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|Born||Carol Deirdre McGiffin
18 February 1960
Maidstone, Kent, England
|Occupation||Television and radio presenter|
|Television||Loose Women (2003–2013)|
|Spouse(s)||Chris Evans (1991–1998; divorced)|
|Partner(s)||Mark Cassidy (2008–present, engaged)|
Carol Deirdre McGiffin (born 18 February 1960) is an English broadcaster of radio and television, best known for her regular appearances on daytime talk show Loose Women. She married Chris Evans in 1991; the couple separated in 1994 and divorced in 1998. After appearing on the twelfth series of Celebrity Big Brother, McGiffin is currently now a regular panellist and presenter on the spin off show Bit on the Psych.
McGiffin was born in Maidstone, Kent, to English parents, John McGiffin and Heather Barham (d. 2003). She has two sisters and a brother. Her father walked out on the family when Carol was 4, leaving her mother to bring up the family on her own.
In 1995 McGiffin was a founding member of the Talk Radio UK team, co-presenting the popular weekday evening show The Rude Awakening with Moz Dee. The Rude Awakening was originally planned to be on the air from 6.00am-10.00am but was regarded as too rude for the breakfast slot. When the show ended in September 1995 she became the station's music expert for around six months hosting her own Friday evening review slot and appearing every week on the Jonathan King show.
In the latter half of 1996 she reappeared on Liberty Radio co-hosting the breakfast show with Richard Skinner which lasted around six months. In 1997 she reappeared again on Talk Radio on the Friday breakfast show with Paul Ross. Within a few weeks she joined Paul on Monday-Thursday as well as co-hosting a Saturday afternoon show during the summer with Nick Abbot. In 1998 Ross and McGiffin moved to the weekend breakfast slot.
In 1999 she joined London radio station LBC teaming up again with Nick Abbot. Abbot left the station after six months and McGiffin continued to host the show on her own with producer/sidekicks including Marcus Railton and Jonathan Sanchez until 30 September 2000. She has also co-hosted phone-in shows on BBC London Live. In 2002 she occasionally teamed up with Nick Abbot again on the late night talk show on Real Radio.
Carol joined Live Talk in 2000, and was a regular from the start to finish in 2001. She then returned to the rebranded version of Live Talk, Loose Women in 2003, where she continued until her departure in the summer of 2013. She holds the current record for the most appearances (in 1,172 episodes)
In August 2006 McGiffin returned to LBC 97.3 presenting a Sunday morning show. McGiffin's weekly views on the world and travel advice in her Travel Clinic ended on 10 February 2008, when she left the station. Loose Women Editor Karl Newton and This Morning fashion expert, John Scott joined her weekly to talk through the Sunday papers and supplements.
- Loose Women (2003–2013) – Regular Panellist
- Daily Cooks Challenge
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – Contestant (2007)
- Tonight with Trevor McDonald
- Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
- The Paul O'Grady Show – Guest
- The Jack Docherty Show
- 8 Out of 10 Cats – Panellist
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
- Celebrity Juice – Panellist
- The Justin Lee Collins Show
- The Wright Stuff (2014–)
- OK! TV
- Pointless – Contestant
- This Morning (2012) – Newspaper Reviewer
- Celebrity Big Brother (Summer 2013) – Housemate
- Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side (Summer 2013) – Guest
- Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Psych (Winter 2014) – Panellist
McGiffin is a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. For several years, she has returned to Maidstone to join members of her family and take part in Race for Life to raise money for the charity Cancer Research UK, she does this in memory of her mother. McGiffin was also a smoker but quit some years ago.
She resides in Hampstead, North London. She has had two abortions. She married presenter Chris Evans in 1991. They separated in 1993 and divorced in 1998. She has been engaged to Mark Cassidy since 2008.
In 2010, McGiffin released her autobiography, Oh, Carol!.
- Loose Women, 17 March 2011
- Loose Women, 18 February 2011
- Loose Women's Carol McGiffin announces her engagement... to toyboy 22 years her junior
- "Carol McGriffin". Web. Hachette Australia. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- Thompson Holidays brochure retrieved 31 July 2008
- BBC Kent retrieved 13 June 2008
- Evans' ex admits to having two abortions
- Loose Women, 27 April 2012
- Carol McGiffin at the Internet Movie Database
- Carol McGiffin at itv.com/loosewomen
- Carol McGiffin on Twitter.com