On 21th September in the year 1958, Penny Smith, whose full name is Penelope Jane Smith, was born. She was born and spent her childhood in a little town of Eastwood, located in the central part of Great Britain. While being raised not in a big family, she started to have an interest in journalism.


Penny Smith got her education first in the Uppingham Primary School, located in the market town called Uppingham. Then, she enrolled into the Rutland High School for girls, where Penny continued her studying. Nowadays, this college is known as simply Rutland College.

Career Experience

Peterborough Evening Telegraph gave a good start to the career of Penny Smith, where she started to work as a feature writer in 1977. After getting there her first working experience, she got employed by the Radio Television Hong Kong. At that time, she was the company’s reporter in Asia as well as in South and Central America, from where she reported on current affairs. Three years later, in 1984, she expanded her career list by joining Radio Trent. Nearly at the same time, Penny Smith obtained experience of working as a press officer for drama movies and documentaries at the Central Independent Television, also known as the ITV Central.

In addition, she also was a co-presenter of Lookaround, a program of regional TV news. In 1987, she also took part in co-presenting Thames News at the Thames Television Channel. At that time, Penny Smith had entered the zenith of her career success, since she launched Sky News in the beginning of 1989. At the beginning of 1993, she was hired by the ITV Breakfast Broadcasting Limited, generally known as GMTV, where she led the program until 2010.

Indeed, her career achievements are not limited to this list. Penny Smith also presented a number of movies and programs for various channels, including Most Wanted and Crime Monthly for London Television Channel, Crime Fighters, Crime File, and Crime Net for Carlton, Celebrity for Independent Television, and several others.

She also starred and appeared in different programs, such as Loose Women and Just the Two of Us. In 2010, she became a regular contributor to the Alan Titchmarsh Show on the Independent Television. Since 2013, she has become a co-presenter in the BBC London 94.9, a workday morning show.

Personal life

Back in 1984, Penny Smith married her colleague, a journalist named Toney Birtley. However, the marriage did all but failed, and she separated with her husband three years later. Later, Penny Smith had occasional relationships with Paul McKenna and Rory Bremner. Since 2001, she has dated Vince Leigh. Penny Smith admitted that she is scared of having another husband, because her first marriage had not lasted long.


During her career, Penny Smith was an active contributor to many nationwide magazines and newspapers. In particular, this list includes Daily Mail, Essentials, Woman and Home, and Good Housekeeping. She also published two books: Coming Up Next in 2008 and its sequel, After the Break in 2009. After all, Penny Smith is also highly active on twitter, and over 40 thousand of her followers just prove it.

Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020

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