|Born||Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford
10 April 1940
Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK
|Occupation||Television and radio presenter, singer|
|Spouse(s)||Don Keating (m. 1970–92) (divorced)
Stephen Way (m. 1998)
|Children||Caron Keating (1962–2004; deceased)
Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford, known as Gloria Hunniford (born 10 April 1940) 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.
Hunniford was born in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, into a Protestant family; her father was a member of the Orange Order. Named after actress Gloria Swanson, Hunniford was originally a singer. She was popular in her native Northern Ireland, worked in Canada and has made many records.
Gloria started off as a BBC production assistant in Belfast, and a local radio broadcaster. In the 1970s and 1980s she was the presenter of Good Evening Ulster and on the ITV Network Sunday Sunday and We Love TV.
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, and then, for the third series, with Julia Somerville replacing Bond. Together, the trio of Hunniford, Rippon and Somerville also presented Charlie's Consumer Angels.
In 2012, Hunniford presented the BBC One documentary series Doorstep Crime 999
|1970s–1980s||Good Evening Ulster||Presenter|
|1984–86||We Love TV||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—||Rip Off Britain||Presenter|
|2012||Doorstep Crime 999||Presenter|
|2013—||The Travelling Picture Show||Presenter||Only broadcast in Northern Ireland|
In 2003, she appeared in two episodes of Loose Women as a guest panellist.
Strictly Come Dancing
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.
While working for the BBC in Belfast, she met cameraman and later BBC current affairs producer Don Keating (1936–1997). The couple married in 1970 and had a daughter and two sons; the couple separated in 1985 and divorced in 1992. He died of heart disease aged 61.
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'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. 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.
Hunniford has made a health and exercise video called Fit for Life.
- Work was my way of coping with loss
- 3@Three Presspack, ITV Press Centre, 26 July 2010
- "Angela Rippon Rip Off Britain" 14 November 2010, TV Choice Magazine
- "BBC One – Rip Off Britain". Bbc.co.uk. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- "Charlie's Consumer Angels". YouTube. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- BBC London Homepage URL accessed 13 June 2008.
- Daily Express:: Health :: Gloria Hunniford had no idea she was 'at risk of heart disease'
- Marriages England and Wales 1984–2005
- "The Caron Keating Foundation homepage". The Keating family. Retrieved 18 April 2008.
- "'Caron sends me has a messages from Heaven': Gloria Hunniford on how she copes four years after the death of her daughter". Daily Mail. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2011.