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Thomas Matthew Bradby (born 13 January 1967) is a British journalist and novelist. He was political editor for ITV News from 2005 to 2015,[1] and currently presents the News at Ten and political discussion series The Agenda with Tom Bradby.

Tom Bradby
Thomas Matthew Bradby

(1967-01-13) 13 January 1967 (age 52)
EducationWestbourne House School
Sherborne School
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
OccupationPresenter and journalist
Years active1990–present
Notable work
ITV News at Ten
The Agenda with Tom Bradby
Spouse(s)Claudia Hill-Norton (m. 1994)


Early life and familyEdit

Bradby was born in Malta in 1967. After a short spell in Gibraltar he moved to Britain and was educated at Westbourne House School, Sherborne School and the University of Edinburgh.[2] In 1994, he married Claudia, the daughter of Vice-Admiral Hon. Sir Nicholas John Hill-Norton.[3]


Bradby has worked for ITN, producer of ITV News, since 1990 when he joined the organisation as an editorial trainee. He subsequently became producer for ITV's political editor Michael Brunson in 1992.

From 1993 to 1996, Bradby was ITV's Ireland correspondent, reporting on events including the Northern Ireland peace process, the IRA ceasefire and Bill Clinton's visit to Ireland in November 1995. Bradby later became ITV's Asia correspondent from 1999 to 2001. In October 1999, he was injured whilst covering the riots in Jakarta against the newly elected President, Abdurrahman Wahid.[4] He was hit in the leg by a flare attached to a chain as demonstrators clashed with armed police in the Indonesian capital. He underwent a three-hour operation for a compound fracture of his fibula and spent several days in a Jakarta hospital before flying home to Hong Kong to convalesce.

Bradby returned to Britain and began a stint as royal correspondent, covering a number of key stories, including the Queen's Jubilee year, as well as the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. He later became UK editor and then political editor, taking on the role in 2005.

On 16 November 2010, Bradby carried out the first official interview of Prince William and Kate Middleton at St James's Palace after the couple's engagement was announced. It was reported that Bradby was chosen specifically to conduct the interview owing to a long-standing acquaintance with Prince William.[5] He subsequently attended their wedding as a guest.[6]

Bradby has since transitioned from reporter to presenter for a variety of programmes: In February 2012, ITV launched a weekly political discussion programme, The Agenda, hosted by Bradby; in August 2013, Bradby presented an edition of News at Ten for the first time; and in May 2015, he presented ITV's main coverage of the 2015 general election. In October 2015, Bradby took over as the sole main newscaster of the flagship News at Ten.[7]

In June 2016, Bradby led live coverage of the EU Referendum 2016 for ITV News.


Bradby has written six novels:

  • Shadow Dancer (1998) ISBN 0-552-14586-6
  • The Sleep of the Dead (2001) ISBN 0-552-14587-4
  • The Master of Rain (2002) ISBN 0-552-14746-X
  • The White Russian (2003) ISBN 0-552-14900-4
  • The God of Chaos (2004) ISBN 0-593-05267-6
  • Blood Money (2009) ISBN 0-552-15308-7

Shadow Dancer was adapted by Bradby into a film of the same name starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough in 2012.[8] It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[8]

Bradby wrote the ITV drama The Great Fire, broadcast in 2014.

Personal lifeEdit

Bradby lives in Hampshire with his wife Claudia, a jewellery designer, and their three children.[2] Bradby stated in 2007 that he is apolitical with no "coherent set of political views".[2]


  1. ^ "Bradby named ITV political editor". BBC News. 13 July 2005. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Tom Bradby: Smooth operator". The Independent. London. 12 March 2007. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Claudia Genevieve Jane Hill-Norton". Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  4. ^ Bryony Gordon (15 March 2011). "Tom Bradby: Whitehall's Prince Charming". The Independent. London.
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (16 October 2010). "ITV's Tom Bradby beats rivals to first William and Kate interview". The Guardian. London.
  6. ^ "Royal wedding: Guest list offers a glimpse of the court of King William". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Tom Bradby to become main presenter of ITV's News at Ten". The Guardian. London. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Shadow Dancer: Sundance Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2013.

External linksEdit

Media offices
Preceded by
Mark Austin
Main host, ITV News at Ten
2015 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nick Robinson
Political Editor, ITV News
2005 – 2015
Succeeded by
Robert Peston