Kirsty Gallacher

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Kirsty Gallacher
Kirsty Gallacher 2014 (cropped).jpg
Born Kirsty Jane Gallacher
(1976-01-20) 20 January 1976 (age 41)
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality Scottish
Education St. George's School
London College of Fashion
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1998–present
Known for Sky Sports News
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Gladiators (2008)
Spouse(s) Paul Sampson (2010–2015, divorced)
Children Oscar, Jude

Kirsty Jane Gallacher[1] (born 20 January 1976)[1] is a Scottish television presenter.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of the former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher and Lesley Gallacher, Kirsty Gallacher was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1][2] When her father got the job of professional at Wentworth Golf Club, they moved south to Virginia Water, England, when she was 18 months old. Gallacher and her younger brother and sister were raised on the Wentworth Estate, where their close neighbours included Bruce Forsyth.[3] She was educated at Coworth Flexlands and St George's School in Ascot, Berkshire.[4]


Wanting to be a fashion journalist, Gallacher studied at the London College of Fashion in journalism and promotion.[5] Approached by Mark Sharman, then deputy head of sport at Sky, at a Ryder Cup dinner,[6] she began working as a production assistant in 1996, before moving on to the position of editorial assistant on Sky Sports.

She got her presenting break on Sky Sports News in 1998,[7] and since then has been associated with many other sports shows such as 90 Minutes, Soccer Extra, Kirsty and Phil (on BBC Radio 5 Live) and Soccer AM.[8]

From 2000 until 2004, Gallacher hosted the Sky1 show Kirsty's Home Videos, a satellite equivalent of ITV's You've Been Framed! in which viewers send in home videos to be screened.[8] In 2002, she presented the morning show RI:SE, and in 2004 began the show Simply the Best.[8] Gallacher presented the All Star Cup on Sky1 in 2005 and on ITV in 2006. She has made guest appearances on They Think It's All Over and A Question of Sport. Gallacher presented Ant vs Dec – the popular strand on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.[9]

In 2005, Gallacher won the third series of the popular Channel 4 reality television series The Games. She then presented the following years alongside Jamie Theakston.[8] In December 2005, she released a DVD entitled Body Sculpt with Kirsty Gallacher in which she shows a variety of workouts. In July 2006, she co-presented the BBC reality TV show Only Fools on Horses.

In 2008, Gallacher presented the new version of Gladiators on Sky1 alongside Ian Wright.[10] She did not return for the second series.

On 30 August 2008, Gallacher appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Duncan Bannatyne.

She has also guest presented GMTV with Lorraine in August 2010 for two weeks and Lorraine on ITV Breakfast.[11]

In May 2011, Gallacher returned to Sky Sports to present for Sky Sports News.[12][13]

On 27 August 2015, it was confirmed that Gallacher would be taking part in the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing.[14] On 5 September 2015, it was announced Gallacher would be paired with professional dancer Brendan Cole for the series.[15] The couple were eliminated on week 6; finishing eleventh.[16]

In December 2016, Kirsty Gallacher suffered an attack live on air which included the slurring of speech[17] and her collapse. She was rushed to hospital for tests and found to have been suffering from "extreme exhaustion and a viral infection".[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Gallacher was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Royal Television Society Television Sports Awards in 1998.[19] She won Satellite/Digital TV Personality at the 2002 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards,[20] and Kirsty's Home Videos won her the following year's Satellite/Digital Programme award in 2003.[21] She also won a "Platinum Award" for Best Entertainment Programme at the 2002 Houston International Film Festival.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Gallacher is the cousin of golfer Stephen Gallacher. At the end of February 2013 she was named patron of Hibernian ladies.[23]

In August 2014, Gallacher was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[24]

On 12 August 2017, Gallacher was stopped by police in Eton near Windsor Castle, breathalysed at the roadside and arrested. She pleaded guilty at Slough Magistrates' Court for being over three times the legal drink drive limit the morning after a night out.[25] On 4 September 2017, Gallacher was banned from driving for two years, ordered to serve 100 hours of community service, pay £85 prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge.[26][27]


  1. ^ a b c "Kirsty Gallacher - Strictly Come Dancing profile". Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One). Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2017. Kirsty Jane Gallacher was born in Edinburgh on January 20th 1976. 
  2. ^ Howarth, Angus (19 July 2017). "TV star Kirsty Gallacher turns back on Scotland to support England". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (13 July 2008). "Time and place: Kirsty Gallacher". London: The Sunday Times.
  4. ^ "Star Kirsty Gallagher Lights Up Sunningdale for Christmas". Ascot, Berkshire: Ascot Matters. November 2016. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Par for the course? Kirsty Gallacher on being 'golf-daft' | Mail Online". London: 29 April 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  6. ^ As told to Mark King (2 March 2012). "Kirsty Gallacher: my Saturday job | Money". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Interview by John Hall (8 July 2010). "A Quick Chat With: Kirsty Gallacher - Profiles - People". London: The Independent. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d Morris, Sophie (5 May 2008). "My Life in Media: Kirsty Gallacher". London: The Independent. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
  9. ^ Alexander, Hilary (16 November 2009). "Kirsty Gallacher models the new M2B maternity range from Mothercare - Telegraph". London: Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Leigh Holmwood (12 March 2008). "Ian Wright and Kirsty Gallacher to front Gladiators on Sky | Media". London: Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "The best of A/W 2010 with Kirsty Gallacher - 3am & Mirror Online". 5 September 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Kirsty Gallacher returning to Sky Sports - Showbiz - London Evening Standard". 30 March 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kirsty Gallacher: I don't give a monkey's if people think I got the job because of my looks.. - 3am & Mirror Online". 18 June 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Cains, Eleanor (5 September 2015). "Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Peter Andre’s The One To Beat, As Ola Jordan Responds To ‘Lies’". Yahoo. Archived from the original on 9 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Strictly Elimination, Kirsty Gallacher (2 November 2015). "Daily Mail Online". Daily Mail Online (Kirsty Gallacher is in good spirits as she shoots TV appearance with Brendan Cole after Strictly Come Dancing elimination). Ciara Farmer and Sophia Moir. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  17. ^ Gallacher, Kirsty, possible virus attack. ""Slurgate" madness". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  18. ^ Kirsty, Gallacher, alcohol denial. "Kirsty Gallacher denies being drunk on Sky Sports news.". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "RTS Television Sport Awards 1998". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "2002 TRIC Awards winners". Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "2003 TRIC Awards winners". Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Janet McBride Biography". Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "Changing room chat: Dad delighted as Kirsty joins Hibs". The Scotsman. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Kirsty Gallacher admits drink-driving in Eton". BBC News. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  26. ^ "Kirsty Gallacher claims she was suffering from divorce stress when she was caught three times the drink-drive limit". Telegraph. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  27. ^ Kirk, Tristan (4 September 2017). "Kirsty Gallacher handed two year driving ban after being caught three times over drink drive limit". Evening Standard. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 

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