Andrea McLean

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Andrea McLean
Andrea McLean.jpg
Born (1969-10-05) 5 October 1969 (age 44)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist, television presenter
Known for Presenting:
GMTV
Our House
The Weather Channel
Loose Women
Spouse(s) Nick Green (m. 2000–2005; divorced)
Steve Toms (m. 2009–2011; separated)
Website
Official website

Andrea McLean, (born 5 October 1969) is a Scottish television presenter best known for her roles with ITV.

She is currently a co-anchor for ITV's flagship daytime chat show Loose Women. Andrea joined the show in 2007 and now shares anchoring duties with Carol Vorderman, Ruth Langsford and Kaye Adams. Before joining Loose Women, Andrea was a weather presenter for GMTV between 1997 and 2008.

In the late 1990s, Andrea hosted the UKTV Style programme Our House.

In 2006, Andrea took part in the ITV celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice, where she was partnered with professional ice skater Doug Webster. She was eliminated in the third week, but for the rest of the series she co-hosted the spin-off Dancing on Ice Extra alongside Andi Peters.

In August 2010, McLean appeared as one of the panellists on the ITV afternoon chat show 3@Three

Biography[edit]

Although born in Scotland, McLean and her sister were raised in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The family then moved back to Scotland when she was 15,[1] but later settled in Chester.[2] She describes her unique accent as a cross between Scottish and Caribbean which at times can be heard quite strongly, despite living in England since the early nineties.

McLean studied for her BA Hons in Modern Studies at Coventry University, and later gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Periodical Journalism. She then took a gap year in Cairns, Australia.[3]

Career[edit]

McLean started her career as a freelance travel writer in 1993. She joined Central Press Features in May 1994, promoted to Production Editor in 1995.[1] In June 1996, McLean joined The Weather Channel, and worked as a weather reporter for Talk Radio.[1] In 1997 she worked on Channel 5's daily talk show Espresso as one of the programme's panelists.[1]

In June 1997, McLean joined GMTV as a weather presenter. Andrea co-hosted GMTV Today with Ben Shephard and Eamonn Holmes, and hosted LK Today in Lorraine Kelly’s absence. Her bubbly personality and journalistic training brought her to the attention of various producers, resulting in her presenting shows such as the first series of Our House for UKTV Style,[4] and as a guest panellist on Loose Women for ITV.

After announcing her decision to leave, in November 2008, it was announced that she would be replaced as GMTV weather presenter by the BBC's Kirsty McCabe.[5] McLean presented her final broadcast on 31 December 2008, with a special tribute of her career at GMTV.

In August 2010, she appeared as one of the panellists on ITV's afternoon debate show 3@Three.[6]

Loose Women[edit]

Main article: Loose Women

McLean filled in for Jackie Brambles on Loose Women when Brambles went on maternity leave. In July 2008, it was announced that McLean would quit working on GMTV to focus on her role on Loose Women,[7] to share the permanent host job with Brambles. Brambles left the show on 7 August 2009, Kate Thornton took her place as the new anchor when the show returned for its 10th anniversary on 1 September 2009 and shared the job with McLean. In 2011, Thornton was replaced by Carol Vorderman. Kaye Adams joined the show in 2013 and Ruth Langsford returned to the programme in January 2014. Andrea currently co-anchors Loose Women with Vorderman, Langsford and Adams.

Guest appearances[edit]

In January 2006, McLean took part in the ITV's reality television ice-skating competition Dancing on Ice, in which she was partnered with professional skater Doug Webster.[8] She was eliminated in the third week. McLean and fellow ex-contestant Andi Peters then presented the weekday fan show Dancing on Ice Extra for the rest of the show's run.

She took part in a celebrity version of the BBC One show Total Wipeout which aired on 2 January 2010 and later that year on 13 March she appeared as the Soccerette on Sky Sports Soccer AM.

In June 2014, it was announced that McLean would take part in the upcoming BBC One reality series Tumble. The show is set to begin airing later in the year.[9]

Personal life[edit]

McLean had a 17 year relationship, starting from their teenage years, with BBC producer Nick Green. The couple married in Kenya in 2000, and have a son Finlay John, born October 2001, Kingston, Greater London. In 2004 it came to light that McLean had an affair with fellow Our House presenter Steve Toms,[10] but had returned to her husband to try to resolve issues.[11]

After divorcing Green, she and Toms moved in together, and lived in Ashtead, Surrey; they had a daughter Amy (born November 2006). The couple married in August 2009, during Loose Women's summer break.[12]

In January 2012, McLean announced she had separated from Toms, having left their marital home in December 2011 with their children following working on their failing marriage for a year. She now lives with her parents.[13]

Charity[edit]

Andrea was a contestant on a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which aired on 3 January 2009 and won £150,000. She played alongside Dr Hilary Jones.

On 20 September 2009, Andrea along with her Loose Women co-hosts took part in a special edition of All Star Family Fortunes to win money for charity. Andrea's second appearance on All Star Family Fortunes was on 17 February 2013, when she took part with her own family, and played against Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley and her family. McLean played for her chosen charity.

On 17 November 2013, Andrea appeared in a celebrity edition of The Chase, and won £21,750 for Breast Cancer Care.

On 11 December 2013, McLean did a reverse bunjee jump, live on Loose Women for Text Santa. She was catapulted 37m into the sky at over 50 mph outside The London Studios, after Loose Women reached its Text Santa target of £50,000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Andrea McLean". gm.tv. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Andrea McLean: Me and my money". thisismoney.co.uk. 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  3. ^ "GMTV Star Was Fired For Not Squeezing Oranges Fast Enough". Sunday Mail. 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Andrea McLean". UKTV Style. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  5. ^ Spratt, Charlotte (2008-11-20). "Emma is new girl on sofa at GMTV". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  6. ^ 3@Three Presspack, ITV Press Centre, 26 July 2010 In 2011 she played the role of Dr. Andrea Grey in the gritty British drama film A Landscape of Lies
  7. ^ "McLean quits GMTV for "Loose Women"". digitalspy.co.uk. 2008-07-21. Archived from the original on 13 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  8. ^ "My Big Break". Daily Record. 2006-01-12. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "AFTER PAIN OF DIVORCE THE OUTLOOK IS SUNNY FOR WEATHERGIRL". Daily Record. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  11. ^ Nathan, Sara (2006-06-07). "Andrea is pregnant". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  12. ^ "Andrea McLean". ITV.com. Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  13. ^ Lorraine, 31 January 2012

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