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Suzi Perry (born 3 May 1970) is an English television presenter, currently covering Motorcycle speedway and MotoGP for BT Sport. She is best known for covering MotoGP for the BBC for 13 years, The Gadget Show on Channel 5 for 9 years and the BBC's Formula One coverage from 2013 to 2015. Perry was born in an RAF hospital in Cosford, Shropshire, the daughter of a music promoter, and her godfather was guitarist Mel Galley. Brought up in Finchfield, she attended Smestow school in Wolverhampton, and had a school job as a lighting technician at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Perry went on to study business studies and finance at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, now the University of Wolverhampton.
Perry presenting at the 2013 British Grand Prix.
(1970-05-03) 3 May 1970 (age 48)
|Residence||Birmingham, England, UK|
|Occupation||Television presenter, Journalist|
|Employer||BT Sport, BBC|
|Known for||Model, television presenter, columnist, sporting host|
|Spouse(s)||Steve Bullock (divorced)|
Bastien Boosten (m. 2009)
Suzi Perry (born 3 May 1970) is an English television presenter, currently covering Motorcycle speedway and MotoGP for BT Sport. She is best known for covering MotoGP for the BBC for 13 years, The Gadget Show on Channel 5 for 9 years and the BBC's Formula One coverage from 2013 to 2015.
Brought up in Finchfield, she attended Smestow school in Wolverhampton, and had a school job as a lighting technician at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Perry went on to study business studies and finance at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, now the University of Wolverhampton.
Perry is mainly known as a motor sports correspondent, reporting on motorbike racing for BBC News as well as presenting other sports-related programmes, including Wimbledon, the Boat Race, the London Marathon, Royal Ascot and the Great North Run. She helped to present the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
From 1997, Perry presented coverage of BBC Sport's MotoGP for 13 years. In February 2010, following a year in which she suffered a number of health issues including viral meningitis and an ectopic pregnancy, it was announced that she was stepping down from presenting MotoGP coverage. She stated that the extensive travelling involved combined with her other TV commitments was having a detrimental effect on her work-life balance.
Following her departure from MotoGP, Perry was part of the BBC presenting team at the 2010 Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot. She was due to be part of the 2011 Grand National coverage but was replaced at the last moment—without any explanation—by Dan Walker, who happened to be at Aintree presenting Football Focus on the same day.
On 21 December 2012, the BBC announced that Perry would replace Jake Humphrey as presenter of the BBC's Formula One coverage from the 2013 season, covering 10 live races and 10 highlight shows. She also wrote regular blogs for BBC Sport to give a behind-the-scenes look at F1. This was the first time a woman had taken on the full-time main anchor role in Formula One on British TV.
Perry was the original presenter of Live Elite League Speedway on Sky Sports. She appeared on the 2002–03 revival of Treasure Hunt, where she took the "skyrunner" role made famous by Anneka Rice.
Since 2004, Perry had been a co-presenter for Channel 5's The Gadget Show, a hi-tech weekly programme, alongside Jason Bradbury, Jon Bentley, Ortis Deley and Pollyanna Woodward. She was temporarily replaced by Gail Porter while recovering from an ectopic pregnancy, and returned in August 2009. Perry created the current theme music for the Gadget Show in 2011, as part of one of the show's challenges. In February 2012, it was announced that the show's format was going to change and be renamed The Gadget Show: World Tour, featuring only two of the previous team of presenters: Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward.
On 15 May 2008, Perry appeared on Through the Keyhole on BBC Two, allowing Lisa Snowdon to look around her property before being identified by the panel. In 2010 Perry appeared on ITV's All Star Mr & Mrs with husband Bastien.
Her other shows include Housecall, Superstars, City Hospital, How to take Stunning Pictures and Holiday.
On 10 March 2012, Perry danced to "Livin' the Vida Loca" with ex-Gadget Show fellow presenter Ortis Deley for the BBC's Let's Dance for Comic Relief. Perry was a guest panellist on the Channel 5 magazine show The Wright Stuff, alongside comedian Lee Hurst, for the week of 19–23 March 2012. Her appearance as a guest in the third series of BBC Two's The Sarah Millican Television Programme was shown on 2 November 2013. On 14 June 2014, she co-presented the BBC's coverage of Trooping the Colour with Huw Edwards.
In 2017, she presented Suzi Perry's Queens of the Road and Invented in London for BBC One.
Perry was married to Steve Bullock, a model from Sheffield, for four years. By February 2009, she was engaged to her Dutch boyfriend, Bastien Boosten—whom she met while filming The Gadget Show whilst driving a personal submarine— and was two and a half months pregnant. She suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy on 17 February, and was taken to West Middlesex Hospital from a London film studio, where she underwent surgery after losing four pints of blood.
From April 2009, Perry lived in London, but shared a house in the south of France with her fiancé. They married on 6 August 2009, with an Elvis impersonator conducting the 30-minute ceremony. She was the first celebrity bride to post her wedding pictures on Twitter. The pair appeared together on All Star Mr & Mrs in 2010.
Perry is a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In 2006, Perry appeared as a celebrity showjumper in the BBC's Sport Relief event Only Fools on Horses. On 12 July, after being voted off the show, she revealed that she had fallen off her horse 12 times.
Perry is a patron of Promise Dreams, a charity launched in 2001 and based in her home town of Wolverhampton. Promise Dreams raise money for seriously or terminally ill children, to provide treatment, help and support for them and their families. She is also a patron of the National Association for Bikers with a Disability.
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