Kaye Adams

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Kaye Adams
Born (1962-12-28) 28 December 1962 (age 52)
Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Occupation Presenter
Employer BBC, ITV
Agent NMP Live
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Television Loose Women (1999-2006, 2013—)
Sunday Scoop (2013)
Partner(s) Ian Campbell
Children 2

Kaye Adams (born 28 December 1962) is a Scottish television presenter, best known for her appearances on Loose Women from 1999 to 2006 and again from 2013 onwards.

Early life[edit]

Raised in Grangemouth, Adams' parents ran the family road haulage business, while her activities included the Brownies/Girl Guides.[1]

Adams was firstly educated at Grangemouth Primary and Abbotsgrange Middle school in Grangemouth before the fee paying boarding school St. George's School for Girls in Edinburgh, followed by the University of Edinburgh, where she studied Economics and Politics, but wanted to move to a law degree to become a lawyer, but it somehow never happened.[2]

Early career[edit]

Adams started her media career as a graduate trainee at Central Television, concentrating on political and news journalism - her first coup was a one-hour interview with Margaret Thatcher. For the next few years, Adams remained focused on hard news when in early 1988 moved to Scottish Television's nightly news programme, Scotland Today. She was one of the first journalists on the scene of the Lockerbie disaster in 1988. In 1992, a chance opportunity to host a discussion show for Scottish Television after its original anchor Sheena McDonald left, set her off on a different path. Scottish Women ran for six years under Adams chair (1993–99), and won a number of awards and marked the start of Adams' career as a talk show host.



In March 2010, Adams joined BBC Radio Scotland to become the host of daily phone-in programme, Call Kaye.

She has also often sat in for Richard Bacon on his BBC Radio 5 Live programme.


Adams writes a weekly column for the Daily Record, is a personal and confidence coach,[3] and a mentor for young journalists [4]


Since her original success with Scottish Women, Adams has presented ITV Weekend Live, three series of Central Weekend Live with Nicky Campbell and John Stapleton; Esther, latterly Kaye for BBC Two; and Pride and Prejudice for BBC Scotland. Adams co-presented the last ever This Morning before Richard and Judy left, while in 2002 she was This Morning's daily live anchor from Australia, reporting on the first series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!.

Between 1999 and 2006, Adams anchored the ITV talk show, Loose Women, where combined with the rest of the female panel, she created a popular and engaging mix of topical issues and entertainment.[5] On 5 November 2013, Adams returned to the panel in rotation with Carol Vorderman and Andrea McLean. In January 2014, former Loose Woman Ruth Langsford returned to co-anchor the programme with Adams, Vorderman and McLean in rotation. Vorderman left the show in July 2014.

Adams has also presented a daytime show called The People Versus.[6] as well as a panellist and latterly as chair of Have I Got News for You.

Between 2007 and 2010, Adams regularly guest hosted and was a panellist on the Channel 5 panel show The Wright Stuff.

In late 2008, Adams narrated a six-part documentary series The Merchant Navy on STV.

On 26 May 2009, Adams returned to STV, more than 20 years after her first appearance on the station, as a guest co-host on the lifestyle programme The Hour with Stephen Jardine. Adams presented four shows. In August of that year, Adams joined a long team of reporters on The One Show.

Having reported on the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 for STV, Adams narrated a special documentary, The Lockerbie Bomber: Sent Home to Die for the Scottish television channel which aired on 9 August 2010. The programme examined the Lockerbie bomber's conviction and the renewed controversy over the Scottish Government's decision to send him home to Libya on compassionate grounds a year ago.

Since 2011, she has guest presented Channel 5's LIVE with... programme.

In 2013, Adams co-hosted the daytime chat show Sunday Scoop with Nadia Sawalha.[7]


Year Title Channel Role
1999-2006, 2013— Loose Women ITV Anchor
2000-01 This Morning Guest presenter
2001-02 The People Versus Presenter
2004 Have I Got News for You BBC One Guest presenter
2007-10,2014— The Wright Stuff Channel 5 Regular panellist
2008 Celebrity MasterChef BBC One/BBC Two Contestant
The Merchant Navy STV Narrator
2009 The Hour STV Guest presenter
2011 Live with... Channel 5 Guest presenter
2013 The Wright Stuff Channel 5 Guest presenter
Sunday Scoop ITV Co-presenter

Guest appearances[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Adams and her long-time boyfriend, tennis coach Ian Campbell, have a daughter Charly (born 2002), and had their second child in 2007, a daughter named Bonnie. Since having her children, Adams spends less time filming in London.[2] She revealed a number of times on her show Sunday Scoop, that she is a vegetarian.


Adams has been involved in controversy over the anti-Conservative tone of a programme she made for the BBC's The One Show and a similar intervention on Twitter from her holiday home in Tuscany in August 2011 regarding Boris Johnson and private education.[9] Adams herself was educated at a private boarding school in Edinburgh, St George's School for Girls.


Adams is a co-patron with Elaine Smith for Special Needs Information Point now called Kindred, a Scottish based charity supporting families of young people with disabilities.


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