Rory Reid (journalist)

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Rory Reid
Born (1979-10-12) 12 October 1979 (age 39)[1]
South London, England
Alma materUniversity of North London[2]
OccupationMotoring journalist, presenter
Years active1998–present
TelevisionTop Gear

Rory Reid (born 12 October 1979) is a television presenter specialising in motoring and technology. He has presented on Sky Television's Gadget Geeks, CNET's Car Tech channel and on the YouTube car channel Fast, Furious & Funny, he was editor-in-chief for the website Recombu and has worked on BBC Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition as a technology journalist.

In February 2016, Chris Evans announced that Reid would be one of the new Top Gear presenters on the revamped show after winning a BBC open audition, he was also co-presenter on the Top Gear spin-off Extra Gear with Chris Harris for the shows first series. After Evans resigned he was promoted to one of the main Co-Hosts of Top Gear alongside Harris and Matt LeBlanc.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in South London, Reid grew up fascinated by cars, and soon began writing car reviews at a young age.[3]


Reid was the editor-in-chief for the Recombu website and continues to work for them as a 'brand ambassador',[4][5] he has also written for the website CNET UK.[6]

Reid was a presenter on Sky TV's Gadget Geeks in 2012, reviewing gadgets and technology, he also launched and presented CNET's Car Tech channel and worked on BBC Radio 5's Saturday Edition as a technology expert.[6][7] Reid is a presenter on the YouTube channel Fast, Furious & Funny which features 'high octane car action', pranks and celebrity guests.[8]

On 11 February 2016, during his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris Evans announced that Reid will be one of the new presenters on Top Gear, joining Evans, Matt LeBlanc, The Stig, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan. During his first series, Reid had a supporting role to the main presenters on the show but was named as one of three co-hosts for the 24th series along with LeBlanc and Harris.[9] Reid won his place on the show after submitting a thirty-second audition video to a BBC open audition for the role.[6]

In April 2016, it was announced that Reid will also present Top Gear's new sister show Extra Gear along with Harris; the pair presented the show for its first series, with comedian George Lewis replacing them as the main presenter for the second series.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

During an interview with Radio Times, Reid stated that his first car was a Ford Fiesta.[12]


Year Title Role Broadcaster Notes
2012 Gadget Geeks Himself Sky TV Presenter
2016– Top Gear Himself BBC Two Recurring Presenter (series 23); Co-Presenter (series 24-26); Recurring contributor (Series 27-)
2016– Extra Gear Himself BBC Two Presenter (series 1, 3–); Co-Presenter (series 2)
Title Role Website Notes
Car Tech channel Himself CNET Presenter of the section channel
Fast, Furious & Funny Himself YouTube Presenter of the YouTube channel


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  2. ^ "About". Rory Reid. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Who is Rory Reid? Profile of the new Top Gear presenter". Radio Times. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  4. ^ Baillie, Katie. "Here's how people reacted to the Top Gear line up news". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Rory Reid | Brand Ambassador | Recombu". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Sweney, Mark. "Top Gear: Chris Evans confirms full presenting lineup". Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  7. ^ Lewis, Rebecca. "Who is Rory Reid? Everything you need to know about Top Gear's new co-host". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Fast, Furious & Funny". Fast, Furious & Funny YouTube channel. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  9. ^ Loughrey, Clarisse (5 February 2017). "Can Matt LeBlanc save Top Gear? Watch the first trailer for the new season". The Independent. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  10. ^ Robbins, Alex. "Top Gear to get Extra Gear spin-off show". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  11. ^ Robinson, Jill (3 March 2017). "Who is George Lewis? New host of Extra Gear and award-winning stand-up comedian - all you need to know". The Sun. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Rory Reid Biography from Biogs". Biogs. Retrieved 31 December 2017.

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