Sonali Shah

Sonali is currently a host of BBC One’s Escape to the Country and major BBC Events for BBC1.

Sonali began her professional broadcasting career in BBC Radio soon after graduating from university in 2001. She produced and presented news and business programmes on the World Service and Radio 5 Live.

Sonali was part of the presentation teams for Delhi 2010, London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 and joined the BBC Crimewatch team in 2015. She was a regular host on the National Lottery Live Draw on BBC One.

She is known for her roles in the BBC’s coverage of many marquee live events over recent years. These include the Queen’s 90th birthday, the Royal Wedding, the Lord Mayor’s Show, Wimbledon, the London Marathon, the Boat Race, the Epsom Derby and the 2011 Cricket World Cup – all of which have helped make Sonali renowned for her warmth, charm and versatility. Sonali was also part of Channel 4’s coverage of Crufts and the Richard III reburial.

Away from the camera, Sonali is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and the British Asian Trust and regularly supports Barnardo’s. She has been part of the judging panel for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and took part in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief in 2013. Sonali regularly hosts live audience events. She is also a trained dancer.