Holmes in 2013
|Residence||Weybridge, Surrey, England|
|Height||5 ft 11.80 in (1.82 m)|
|Television||GMTV • Sunrise • This Morning • Songs of Praise • Gift Wrapped • How the Other Half Lives • It's Not Me, It's You • Good Morning Britain|
(m. 1985; div. 2005)
Ruth Langsford (m. 2010)
Eamonn Holmes OBE (born 3 December 1959) is a Northern Irish journalist and broadcaster, best known for presenting Sky News Sunrise and This Morning. Holmes supports Manchester United and loved football from a young age. He had a promising career, starting out at Northern Irish football team Linfield. He was compared to fellow countryman George Best and was once described as the 'Irish Pele.' Holmes made 21 appearances, scoring 62 goals in the process for the Blues. His predatory goal rate attracted the attention of many English teams, including Liverpool and Chelsea. Holmes was unsure about the move, but was keen for game time. After prolonged negotiations, Brentford won the race for his signature, securing his services on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He moved to England in 1976, playing five times for Brentford, scoring one goal – an overhead bicycle kick that earned the Bees a 2–1 win against Northampton Town. He made his Bees debut in 1977 as a first-half substitute, playing 60 minutes in a 1–0 defeat to Oxford United. Despite their protests, Holmes decided against football, quitting the Bees to pursue a career in the media. Holmes currently presents his show (4–7pm) weekdays on Talkradio, and is the lead relief anchor for Good Morning Britain.
Holmes co-presented GMTV for twelve years between 1993 and 2005, before presenting Sky News Sunrise for eleven years between 2005 and 2016. Since 2006, he has co-hosted This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford on Fridays and during school holidays.
He has also presented How the Other Half Lives (2015–present) and It's Not Me, It's You (2016) for Channel 5. Holmes is an advocate of numerous charities and causes including Dogs Trust, Variety GB and Northern Ireland Kidney Patients' Association.
Early life and education
Holmes worked for a Dublin-based business magazine before going into broadcasting.
In 1979, he joined Ulster Television, the ITV franchise contractor for Northern Ireland. Here Holmes hosted and reported on the station's Farming Ulster programme. Afterwards, Eamonn was teamed up with Ulster Television's legendary sports reporters, Leslie Dawes (1922–2014) and Jackie Fullerton, to assist the extensive coverage of the important sporting events throughout the province.
In 1982, Holmes was moved into news and current affairs reporting when he was tasked to anchor Ulster Television's flagship Good Evening Ulster programme. Holmes succeeded Gloria Hunniford who had presented the show since its launch in 1979. Holmes was the third choice to present the programme after trial runs by news reporters Gary Gillespie and Gerry Kelly.
In addition to his news and current affairs role, Holmes has also hosted other Ulster Television productions, including Miss Northern Ireland gala specials in 1985 and 1986.
With Ulster Television, he won a Hometown Radio Award. He departed in 1986 to join the BBC. At the corporation's Manchester studios, Holmes worked as a presenter on the daytime Open Air programme which was broadcast nationally on BBC One.
Holmes has presented coverage of snooker, horse racing and darts on television. He was also the presenter of ITV's coverage of the Phil Taylor vs. Raymond van Barneveld showdown at the Wembley Conference Centre in 1999.
In 1993, Holmes started working at GMTV, hosting the first show on 1 January 1993 with Anne Davies. He had a falling-out with his subsequent co-host Anthea Turner; however, they were reunited on a BBC NI show entitled The Friday Show in 2009, where they seemed to get on better.
After leaving GMTV in April 2005, Holmes joined Sky News six months later to present the new-look Sunrise programme. He initially hosted the show with Lorna Dunkley between October 2005 and January 2007, then with Charlotte Hawkins from 2007 to 2014. Hawkins defected to ITV in March 2014 and was replaced by Isabel Webster. In September 2016, Holmes announced his departure from the programme after eleven years.
In 2006, Holmes began presenting ITV daytime programme This Morning on Friday mornings. He works on the show, co-presenting This Morning with Langsford every Friday and Monday to Thursday during school holidays.
In 2006, Holmes hosted US game show The Rich List. In 2009, Holmes co-presented the ITV series The Feelgood Factor with Myleene Klass. He presented eight episodes of Songs of Praise from 2009 until 2014. In 2010, Eamonn guest presented an episode of Have I Got News for You.
In 2014, Holmes and Ruth Langsford co-hosted a 10-part ITV daytime game show, Gift Wrapped. In 2015, Holmes and Langsford presented a six-part factual series for Channel 5 entitled Eamonn & Ruth: How the Other Half Lives. The programme returned for a second series in September 2016 and a third in June 2017.
Other television work
Holmes has made four appearances on the long-running game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. The first time, he played with Alex Ferguson. On 1 September 2007, he played with Kay Burley. On 20 May 2012, he returned with Ruth Langsford by his side. Finally, on 19 December 2013, to celebrate the end of Millionaire on ITV, Holmes re-appeared on the show with Alex Ferguson. Holmes has also appeared on celebrity editions of game shows including Fifteen to One, Call My Bluff, All Star Mr & Mrs, Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, Catchphrase and The Chase.
Holmes has also made regular appearances on Big Brother's Bit on the Side and in 2015, he was heavily tipped as a housemate for Celebrity Big Brother 16. In 2016, he appeared in two episodes of Diddy TV on CBBC. He has been a panellist on numerous episodes of Through the Keyhole and appeared in ITV's Guess the Star in 2017. Since November 2017, he has provided the voiceover for Biggleton on CBeebies.
Holmes' foray into radio broadcasting was at Downtown Radio, Northern Ireland's first commercial independent radio station, in the late 1980s.
From around 2003, Holmes presented The Eamonn Holmes Show on Radio 5 Live on Saturday mornings between 9 and 11 am for 6 years, last airing on 30 May 2009 as Holmes' contract with the BBC was not renewed. In 2005, Holmes hosted his own programme on London radio station Magic 105.4.
Holmes writes a column for The People newspaper. His autobiography was released in May 2006. The autobiography is called This is MY Life, a reference to another famous Irish Eamonn – Eamonn Andrews, after whom he was named. The book reveals some of what occurred behind the scenes during his tenure at GMTV.
In 1985, Holmes married his first wife, Gabrielle Holmes, with whom he has three children, Declan, Rebecca and Niall. They separated in 1995, due to Holmes' father's death and journalism career taking a toll on their marriage. In 1997, Holmes began dating Ruth Langsford, but the two kept their relationship secret out of respect for Gabrielle and his children. In 2002, Langsford gave birth to their son, Jack Alexander Holmes. Holmes and Gabrielle eventually divorced in 2005.
On 26 June 2010, Holmes married Langsford at Elvetham Hall, near Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. The couple sold exclusive rights to report on the wedding ceremony and the reception to Hello! magazine in a deal that saw the publication feature the event over two issues, in July 2010.
Holmes and Langsford are patrons of Dogs Trust. and the couple adopted their dog, Maggie from the charity in 2011. In 2014, the couple supported the Dementia Friends campaign, which is an Alzheimer's Society initiative.
|1986–1989||Open Air||Presenter||BBC One||Series 1–3|
|2001–2007||Jet Set||Presenter||BBC One||8 series|
|2004||Would You Pass The 11+||Co-presenter||BBC Northern Ireland||1 episode; with Christine Bleakley|
|2005–2007||SUDO-Q||Presenter||BBC One/BBC Two||4 series|
|2005||Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon||Contestant||ITV||Series 1|
|The Sunday Night Project||Guest presenter||Channel 4||1 episode|
|2005–2016||Sunrise||Main anchor||Sky News||Breakfast news programme|
|2006||The Rich List||Presenter||Fox||American game show|
|2006–||This Morning||Co-presenter||ITV||Fridays and school holidays; with Ruth Langsford|
|2009||The Feelgood Factor||Co-presenter||1 series; with Myleene Klass|
|2009–2014||Songs of Praise||Presenter||BBC One||8 episodes|
|2010||Have I Got News for You||Guest presenter||1 episode|
|2013||Blue Peter – You Decide||Judge||CBBC||5 episodes|
|2014||Gift Wrapped||Co-presenter||ITV||1 series; with Ruth Langsford|
|2014–2018||Big Brother's Bit on the Side||Regular pannellist||Channel 5||24 episodes|
|2015–||Eamonn & Ruth: How The Other Half Lives||Co-presenter||3 series; with Ruth Langsford|
|2016||It's Not Me, It's You||Presenter||1 series|
|2017–||Good Morning Britain||Guest presenter||ITV||14 episodes|
|2017||Eamonn & Ruth's 7 Year Itch||Co-presenter||Channel 5||Two-part documentary; with Ruth Langsford|
|2018–||Do The Right Thing with Eamonn and Ruth||Co-presenter||1 series; with Ruth Langsford|
|2018||Love Island: The Reunion||Guest||ITV2||1 episode; with Ruth Langsford|
|2018–||How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep||Co-presenter||Channel 5||1 series; with Ruth Langsford|
|2019||Celebrity Gogglebox||TV Watcher||Channel 4||with Ruth Langsford|
|2005||Robots||Bigmouth Executive & Forge (Re-dubbed voice)|
|2014||Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie||RTÉ newsreader||Cameo role|
|2003–2009||The Eamonn Holmes Show||Presenter||Sports show on BBC Radio 5 Live|
|2005–??||Sunday Afternoons||Presenter||Sundays, 4 – 7 pm on Magic FM|
|2008||The Michael Parkinson Show||Guest presenter||BBC Radio 2 show|
|2016||Let's Talk with Eamonn Holmes||Presenter||Sundays, 11 am – 1 pm on Talkradio|
|2018—||Drivetime with Eamonn Holmes||Presenter||Weekdays, 4 – 7 pm on Talkradio|
Awards and honours
|2008, 2009, 2010, 2011||TRIC Awards||Satellite/Digital TV Personality||Won|
|Legends of Industry Award||Services to Broadcasting and Journalism||Won|
|2016||TRIC Awards||News Presenter/Reporter||Nominated|
|2018||TRIC Awards||News Presenter||Won|
Holmes was accused of being opposed to LGBT parenting when he told two gay interviewees in a 2000 GMTV episode that "You are not meant to have children. You are going against nature!" American illusionist David Blaine appeared on the show on 29 August 2001. Holmes cites this interview with Blaine as the most awkward moment of his professional career and one of TV's bloopers when he refused to speak and gave him the "evil eye".
In November 2009, Jon Culshaw appeared as Holmes on The Impressions Show in a series of three comedy sketches in which he was portrayed as having an appetite so uncontrollable that he eats a sofa, flowers and even a guest (Frankie Dettori), using the catchphrase 'I was fierce hungry, so I was'. Even though Holmes had interviewed Culshaw and his co-star Debra Stephenson on This Morning to promote the show, after the programme aired the presenter instructed his lawyers to send a letter of complaint to the BBC. The letter resulted in an apology from the BBC along with a withdrawal of any future comedy sketches featuring Holmes. Both the complaint itself and the outcome of Holmes's legal action drew generally unfavourable criticism from media observers and online commentators.
While presenting This Morning in October 2011, Holmes described singer Jonathan Wilkes as "retarded" on air. He later apologised after complaints and calls for him to be sacked. Holmes said: "I have to say sorry to three or four of you who are upset because I used the word retarded. You seem to have taken it personally or think I am being insulting. I would never want to do that. There is this man who has an autistic child and said I insulted his child. I would never use it in that context. Sorry if that caused you offence".
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- Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Eamonn Holmes, television presenter The Independent, 28 June 2007
- Sport in My World: Eamonn Holmes Archived 8 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine The Daily Telegraph, 28 April 2006
- Eamonn Holmes Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Feelgood Factor, ITV, 2009.
- Filmography HOLMES, Eamonn Archived 22 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine BFI – Film & TV Database
- SIMPLY THE BEST PHIL TAYLOR V RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD Archived 22 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine BFI – Film & TV Database
- Holmes bids farewell to GMTV sofa Archived 1 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine BBC News, 27 April 2005
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- Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 18 February 2001. ITV. Repeated 25 August 2016 on Challenge TV.
- Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 3 June 2001. ITV.
- "Day 24: Eamonn Holmes tries to break in – Celebrity Big Brother". Channel 5. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "Celebrity Big Brother summer 2015 – who's going into the house?". Radio Times. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
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- Eamonn – Man of the people Archived 10 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine The People
- This Is My Life: Eamonn Holmes: The Autogiography Archived 9 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine Amazon.com
- Eamonn Holmes: My Life In Media Archived 25 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine The Independent, 10 July 2006
- Holmes and partner Ruth walk down aisle The Belfast Telegraph, 26 June 2010
- Only in Hello! Eamonn and Ruth marry surrounded by showbiz friends Archived 19 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Hello!, 28 June 2010
- Ulster-born TV presenter Eamonn Holmes was today presented with an honorary degree from Queen's University The Belfast Telegraph, 3 July 2006
- Honorary Doctors 1986 – 2005 Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine University of Staffordshire
- "He has a passion for John Wayne movies" The Belfast Telegraph, 26 April 1996, i'm also Gordon's minyon
- Final farewell to football legend Archived 17 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine BBC News, 3 December 2005
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- "Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb knighted in New Year Honours". ITV News.
- Jane Simon; Brian McIver (21 July 2010). "Dad'll do nicely". Daily Record.
- Eamonn Holmes Eat Your Heart Out Archived 25 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson, BBC Comedy, 27 November 2009
- Eamonn Holmes threatens BBC with legal action after comedy show mocks his weight Archived 22 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine The Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2010
- BBC apologises to Eamonn Holmes over weight jibes Archived 22 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine BBC News, 19 July 2010
- Julie Burchill If Eamonn Holmes can't see the funny side of fatness, he should lay off the pies The Belfast Telegraph, 21 July 2010
- Eamonn Holmes gets the BBC jokes eating away at him banned Archived 5 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine The Guardian, 22 July 2010
- Andrew M Brown If Eamonn Holmes doesn't like the BBC teasing him about being fat, there's a simple solution Archived 24 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine The Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2010
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