Andrea McLean

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Andrea McLean
Andrea McLean.jpg
Born (1969-10-05) 5 October 1969 (age 46)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Occupation Journalist, television presenter
Television GMTV (1997-2008)
Loose Women (2007-Present)
Spouse(s) Nick Green (m. 2000–2005; divorced)
Steve Toms (m. 2009–2011; divorced)
Children 2
Website Official website

Andrea McLean (born 5 October 1969) is a Scottish television presenter best known for her starring role in A Landscape of Lies.

McLean was a weather presenter for GMTV between 1997 and 2008, and is a co-anchor on ITV's daytime chat show Loose Women.

Early life[edit]

Although born in Scotland, McLean and her sister were raised in Trinidad and Tobago. The family then moved back to Scotland when she was 15,[1] but later settled in Chester.[2] She describes her unique accent as a cross between Scottish and Caribbean which at times can be heard quite strongly, despite living in England since the early nineties.

Mclean is of Russian Jewish descent on her father's side who fled from Russia to Scotland to avoid persecution.[3] Mclean has stated she has always known about her Jewish heritage but her family are not religiously Jewish anymore.[4]

McLean studied for her BA Hons in Modern Studies at Coventry University, and later gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Periodical Journalism. She then took a gap year in Cairns, Australia.[5]


McLean started her career as a freelance travel writer in 1993. She joined Central Press Features in May 1994, promoted to Production Editor in 1995.[1] In June 1996, McLean joined The Weather Channel, and worked as a weather reporter for Talk Radio.[1] In 1997, she worked on Channel 5's daily talk show Espresso as one of the programme's panelists.[1]

In June 1997, McLean joined GMTV as a weather presenter. She co-hosted GMTV Today with Ben Shephard and Eamonn Holmes, and hosted LK Today in Lorraine Kelly’s absence. Her bubbly personality and journalistic training brought her to the attention of various producers, resulting in her presenting shows such as the first series of Our House for UKTV Style,[6] and as a guest panellist on Loose Women for ITV. After announcing her decision to leave in November 2008, McLean was replaced as GMTV weather presenter by the BBC's Kirsty McCabe.[7] McLean presented her final broadcast on 31 December 2008, with a special tribute of her career at GMTV.

In January 2006, McLean took part in ITV's ice-skating competition Dancing on Ice. She partnered with professional skater Doug Webster[8] and was eliminated in the third week. McLean and fellow ex-contestant Andi Peters then presented the weekday fan show Dancing on Ice Extra for the remainder of the show's run.

McLean filled in for Jackie Brambles on Loose Women when Brambles went on maternity leave. In July 2008, it was announced that McLean would quit working on GMTV to focus on her role on Loose Women,[9] to share the permanent host job with Brambles. Brambles left the show on 7 August 2009, Kate Thornton took her place as the new anchor when the show returned for its 10th anniversary on 1 September 2009 and shared the job with McLean. In 2011, Thornton was replaced by Carol Vorderman. In 2013, Kaye Adams became an anchor and Ruth Langsford returned to the programme in January 2014. In July 2014, Vorderman announced her departure Loose Women. McLean now co-anchors Loose Women 2 or 3 days a week.[10] In August 2010, McLean appeared as one of the panellists on ITV's afternoon debate show 3@Three.[11] In 2011, McLean played the role of Dr. Audrey Grey in the British drama film A Landscape of Lies.

In August 2014, McLean took part in the BBC One gymnastics series Tumble partnered with professional gymnast Alex Uttley[12] and on 16 August, she was the first celebrity to be eliminated.[13]

Personal life[edit]

McLean had a 17-year relationship, starting from their teenage years, with BBC producer Nick Green. The couple married in Kenya in 2000, and have a son Finlay John, born October 2001, Kingston, Greater London. In 2004, it came to light that McLean had an affair with fellow Our House presenter Steve Toms,[14] but had returned to her husband to try to resolve issues.[15]

After divorcing Green, McLean and Toms moved in together, and lived in Ashtead, Surrey; they had a daughter Amy (born November 2006). The couple married in August 2009, during Loose Women's summer break.[16]

In January 2012, McLean announced that she had separated from Toms, having left their marital home in December 2011 with their children following working on their failing marriage for a year and now lives with her parents.[17]


On 11 December 2013, McLean did a reverse bungee jump live on Loose Women for Text Santa. She was catapulted 37m into the sky at over 50 mph outside The London Studios, after Loose Women reached its Text Santa fundraising target of £50,000.


Year Title Role Notes
2011 A Landscape of Lies Dr. Audrey Grey
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Espresso Panellist
1997–2008 GMTV Weather presenter
Our House Presenter
LK Today Presenter
2006 Dancing on Ice Contestant
Dancing on Ice Extra Co-presenter With Andi Peters
2008— Loose Women Anchor
2010 3@Three Panellist
2014 Tumble Contestant
Guest appearances


  1. ^ a b c d "Andrea McLean". Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Andrea McLean: Me and my money". 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  3. ^ "GLASGLOW BELONGS TO ME; GMTV'S Andrea has uncovered the truth about her Scottish roots-she couldn't be more proud.". Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland). 2006. 
  4. ^ Andrea McLean (2 February 2012). Confessions of a Good Girl: My Story. Pan Macmillan. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-283-07160-7. 
  5. ^ "GMTV Star Was Fired For Not Squeezing Oranges Fast Enough". Sunday Mail. 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Andrea McLean". UKTV Style. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  7. ^ Spratt, Charlotte (2008-11-20). "Emma is new girl on sofa at GMTV". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  8. ^ "My Big Break". Daily Record. 2006-01-12. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  9. ^ "McLean quits GMTV for "Loose Women"". 2008-07-21. Archived from the original on 13 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
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  11. ^ 3@Three Presspack, ITV Press Centre, 26 July 2010
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ [3]
  14. ^ "AFTER PAIN OF DIVORCE THE OUTLOOK IS SUNNY FOR WEATHERGIRL". Daily Record. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  15. ^ Nathan, Sara (2006-06-07). "Andrea is pregnant". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  16. ^ "Andrea McLean". Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  17. ^ Lorraine, 31 January 2012

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