Kate Garraway

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kate Garraway
Kate Garraway 2013.jpg
Garraway at a gala screening of Turbo in London, November 2013
Born Kathryn Mary Garraway
(1967-05-04) 4 May 1967 (age 49)
Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist and presenter
Years active 1994–present
Agent ROAR Global
Television GMTV (2000–2010)
The Biggest Loser (2009)
Daybreak (2010–2014)[1]
Lorraine (2010–2014)
The National Lottery Draws (2014—)
Good Morning Britain (2014—)
Spouse(s) Ian Rumsey (m. 1998–2002)
Derek Draper (m. 2005)
Children Darcey (b. 2006)
William (b. 2009)
Website Official Twitter

Kathryn Mary Garraway (born 4 May 1967) is an English television and radio presenter, best known for her television roles with ITV Breakfast.

Garraway presents a mid-morning show on Smooth Radio on weekdays as well as the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain. Previously, she hosted various daytime programmes including Daybreak (2010–2014), Lorraine (2010–2014) and GMTV (2000–2010).

Garraway occasionally presents The National Lottery Draws on Saturday evenings for BBC One.

Early life[edit]

Garraway's father was a civil servant and her mother was a teacher. She attended Dunmore Primary School and Fitzharrys School in Abingdon.[2] She then graduated from Bath College of Higher Education with a BA in English and History.



In 1994, Garraway joined the South edition of ITV News Central on ITV Central as a production journalist, reporter and news presenter. In 1996, she became co-presenter of the South East edition of ITV News Meridian on ITV Meridian after she was "talent spotted" by a boss who viewed her presenting a three-minute bulletin on ITV Central.

In 1997, she gained national exposure on BBC News 24, when she presented such stories as the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. In 1998, Garraway joined Sunrise on Sky News with Martin Stanford.

Garraway joined GMTV in September 2000, co-presenting GMTV Today with Andrew Castle each Friday (and Thursdays later on). Garraway eventually went on to share presenting duties with Fiona Phillips and Emma Crosby. In 2009, when GMTV relaunched, she co-hosted the programme with Ben Shephard, presenting on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays. During Garraway's time at GMTV, she had also co-presented with Eamonn Holmes, John Stapleton and Dan Lobb. She presented her final show on 31 August 2010.

She presented one series of Too Many Cooks in 2004. In 2007, she was the questioner on The People's Quiz. In 2009, Garraway presented The Biggest Loser for ITV. She was later replaced by Davina McCall. Garraway was a regular panellist on Wall of Fame, hosted by David Walliams.

Garraway (far right) in November 2015

She became entertainment editor of Daybreak on ITV Breakfast (the successor to GMTV) in September 2010.[1] On 6 December 2011, she took over from Christine Bleakley as the main presenter on an interim basis.[3] On 4 May 2012, it was announced Lorraine Kelly would become the permanent replacement for Bleakley in September 2012.[4][5] On 3 August 2012, it was revealed that Garraway had signed a new contract to present each Friday in Kelly's absence.[6] On 15 February 2014, it was announced Kelly would additionally front the Friday edition of Lorraine.[7][8]

On 3 March 2014, it was revealed that Daybreak would be axed and replaced with Good Morning Britain which Garraway currently co-presents on Friday mornings alongside Ben Shephard.[9] However, with these changes, came the news that Lorraine Kelly would be presenting Lorraine five days a week, meaning that Garraway no longer continued to present Kelly's show on Fridays. She hosted her final Daybreak and Lorraine shows on 25 April 2014 ahead of joining Good Morning Britain the following month. Since joining Good Morning Britain, Garraway's appearances on Lorraine have stopped.[10]

Garraway has occasionally presented The National Lottery Draws on BBC One since 2014.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Main article: Strictly Come Dancing

Garraway appeared in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional dancer Anton du Beke. Garraway finished 8th of the 14 couples despite receiving the lowest score from the judges in every week but one, as she was repeatedly saved by the public vote, prior to her elimination in week seven.[11]

In February 2008, Garraway launched legal action against the Sunday Mirror after it published a photograph of her embracing du Beke, insinuating that they were having an affair, which the pair both denied.[12]

Week Dance/Song Judges' scores Total Result
Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
2 Quickstep / "Love Machine" 2 4 5 4 15 Safe
3 Tango / "They" 4 5 5 5 19 Safe
4 Samba / "Dancing Queen" 3 3 6 4 16 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "I Could Write a Book" 5 7 7 7 26 Safe
6 Salsa / "Peanut Vendor" 3 4 6 5 18 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Somebody Told Me" 4 5 7 5 21 Eliminated


Garraway's broadcasting career began with BBC Radio Oxford, and she had become an Independent Television News trainee journalist by 1994.

On 18 and 19 August 2012, Garraway co-presented two episodes of 'Weekend Breakfast' (with Colin Paterson). Over the weekend of 8 September, Garraway again presented 'Weekend Breakfast' with Colin Patterson[13] On 6 October 2013, she stood in for Andrew Castle for a show on LBC Radio.

Since March 2014, Garraway has presented a mid-morning show weekdays on Smooth Radio.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Garraway married Ian Rumsey, her former boss at ITV Meridian, in her hometown of Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 1998. They divorced in April 2002.[citation needed]

In September 2005, Garraway married Derek Draper in Camden, London. Draper was a political aide to former Labour cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, and was at the centre of the scandal known as "Lobbygate".[15] The couple's first child, a daughter, was born in Hammersmith and Fulham, London, on 10 March 2006.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Garraway built an extension to her home without planning permission from the local council. She attempted to put in a retrospective planning application but it failed to appease them and was told to scale down the extension to her north London home.[16]

Garraway is a charity ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[17]


Year Title Role Episodes
1998–2000 Sunrise News presenter
2000–2010 GMTV Co-presenter Alternating episodes
2003–2014 Loose Women Stand-in anchor 12 episodes
Guest panellist 3 episodes
2004 Too Many Cooks Presenter 1 series
2005 This Morning Guest presenter 1 episode
2007 Strictly Come Dancing Participant Series 5
The People's Quiz Questioner 1 series (12 episodes)
2009 The Biggest Loser Presenter 1 series (40 episodes)
2010–2014 Daybreak Presenter Entertainment editor (2010–2011)
Acting Monday–Friday presenter (2011–2012)
Friday presenter (2012–2014)
2010–2014 Lorraine Presenter Relief presenter (2010–2011, 2014)
Friday presenter (2012–2014)
2011 Wall of Fame Regular panellist 1 series (10 episodes)
2011 Carols from Bucklebury Presenter One-off episode
2014— The National Lottery Draws Presenter Occasional episodes
Good Morning Britain Presenter Thursday and Friday
Guest appearances


External links[edit]