Fiona Bruce will have become well-known to most of the country as one of the premier newsreaders on BBC News, but she has since branched out into entertainment too.
Viewers today will be most familiar with Fiona’s presenting on Antiques Roadshow and Fake or Fortune, but life on the road wasn’t easy for her to adapt to.
What viewers may be even more surprised to know is that Fiona has also starred in a BBC advert that looks straight out of a Fast and Furious film and makes you wonder, could her next career move be to Hollywood?
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Fiona Bruce with her husband Nigel
(Image: Rex Features)
Fiona, 57, first branched out from news journalism in 1998, presenting BBC Two’s Antiques Show for two series, eluding to her interest in antiques long before she started presenting Antiques Roadshow.
This came in 2008 when she replaced Michael Aspel and by all accounts it would seem as though she’s never looked back since, now also presenting Fake or Fortune alongside Philip Mould.
But Fiona has spoken about her struggles when first starting out on Antiques Roadshow, with the travelling aspect of the job proving difficult.
Fiona and husband Nigel Sharrocks, 65, have been married since 1994 and have two daughters together, Sam, 22, and Mia, 19.
Having started out on Antiques Roadshow when the kids were still fairly young she had to leave them behind with Nigel while out on the road.
In an interview with the Telegraph in 2015 she said: “Antiques Roadshow was the first job I had taken since my children were born that took me away from them consistently over a period of time. That was a big adjustment for all of us.”
Being the face of Antiques Roadshow has afforded Fiona some unusual opportunities though, perhaps none more so than her involvement in an all action BBC advert for its new HD channel back in 2008.
A still from the high-octane BBC ad
The ad in question opens with a regular looking scene from Antiques Roadshow, but when a vase is valued at £2m its owner’s son feints, catapulting the priceless antique through the air.
Whilst the vase flies, other attendees destroy their own antiques in the process of trying to catch the piece before the vase smashes through a window out onto the lawn of the stately home hosting the event.
Suddenly a classic car comes crashing through a garden wall flying through the air before landing and crushing an entire table of antiques.
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Out of the car rolls none other than Fiona Bruce, sprinting and diving through the air to catch the still falling vase as her bright red car explodes into flames behind her.
Finally there’s time to breathe, as Fiona stands and dusts herself down, ‘TV goes cinematic’, the ad declares at its conclusion.
If you want to watch the ad you can find it here .
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