Louise Minchin Biography

(Journalist and News Anchor)

Birthday: September 8, 1968 (Virgo)

Born In: Hong Kong

Louise Minchin is a famous British journalist and news presenter, best known for co-hosting the BBC One program Breakfast. She hosted the program for the final time on September 15, 2021. In the twenty years at the BBC, Minchin contributed as an anchor on various news shows, and also served as a relief presenter in the absence of her colleagues. Minchin won the hearts of many football enthusiasts with her coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, for which she travelled extensively. Though she has worked round the clock for years, Minchin finds time to pursue other interests. Many people know her as an adventure enthusiast and an explorer, who has travelled to distant places around the world. Minchin has a fascination for racing bikes and water skiing. She once achieved an incredible feat by covering 329 miles in a matter of 3 days on her bike. She has also taken part in a triathlon as a part of the BBC Breakfast Christmas Challenge. Not many know that Minchin is an expert at water skiing, and has also helped many enthusiasts in mastering the sport.

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British Celebrities Born In September

Also Known As: Louise Mary Grayson

Age: 55 Years, 55 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: David Minchin

children: Mia Minchin, Scarlett Minchin

Born Country: England

Journalists British Women

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Females

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education: University of St Andrews

Childhood & Early Life

Louise Minchin was born in Hong Kong to a British Army Officer on September 8, 1969. Her father served as a Major in the Irish Guards regiment. She was originally named Louise Mary Grayson.

She completed her primary education at St Mary’s School,  Ascot, Berkshire, England. Minchin later earned a degree in Spanish from the University of St. Andrews. Thereafter, she pursued journalism at the London College of Communication.

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Minchin grabbed the limelight after joining ‘BBC Radio Live’ in 1998, a national radio initiative of the British Broadcasting Television.

After working with the channel for five years, Minchin was promoted as a news presenter. She appeared on the BBC as a news presenter between 7PM to 10PM for a long time. Most of these news channel appearances were co-hosted by another famous British journalist Jon Sapel.

Minchin is known for her contribution to the show BBC Breakfast. The opportunity to host the show came in 2006, during the regular presenter Sian Williams’ absence. Minchin co-hosted the show along with Kate Silverton, and continued being a part of the show even after Williams return.

In 2008, Minchin was chosen to host the show Missing Live. The show was aired for four weeks during the first experiment. The show was telecast again during the next two years, both these seasons lasted four weeks each.

Minchin was given another new assignment in 2008. She was asked to host the show Sunday Live on BBC One, along with news reporter Colin Jackson.

Her shift was changed after she had worked as a regular News presenter in the 7PM slot for almost nine years. Minchin then started appearing on live television between 2PM to 5PM, which was co-hosted by Emily Maitlis. She is also well-known amongst viewers of the channel for hosting numerous episodes of shows, such as Breakfast and Drive.

Minchin on several occasions also hosted the show BBC News At One, an afternoon news bulletin. She had appeared as a substitute on this show, which is mostly hosted by Sophie Raworth and Kate Silverton.

She hosted several episodes of The One Show in 2010, as a relief presenter. Minchin was also busy with episodes of BBC Breakfast’ during the same year.

Minchin collaborated with famous Rugby player and television presenter Gethin Jones for the documentary series Crime and Punishment. The show was first aired in 2012. The same year, Minchin hosted the ‘5 Live’ show named Drive, replacing the original host Aasmah Mir.

Major Works

Though Minchin  hosted hundreds of episodes as a news presenter, she is most remembered for being an anchor of the  BBC Breakfast. She has been associated with the show for almost a decade since 2006.

Minchin received enormous visibility through this popular show. It was even announced by the press in 2011 that Minchin would be taking complete charge of the show after its venue shifts to the city of Salford.

In June 2021, Louise Minchin announced about her decision to leave BBC Breakfast after presenting the show for 20 years. She hosted the show for the final time on September 15, 2021. 

Awards & Achievements
The ‘University of Chester’ felicitated Louise Minchin with a ‘Honorary Doctor of Letters degree’ in 2014.
Personal Life & Legacy
In 1998, Louise tied the knot with David Minchin. The couple have two kids named Mia and Scarlett. Currently, the Mincien family lives near Chester.
Other than her BBC commitments, Minchin is also associated with various charity organisations. She works closely with ‘SOS Children’s Villages’ which shelters orphaned kids. Minchin even turned into a crusader to support the organisation’s ‘Annual World Orphan Week campaign’.
Minchin has made cameo appearances in the TV shows ‘Torchwood’ and ‘Spooks’, where she played herself, and was seen reading news.

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