Samira Ahmed is a British journalist, writer, and broadcaster for the BBC, where she has hosted Radio 3’s Night Waves and Radio 4’s PM, The World Tonight, Sunday, and Front Row as well as the BBC Four Proms. Samira Ahmed is also an actress and she has also worked on a couple of movies and series as well like Adieu mon fils (1986), Nebula-75 (2020), and Unforgotten (2015).
Early Life and Childhood
Samira Ahmed was born on June 15, 1968, in Wandsworth, London, the United Kingdom her age is 54 years old as of 2022 and Samira is a British citizen by nationality and follows the Christianity religion.
Similarly, her birth sign is Gemini currently, she is living in Wandsworth. Samira’s father and mother’s name is Athar Ahmed and Lalita Ahmed respectively.
Her mother is a TV presenter, actor, chef, and author of Indian food who previously worked for the BBC World Service’s Hindi service in Bush House and All India Radio in India. However, there is no information available regarding Samira’s siblings.
Talking about her educational background, Samira studied at Wimbledon High School, a private girls’ school in Wimbledon, south London, and also studied English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, from 1986 to 1989.
During this time, she edited the Oxford University student publications Isis and Union. Also, she was awarded the Philip Geddes Journalism Prize for her work on student newspapers.
Further, she went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism after graduating from City University in London. Moreover, during her undergraduate years, Samira participated in different activities and enrolled in multiple training courses that helped her later on presentation abilities.
Also, Ahmed recalls Lucy Mathen, the first female Asian reporter on BBC television, who worked on John Craven’s Newsround, as an influence, and also a broadcaster Shyama Perera, who worked in Fleet Street at the same time.
Samira married Brian Millar in 1996. However, Samira hasn’t shared the actual married date and details about her husband. They both live in London and have two kids one son and a daughter. However, Samira doesn’t have any past relationship or any previous engagement.
In October 2019, Samira filed a lawsuit against the BBC under the Equality Act 2010. On 10 January 2020, the London Central Employment Tribunal ruled in her favor. On February 24, 2020, it was stated that a settlement had been reached with the BBC, but no amount was given.
Career and Professional Life
Regarding her career, in 1990, Samira began her career as a BBC news trainee. Until December 1997, Ahmed worked for the BBC as a news correspondent, a reporter on Newsnight and the Today show, and a presenter on BBC World and BBC News 24.
She joined the BBC’s Los Angeles bureau shortly after her marriage and covered the O. J. Simpson trial before moving to Berlin to serve as an anchor and political correspondent for Deutsche Welle TV.
Moreover, her work has been featured in The Guardian, The Independent, The Spectator, and New Humanist, among other journals in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, from 2000 to 2011, she worked as a reporter and broadcaster for Channel 4 News.
From 2012 to 2013, she hosted Sunday Morning Live, a topical conversation show on BBC One. Also, in March 2013, she hosted “I Dressed Ziggy Stardust,” a BBC Radio 4 documentary examining Bowie’s popularity among British Asian women.
Samira has not endorsed any brand till now and also has not promoted anything and has not been seen in any collaborations with brands.
Awards and Nomination
Samira was awarded the Philip Geddes Journalism Prize for her contributions to student media. Moreover, in 2009, she was named Broadcast of the Year at the Stonewall Awards for her special broadcast on the “corrective” rape of lesbians in South Africa.
Also, in December 2010, she won the BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind, with a special round on Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Samira is a British journalist who has worked on a variety of shows. Therefore, she has earned a considerable income via her profession. Samira’s estimated net worth is around $1 million and her annual salary is $100k per year.
Talking about her height Samira is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 63kg. Similarly, her body measurement is 33-24-33 inches and her eye color is brown and her hair color is black. Also, Samira’s dress size is 6 and her shoe size is 8(US).
Samira is very active on Twitter. She has 67.4k followers on Twitter and owns a Twitter account @samiraahmeduk. Moreover, Samira is not available on any other social media sites including Facebook and Instagram. Also, Samira has her website https://www.samiraahmed.co.uk/