Born in Surrey and after completing a degree in French and German at the University of Manchester, Sophie spent a year teaching English to teenagers in Toulouse before studying for a postgraduate course in broadcasting and journalism at City University, London. Sophie’s career at the BBC began in 1992, when she joined the regional trainee scheme and went on to become a reporter at Greater Manchester Radio and in 1994, moved to Brussels to become Europe correspondent for the BBC regions.
In May 1995, she moved to BBC Leeds as a reporter and presenter for Look North, where she remained until 1997, when she moved to network TV in London to co-anchor BBC TV’s Breakfast News (1997 – 2000), initially with Justin Webb, then with John Nicholson and in 2000 with Jeremy Bowen (when the programme was rebranded Breakfast). She was a relief BBC TV newsreader in April 2002 and in January 2003, she became one of the main co-presenters on the BBC News at Six. From May 2006, having just returned from maternity leave, she took up the role of presenter of the BBC News at One.