Lorraine Kelly

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Lorraine Kelly
OBE
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Lorraine Kelly attending an event in 2007
Born Lorraine Paula Kelly
(1959-11-30) 30 November 1959 (age 54)
Gorbals, Glasgow,[1] Scotland
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Years active 1983–present
Employer ITV
Agent ROAR Global
Spouse(s) Steve Smith (m. 1992)
Children Rosie (b. 1994)
Website
Official website

Lorraine Paula Kelly, OBE (born 30 November 1959) is a British television presenter, journalist and actress, best known as a presenter for TV-am, and later GMTV and ITV Breakfast, on Daybreak and Lorraine. Previously, she was a reporter and main presenter of TV-am's Good Morning Britain, one of the UK's original breakfast television news programmes.

Between 2012 and 2014, Kelly was a main female presenter of ITV's Daybreak, which she co-hosted from Monday to Thursdays with Aled Jones.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kelly was born in Gorbals, Glasgow.[1] She is of Irish ancestry and Kelly's father, John, worked as a television repairman. She spent the first few years of her life in Glasgow before the family moved to East Kilbride where she attended Claremont High School.[3] She turned down a university place to read English and Russian in favour of a job on the East Kilbride News,[4] her local newspaper, and then joined BBC Scotland as a researcher in 1983.[5] She moved to TV-am as an on-screen reporter covering Scottish news in 1984.[5]

Presenting career[edit]

TV-am[edit]

Main article: TV-am

In early October 1984 Kelly, joined TVAM as Scotland Correspondent. In July 1989, Kelly presented TV-am's Summer Sunday programme with chief reporter Geoff Meade, and in February 1990 she became a main presenter of Good Morning Britain alongside Mike Morris.[6]

GMTV[edit]

Main article: GMTV

Kelly helped launch GMTV in January 1993, and presented a range of programmes. Kelly first job was to present the new Top of the Morning. In March when Fiona Armstrong walked out of the main GMTV show, Lorraine moved to the main breakfast show with Eamonn Holmes.[7][8] In 1994, Kelly left for Maternity leave, and once she returned, become the presenter of Nine O'Clock Live, the show proved so popular that it moved to the earlier 08:35 slot and was re-titled Lorraine Live.

In Autumn 2000, as GMTV rebranded to GMTV Today, Kelly's show changed its name to LK Today. As part of the later rebrand that took place in 2009, the show again changed its title to GMTV with Lorraine, to coincide with GMTV Today changing back to GMTV. Lorraine moved for the first time into the main GMTV studio, instead of having her own part of the studio to host from. In April 2010, to make GMTV's programming more consistent, GMTV with Lorraine began airing all year round, instead of breaking during school holidays, with guest presenters.

According to the Sunday Mirror, in 2007 Kelly was prevented from appearing in an advertising campaign for Asda because GMTV managing director Clive Couch, felt that such a move would create more bad publicity for GMTV, which had recently been fined £2 million by broadcasting regulator Ofcom for its misuse of premium-rate phone lines.[9]

In November 2009, ITV plc took full control of the broadcaster after purchasing The Walt Disney Company's 25% share.[10] On 9 July 2010, as well as the announcement that GMTV had been axed to make way for Daybreak, it was also revealed that Kelly's new programme Lorraine would replace GMTV with Lorraine[11] On 15 July 2010, Kelly presented her last show before leaving, and throughout the summer holidays, Fiona Phillips, Emma Bunton and Kirsty Gallacher each presented her show for two weeks.[12] Myleene Klass presented the final week of the show.

Lorraine[edit]

See also: Lorraine

In September 2010, GMTV came to an end, with ITV Breakfast taking over. Lorraine launched with a brand new look, alongside Daybreak, airing every weekday at 8.30 am. Each day, the presenter gives a brief introduction describing what's coming up on the show, before discussing the main stories from the morning's newspapers with a male and female reviewer. On Fridays, it is replaced by a showbiz update from Dan Wootton and an LA update from Ross King. The show's first guest tends to be interviewed next aside from Mondays which feature Lorraine Investigates with Craig Doyle, Wednesdays, which feature fashion from Mark Heyes and Thursdays, which feature money-saving advice from Martin Lewis. A summary of the days news is shown at 09:00 from the Daybreak studio, presented by Ranvir Singh. The chef appearing that week then cooks their dish for the day in "Lorraine's Kitchen", before the final guest(s) makes their appearance. The competition that runs on Daybreak also appears throughout the show.

The first edition of Lorraine aired on 6 September 2010. Kelly's first guests were actresses Gemma Arterton and Sarah Parish[13] and a recipe by chef James Tanner while Celia Walden[14] and Kevin Maguire[15] reviewed the morning's newspapers.

In February 2014, Kelly announced that she would leave Daybreak to focus on Lorraine which she began hosting five days a week from 28 April 2014.[16]

Daybreak[edit]

See also: Daybreak

On 4 May 2012, it was confirmed that Kelly would take over from Christine Bleakley as presenter on Lorraine's sister programme Daybreak.[17][18] She debuted on 3 September 2012.[19] She currently co-hosts the programme with Aled Jones from Monday to Thursday, with Kate Garraway co-hosting on Fridays.

On 15 February 2014, Kelly announced her departure from Daybreak, due to her signing a new contract to present Lorraine Monday to Friday.[20][21] Kelly presented her final episode of Daybreak with Aled Jones on 10 April 2014.

Other television work[edit]

Kelly presented Liquid News,[22] Liquid Eurovision[23][24] and became the national spokeswoman for the United Kingdom during the collation of votes at the Eurovision Song Contest, in both 2003 and 2004, replacing the long-serving Colin Berry.[25]

She has made several appearances on Have I Got News for You including appearances as guest presenter.[26][27]

From 2004, she co-presented This Morning with Phillip Schofield, on Mondays and Fridays,[28] to allow Fern Britton to spend more time with her family,[29] but she left in March 2006.

Kelly guest hosted an episode of The Friday Night Project on Channel 4[26] She also guest hosted The New Paul O'Grady Show.[26] She did so again for O'Grady three other times from 2006 to 2008, owing to sheer popularity[30]

Kelly also hosted the annual Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards in 2005[31] and 2006 for STV.[32]

Kelly filmed an ITV documentary programme Secrets Revealed - DNA Stories in 2006, made by STV Productions,[33] and broadcast on Sky Real Lives. A second series was shown on the channel in 2008.[34]

Kelly filmed a six-part documentary series Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge shown on Bio in 2010.[35] The series featured Kelly and a team of experts putting 'Britain's fattest family', the Chawner family through their paces to lose weight and transform their lives.[36] Daughter Emma Chawner is best known for her unsuccessful appearances on The X Factor.[36]

In 2010, in conjunction with the Missing People charity,[37] Sky and STV[38] produced a new documentary series hosted by Kelly, about missing mothers.[39] This series followed the success of Sky's previous successful missing person series Missing Children: Lorraine Kelly Investigates.[40]

In 2011, Kelly was the presenter of the ITV series Children's Hospital, and was a guest presenter on the BBC Two series Never Mind the Buzzcocks; during Series 25. She was also a guest on Would I Lie to You? and Odd One In. In 2012, she appeared as a panellist on Mad Mad World for ITV

She provides voice-over and narration on the CBeebies show Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.

Kelly has also made acting appearances in the Scottish sitcom, Still Game and the soap opera, River City.

Kelly presented a Pride of Britain Award in 2013.

On 6 March 2014, Kelly made a cameo appearance in ITV sitcom Birds of a Feather in the episode "You Can't Always Get What You Want".

Writing[edit]

Kelly writes weekly columns for The Sun[41] and The Sunday Post.[42] She was announced as the first Agony Aunt for the Royal Air Force's fortnightly RAF News on 7 October 2009.[43]

Charity[edit]

Kelly is a celebrity patron of the Association for International Cancer Research.[5][44]

Kelly is also a patron of the British charity Help for Heroes.[45]

In 2011, Kelly was among the celebrities to take part in the BT Red Nose Desert Trek which took place in the Kaisut Desert for Comic Relief and raised £1,375,037.[46][47]

Awards and honours[edit]

In April 1991, Kelly was awarded the TRIC Diamond Jubilee Award for New Talent of the Year.[citation needed] In 2004, she was elected as the first female Rector of the University of Dundee, being formally installed to office on 28 April 2004. She held this position until 2007.[5][48][49] On 20 June 2008 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University[50] for her services to charity.[51]

In a survey, Kelly was voted the celebrity most people would like to buy a car from.[52] She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to charity and the armed forces.[53][54]

Honorary military appointment[edit]

ACF Logo.png Since June 2009: Honorary Colonel in the Black Watch cadets

Personal life[edit]

Kelly lives in Broughty Ferry, Dundee with her husband, Stevie Smith, who she married in 1992. They have one daughter, Rosie, born in 1994.[55][56] Kelly was born to a Catholic Mother and a Protestant Father however she is an outspoken critic of Catholic Schools in Scotland and has called for an end to them saying they were a cause of trouble in society, and prolonged the "scandal of sectarianism".[57]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1984–92 Good Morning Britain Presenter
1992 Cluedo Herself
1993–95 Surprise Surprise Herself
1993–2010 GMTV with Lorraine Herself
1995 The Mrs. Merton Show Herself
1995 The Street Party Herself
1997 Shooting Stars Herself
1997 Timmy Towers Herself
1997 An Audience With the Spice Girls Audience Member
1998 Harry Hill Herself
1999 It's Only TV ... But I Like It
Late Lunch Herself
2000 Live Talk Panellist
One Foot in the Grave Herself
Never Can Say Goodbye: The Sheena Easton Story Narrator
2001 Lily Savage's Blankety Blank Herself
2002 The Weakest Link Herself
2002 Ruby Herself
Faking It Herself
2003 Eurovision Song Contest 2003 Herself – United Kingdom Vote Presenter
2003 The Bill Herself
2003–05 This Morning Presenter
2004 Making Your Mind Up Herself – Jury Member
Eurovision Song Contest 2004 Herself – United Kingdom Vote presenter
2006 River City Herself
2007 Still Game Television Presenter
2008-09 The One Show Herself
2010— Lorraine Presenter
2010 Celebrity Pressure Cooker Presenter
2011 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion Narrator
Children's Hospital Presenter
2012-14 Daybreak Presenter
Guest appearances

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Pudsey: The Movie Cat (voice)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Lorraine Kelly's Nutrition Made Easy (Virgin Books, due January 2009)
  • Lorraine Kelly's Junk-Free Children's Eating Plan (Virgin Books, 2007)
  • Lorraine Kelly's Baby and Toddler Eating Plan (Virgin Books, 2002/2004/2006)
  • Lorraine Kelly's Scotland (released 13 March 2014)[61][62]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Me: Find out more about Lorraine". Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Meet Scotland's Star Pupils" The Sun, 5 August 2010
  4. ^ "Dundee United winning the Scottish Cup was one of those days you want to put in a box and wrap in a bow", The Herald (Glasgow), 28 June 2010
  5. ^ a b c d Lorraine supreme – Lorraine Kelly The Scotsman, 19 August 2008
  6. ^ "GMTV Who's Who". GMTV. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  7. ^ GMTV with Lorraine TV.com
  8. ^ Lorraine Kelly interview: Everyone's cup of tea The Scotsman, 25 February 2009
  9. ^ "'GMTV' bans Lorraine Kelly's ad plans". Digital Spy. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  10. ^ ITV takes full control of breakfast TV broadcaster GMTV The Guardian, 26 November 2009
  11. ^ A new dawn for GMTV GMTV, 12 July 2010
  12. ^ Fiona Phillips will return to GMTV sofa GMTV, 16 July 2010
  13. ^ Sarah Parish in pictures Lorraine, ITV.com, 6 September 2010
  14. ^ Celia Walden Lorraine, ITV.com, 5 September 2010[dead link]
  15. ^ Kevin Maguire Lorraine, ITV.com, 5 September 2010[dead link]
  16. ^ [2]
  17. ^ New presenters announced for ITV's Daybreak ITV News, 4 May 2012
  18. ^ Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones unveiled as new hosts of 'Daybreak' – TV News. Digital Spy (4 May 2012). Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  19. ^ Daybreak relaunch: Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones start on September 3 Kate Goodacre, Digital Spy, 23 August 2012
  20. ^ Lorraine Kelly to leave Daybreak but stay with ITV after striking bumper new deal Piers Eady, The Mirror, 15 February 2014
  21. ^ Lorraine Kelly leaving Daybreak to front her own show full time Radio Times, 15 February 2014
  22. ^ Lorraine Kelly GMTV, 9 February 2010
  23. ^ Lorraine Kelly Prime Performers
  24. ^ Liquid Eurovision LocateTV
  25. ^ Are you stuck? GMTV, 8 January 2008
  26. ^ a b c Lorraine: The hurt behind my smiles Irish Independent, 23 August 2008
  27. ^ Joan Collins to present news quiz BBC News, 22 November 2005
  28. ^ Lorraine Kelly to host 'This Morning' Digital Spy, 1 July 2004
  29. ^ Holly Willoughby says Phillip Schofield is a 'TV slut' STV, 18 January 2010
  30. ^ Full cast and crew for "The New Paul O'Grady Show" Internet Movie Database
  31. ^ Rankin the toast of Scotland as fans sing his praises The Scotsman, 1 December 2005
  32. ^ Smith honoured for Spirited performance The Scotsman, 29 November 2006
  33. ^ Lorraine Kelly to front DNA show for ITV Broadcast, 1 November 2005
  34. ^ Lorraine Kelly series to launch Real Lives HD Digital Spy, 18 August 2008
  35. ^ Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge Sky TV, January 2010
  36. ^ a b Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge on Bio Biography Channel, January 2010
  37. ^ "Lorraine Kelly Seeks Families of Missing Mums", Missing People, 21 December 2009
  38. ^ "Lorraine Kelly and STV search for missing mums", STV, 20 July 2010
  39. ^ Missing Children Sky One Online
  40. ^ "Lorraine Kelly's 'Families of Missing Mums'", Sky Real Lives
  41. ^ Our Lorraine’s sensible secret The Sun, 22 February 2010
  42. ^ Lorraine Kelly Sunday Post Online
  43. ^ New Agony Aunt, RAF News, 7 October 2009
  44. ^ Lorraine Kelly Worldwide Cancer Research
  45. ^ [3]
  46. ^ Jody Thompson (25 February 2011). "Comic Relief celebs including Kara Tointon, Olly Murs and Lorraine Kelly cross finish of 100km trek". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  47. ^ "BT Red Nose Desert Trek | A Celebrity Desert Trek". bt.com. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  48. ^ Lorraine Kelly interview: Everyone's cup of tea The Scotsman, 25 February 2009
  49. ^ "RU 293/5/5 Installation of Lorraine Kelly". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  50. ^ Honorary Degrees University of Dundee
  51. ^ University honour for TV host Kelly This is Gloucestershire, 20 June 2008
  52. ^ Lorraine is star for car sales The Sun, 25 January 2008
  53. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 11. 31 December 2011.
  54. ^ "New Year Honours for Corbett, Bonham Carter and golf champions". BBC News. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  55. ^ "Lorraine Kelly misses daughter after she leaves for university". Daily Record. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  56. ^ The Alan Titchmarsh Show, 19 January 2012
  57. ^ "Lorraine in single faith school plea". Glasgow Evening Times. 2012-03-30. 
  58. ^ [4]
  59. ^ [5]
  60. ^ [6]
  61. ^ [7]
  62. ^ [8]

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Fred MacAulay
Rector of the University of Dundee
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Craig Murray