Fiona Bruce says she's grateful her kids had same nanny for 20 YEARS

Fiona Bruce admits ‘I probably didn’t spend enough time with my two children when they were growing up’ because of her TV career – but she’s so grateful they had the same nanny for 20 YEARS

  • Fiona Bruce admitted she probably did not spend enough time with her children
  • The broadcaster said having the same live-in nanny for two decades helped her
  • She shares two children with her husband, media chairman Nigel Sharrocks 

Fiona Bruce has admitted that she probably did not spend enough time with her two children when they were growing up because of her high profile TV career – and said she’s grateful that they had the same nanny for 20 years. 

The broadcaster, 57, best known for presenting BBC News, Antiques Roadshow and Question Time, said having the same live-in nanny for two decades helped her balance her professional and domestic lives.

Fiona shares two children with her 65-year-old husband, media chairman Nigel Sharrocks; a son called Sam, now 23, and a 19-year-old daughter named Mia.

Appearing on the cover of October’s edition of Good Housekeeping, she was asked how she balances work and motherhood, admitting: ‘It was definitely helped by having the same nanny living with us for 20 years. 

Fiona Bruce (pictured) has admitted that she probably did not spend enough time with her two children when they were growing up because of her high profile TV career – and said she’s grateful that they had the same nanny for 20 years

The broadcaster, 57, best known for presenting BBC News, Antiques Roadshow and Question Time, said having the same live-in nanny for two decades helped her balance her professional and domestic lives. Pictured, Fiona with her two children in 2010

‘She left when Mia finished her GCSEs, but she’s a firm family friend.’ She added: ‘Did I spend enough time with my children?

‘I think scratch the surface of any working woman and she will always think, “Probably not.” I don’t think there’s such a thing as quality time with your children. I think it’s quantity.

‘But there’s never been any question that they take precedence over everything in my life, and always have done.’


Appearing on the cover of October’s edition of Good Housekeeping, Fiona (pictured) was asked how she balances work and motherhood, admitting: ‘It was definitely helped by having the same nanny living with us for 20 years’

 Fiona (pictured) shares two children with her 65-year-old husband, media chairman Nigel Sharrocks; a son called Sam, now 23, and a 19-year-old daughter named Mia

Fiona also expressed dismay at being repeatedly asked whether she was ‘ambitious’ as a young journalist.

Read the full interview with Fiona Bruce in the October issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale now

She said: ‘When I started my career, I got asked that time and time again. In the end, I was thoroughly sick of it because I never heard a man being asked that.

‘It’s the same as only women being described as “feisty”. You want to do as well as you can in your job – that’s human nature.’

The Question Time host said she was excited for the return of a live audience to the BBC show following the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

She said: ‘When the live audience comes back I will kiss every single one of them, whether they like it or not.

‘There is no substitute for having people actually there, seeing what they want to talk about and gauging their reactions when the politicians speak. Having a live audience makes the programme an event – it’s the bit I enjoy most.’

Read the full interview with Fiona Bruce in the October issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale now. 

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