Lorraine Kelly attending an event in 2007
30 November 1959
|Employer||ITV, STV, BBC|
|Spouse(s)||Steve Smith (m. 1992)|
Since 2011, Kelly has hosted the annual STV Children's Appeal. She hosts the telethon and sister series such as STV Appeal Stories and Lorraine & Friends.
Kelly was born in the Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland. 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. She turned down a university place to study English and Russian in favour of a job on the East Kilbride News, her local newspaper, and then joined BBC Scotland as a researcher in 1983. She moved to TV-am as an on-screen reporter covering Scottish news in 1984.
In early October 1984, Kelly joined TV-am as Scotland Correspondent. On the back of her coverage of the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster in Lockerbie, 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.
In January 1993, Kelly helped launch GMTV by 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. In June 1994, Kelly went on maternity leave, but shortly afterwards she was sacked from the main presenting roles, she returned in November 1994 to do a mum and baby slot. This led to her becoming the presenter of Nine O'Clock Live. The show proved so popular that it was moved to the earlier 08:35 slot, retitled 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 Kelly 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 Crouch 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.
In November 2009, ITV plc took full control of the broadcaster after purchasing The Walt Disney Company's 25% share. 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 On 15 July 2010, Kelly presented her last show before leaving.
2010–present: Lorraine, Daybreak and other projects
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 provides voice-over and narration on the CBeebies show Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.
On 4 May 2012, it was confirmed that Kelly would take over from Christine Bleakley as presenter on Lorraine's sister programme Daybreak. She debuted on 3 September 2012. She co-hosted the programme with Aled Jones from Monday to Thursday, with Kate Garraway co-hosting on Fridays.
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. Daybreak was replaced by Good Morning Britain in April 2014.
In 2014, Kelly made a cameo appearance in an episode of Birds of a Feather. On 19 September 2014, Kelly reported from Dundee on Good Morning Britain on the Scottish independence result. On 13 April 2016, Kelly guest presented an episode of This Morning with Rylan Clark-Neal.
Kelly presented a four-part series for Channel 5 called Penguin A&E with Lorraine Kelly. The series began airing on 10 May 2016. In 2018, Kelly co-presented Wedding Day Winners with Rob Beckett. The show aired on Saturday nights on BBC One.
Kelly hosted the 2014 and 2015 Hogmanay Party which aired on New Year's Eve just before midnight and after Midnight. Hogmanay Party didn't continue in 2016 instead Kelly hosted Lorraine Kelly's Hogmanay.
Other television work
Kelly presented Liquid News, the spin-off Liquid Eurovision 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.
Kelly guest hosted an episode of The Friday Night Project on Channel 4. She also guest hosted The New Paul O'Grady Show and returned three other times from 2006 to 2008, owing to sheer popularity.
In 2010, Kelly filmed a six-part documentary series Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge shown on Bio. 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. Daughter Emma Chawner is best known for her unsuccessful appearances on The X Factor.
In 2010, in conjunction with the Missing People charity, Sky and STV produced a new documentary series hosted by Kelly, about missing mothers. This series followed the success of Sky's previous successful missing person series Missing Children: Lorraine Kelly Investigates.
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'.
Kelly is an Honorary Patron of The Courtyard, Herefordshire's Centre for the Arts.
Awards and honours
In April 1991, Kelly was awarded the TRIC Diamond Jubilee Award for New Talent of the Year. 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. On 20 June 2008 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the university for her services to charity. On 28 June 2018 She was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University.
In a survey, Kelly was voted the celebrity most people would like to buy a car from. 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.
Kelly lives in Berkshire, outside London, with her husband, television cameraman Steve Smith, whom she married in 1992. Kelly previously lived in Broughty Ferry, Dundee until December 2017 as she found commuting back and forth was not working, Kelly and her husband then decided to sell their Broughty Ferry home to be closer to Lorraine's work, and so they could spend more time together. Kelly has described herself as an 'adopted Dundonian' and despite moving away, she considers Dundee to be a place that she will always call home.
They have one daughter, Rosie, born in 1994. 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".
In 2019, Kelly won a tax case over £1.2m, with the judge deeming that Kelly is a "self-employed star", rather than an employee of ITV.
|1984–1992||Good Morning Britain||Presenter||ITV|
|1993–2010||GMTV with Lorraine|
|1995||The Street Party||Herself|
|One Foot in the Grave||Herself||BBC One|
|Never Can Say Goodbye: The Sheena Easton Story||Narrator||BBC One|
|Faking It||Channel 4|
|2003–2004||Eurovision Song Contest||Spokesperson for United Kingdom||BBC One|
|2003–2005, 2016||This Morning||Presenter|
|2004||Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up||Herself – Jury Member||BBC One|
|2006||River City||Herself||BBC Scotland|
|2007||Still Game||Television presenter||BBC Two|
|2010||Celebrity Pressure Cooker|
|2011–2012||Raa Raa the Noisy Lion||Narrator||CBeebies|
|2011—||STV Children's Appeal||Presenter||STV|
|2014—||Good Morning Britain||Occasional reporter|
|2016–2017||Penguin A&E with Lorraine Kelly||Channel 5|
|2016||Lorraine & Friends||STV|
|Lorraine Kelly's Hogmanay|
|2016–||The Sun Military Awards||Forces TV|
|2017||Carnage||Herself (cameo role)||BBC iPlayer|
|2018||Wedding Day Winners||Co-presenter||BBC One|
- Guest appearances
- Cluedo (1992)
- Surprise Surprise (1993–1995)
- The Mrs. Merton Show (1995)
- Shooting Stars (1997)
- Timmy Towers (1997)
- An Audience with the Spice Girls (1997)
- Harry Hill (1998)
- Late Lunch (1999)
- It's Only TV ... But I Like It (1999)
- Lily Savage's Blankety Blank (2001)
- The Weakest Link: Celebrity Special (2001)
- The Xtra Factor (2006)
- Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong (2008)
- The Marriage Ref (2011)
- Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2013)
- Birds of a Feather (2014)
- Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (2014)
- The Jonathan Ross Show (2014)
- Mel and Sue (2015)
- Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule (2017)
- Murder in Successville (2017)
- Catchphrase: Celebrity Special (2017)
- Coronation Street (2019)
|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)
- 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.
- "About Me: Find out more about Lorraine". Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "Meet Scotland's Star Pupils". The Sun. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- "Lorraine Kelly on her new fitness DVD and why she's just an ordinary woman". The Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
- Lorraine supreme – Lorraine Kelly The Scotsman, 19 August 2008
- "GMTV Who's Who". GMTV. Archived from the original on 6 November 2001. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
- "GMTV with Lorraine". TV.com.
- Lorraine Kelly interview: Everyone's cup of tea The Scotsman, 25 February 2009
- Piers Morgan's Life Stories-Lorraine Kelly ITV programme, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4878784/
- Kilkelly, Daniel (11 November 2007). "'GMTV' bans Lorraine Kelly's ad plans". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- 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.
- "A new dawn for GMTV". GMTV. 12 July 2010. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010.
- "New presenters announced for ITV's Daybreak". ITV News. 4 May 2012.
- Millar, Paul (4 May 2012). "Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones unveiled as new hosts of 'Daybreak'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- Goodacre, Kate (23 August 2012). "Daybreak relaunch: Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones start on September 3". Digital Spy.
- Daly, Emma (15 February 2014). "Lorraine Kelly leaving Daybreak to front her own show full time". RadioTimes.com. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- [dead link]
- "BBC - Lorraine Kelly and Rob Beckett say 'I do' to BBC One's Wedding Day Winners - Media Centre". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
- Rankin the toast of Scotland as fans sing his praises The Scotsman, 1 December 2005
- Smith honoured for Spirited performance The Scotsman, 29 November 2006
- "Series 1, Episode 2". Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 14 January 2001. ITV1. Repeated 22 August 2016 on Challenge.
- Lorraine Kelly Archived 27 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine GMTV, 9 February 2010
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Is Closed". Locatetv.com. 4 April 2016. Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- [dead link]
- Lorraine: The hurt behind my smiles Irish Independent, 23 August 2008
- Joan Collins to present news quiz BBC News, 22 November 2005
- Lorraine Kelly to host 'This Morning' Digital Spy, 1 July 2004
- Holly Willoughby says Phillip Schofield is a 'TV slut' STV, 18 January 2010
- Full cast and crew for "The New Paul O'Grady Show" Internet Movie Database
- Lorraine Kelly to front DNA show for ITV Broadcast, 1 November 2005
- Lorraine Kelly series to launch Real Lives HD Digital Spy, 18 August 2008
- Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge Archived 23 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine Sky TV, January 2010
- Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge on Bio Archived 28 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine Biography Channel, January 2010
- "Lorraine Kelly Seeks Families of Missing Mums", Missing People, 21 December 2009
- "Lorraine Kelly and STV search for missing mums", STV, 20 July 2010
- Missing Children Archived 23 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine Sky One Online
- "Lorraine Kelly's 'Families of Missing Mums'" Archived 30 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Sky Real Lives
- Our Lorraine’s sensible secret, The Sun, 22 February 2010
- Lorraine Kelly Archived 23 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine Sunday Post Online
- New Agony Aunt Archived 30 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine, RAF News, 7 October 2009
- "Our Cancer Research Ambassadors". Worldwide Cancer Research. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- [dead link]
- "Our very own Lorraine Kelly has helped raise £20K for Help for Heroes". STV. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- "Home". The Courtyard. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
- 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.
- "BT Red Nose Desert Trek | A Celebrity Desert Trek". Bt.com. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- Sightsavers News; summer 2011, pp. 4-5
- "RU 293/5/5 Installation of Lorraine Kelly". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- [dead link]"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- University honour for TV host Kelly Archived 12 September 2012 at Archive.today This is Gloucestershire, 20 June 2008
- "TV presenter honoured at graduations". Napier. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
- Lorraine is star for car sales The Sun, 25 January 2008
- "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 11.
- "New Year Honours for Corbett, Bonham Carter and golf champions". BBC News. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Bafta honour for Lorraine Kelly". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- 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.
- "Honourary Gay Award: Lorraine Kelly". Attitude. 14 October 2015.
- "TELE EXCLUSIVE: Lorraine Kelly: 'I'll always come back to city — it's home'". Evening Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
- "Lorraine Kelly misses daughter after she leaves for university". Daily Record. 13 September 2012. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- The Alan Titchmarsh Show, 19 January 2012
- "Lorraine in single faith school plea". Glasgow Evening Times. 30 March 2012.
- "Lorraine Kelly, My Team, Dundee Utd". Independent. 13 March 1999.
- "Lorraine Kelly Admits Confusion Over Starting The Menopause, And How It Left Her Feeling Flat". woman&home. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- "Lorraine Kelly wins £1.2m tax bill case". BBC News. 21 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
- "BBC - Simon Amstell brings Carnage to BBC iPlayer - Media Centre". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- "The Marriage Ref - what time is it on TV? Episode 3 Series 1 cast list and preview". Radiotimes.com. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- 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.
- "Tipping Point: Lucky Stars Episode 2". Itv.com. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- "The Jonathan Ross Show Episode 4". Itv.com. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- "Mel & Sue - what time is it on TV? Episode 17 Series 1 cast list and preview". Radiotimes.com. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- Lorraine Kelly official website
- Lorraine Kelly at itv.com
- The Lorraine Kelly Appreciation Society
- Flickr The Lorraine Kelly Appreciation Society
- Blog The Lorraine Kelly Appreciation Society
- Lorraine Kelly on IMDb
| Rector of the University of Dundee