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12 April 2010, 13:54
Carol Smillie is a Scottish TV presenter who has dabbled in acting and even a little writing. Born in Glasgow, the 48-year-old began her career as a hostess on the ITV game show Wheel of Fortune.
Carol received a good response from the show and it opened doors for her within the TV world as she moved on to present a host of holiday programmes and The National Lottery for the BBC.
However, it was the hit BBC show Changing rooms which really boosted the Scots celebrity profile, after which she was invited to Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and even giving a slot on This is Your Life.
In 2006, Carol turned her hand, or feet to be more precise, to another skill – dancing. Making the transition from presenter to contestant, Carol swapped the painting overalls for the ballroom dresses as she took part in Strictly Come Dancing, finishing fifth.
However, it wasn’t long before Carol returned to her presenting roots as she went on to host STV’s Postcode Challenge.
As well as her work within the TV industry, this multi-talented Scot has also published a book, Carole Smillie’s Working Mum Handbook, and turned her hand at a bit of acting, both on stage and in film.
Her most recent performance was a lead role in the stage play Hormonal Housewives however, it is her restaurateur husband who is the boss of the kitchen in their home.
“I suppose it was a bit unusual, but predominantly I am happier with a power tool in my hand doing DIY, than a wooden spoon cooking.
“My husband used to do most of the meals, but then got in a bit of a strop about it, and said it wasn’t fair. Now we split the cooking and DIY between us.
“So I am hoping on Marco’s Kitchen Burnout, I will learn to cook.”
She admits that she is not at her most relaxed in a kitchen, and wonders how she will fare under Marco’s gaze.
“I can get riled and easily distracted, although if I’ve got all the ingredients in front of me, I will be happy to have a play with them.
“It’s not that I dislike cooking. I would describe myself as an adequate cook. I just get bored with it.
“I’ve suggested to my girlfriends that once a week we should go to each other’s houses and make something for each other’s families. The same boring old stuff we make every week for our own family, won’t be boring to theirs.”
Last updated: 16 April 2010, 13:56