Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 19, 1956
SpouseLance Tankard
FactWas romantically linked to Sir Cliff Richard in the 1980s

Sue Barker OBE (born April 19, 1956) is a British television presenter and former professional tennis player. She is best known for her work on the BBC’s flagship sports programme, Grandstand, and as the host of A Question of Sport.

Barker was born in Paignton, Devon, England, the daughter of Audrey (née Wheeler) and Leonard Barker. She has two older sisters, Barbara and Jacqueline. Barker’s father was a semi-professional footballer and her mother was a competitive swimmer.

Barker was educated at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School before going on to study French and Spanish at the University of Birmingham.

Barker’s tennis career began when she was nine years old. She won her first tournament, the Torbay Tennis Championship, at the age of 12. She turned professional in 1973 and reached a career-high singles ranking of number three in the world in 1976. Barker won 15 singles titles and reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 1976.

Barker retired from professional tennis in 1984 and began working as a television presenter. She has been the host of A Question of Sport since 1987. Barker has also presented Wimbledon coverage on the BBC since 1991.

Barker was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and charity.

Barker has been married twice. Her first husband was David Vine, with whom she had two children, Emma and Oliver. Barker and Vine divorced in 1993. Barker married actor Mark Foster in 2003. The couple have no children.

Barker has an estimated net worth of £4 million.

General Info

Full NameSue Barker
Date Of BirthApril 19, 1956
Height1.66 m
Weight52 kg
ProfessionPresenter, Actor, Tennis player, Sports Reporter


SpouseLance Tankard


TV ShowsA Question of Sport, The 2006 Commonwealth Games (UK), BBC Olympics 2008, 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Wimbledon 2006

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1[on her relationship with Cliff Richard] Because we have stated that we're Christians, they come out with this big word, the celibacy thing, and all this, which makes us sound like a monk and nun going off somewhere. There's plenty of people around that don't agree with having sex outside marriage, I mean we're no different from them.


1She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to broadcasting and charity. She is a sports commentator in Stanton, Gloucestershire, England.
2BBC Sports Correspondent covering Wimbledon Tennis Championships. [July 2004]
3Chiddingfield, Surrey, England. [July 2008]
4She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's 2000 Millennium Honors List for her services to sports broadcasting.
5No television footage of her sole Grand Slam win at the 1976 French Open Championships exists. This was due to a strike by camera technicians at the time.
6Was romantically linked to Sir Cliff Richard in the 1980s
7Received death threats telling her she will be hunted down and killed like her friend, BBC presenter Jill Dando. (March 2004)



My Dad's the Prime Minister2004TV SeriesSue Barker
Mike Bassett: England Manager2001Sue Barker


Wimbledon2004-2016TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
Today at Wimbledon2014-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Presenter / Herself - Interviewer
Just Call Me Martina2016TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
Wimbledon Classics2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
Queen's2015TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
The One Show2011-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Question of Sport1996-2015TV SeriesHerself - Presenter / Presenter
Australian Open Tennis2015TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
Tennis: World Tour Finals2014TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
50 Golden Years of Sport on BBC Two2014TV Movie documentary
Hacker Time2012TV SeriesHerself
London 2012 Olympics2012TV Mini-SeriesHerself - Presenter
TV Greats: Our Favourites from the North2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
125 Years of Wimbledon: You Cannot Be Serious2011TV Movie documentaryHerself - Wimbledon Semi-Finalist (as Sue Barker MBE)
Breakfast2006-2011TV SeriesHerself / Herself - TV Presenter / Herself - Tennis Commentator / ...
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHerself
Commonwealth Games 20102010TV MovieHerself - Presenter
Sport Relief 20102010TV SpecialHerself
Strictly Come Dancing2008-2009TV SeriesHerself - Audience Member / Herself
Sunday AM2008TV SeriesHerself - BBC Olympic Presenter
The London Marathon2006-2008TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
The Paul O'Grady Show2007TV SeriesHerself
Dancing on Ice: Defrosted2007TV SeriesHerself
Sport Relief 20062006TV MovieHerself
Top of the Pops2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest Presenter
Ready, Steady, Cook2005TV SeriesHerself
Parade of the Heroes: Athens 20042004TV MovieHerself - Presenter
Sport Relief 20042004TV SpecialHerself
Bob the Builder: Snowed Under2004VideoHerself (voice)
Trevor's World of Sport2003TV SeriesHerself
Sport Relief2002TV SpecialHerself
Olympic Grandstand2002TV SeriesPresenter
Points of View2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Children in Need2000TV SeriesHerself
Althorp: A Private Garden2000TV ShortHerself
Sports Personality of the Century1999TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Light Lunch1998TV SeriesHerself
Sports Review of the Year 19971997TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Sports Review of the Year 19961996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
French and Saunders1996TV SeriesHerself
Sports Review of the Year 19951995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Saturday Superstore1983TV SeriesHerself
Grandstand1958TV SeriesPresenter (1993- )
Sports Personality of the Year1954TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
Commonwealth Games1954TV SeriesHerself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Alan Shearer's Euro 96: When Football Came Home2016TV Movie documentaryHerself
Rugby League World Cup2013TV SeriesHerself
South at Six2013TV SeriesHerself
Roy Walker's Gameshow Moments2009TV SeriesHerself
A Question of Sport2008TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
Memories of 1970-19911991TV Series documentaryHerself


Won Awards

2008TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsSports Presenter

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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