Rory Reid (born 12-10-1979) is an award-winning British journalist and broadcaster from London, England. Rory is a host of BBC Top Gear as well as spin-off show Extra Gear, and is a contributing editor to Top Gear magazine.

TOP GEAR INVOLVEMENT

Rory was chosen for his role on Top Gear after submitting a 30-second audition tape to the BBC. With all other members of the Top Gear team being hand-picked by production staff, Reid stands proud as the the only member of the team to be picked from an open audition process, beating tens of thousands of hopefuls in the process.

Rory quickly secured a role as lead presenter of Top Gear's first ever spin-off show, Extra Gear, starring alongside fellow presenter Chris Harris. He made his first appearance on the main Top Gear show in episode three of series 23 and has appeared in every subsequent episode.

PRE-TOP GEAR

Rory was a weekly contributor to the BBC Radio 5 Live show Saturday Edition, presented the Gadget Geeks series on Sky 1, and has made numerous other radio and television appearances including How We Changed The World and World's Most Dangerous Roads on the Discovery Channel, The One Show on BBC One and more.

Rory studied a computer science degree at the University of North London, before going on to work as a journalist for games website Gameswire.com, before moving onto Personal Computer World Magazine, and CNET.com, where he worked as a senior editor, launching the company's automotive offerings in the UK.

CAREER

  • Gameswire.com, Features Editor

  • Personal Computer World Magazine, Staff Writer

  • CNET.com, Editor, Cars & Computing

  • BBC Radio 5 Live Saturday Edition, Contributor

  • Recombu.com, Editor in Chief

  • Gadget Geeks, Presenter

  • Top Gear, Presenter

  • Top Gear: Extra Gear, Presenter