Carol Smillie
Scottish television presenter
Carol Smillie
Carol Patricia Smillie is a Scottish television personality, model and actress. Smillie is well known for presenting the award winning BBC series Changing Rooms, which won her a National Television Award for Most Popular Factual Programme in 1998. She became the hostess of the British version of the international television game show Wheel of Fortune in 1989.
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Win tickets to see Hormonal Housewives
The Citizen - almost 4 years
Following 2012’s celebrated reception as they caused mayhem and mania in theatres across the land, the irrepressible Hormonal Housewives are back and return to The Sands Centre, Carlisle on Friday 3rd May, 2013 and they have three pairs of tickets to give away. The show for all those women out there whose man is more James May than Christian Grey, Hormonal Housewives is a hilarious comedy written by husband and wife team Julie Coombe and John McIsaac. Following on from their hugely successful 2012 tour, the Hormonal Housewives are back with hilarious all-new sketches, as well as all the very best bits from last time round, covering everything that makes today’s woman tick (or ticked off) - from the joys of teenagers to the challenge of IKEA, the madness of holiday reps and the insanity of DIY. A side-splitting evening – what they can’t teach you about modern womanhood isn’t worth knowing! With previous Hormonal Housewives including Margi Clark and Carol Smillie, this year the ladies ...
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New Next store opens in Shoreham - The Argus
Google News - over 5 years
The new Next store in Shoreham was unveiled yesterday by Changing Rooms presenter Carol Smillie, pictured right. The store has created 250 jobs at the Holmbush Centre in Upper Shoreham Road
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Selingkuhan Giggs Diajak Ikut Reality Show - Vivanews
Google News - over 5 years
Selain Natasha, selebriti lain yang coba diundang terlibat dalam acara itu adalah petinju Mike Tyson dan Ricky Hatton, Bobby Brown, Amy Childs, Vanessa White, Andi Peters dan Carol Smillie. Big Brother merupakan reality show yang menempatkan sekelompok
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Kerry Katona moves back home after split with agent - stv.tv
Google News - over 5 years
Warrington-based PR Dave Warwick , who has represented Rick Astley, Paul Burrell and Carol Smillie in the past, is mentioned in the report as having been among those approached by Katona to take her on. His office however refused to make any comment
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KERRY KATONA'S SHOCK MOVE NORTH - Daily Star
Google News - over 5 years
We're told: “Dave guided singer Rick Astley to fame and fortune, handled the media affairs of Princess Di's butler Paul Burrell and TV personality Carol Smillie.” Kezza has spent the last year living in a £5000-a-month rented home paid for by her
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Hotel Indigo is really switched on - Highland News
Google News - over 5 years
Above the bar, the main painting depicts 20 local celebrities including TV inventor John Logie Baird, shipbuilder John Brown and modern day personalities including Lorraine Kelly, Robbie Coltrane and Carol Smillie. In these surroundings, I enjoyed a
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Tycoon launches £3.2million claim against a curtain company he blames for a ... - Scottish Daily Record
Google News - almost 6 years
Neighbours include Celtic director Chris Trainer, TV presenter Carol Smillie and restaurant tycoon Charan Gill. A Campbell's Contract Curtains spokesman said: "Court action has been raised by Mrs Duncan. It is in the hands of our solicitors and
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The Happy Cookbook - Mearns Today
Google News - almost 6 years
Celebs contributing recipes include: Sir Alex Ferguson CBE; Michele Mone OBE; Chris Cusiter; Katherine Grainger MBE; First Minister Alex Salmond; Fred MacAulay; Carol Smillie; Stephen Jardine; The MacDonald Brothers; Dame Evelyn Glennie; Kirsty Wark;
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Tabloide The Sun revelou relacionamento do príncipe; leia trecho - Folha.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Eles jantavam em um restaurante chamado Doll's House, que pertencia ao marido da apresentadora de tv Carol Smillie. Uma fonte disse: "É verdade que eles estão namorando e tentam estar juntos o máximo de tempo possível, mas nunca em público"
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MAKEOVER; The Amateur Hour
NYTimes - over 16 years
If your idea of entertaining television is equal parts ''This Old House,'' ''Big Brother'' and ''Beat the Clock,'' and your idea of soft porn is Elle Decor, you are one of the viewers targeted by the new reality-based series ''Trading Spaces,'' which made its debut on the Learning Channel at the end of last month. Even on paper, the show's premise
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carol Smillie
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 51
    Smillie presented the 2013 and 2014 series of STV's Finding Scotland's Real Heroes.
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  • 2012
    Age 50
    In October 2012, Smillie started her own business, DiaryDoll, with partner and personal friend Annabel Croft, ex-international tennis player.
    More Details Hide Details Together they created a range of women's underwear specifically for use during periods, with a secret waterproof panel inside them to remove the possibility of leaks and stains on clothing and bedding. They were designed to look and feel like normal underwear – i.e. breathable, washable and not crackly – giving women the confidence to go about their usual activities. DiaryDoll then partnered with charity EndometriosisUK, giving confidence to some of the 1.5million British women who suffer painful and heavy periods as a result of Endometriosis. It was later noted that these were also useful to women in post-maternity and with pelvic floor weakness and the company was rebranded to include all of these groups. An extra goal for Smillie is to reduce the stigma of periods and women's pelvic health as it is still seen to be an embarrassing topic despite its prevalence and normality amongst healthy women.
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 48
    In February to March 2010, Smillie appeared on stage in Hormonal Housewives, a new comedy written by Julie Coombe and John MacIsaac.
    More Details Hide Details Appearing alongside Smillie were the co-writer Julie Coombe and Shonagh Price. The comedy portrayed three women juggling a career, childcare and being a housewife. The play begins with the three women getting ready for a night out and then moves into a series of self-contained sketches. The finale features a medley of music by Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Cher. Smillie takes the part of Madonna, dancing and miming to the track "Holiday", dressed in a pastiche outfit based on the Jean Paul Gaultier-designed conical bra corset, from the singer's 1990 Blond Ambition tour. Smillie took the play on a three-week tour of Scotland performing at theatres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.
    Again in 2010, she appeared in the company's Spring/Summer 2010 collection.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Smillie joined forces with Eileen Fursland to become a best selling author with the publication of Carol Smillie's Working Mum's Handbook. The book examined the practical problems and emotional issues that face women who go back to work. It considered work-life balance, time management, workplace rights to maternity leave and pay, tax credits. Starting on 10 May 2008, Smillie co-authored with animal behaviourist Emma Magson a weekly based column in The Times entitled 'Perfect Pets'. The column was featured in the Body and Soul section of the Saturday edition and lasted 10 weeks. In February 2006, Smillie made her début on the stage in the Eve Ensler play The Vagina Monologues. She completed three tours of Scotland, appearing in Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth.
  • 2009
    Age 47
    On 22 September 2009, Smillie presented a 10 part series entitled Best of British Wedding Venues on Wedding TV, a woman's lifestyle channel on the Sky and Freesat platforms.
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    In August 2009, Smillie featured in their Autumn/Winter 2009/10 catalogue, the photographs taken in Leeds.
    More Details Hide Details Smillie again appeared in a short film detailing the photo shoot.
    In February 2009, she appeared in their Spring/Summer 2009 catalogue.
    More Details Hide Details Smillie flew to Cape Town for the photo shoot. Smillie documented her experiences on this trip in a short film.
  • 2008
    Age 46
    In 2008, Smillie made her film debut in a short film entitled Infamy playing a television presenter named Joan.
    More Details Hide Details The story concerns a man who is so desperate to get on Reality TV that he will try anything, including ultimately, holding a shop up at gunpoint to make the local news. Smillie's television presenting and live event experience enabled her to become a celebrity speaker for corporate events, conferences and exhibitions. Smillie hosted major conferences and award ceremonies. Smillie presented corporate videos either on-screen or through a voice-over. Smillie has also lent her name to various endorsements. In February 2008, Smillie presented a new safety DVD entitled ‘Fit to Tow’ for The Highways Agency. The DVD was intended to raise awareness of the safety risks involved when towing a caravan or trailer. Smillie said, "I was amazed when I discovered just how many towing-related incidents occurred on England's roads and how many fatalities and injuries resulted from them, not to mention the disruption they can cause. I was really pleased when the Highways Agency approached me to present this helpful DVD. I fully support this initiative and I would advise anyone who tows to follow the simple, practical checks and advice included in the film to ensure you are Fit to Tow."
    In August 2008 she appeared in their Autumn/Winter 2008/09 catalogue.
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    In May 2008, Smillie featured in another advert, promoting their Spring/Summer 2008 catalogue.
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    In February 2008, she featured in the Spring/Summer 2008 catalogue.
    More Details Hide Details The shots were filmed in South Africa, with Smillie modelling swimwear for the first time in over twenty years. Smillie stated "I thought my swimwear modeling days were over. It was a treat to fly to South Africa and leave the cold, wind and rain".
  • 2007
    Age 45
    Smillie appeared in the catalogue for the 2007/08 Autumn/Winter collection and featured in their advertising campaign, appearing in a televised Christmas commercial for the company.
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    Smillie has continued to model occasionally since her rise to fame. Between 2007 and 2010 Smillie was the figurehead model for the Scottish company The Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
    More Details Hide Details Smillie featured in six seasonal catalogues, and her image was used extensively to promote the range of clothing throughout their stores and on the company website.
  • 2006
    Age 44
    Smillie denied a role in The Independent newspaper on 2 October 2006.
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    From October to December 2006, Smillie took part in Series Four of Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Matthew Cutler.
    More Details Hide Details Smillie gradually improved as the series progressed. Len Goodman often referred to her as the Dark Horse of the competition, and played music from the Black Beauty TV series over her training clips on the complementary show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. Smillie came fifth out of the original fourteen competitors, despite achieving her highest scores of the competition and finishing third highest out of the remaining five competitors in the judges vote. In June 2009, Smillie appeared in the BBC Radio Scotland comedy sketch show Ellis and Clarke. Smillie appeared in a number of sketches in the 30-minute production playing herself, in which she and the members of the cast parodied her television personality. The show was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland on 5 June 2009. On Bank Holiday 31 August 2009, Smillie hosted her own Radio show on 105.2 Smooth Radio, a Scottish Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Glasgow and the surrounding area.
  • 2004
    Age 42
    In 2004, Smillie was one of the celebrities to take part in Strictly Ice Dancing, a one-off ice dance version of Strictly Come Dancing.
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    In 2004, she took part in a television documentary called Gender Swap for Channel 5.
    More Details Hide Details Using silicon prosthetic makeup, she was transformed from female to male and was then given the challenge of attending a speed dating event as her new opposite sex self.
  • 2003
    Age 41
    She courted controversy in 2003, when she announced in an interview that she had cheated on the test.
    More Details Hide Details She admitted that the test was not taken under exam conditions, and she completed only two thirds of it, coming unstuck at the end. Smillie had phoned a friend to complete the remainder of the test. She said, "I felt slightly guilty at the time, but it hadn't really bothered me that I had cheated because it was never a real test to me, and Mensa had never invited me to take part."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    In 2001, Smillie appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank and the following year appeared on The Sooty Show in the episode called "All New Sooty".
    More Details Hide Details In the summer of 2009, Smillie appeared as a guest presenter of STV's The Hour for one week between 24 and 28 August, with main anchor Stephen Jardine.
  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998, Smillie hosted a mid-morning chat-show on BBC One entitled Smillie's People.
    More Details Hide Details The programme was 15 minutes in length. Each day, Smillie interviewed a different celebrity. In 2003, after leaving Changing Rooms, Smillie joined the Channel 5 show Dream Holiday Homes. This new show was similar to Changing Rooms, although this time, entire properties were given a makeover. The properties were situated in various Southern European locations, and at the end of each show Smillie would auction off the property for the price of a £1 phone call to a lucky viewer picked at random. The show ran for five series. Smillie was back working for STV Productions in 2005 as presenter of the short-lived ITV show The People's Court. Later that year, she was the presenter of ITV's A Brush with Fame, searching for the UK's best amateur portrait artist. Smillie returned to STV from November 2007 into 2008 to host the Scottish channel's new gameshow, Postcode Challenge. In each show, four teams of six people from the same postcode area are tested on general knowledge. Smillie said, "I feel like I've come full circle from my first job as hostess at STV on Wheel of Fortune, and now I'm back presenting what is the biggest quiz show from STV in years".
  • 1996
    Age 34
    Smillie presented various incarnations of the show, such as The National Lottery – Amazing Luck Stories, The National Lottery – We've Got Your Number, National Lottery – Local Heroes between 1996 and 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2006, she appeared on The National Lottery: Everyone's A Winner! in Edinburgh with contestant Charley.
    In 1996, Smillie was selected to present the BBC The National Lottery Show.
    More Details Hide Details Smillie mainly appeared on the Wednesday Midweek Draw show, but also made occasional appearances on Saturday nights.
    In 1996, Smillie became the original presenter of BBC Two's new DIY show Changing Rooms.
    More Details Hide Details The show was an immediate success and was transferred to BBC One for series 2. The programme is credited with starting a craze for DIY in the late 1990s. During her time on the show, Smillie and the Changing Rooms team won a National TV Award and an INDIE Award and were BAFTA nominated. Smillie remained the main presenter for 13 series, leaving in 2003. In September 1998, Smillie was presented with a Red Book about her life, on the television show This Is Your Life. Michael Aspel, surprising her with the Book at a recording of Changing Rooms.
  • 1994
    Age 32
    Smillie left the show in 1994, replaced by Jenny Powell.
    More Details Hide Details Fashion series, presented by Carol Smillie, produced by Scottish Television. BBC Manchester then offered Smillie the reporter's job on BBC Two's The Travel Show. Stints followed on BBC One for the Holiday programme. Smillie continued to present holiday programmes such as Summer Holiday, Holiday Swaps, Holiday Heaven and Holiday Favourites throughout the Nineties.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 29
    Smillie lives in Glasgow with husband Knight, a restaurateur, whom she married in August 1991.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage took place at Gleddoch House, in Langbank, near Glasgow. They have three children: Christie (born 1995), Robbie (born 1997), and Jodie (born 1999). The children attended Hutchesons Grammar School as their mother did before them. Smillie launched her official website on 9 February 2005, The site features a mix of videos and photos of her career to date, with information about her current TV projects, corporate work, writing and involvement with charities. In October 2006, the site hosted personal video diaries filmed on a hand camera by Smillie, which she termed ‘Carol Cams’, These short diaries showed Smillie’s preparation, progress and reactions to her time on Strictly Come Dancing something no other celebrity on this show attempted and gave an insight into the behind the scenes working of the show. In April 2008, her site was given a complete revamp and Smillie started monthly video blogs detailing.
  • 1989
    Age 27
    Smillie's presenting career launched in 1989, at age 27, when she beat 5,000 other applicants to become the hostess and puzzle board operator of Scottish Television's Wheel of Fortune game show.
    More Details Hide Details She co-presented the show for 5 years with fellow Scot Nicky Campbell.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 17
    At age 18, in 1979, Smillie embarked on her first year at the Glasgow School of Art, studying Art, Design, and Fashion, with the idea of becoming a fashion designer.
    More Details Hide Details Smillie felt she didn't really fit in with the typical punk students sporting green hair and pink shoes. To subsidise her studies, Smillie worked in a cocktail bar, modelling part-time. Smillie left to embark on a modelling career. Smillie joined the Best Modelling Agency, run by Fiona Best. Too short at for catwalk modelling, she booked photo shoots and promotions. Smillie worked for the agency throughout the 1980s. Smillie met her future husband, former model Alex Knight, through Fiona's agency.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on December 23, 1961.
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