Gloria Hunniford

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Gloria Hunniford
Born Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford
(1940-04-10) 10 April 1940 (age 74)
Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Occupation Television and radio presenter, singer
Spouse(s)

Don Keating (m. 1970–92) (divorced)

Stephen Way (m. 1998)
Children Caron Keating (1962–2004; deceased)
Paul Keating
Michael Keating

Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford, known as Gloria Hunniford is a Northern Irish television and radio presenter, best known for her presenting roles with the BBC and ITV, most recently Rip Off Britain alongside Julia Somerville and Angela Rippon, although she has been a regular reporter on This Morning and The One Show.

Early life[edit]

Hunniford was born in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, into a Protestant family; her father was a member of the Orange Order.[1]

Career[edit]

Gloria started as a BBC production assistant in Belfast, and a local radio broadcaster.[citation needed] In the 1970s and 1980s she was the presenter of Good Evening Ulster and on the ITV Network Sunday Sunday and We Love TV.

In August 2010, she appeared as a panellist/presenter on the ITV daytime programme 3@Three.[2]

Since 2010, Hunniford has co-presented Rip Off Britain, a consumer complaints programme on BBC Television along with Angela Rippon and, for the first two series, Jennie Bond,[3] and then, for the third series, with Julia Somerville replacing Bond.[4] Together, the trio of Hunniford, Rippon and Somerville also presented Charlie's Consumer Angels.[5]

In 2012, Hunniford presented the BBC One documentary series Doorstep Crime 999

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Note(s)
1970s–1980s Good Evening Ulster Presenter
Sunday Sunday Presenter
1984–86 We Love TV Presenter
1998–2003 Open House Presenter
2004–05, 2011 This Morning Guest Presenter Regularly reviews the newspapers on the show
2005 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant
2009 The One Show Guest Presenter Regular contributor and reporter
2010 3@Three Presenter/Panellist
2010— Rip Off Britain Presenter
2012 Doorstep Crime 999 Presenter
2013— The Travelling Picture Show Presenter Only broadcast in Northern Ireland

Guest appearances[edit]

Hunniford has appeared on numerous programmes including Gloria Live, Wogan, Holiday, Songs of Praise, That's Showbusiness, Kilroy and Sunday, Sunday.

In 2003, she appeared in two episodes of Loose Women as a guest panellist.

In 2008, Gloria was a regular panellist on Through the Keyhole. She was the subject of an episode of Piers Morgan's Life Stories which aired on 27 September 2013. On 28 January 2014, Gloria took part in an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and won £5,000 for The Caron Keating Foundation.[6]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In 2005, Gloria appeared in the fifth series of the BBC's pro-celebrity ballroom dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing, dancing with Darren Bennett. She was eliminated from the competition on the third week.

Week Dance Score Result
1 Waltz 22 Safe
2 Rumba 17 Safe
3 Jive 19 Eliminated

Radio[edit]

Hunniford had her own daily radio show on BBC Radio 2, starting off with the lunchtime show before moving to the early afternoon slot in 1985 where she remained for 10 years. She also hosted Sounding Brass a music phone-in request programme with a live brass band, the idea devised by radio producer Owen Spencer-Thomas.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On the Alan Titchmarsh Show on 6 May 2011, Hunniford revealed her support for David Cameron's Conservative-led coalition government, describing herself as "a bit of a David Cameron fan", although she criticised the government's decision to continue giving aid to Pakistan when it was making cuts in the UK.

Hunniford married hairdresser Stephen Way in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in September 1998.[8]

Caron Keating[edit]

Hunniford's daughter Caron Keating (5 October 1962 – 13 April 2004) died of breast cancer in Kent. This led to her setting up a cancer charity in her daughter's name the Caron Keating Foundation.[9] Hunniford claims that a white feather fell at her feet during the funeral of her daughter, when there was no evidence of where it came from in the surroundings. She claims often to find in unusual places such as studios etc. white feathers, which she believes are a message card from her daughter, informing her that she is in a good place.[10]

Other work[edit]

Hunniford has made a health and exercise video called Fit for Life.

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