Lorraine Kelly attending an event in 2007
|Born||Lorraine Paula Kelly
30 November 1959
Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland
|Occupation||Television presenter, journalist|
|Spouse(s)||Steve Smith (m. 1992)|
|Children||Rosie (b. 1994)|
Lorraine Kelly, OBE (born 30 November 1959) is a Scottish 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.
Lorraine is currently the main female presenter of ITV breakfast programme Daybreak, she co-hosts the show on Monday-Thursdays alongside Aled Jones. She also hosts her own morning chat show Lorraine, which follows immediately after Daybreak on ITV.
Kelly has also made appearances in other television shows, serving as a guest presenters on shows such as Have I Got News for You and This Morning, in addition to presenting her own talk show on GMTV which ran under various names between 1993 until 2010, the last of which being GMTV with Lorraine prior to being replaced by the re-vamped Lorraine. Kelly has also made acting appearances in the Scottish sitcom, Still Game and the soap opera, River City.
Kelly was born in Gorbals, Glasgow. 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. She turned down a university place to read English and Russian in favour of a job on the East Kilbride News, her local newspaper, and then joined BBC Scotland as a researcher in 1983. She moved to TV-am as an on-screen reporter covering Scottish news in 1984.
Kelly helped launch GMTV in January 1993, and presented a range of programmes, including the main breakfast show with Eamonn Holmes. She presented her show GMTV with Lorraine which aired Monday to Thursday at 08:35 on GMTV, between 1994 and September 2010. 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.
Lorraine Kelly first began presenting Top of the Morning in January 1993. In March when Fiona Armstrong walked out of the main GMTV show, Lorraine moved to the GMTV slot and Fern Britton and Amanda Redington took over hosting Top of the Morning. Top of the Morning was produced by an independent production company.
In 1994 it was replaced with the GMTV-produced Quarter To Nine which in turn was replaced by Nine O'Clock Live (from September 1994, although the show had been airing from 09:00, since April 1994), which were both presented by Lorraine Kelly. The show proved so popular that it moved to the earlier 08:35 slot and was re-titled Lorraine Live.
The main guest host for Lorraine Kelly when she was ill or on holiday, was Fiona Phillips, but after the birth of Phillips' children, she shared the job with Andrea McLean. Occasionally when neither where available, guest hosts such as Dale Winton and Paul O'Grady were drafted in. After 2008, once both McLean and Phillips had left, guest hosts were drafted in.
In Autumn 2000, as GMTV rebranded to GMTV Today, Lorraine'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.
In November 2009, ITV plc took full control of the broadcaster after purchasing The Walt Disney Company's 25% share. On 9 July 2010, as well as the announcement that GMTV had been axed to make way for Daybreak, it was also revealed that Lorraine's new programme Lorraine would replace GMTV with Lorraine On 15 July 2010, Lorraine 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. Emma Bunton presented the final week of the show.
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 this is replaced by a showbiz update from Dan Wootton and an LA update from Ross King. The show's first guest(s) 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 who is 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 Monday 6 September 2010. A preview on Daybreak revealed the new studio look as spacious and vibrantly coloured in a variety of pastel hues and decorative motifs dominated by pink. The sofa for the presenter and guests is pink and arranged in a semicircle around a central internally lit coffee table similar to that used for Daybreak. Lorraine's first guest was actress Gemma Arterton. The first programme also featured an interview with Sarah Parish and a recipe by TV chef James Tanner while Celia Walden and Kevin Maguire reviewed the morning's newspapers.
On 4 May 2012 it was confirmed that Kelly would takeover from Christine Bleakley as a presenter on Lorraine's sister programme Daybreak. She debuted on 3 September 2012. She currently co-hosts the programme with Aled Jones from Monday-Thursday, with Kate Garraway co-hosting Friday's edition.
Other television work
Kelly presented Liquid News, Liquid Eurovision 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.
Kelly acted as the guest host for two shows in 2006. Firstly for an episode of The Friday Night Project for Channel 4 and The New Paul O'Grady Show. She did so again for Paul O'Grady on 30 November 2006, her 47th birthday and owing to sheer popularity, in November 2007 and April 2008.
Kelly filmed a six-part documentary series Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge shown on Bio in 2010. 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. Daughter Emma Chawner is best known for her unsuccessful appearances on The X Factor.
In 2010, in conjunction with the Missing People charity, Sky and STV produced a new documentary series hosted by Kelly, about missing mothers. This series followed the success of Sky's previous successful missing person series Missing Children: Lorraine Kelly Investigates.
In 2011, Kelly was the presenter of the ITV1 series Children's Hospital, and was a guest presenter on the BBC Two series Never Mind the Buzzcocks; during its 25th series. 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
Kelly presented a Pride of Britain Award in 2013.
Awards and honours
In April 1991, Kelly was awarded the TRIC Diamond Jubilee Award for New Talent of the Year. 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. On 20 June 2008 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University for her services to charity.
In a survey Kelly was voted the celebrity most people would like to buy a car from. 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.
Honorary military appointment
|1984–1992||Good Morning Britain||Host|
|1995||The Mrs. Merton Show||Herself|
|1995||The Street Party||Herself|
|1997||An Audience With the Spice Girls||Audience Member|
|1999||It's Only TV ... But I Like It|
|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|
|2003||The Eurovision Song Contest 2003||Herself – United Kingdom Vote Presenter|
|2004||Making Your Mind Up||Herself – Jury Member|
|The Eurovision Song Contest 2004||Herself – United Kingdom Vote Presenter|
|2005||The Eurovision Song Contest 2005||Herself – UK Vote Presenter|
|2006||The Xtra Factor||Herself|
|2007||Still Game||Television Presenter|
|2008–2009||The One Show||Herself|
|2010||Celebrity Pressure Cooker||Presenter|
|2013||Piers Morgan's Life Stories||Guest|
|2011||Raa Raa the Noisy Lion||Narrator|
- 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)
- "About Me: Find out more about Lorraine". Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "Meet Scotland's Star Pupils" The Sun, 5 August 2010
- "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
- Lorraine supreme – Lorraine Kelly The Scotsman, 19 August 2008
- "GMTV Who's Who". GMTV. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
- Lorraine Kelly interview: Everyone's cup of tea The Scotsman, 25 February 2009
- "'GMTV' bans Lorraine Kelly's ad plans". Digital Spy. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
- GMTV with Lorraine TV.com
- GMTV Licence Variarion Ofcom, 28 April 1994
- ITV takes full control of breakfast TV broadcaster GMTV The Guardian, 26 November 2009
- A new dawn for GMTV GMTV, 12 July 2010
- Fiona Phillips will return to GMTV sofa GMTV, 16 July 2010
- Sarah Parish in pictures Lorraine, ITV.com, 6 September 2010
- Celia Walden Lorraine, ITV.com, 5 September 2010[dead link]
- Kevin Maguire Lorraine, ITV.com, 5 September 2010[dead link]
- New presenters announced for ITV's Daybreak ITV News, 4 May 2012
- Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones unveiled as new hosts of 'Daybreak' – TV News. Digital Spy (4 May 2012). Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- Daybreak relaunch: Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones start on September 3 Kate Goodacre, Digital Spy, 23 August 2012
- Lorraine Kelly GMTV, 9 February 2010
- Lorraine Kelly Prime Performers
- Liquid Eurovision LocateTV
- Are you stuck? GMTV, 8 January 2008
- Lorraine: The hurt behind my smiles Irish Independent, 23 August 2008
- Joan Collins to present news quiz BBC News, 22 November 2005
- Lorraine Kelly to host 'This Morning' Digital Spy, 1 July 2004
- Holly Willoughby says Phillip Schofield is a 'TV slut' STV, 18 January 2010
- Full cast and crew for "The New Paul O'Grady Show" Internet Movie Database
- Rankin the toast of Scotland as fans sing his praises The Scotsman, 1 December 2005
- Smith honoured for Spirited performance The Scotsman, 29 November 2006
- Lorraine Kelly to front DNA show for ITV Broadcast, 1 November 2005
- Lorraine Kelly series to launch Real Lives HD Digital Spy, 18 August 2008
- Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge Sky TV, January 2010
- Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge on Bio Biography Channel, January 2010
- "Lorraine Kelly Seeks Families of Missing Mums", Missing People, 21 December 2009
- "Lorraine Kelly and STV search for missing mums", STV, 20 July 2010
- Missing Children Sky One Online
- "Lorraine Kelly's 'Families of Missing Mums'", Sky Real Lives
- Our Lorraine’s sensible secret The Sun, 22 February 2010
- Lorraine Kelly Sunday Post Online
- New Agony Aunt, RAF News, 7 October 2009
- Lorraine Kelly Association for International Cancer Research
- 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.
- "BT Red Nose Desert Trek | A Celebrity Desert Trek". bt.com. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "RU 293/5/5 Installation of Lorraine Kelly". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Honorary Degrees University of Dundee
- University honour for TV host Kelly This is Gloucestershire, 20 June 2008
- Lorraine is star for car sales The Sun, 25 January 2008
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2011.
- "New Year Honours for Corbett, Bonham Carter and golf champions". BBC News. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Lorraine Kelly misses daughter after she leaves for university". Daily Record. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- The Alan Titchmarsh Show, 19 January 2012
- Lorraine Kelly Official website
- Lorraine Kelly at itv.com
- Lorraine Kelly on Twitter
- The Lorraine Kelly Appreciation Society
- The LKAS Lorraine Kelly Appreciation Society on Twitter
- Flickr The Lorraine Kelly Appreciation Society
- Blog The Lorraine Kelly Appreciation Society
- Lorraine Kelly at the Internet Movie Database
|Rector of the University of Dundee