|Born||Kirsty Jane Gallacher
20 January 1976
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Education||St. George's School
London College of Fashion
|Known for||Sky Sports News HQ
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
|Spouse(s)||Paul Sampson (2010-2015, divorced)|
The daughter of the former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher and Lesley Gallacher, Kirsty Gallacher was born in Edinburgh. When her father got the job of professional at Wentworth Golf Club, they moved south to Virginia Water, England, when she was 18 months old. Gallacher and her younger brother and sister were raised on the Wentworth Estate, where their close neighbours included Bruce Forsyth. She was educated at St George's School in nearby Ascot.
Wanting to be a fashion journalist, Gallacher studied at the London College of Fashion in journalism and promotion. Approached by Mark Sharman, then deputy head of sport at Sky, at a Ryder Cup dinner, she began working as a production assistant in 1996, before moving on to the position of editorial assistant on Sky Sports.
She got her presenting break on Sky Sports News in 1998, and since then has been associated with many other sports shows such as 90 Minutes, Soccer Extra, Kirsty and Phil (on BBC Radio 5 Live) and Soccer AM.
From 2000 until 2004, Gallacher hosted the Sky1 show Kirsty's Home Videos, a satellite equivalent of ITV's You've Been Framed in which viewers send in home videos to be screened. In 2002, she presented the morning show RI:SE, and in 2004 began the show Simply the Best. Gallacher presented the All Star Cup on Sky1 in 2005 and on ITV in 2006. She has made guest appearances on They Think It's All Over and A Question of Sport. Gallacher presented Ant vs Dec – the popular strand on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.
In 2005, Gallacher won the third series of the popular Channel 4 reality television series The Games. She then presented the following years alongside Jamie Theakston. In December 2005, she released a DVD entitled "Body Sculpt with Kirsty Gallacher" in which she shows a variety of workouts. In July 2006, she co-presented the BBC reality TV show Only Fools on Horses.
In 2008, Gallacher presented the new version of Gladiators on Sky1 alongside Ian Wright. She did not return for the second series.
Awards and nominations
Gallacher was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Royal Television Society Television Sports Awards in 1998. She won Satellite/Digital TV Personality at the 2002 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, and Kirsty's Home Videos won her the following year's Satellite/Digital Programme award in 2003. She also won a "Platinum Award" for Best Entertainment Programme at the 2002 Houston International Film Festival.
Having met at a charity event in 1999, Gallacher and her partner Paul Sampson subsequently lived together in Surrey. Their son Oscar was born in 2006, after which Gallacher suffered from post-natal thyroiditis. The couple got married on 24 July 2010, after she gave birth to their second son, Jude Sidney, on 19 January 2010. Shortly after her father had a cardiac arrest in April 2014, the couple separated and divorced in early 2015.
Gallacher takes a keen interest in reading history books and has a passion for animal welfare. She is a Liverpool F.C. supporter and is the cousin of golfer Stephen Gallacher. She is also a supporter of Hibernian F.C. and at the end of February 2013 she was named Patron of Hibernian ladies. Gallacher has been best friends with fellow sports presenter Gabby Logan for over fifteen years. Gallacher said Logan had already been working for Sky when she came in at Sky as a runner, and they immediately hit it off.
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