Lorraine Kelly

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Lorraine Kelly Smith
Lorraine Kelly attending an event in 2007
Born (1959-11-30) 30 November 1959 (age 56)
Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Years active 1983–present
Employer ITV
Agent ROAR Global
Spouse(s) Steve Smith (m. 1992)
Children Rosie Smith (b. 1994)
Website Official website

Lorraine Kelly, OBE (born 30 November 1959) is a British television presenter, journalist and actress, best known as a presenter for TV-am, and later GMTV and ITV Breakfast, on Daybreak and Lorraine. Previously, she was a reporter and main presenter of TV-am's Good Morning Britain, one of the UK's original breakfast television news programmes.

Between 2012 and 2014, Kelly was a main female presenter of ITV's Daybreak, which she co-hosted from Monday to Thursdays with Aled Jones.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kelly was born in the Gorbals, Glasgow.[2] She is of Irish ancestry and Kelly's father, John, worked as a television repairman. She spent the first few years of her life in Glasgow before the family moved to East Kilbride where she attended Claremont High School.[3] She turned down a university place to read English and Russian in favour of a job on the East Kilbride News,[4] her local newspaper, and then joined BBC Scotland as a researcher in 1983.[5] She moved to TV-am as an on-screen reporter covering Scottish news in 1984.[5]

Presenting career[edit]


Main article: TV-am

In early October 1984, Kelly joined TVAM as Scotland Correspondent. In July 1989, Kelly presented TV-am's Summer Sunday programme with chief reporter Geoff Meade. In February 1990, she became a main presenter of Good Morning Britain alongside Mike Morris.[6]


Main article: GMTV

In January 1993, Kelly helped launch GMTV presenting a range of programmes. Her first job was presenting the new Top of the Morning. In March, when Fiona Armstrong walked out of the main GMTV show, Kelly moved to the main breakfast show with Eamonn Holmes.[7][8] In 1994, Kelly went on maternity leave, and upon her return, become the presenter of Nine O'Clock Live. The show proved so popular that it moved to the earlier 08:35 slot, re-titled Lorraine Live.

In Autumn 2000, as GMTV rebranded to GMTV Today, Kelly's show changed its name to LK Today. As part of the later rebrand that took place in 2009, the show again changed its title to GMTV with Lorraine, to coincide with GMTV Today changing back to GMTV. Lorraine moved for the first time into the main GMTV studio, instead of having her own part of the studio to host from. In April 2010, to make GMTV's programming more consistent, GMTV with Lorraine began airing all year round, instead of breaking during school holidays, with guest presenters.

According to the Sunday Mirror, in 2007, Kelly was prevented from appearing in an advertising campaign for Asda as GMTV managing director Clive Couch felt that such a move would create more bad publicity for GMTV, which had recently been fined £2 million by broadcasting regulator Ofcom for its misuse of premium-rate phone lines.[9]

In November 2009, ITV plc took full control of the broadcaster after purchasing The Walt Disney Company's 25% share.[10] On 9 July 2010, as well as the announcement that GMTV had been axed to make way for Daybreak, it was also revealed that Kelly's new programme Lorraine would replace GMTV with Lorraine[11] On 15 July 2010, Kelly presented her last show before leaving.


See also: Lorraine

On 6 September 2010, GMTV ended with ITV Breakfast taking over. Lorraine launched with a brand new look, alongside Daybreak.

In February 2014, Kelly announced that she would leave Daybreak to focus on Lorraine which she began hosting five days a week from 28 April 2014.[12]


See also: Daybreak

On 4 May 2012, it was confirmed that Kelly would take over from Christine Bleakley as presenter on Lorraine's sister programme Daybreak.[13][14] She debuted on 3 September 2012.[15] She co-hosted the programme with Aled Jones from Monday to Thursday, with Kate Garraway co-hosting on Fridays.

Other television work[edit]

Kelly presented Liquid News,[16] Liquid Eurovision[17][18] and became the national spokeswoman for the United Kingdom during the collation of votes at the Eurovision Song Contest, in both 2003 and 2004, replacing the long-serving Colin Berry.[19]

She has made several appearances on Have I Got News for You including appearances as guest presenter.[20][21]

From 2004, Kelly co-presented This Morning with Phillip Schofield, on Mondays and Fridays,[22] to allow Fern Britton to spend more time with her family,[23] but she left in March 2006.

Kelly guest hosted an episode of The Friday Night Project on Channel 4[20] She also guest hosted The New Paul O'Grady Show[20] and returned three other times from 2006 to 2008, owing to sheer popularity[24]

Kelly also hosted the annual Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards in 2005[25] and 2006 for STV.[26]

In 2006, Kelly filmed an ITV documentary programme Secrets Revealed - DNA Stories, made by STV Productions,[27] and broadcast on Sky Real Lives. A second series was shown on the channel in 2008.[28]

In 2010,Kelly filmed a six-part documentary series Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge shown on Bio.[29] The series featured Kelly and a team of experts putting 'Britain's fattest family', the Chawner family through their paces to lose weight and transform their lives.[30] Daughter Emma Chawner is best known for her unsuccessful appearances on The X Factor.[30]

In 2010, in conjunction with the Missing People charity,[31] Sky and STV[32] produced a new documentary series hosted by Kelly, about missing mothers.[33] This series followed the success of Sky's previous successful missing person series Missing Children: Lorraine Kelly Investigates.[34]

In 2011, Kelly presented the ITV series Children's Hospital, and was a guest presenter on the BBC Two series Never Mind the Buzzcocks in Series 25. She was also a guest on Would I Lie to You? and Odd One In. In 2012, she appeared as a panellist on Mad Mad World for ITV (TV network)|ITV

She provides voice-over and narration on the CBeebies show Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.

Kelly has also made acting appearances in the Scottish sitcom, Still Game and the soap opera River City.

Kelly presented a Pride of Britain Award in 2013.

On 6 March 2014, Kelly made a cameo appearance in ITV sitcom Birds of a Feather.

On 19 September 2014, Kelly reported from Dundee on Good Morning Britain on the Scottish independence result.


Kelly writes weekly columns for The Sun[35] and The Sunday Post.[36] She was announced as the first Agony Aunt for the Royal Air Force's fortnightly RAF News on 7 October 2009.[37]


Kelly is a celebrity patron of the Worldwide Cancer Research.[5][38]

Kelly is also a patron of the advocacy charity POhWER (People of Hertfordshire Wants Equal Rights). About being a patron, Kelly commented 'I am proud to be a Patron of POhWER, a charity which helps people to find their voice, make their case, get the care and support they need and see wrongs put right'.[39]

Kelly is also a patron of the British charity Help for Heroes.[40]

Kelly is a Honorary Patron of The Courtyard, Herefordshire's Centre for the Arts. http://www.courtyard.org.uk

In 2011, Kelly was among the celebrities to take part in the BT Red Nose Desert Trek which took place in the Kaisut Desert for Comic Relief and raised £1,375,037.[41][42]

Lorraine has been an ambassador and presenter for STV Children's Appeal since its creation in 2011.

Awards and honours[edit]

In April 1991, Kelly was awarded the TRIC Diamond Jubilee Award for New Talent of the Year.[citation needed] In 2004, she was elected as the first female Rector of the University of Dundee, being formally installed to office on 28 April 2004. She held this position until 2007.[5][8][43] On 20 June 2008 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University[44] for her services to charity.[45]

In a survey, Kelly was voted the celebrity most people would like to buy a car from.[46] She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to charity and the armed forces.[47][48]

On 16 November 2014, Kelly received a special Scottish BAFTA award honouring her 30-year television career.[49][50]

Honorary military appointment[edit]

ACF Logo.png Since June 2009: Honorary Colonel in the Black Watch cadets

Personal life[edit]

Kelly lives in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, with her husband, Stevie Smith, whom she married in 1992. They have one daughter, Rosie, born in 1994.[51][52] Kelly was born to a Catholic mother and a Protestant father, but she is an outspoken critic of Catholic schools in Scotland and has called for an end to them saying they were a cause of trouble in society, and prolonged the "scandal of sectarianism".[53]

She has been a fan of Scottish football team Dundee Utd since 1987 after being taken to a game by her now husband. [54]



Year Title Role
1984–1992 Good Morning Britain Presenter
1992 Cluedo Herself
1993–1995 Surprise Surprise Herself
1993-2010 GMTV with Lorraine Herself
1995 The Mrs. Merton Show Herself
The Street Party Herself
1997 Shooting Stars Herself
Timmy Towers Herself
An Audience With the Spice Girls Audience Member
1998 Harry Hill Herself
1999 It's Only TV ... But I Like It
2000 Live Talk Panellist
One Foot in the Grave Herself
Never Can Say Goodbye: The Sheena Easton Story Narrator
2001 Lily Savage's Blankety Blank Herself
2002 The Weakest Link Herself
2002 Ruby Herself
Faking It Herself
2003 Eurovision Song Contest 2003 Herself – United Kingdom Vote Presenter
The Bill Herself
2003–2005 This Morning Presenter
2004 Making Your Mind Up Herself – Jury Member
Eurovision Song Contest 2004 Herself – United Kingdom Vote presenter
2006 River City Herself
2007 Still Game Television Presenter
2008-2009 The One Show Herself
2010— Lorraine Presenter
2010 Celebrity Pressure Cooker Presenter
2011 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion Narrator
Children's Hospital Presenter
2011- STV Children's Appeal Presenter
2012-2014 Daybreak Presenter
Guest appearances


Year Title Role
2014 Pudsey: The Movie Cat (voice)


  • Lorraine Kelly's Nutrition Made Easy (Virgin Books, due January 2009)
  • Lorraine Kelly's Junk-Free Children's Eating Plan (Virgin Books, 2007)
  • Lorraine Kelly's Baby and Toddler Eating Plan (Virgin Books, 2002/2004/2006)
  • Lorraine Kelly's Scotland (released 13 March 2014)


  1. ^ Eady, Piers (15 February 2014). "Lorraine Kelly to leave Daybreak but stay with ITV after striking bumper new deal". Daily Mirror Online. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "About Me: Find out more about Lorraine". Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Meet Scotland's Star Pupils". The Sun. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dundee United winning the Scottish Cup was one of those days you want to put in a box and wrap in a bow". The Herald (Glasgow). 28 June 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Lorraine supreme – Lorraine Kelly The Scotsman, 19 August 2008
  6. ^ "GMTV Who's Who". GMTV. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "GMTV with Lorraine". TV.com. 
  8. ^ a b Lorraine Kelly interview: Everyone's cup of tea The Scotsman, 25 February 2009
  9. ^ Kilkelly\accessdate=3 June 2015, Daniel (11 November 2007). "'GMTV' bans Lorraine Kelly's ad plans". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  10. ^ Robinson, James (26 November 2009). "ITV takes full control of breakfast TV broadcaster GMTV". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media, Ltd.). Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "A new dawn for GMTV". GMTV. 12 July 2010. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Daly, Emma (15 February 2014). "Lorraine Kelly leaving Daybreak to front her own show full time". RadioTimes.com. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "New presenters announced for ITV's Daybreak". ITV News. 4 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Millar, Paul (4 May 2012). "Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones unveiled as new hosts of 'Daybreak'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Goodacre, Kate (23 August 2012). "Daybreak relaunch: Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones start on September 3". Digital Spy. 
  16. ^ Lorraine Kelly GMTV, 9 February 2010
  17. ^ Lorraine Kelly Prime Performers
  18. ^ Liquid Eurovision LocateTV
  19. ^ Are you stuck? GMTV, 8 January 2008
  20. ^ a b c Lorraine: The hurt behind my smiles Irish Independent, 23 August 2008
  21. ^ Joan Collins to present news quiz BBC News, 22 November 2005
  22. ^ Lorraine Kelly to host 'This Morning' Digital Spy, 1 July 2004
  23. ^ Holly Willoughby says Phillip Schofield is a 'TV slut' STV, 18 January 2010
  24. ^ Full cast and crew for "The New Paul O'Grady Show" Internet Movie Database
  25. ^ Rankin the toast of Scotland as fans sing his praises The Scotsman, 1 December 2005
  26. ^ Smith honoured for Spirited performance The Scotsman, 29 November 2006
  27. ^ Lorraine Kelly to front DNA show for ITV Broadcast, 1 November 2005
  28. ^ Lorraine Kelly series to launch Real Lives HD Digital Spy, 18 August 2008
  29. ^ Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge Sky TV, January 2010
  30. ^ a b Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge on Bio Biography Channel, January 2010
  31. ^ "Lorraine Kelly Seeks Families of Missing Mums", Missing People, 21 December 2009
  32. ^ "Lorraine Kelly and STV search for missing mums", STV, 20 July 2010
  33. ^ Missing Children Sky One Online
  34. ^ "Lorraine Kelly's 'Families of Missing Mums'", Sky Real Lives
  35. ^ Our Lorraine’s sensible secret The Sun, 22 February 2010
  36. ^ Lorraine Kelly Sunday Post Online
  37. ^ New Agony Aunt, RAF News, 7 October 2009
  38. ^ Lorraine Kelly Worldwide Cancer Research
  39. ^ http://www.pohwer.net/about-us/patrons/lorraine-kelly-obe.htm
  40. ^ "Our very own Lorraine Kelly has helped raise £20K for Help for Heroes". STV. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  41. ^ Jody Thompson (25 February 2011). "Comic Relief celebs including Kara Tointon, Olly Murs and Lorraine Kelly cross finish of 100km trek". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  42. ^ "BT Red Nose Desert Trek | A Celebrity Desert Trek". bt.com. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  43. ^ "RU 293/5/5 Installation of Lorraine Kelly". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  44. ^ Honorary Degrees University of Dundee
  45. ^ University honour for TV host Kelly This is Gloucestershire, 20 June 2008
  46. ^ Lorraine is star for car sales The Sun, 25 January 2008
  47. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 11. 31 December 2011.
  48. ^ "New Year Honours for Corbett, Bonham Carter and golf champions". BBC News. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  49. ^ "Bafta honour for Lorraine Kelly". Belfast Telegraph. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  50. ^ Mapstone, Lucy; Shahid, Sharnaz (17 November 2014). "A glittering example! Lorraine Kelly dazzles in embellished gown with plunging neckline as she receives Scottish BAFTA award". MailOnline. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  51. ^ "Lorraine Kelly misses daughter after she leaves for university". Daily Record. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  52. ^ The Alan Titchmarsh Show, 19 January 2012
  53. ^ "Lorraine in single faith school plea". Glasgow Evening Times. 2012-03-30. 
  54. ^ "Lorranie Kelly, My Team, Dundee Utd". Independent. 1999-03-13. 
  55. ^ The Marriage Ref, Series 1, Episdoe 2- Guest Panelist
  56. ^ Leigh, Rob (1 March 2013). ""She just looked asleep": Lorraine Kelly's tears as she recalls five-year-old Dunblane massacre victim lying in coffin". Mirror.com. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  57. ^ The Tipping Point- Contestant
  58. ^ The Jonathan Ross Show- Guest
  59. ^ Mel and Sue- Guest

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Preceded by
Fred MacAulay
Rector of the University of Dundee
Succeeded by
Craig Murray