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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About  Emily Maitlis

Emily Maitlis is a British journalist, documentary filmmaker, and former newsreader for the BBC. 


Emily Maitlis was born on 6 September 1970 (age 51 years) in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Emily Maitlis was the lead anchor until the end of 2021 of Newsnight, the BBC Two news and current affairs programme.


Emily Maitlis is the daughter of Professor Peter Maitlis FRS, Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, and Marion Maitlis, a psychotherapist.


Emily Maitlis was educated at King Edward VII School, Sheffield, a state comprehensive school, and then studied English at Queens' College, Cambridge.


Emily Maitlis initially wanted to work as a director, prompted by her love for drama, but instead went into radio broadcasting.


She spent six years in Hong Kong with TVB News and NBC Asia, initially as a business reporter creating documentaries, and then as a presenter in Hong Kong covering the collapse of the tiger economies in 1997. 


During 2005, Maitlis appeared as the question-master on the game show The National Lottery: Come And Have A Go. She was a regular presenter on BBC News Channel for a decade between 2006 and 2016, alongside Ben Brown and Jon Sopel. 


Emily Maitlis is married to investment manager Mark Gwynne, who is Catholic, whom she met while working in Hong Kong.


Emily Maitlis won Broadcast Journalist of the Year at the 2017 London Press Club Awards.


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