Lorraine Kelly, (born 30 November 1959) is a Scottish 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.
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 read 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. 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 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, 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 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.
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.
Kelly presented a four-part series for Channel 5 called Penguin A&E with Lorraine Kelly. The series began airing on 10 May 2016.
Other television work
During 1994/1995 Kelly also presented Carlton magazine programme "After 5". She appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank in 2001.
Kelly presented Liquid News, 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.
She has made several appearances on Have I Got News for You including appearances as guest presenter.
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 a celebrity patron of Worldwide Cancer Research.
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 also a patron of the British charity Help for Heroes.
Kelly is an Honorary Patron of The Courtyard, Herefordshire's Centre for the Arts.
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.
She has been an ambassador and presenter for STV Children's Appeal since its creation in 2011. Kelly also became an ambassador for the charity Sightsavers in 2011.
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.
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.
On 16 November 2014, Kelly received a special Scottish BAFTA award honouring her 30-year television career.
Honorary military appointment
Kelly lives in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, with her husband, Stevie Smith, whom she married in 1992. 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".
She has been a fan of the Scottish football team Dundee Utd since 1987 after being taken to a game by her now husband.
|1984–1992||Good Morning Britain||Presenter|
|1993-2010||GMTV with Lorraine||Herself|
|1995||The Mrs. Merton Show||Herself|
|The Street Party||Herself|
|An Audience With the Spice Girls||Audience Member|
|1999||It's Only TV ... But I Like It|
|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|
|2003||Eurovision Song Contest 2003||Herself – United Kingdom Vote Presenter|
|2003–2005, 2016||This Morning||Presenter|
|2004||Making Your Mind Up||Herself – Jury Member|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2004||Herself – United Kingdom Vote presenter|
|2007||Still Game||Television Presenter|
|2008–2009||The One Show||Herself|
|2010||Celebrity Pressure Cooker||Presenter|
|2011-12||Raa Raa the Noisy Lion||Narrator|
|2011—||STV Children's Appeal||Presenter|
|2014 —||Good Morning Britain||Occasional Reporter/Presenter|
|2016||Penguin A&E with Lorraine Kelly||Presenter|
|2016||Lorraine & Friends||Presenter|
- Guest appearances
- Late Lunch (1999)
- The Xtra Factor (2006)
- The Marriage Ref (2 July 2011)
- Piers Morgan's Life Stories (1 March 2013)
- Birds of a Feather (2014)
- Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (19 July 2014)
- The Jonathan Ross Show (8 November 2014)
- Mel and Sue (3 February 2015)
|2014||Pudsey: The Movie||Cat (voice)|