Clive Myrie becomes Mastermind host after an illustrious journalism career
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Mastermind host Clive Myrie: Who is the intensely private BBC news icon married to?

Clive has had an illustrious career as a BBC News presenter

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Mastermind kicks off a new series with new host Clive Myrie in the hotseat for the first time.

Taking over from long-time host John Humphrys, Clive is set to bring his own personality to the iconic quiz show.

We’ve started so we’ll finish… here’s everything you need to know about Clive.

Clive Myrie becomes Mastermind host after an illustrious journalism career
Clive was born in the UK in the mid-1960s (Credit: BBC)

Mastermind: Where was Clive Myrie born?

Clive, 56, was born in Bolton in 1964.

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His parents were Jamaican migrants – his mum was a seamstress who worked for the famous 1960s fashion designer Mary Quant, while his dad was a factory worker.

And because of his north-west roots, he says he’s a big football and cricket fan.

Mastermind host Clive Myrie in his role as BBC News presenter
Clive hosting BBC News (Credit: BBC)

When did he start his journalism career?

Clive began his illustrious journalism career in 1987 when he joined the corporation as a trainee radio reporter.

His first assignment was for Radio Bristol, and soon he landed a presenting job on the region’s flagship TV news show Points West.

A decade after he started as a trainee radio reporter, Clive became the Tokyo correspondent for BBC News. He then moved to LA to be the BBC’s correspondent there.

In 2002 he was appointed BBC Asia correspondent, and then Paris correspondent in 2006.

During his time on the road, Clive covered stories like the impeachment of former US president, Bill Clinton, as well as the wars in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

In 2019, Clive began presenting the BBC’s News At Six and News At Ten.

This year he won two RTS journalism awards: one for Television Journalist Of The Year, and another for Network Presenter Of The Year.

Clive Myrie becomes Mastermind host after an illustrious journalism career
Clive said he’s looking forward to Mastermind (Credit: BBC)

What did he say about hosting Mastermind?

Clive follows in the footsteps of John, Clive Anderson, Peter Snow and original host Magnus Magnusson.

He told the BBC: “It’s an icon of British TV, and it’s being entrusted into my hands.

“It’s a big, big, big job and obviously I’m following the footsteps of John Humphrys, who has been brilliant for so many years, so yes, there’s a level of trepidation.

“But there’s also excitement, it’s a new venture and the show is something I grew up watching so for me to be part of that now is fantastic.”

Mastermind host Clive Myrie during an interview
Clive is married to Catherine (Credit: YouTube)

Is Clive married?

Clive is married to Catherine, a furniture restorer and upholsterer, in 1998.

It’s not known if the couple has any children, as Clive keeps his private life very private.

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However, in an interview with the University of Sussex, he was asked who had influenced his life the most.

“My wife Catherine, by giving me the courage and space to pursue my dreams,” he answered.

He also said in an interview with the Daily Mail: “I met Catherine, who then worked in publishing, at the 1992 London launch of a book about Swiss cheeses… even though I don’t much like cheese!

“It was love at first sight for me.

“I’d just been made the BBC’s LA correspondent, so after returning to the UK for our big day, we flew back to the States before honeymooning on Venezuela’s Maracaibo coast.”

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