Made in Oxfordshire
Name: Fiona Bruce
From: Singapore Education: Hertford College - The University of Oxford, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College in New Cross, south-east London
What has she done?
A household name, Bruce has graced our screens via the likes of the BBC News at Six/Ten, Crimewatch and Antiques Roadshow since 1992. Though she may be the picture of serenity and calm behind a news desk, her years spent at Hertford College, where she studied French and Italian, were anything but. Between starting a campaign against pornography, joining the women’s peace camp at Greenham Common, singing in a punk band and having bright blue hair, there was little time for studying.
After graduating Bruce took the first job she was offered with a management consultancy firm, but she was only there for a year and despite having no idea what she wanted to do, she knew she hated it. The monotony of boardroom meetings and the overwhelming feeling that she was in the wrong job had her crying in the loos at lunchtimes.
Recognising that she wanted more for herself she made a quick change to the fast-paced world of advertising. Call it fate or a happy accident, but a chance meeting with Tim Garden, who was then editor of BBC’s Panorama at the time was the big break in Bruce’s career.
The tenacious journalist saw an opportunity for yet another career path change and proceeded to “pester” Garden until he offered her an interview as a researcher for Panorama. And the rest is history.
Self-confessed feminist, Bruce has kept true to her beliefs in the projects she has taken on since stepping into the world of media. Indeed, becoming the presenter of Crimewatch allowed her to continue combating violent crime against women. Joining forces with copresenter Jacqui Hames, she wrote Savvy, a book giving women practical advice on female safety from home to travelling to managing finances, a book “about doing it all and having it all, without risking it all”.
Where is she going?
Bruce is one of the most established presenters working in television today, having won the Television and Radio Industry Award for Best Presenter three times. She has presented BBC1’s coverage of the Royal Wedding and interviewed Prince Phillip during a special programme to celebrate his 90th birthday.
A true mastermind in front of and behind the camera Bruce has written and produced several high-profile documentaries as well as more recently working alongside art dealer and historian Philip Mould on the BBC1 TV series Fake or Fortune? (where she investigates the authenticity of pieces of art).