Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce is a ground-breaking journalist and presenter whose career has been marked by breaking through many broadcasting glass ceilings. She was the first woman to present the BBC Ten O’Clock News and the first to host a general election results programme.

As well as writing and presenting numerous documentaries, Fiona is a seasoned interviewer with Prince Phillip, Bill Gates and Lord Alan Sugar among the decision makers she has questioned.

Fiona has also presented a raft of BBC programmes including Antiques Roadshow, Crimewatch and current affairs strand Real Stories.


Fiona joined the BBC in 1990 as a researcher then assistant producer for Panorama before switching to reporting for BBC Breakfast news in 1992 and then reporting and presenting for BBC South East.

From 1994 to 1995 she was a reporter for BBC Two’s Public Eye before re-joining Panorama as a reporter and reporting for Newsnight.

In 1999 Fiona began presenting the Six O’Clock News before moving to the Ten O’Clock News in 2003, the first woman presenter of the programme. In 2007 she returned to presenting the BBC News at Six, a post she held for the next 11 years.

From 2000 to 2007 Fiona co-hosted Crimewatch while also presenting and reporting for the BBC One current affairs series Real Story from 2003 to 2007.

In 2008 Fiona added presenting Antiques Roadshow to her portfolio.

Following the retirement of David Dimbleby in 2019 Fiona became the first woman to host BBC Question Time.

Fiona has also presented special editions of The Money Programme, BBC Two’s Antiques Show, BBC Four quiz show Hive Minds and co-hosts Fake or Fortune, which examines the process of establishes the authenticity of works of art.

Fiona has written and presented several documentaries including The Real Cherie, a profile of Cherie Blair, Victoria: A Royal Love Story about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, The Queen’s Palaces about Buckingham palace, Windsor Castle and Holyrood Palace, and a documentary about Leonardo da Vinci.

She has appeared on Top Gear, written car reviews for the Sunday Times, and made many appearances in musical numbers for Children In Need.


Savvy!: The Modern Girl’s Guide to Doing It All Without Risking It All ,published in 2008 and co-written with detective and fellow Crimewatch presenter Jaqui Hames, is a down-to-earth guide to negotiating the perils of the 21st century.


Fiona’s reporting and presenting on current affairs programme Real Story was rewarded with five awards from the Royal Television Society.

In 2003 Fiona was named Newscaster / Reporter of the Year at the Television and Radio Industry Awards and won the Michael Elliot Award for Television Presentation.

Fiona won the Television and Radio Industry Awards Newscaster / Reporter of the Year again in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and News Presenter of the Year in 2019 and 2020.

In 2009 Fiona was inducted into the NSPCC Hall of Fame in recognition of her support of and work with the children’s charity.

Fiona was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2014.

Personal Life

Fiona is married and has two children. She is an honorary vice president of Vision Overseas Aid and has campaigned for the charity Women’s Aid.

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