other French-speaking countries now as much as I can but have no ambitions for a second home.
Is it important to you to keep up your French?
Sophie Raworth: Yes, definitely. I spoke so much of it, for so long, that I can still understand people very easily. Even if I only go to France once or twice a year, my French is pretty fluent. I pick it up very quickly.
Will you be encouraging your children to take up a language?
Sophie Raworth: Actually, my daughter came home yesterday and told me she’d had her first French lesson. She looked at me and said: Bonjour, je m’appelle Ella’, and I thought how sweet that was! I did consider sending my kids to a bilingual school in London. I had to put in a lot of hard work and effort learning French but kids pick it up so fast. It’s a fantastic skill to have.
If you weren’t a newsreader do you think you would have continued to teach?
Sophie Raworth: Teaching in France was one of the toughest jobs I’ve ever done – it was exhausting, the mental energy you had to put into it! As soon as I left university I got into media, so I’ve never really looked back. It was quite an experience and I have utter respect for teachers. Did you read that book, La Petite Anglaise? It is really funny. The author Catherine Sanderson did the same course as me, although not with me. But she stayed in France so I always think that that’s the other path.