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Charlotte Smith Biography – Charlotte Smith Wiki
Charlotte Smith is a British journalist, Radio/TV presenter and conference/awards host. She is best known for presenting Countryfile on BBC1 and Farming Today on Radio 4.
She was born and brought up in the Leicestershire village of Quorn and has been a radio nerd since her teens, when she started volunteering at BBC Radio Leicester.
The BBC trained Charlotte on the Local Radio Reporters Scheme, which gave her lots of experience and very bad shorthand. After stints at BBCs Sussex, Cumbria and Devon Charlotte ended up back at Radio Leicester as a news reporter, where she learnt a lot… some of it about journalism.
Charlotte then worked as a producer on Radio 4’s The World Tonight, as a reporter and sports presenter on BBC TV’s East Midlands Today, and as a producer and reporter and presenter on Five Live (not usually all at the same time).
After reporting for Radio 4’s You and Yours and for daytime TV, a conversation in a lift led to me presenting Farming Today on Radio 4 and Countryfile on BBC One.
Charlotte Smith Age
Countryfile and Farming Today presenter Charlotte Smith was born in 1964 and brought up in the Leicestershire village of Quorn.
Charlotte Smith Husband
Countryfile presenter Charlotte Smith is married to her husband Mike, a journalist.
Charlotte Smith Family
BBC Countryfile star Charlotte Smith and her husband Mike have two children, Maddy and Sam.
Charlotte Smith Countryfile
Charlotte Smith is one of the longest-standing members of the Countryfile team. She joined Countryfile in 1998. In an interview with the BBC Countryfile Magazine, Charlotte revealed how she joined the Countryfile team.
She said: “My career is down to a chance meeting in a lift. I was working as a reporter on daytime TV, based at Pebble Mill in Birmingham, which was also the home of BBC rural programmes. I met the big boss in the lift who had a gap to fill, so the next week I was presenting BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and then moved onto Countryfile in 1998. The first item I did was about the transportation of live animals.”
Charlotte Smith Illness
Charlotte Smith suffers from Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), an extremely rare lung disease. LAM is the abnormal growth of smooth muscle cells, especially in the lungs, which can lead to loss of lung functions. In the States, it’s classed as similar to cancer but grows very slowly in comparison to lung cancer.
Charlotte opened up about the rare lung condition in an interview with The Mirror. She said: “I knew something wasn’t right the day after my brother’s wedding in August 2010. I started feeling very tired. It was like being hungover, even though I hadn’t drunk much at the wedding reception.
“A day later, on holiday in Devon, there was a steep walk down to the beach. After chasing the kids around I started feeling breathless. But on the way back up the hill, I had to stop every five steps to catch my breath. I turned to Mike and said, ‘I can’t be this unfit!’
“I thought I’d picked up a chest infection. But when I went to the doctor, he hit me with the startling news that he suspected one of my lungs had collapsed and I must visit the local cottage hospital in Kingsbridge.
“I felt absolutely fine, could talk normally and wasn’t in pain – I just couldn’t walk any distance. But at the hospital an X-ray revealed that my left lung had indeed collapsed. In fact, it looked virtually non-existent and I was urgently referred to Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital where the lung was reinflated.
“That was extremely painful and, not being very brave, I screamed the place down. By the time we returned to London, I started feeling breathless again and was worried that it had collapsed again or something more serious was happening. I saw a specialist at London’s University College Hospital and a MRI scan identified multiple cystic air spaces in both lungs. They realised it was LAM.”