Lorraine Kelly, OBE (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, a reporter and main presenter of TV-am's Good Morning Britain, one of the UK's original breakfast television news programmes.
Kelly has also made appearances in other television shows. She has served as guest presenters for shows such as Have I Got News for You and This Morning, despite during this period, being the presenter of her talk show on GMTV which ran under various names between 1993 until 2010, with the last of which being GMTV with Lorraine when it was replaced by the re-vamped Lorraine. Kelly has also made actress appearances in the Scottish sitcom, Still Game and the soap opera, River City.
Kelly was born in Gorbals, Glasgow. 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.
Kelly helped launch GMTV in January 1993, and presented a range of programmes, including the main breakfast show with Eamonn Holmes. She presented her show GMTV with Lorraine which aired Monday to Thursday at 08:35 onGMTV, between 1994 and September 2010. According to the Sunday Mirror, Kelly was banned from appearing in an advertising campaign for Asda because her boss, GMTV's managing director Clive Couch, feared that such a move would lead to more bad publicity for GMTV, which was fined £2 million by broadcasting regulator Ofcom in September for conning viewers with its premium-rate phone lines.
Lorraine Kelly first began presenting Top of the Morning in January 1993. In March when Fiona Armstrong walked out of the main GMTV show, Lorraine moved to the GMTV slot and Fern Britton and Amanda Redington took over hosting Top of the Morning. Top of the Morning was produced by an independent production company.
In 1994 it was replaced with the GMTV-produced Quarter To Nine which in turn was replaced by Nine O'Clock Live (from September 1994, although the show had been airing from 09:00, since April 1994), which were both presented by Lorraine Kelly. The show proved so popular that it moved to the earlier 08:35 slot and was re-titled Lorraine Live.
The main guest host for Lorraine Kelly when she was ill or on holiday, was Fiona Phillips, but after the birth of Fiona's children, she shared the job with Andrea McLean. Occasionally when neither where available, guest hosts where drafted in like Dale Winton and Paul O'Grady. After 2008, once both Andrea and Fiona had left, guest hosts were drafted in.
In Autumn 2000, as GMTV rebranded to GMTV Today, Lorraine'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 Lorrainebegan airing all year round, instead of breaking during school holidays, with guest presenters.
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 Lorraine's new programme Lorraine would replace GMTV with Lorraine. On 15 July 2010, Lorraine presented her last show before leaving, and throughout the Summer holidays Fiona Phillips, Emma Bunton and Kirsty Gallacher each presented her show for two weeks. Emma Bunton presented the final week of the show.
In September 2010, GMTV came to an end, with ITV Breakfast taking over. Lorraine launched with a brand new look, alongside Daybreak, and airs every weekday at 8.30 am. Each day the presenter gives a brief introduction describing what's coming up on the show, before discussing the main stories from the morning's newspapers with a male and female reviewer. On Fridays this is replaced by a showbiz update from Dan Wootton and a LA update from Ross King. The show's first guest(s) tends to be interviewed next aside from Mondays which feature Lorraine Investigates with Craig Doyle, Wednesdays which feature fashion from Mark Heyes and Thursdays which feature money-saving advice from Martin Lewis. A summary of the days news is shown at 09:00 from the Daybreak studio, presented by Ranvir Singh. The chef who is appearing that week then cooks their dish for the day in "Lorraine's Kitchen", before the final guest(s) makes their appearance. The competition that runs on Daybreak also appears throughout the show. The programme is sponsored by Garnier, having been previously being sponsored by Actimel and Jergans Naturals.
The first edition of Lorraine aired on Monday 6 September 2010. A preview on Daybreak revealed the new studio look as spacious and vibrantly coloured in a variety of pastel hues and decorative motifs dominated by pink. The sofa for the presenter and guests is pink and arranged in a semicircle around a central internally lit coffee table similar to that used for Daybreak. Lorraine's first guest was actress Gemma Arterton. The first programme also featured an interview with Sarah Parish and a recipe by TV chef James Tanner while Celia Walden and Kevin Maguire reviewed the morning's newspapers.
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-servingColin Berry.
She has made several appearances on Have I Got News for You and has also presented it.
Kelly acted as the guest host for two shows in 2006. Firstly for an episode of The Friday Night Project for Channel 4 and The New Paul O'Grady Show. She did so again for Paul O'Grady on 30 November 2006, her 47th birthdayand owing to sheer popularity, in November 2007 and April 2008.
Kelly filmed a six-part documentary series Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge shown on Bio in 2010. The series featured Kelly and a team of experts putting 'Britain's fattest family', the Chawner family through their paces in order 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.
In 2011, Kelly was the presenter of the ITV1 series Children's Hospital, and was a guest presenter on the BBC Two series Never Mind the Buzzcocks; during its 25th series. 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
Lorraine Kelly provides VoiceOver and narration on the CBeebies show Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.