From writing books about triathlons to learning to cook in her 40s, there is a lot more to BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin than being on morning TV...
We might be used to seeing Louise Minchin brightening up our screens on BBC Breakfast as we eat our cereal each morning, but there is plenty more to the presenter than reading the news…
1. She has a close family unit
Louise lives in Chester with her husband, David, and two teenage daughters, Mia and Scarlett, and the presenter has revealed that her being on TV isn’t a big deal to her girls. She told the Sunday Post: “I’m their mum, that’s the most important thing. I like the fact they see me as a working mum. I have always worked since they were tiny. The fact I’m on telly is no biggie.”
2. Scotland holds a special place in her heart
Having studied in Spanish at St Andrews University in Fife, Louise fell in love with Scotland during her time there. She told Sunday Post: “I loved that place so much and it had a really big impact on me. I remember being in the library, which is next to the castle on a cliff edge, hearing the waves crashing and seeing spray against the windows. As well as my love of Spanish, it gave me a lifelong love of the seaside.”
3. She’s a successful triathlete
Despite getting up for work while the rest of us are still sleeping, Louise somehow manages to find the energy to compete in triathlons. The presenter took up the sport just a few years back completely by accident after the BBC Breakfast presenters were challenged to a cycling competition around the velodrome at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. The rest, as they say, is history!
4. She’s part of the Team GB squad
Since taking up triathlons as a hobby, Louise has hit the headlines, as well as travelled around the world, taking part in more than 50 races. She has even competed at the highest level for her age group as part of Team GB at the World Triathlon Championships in 2015.
5. She has written her own book
As well as being a BBC Breakfast host, TV presenter and journalist, Louise has another string to her bow – writing a book! Her book ‘Dare to Tri’ is all about her journey from The BBC Breakfast sofa to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships after 30 years away from competitive sport. The book reveals the challenges she faced as she tried to achieve the unthinkable.
6. She has a surprising addiction to kitchen shops
Louise was runner up in BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef back in 2016 and she hasn’t looked back since. Despite confessing that she couldn’t cook before the show and that the most complicated kitchen utensil she had in her home before she took part in the competition was a tin opener, she now apparently loves nothing more than spending her spare time looking for the latest culinary gadgets in kitchen shops.
7. Louise Minchin collects something very unusual
Despite not owning an apron before taking part in Celebrity MasterChef, Louise now collects them! She told Cheshire Life: “I have discovered the joy of aprons!” she joked. “From never having worn one at all, I’m now the proud owner of a collection. I have ten, in fact!”
Picture credits: Main image of Louise Minchin: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock, BBC Breakfast team pic: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock