Kate Garraway

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Kate Garraway
Kate Garraway 2013.jpg
Garraway at the November 2013 gala screening of Turbo in London, England
Born (1967-05-04) 4 May 1967 (age 53)
Alma materBath Spa University
  • Broadcaster
  • journalist
Years active1994–present
Ian Rumsey
(m. 1998⁠–⁠2002)

(m. 2005)

Kathryn Mary Garraway (born 4 May 1967)[3] is an English broadcaster and journalist. In the 1990s, Garraway was a journalist for ITV News Central and later a co-presenter of ITV News Meridian. From 2000 to 2010, she co-presented GMTV.[4] Currently, Garraway is the presenter of Mid Mornings with Kate Garraway on Smooth Radio and newsreader (on Thursdays) and co-anchor (on Fridays) of the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain.

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.[5] She then graduated from Bath College of Higher Education with a BA in English and History.[6]



In 1989, 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 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 Mondays, Tuesdays 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.

She became entertainment editor of Daybreak on ITV Breakfast (the successor to GMTV) in September 2010.[2] On 6 December 2011, she took over from Christine Bleakley as the main presenter on an interim basis.[7] On 4 May 2012, it was announced Lorraine Kelly would become the permanent replacement for Bleakley in September 2012.[8][9] On 3 August 2012, it was reported that Garraway had signed a new contract to present each Friday in Kelly's absence.[citation needed] On 15 February 2014, it was announced Kelly would additionally front the Friday edition of Lorraine.[10]

On 3 March 2014, it was reported that Daybreak would be cancelled and replaced with Good Morning Britain.[11] 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 become less frequent.[12] Garraway once again became interim main presenter on ITV Breakfast when Ben Shepherd cut his appearances each week to just two; which meant Garraway hosted four times a week until Piers Morgan joined the show later that year.

From March 2014 until November 2016, Garraway occasionally presented The National Lottery Draws on BBC One. In September 2017, she made a cameo appearance in Hollyoaks.[13]

In November 2019, Garraway came fourth in the nineteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! [14]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17] On 6 October 2013, she stood in for Andrew Castle for a show on LBC Radio.

Since March 2014, Garraway has presented Mid Mornings with Kate Garraway 10am–1pm on Smooth Radio.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Garraway married Ian Rumsey, her former boss at ITV Meridian, in her hometown of Abingdon, Oxfordshire[citation needed] in 1998. They divorced in April 2002.[19]

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".[20] They have a daughter Darcey and a son Billy.[21]

In March 2020 Draper was diagnosed with COVID-19, since April 2020 Draper remains in an induced coma. Garraway has stated that Draper may never recover due to the long term damage on his organs as a result of Covid-19 [22]

Garraway is a charity ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[23]

She released her first book on 9 March 2017, entitled The Joy of Big Knickers (or learning to love the rest of your life).[24]

She is a supporter of Gillingham FC.[25]


Year Title Role Episodes
1989–1996 ITV News Central News presenter/reporter
1996–1988 ITV News Meridian News presenter
1998–2000 Sunrise News presenter
2000–2010 GMTV Co-presenter Alternating episodes
2001, 2003–2014, 2017, 2018— Loose Women Guest panellist 18 episodes
2004 Too Many Cooks Presenter 1 series
2005 This Morning Guest presenter 1 episode
2007 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Series 5
The People's Quiz Questioner One series (12 episodes)
2009 The Biggest Loser Presenter One series (40 episodes)
2010–2014 Daybreak Entertainment editor (2010–2011)
Acting Monday–Friday presenter (2011–2012)
Friday presenter (2012–2014)
2010–2014, 2018 Lorraine Deputy presenter (2010–2011, 2014, 2018)
Friday presenter (2012–2014)
2011 Wall of Fame Regular panellist One series (10 episodes)
2011 Carols from Bucklebury Presenter One-off episode
2014–2016 The National Lottery Draws Occasional episodes
2014— Good Morning Britain Newsreader Thursday
Presenter Friday
2017 GMB Today Co-presenter
2019 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant Series 19
Guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Herself Cameo role
The Lego Ninjago Movie Herself (voice only) Cameo role


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