It seems that the queen of daytime TV, Lorraine Kelly has just landed another job to add on her fabulous CV. The presenter will give voice to a character in the series “Phineas and Ferb”, following the steps of David Beckam, Gary Lineker or Jamie Oliver. She said she was attracted to do this because the series has become like a cult. I loved the fact that I’m a figure of authority with a gavel. I had to shout ‘Order, Order’. I took my inspiration from Betty Boothroyd, who was such a brilliant Speaker of the House of Commons, she said about her latest job.
So with this new job under her belt we have to take a look back at her career path and the many wonderful things she did, from her early journalistic days to the becoming UK favourite breakfast broadcaster.
Lorraine Paula Kelly was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 30 November 1959, where she spent her first years of her life. After this she moved to East Kilbride for high school and university but things didn’t turn out as planned. Instead of accepting a university place to read English and Russian, she took a job at the East Kilbride News, the local newspaper, starting her journalistic career. After this she joined BBC Scotland as a researcher and moved after a year at TV-am as an on-screen reporter covering the Scottish news.
In 1989 she started presenting the “Summer Sunday” programme with Geoff Meade, and soon after she became the main presenter of “Good Morning Britain” with Mike Morris. Later, in 1993 she helped the launch of GMTV, where she kept presenting various programmes, including the breakfast show. The “GMTV with Lorraine” morning show ran for 6 years.
“Lorraine” and ITV
In 2010 GMTV was acquired by ITV plc, and so” GMTV with Lorraine” came to an end. But that wasn’t the end for our lovely presenter. She came back with a brand new look and a brand new show called simply “Lorraine”. The show airs every weekday at 8:30 in the morning and features all sorts of information, from the daily news, to recipes, fashion, lifestyle, etc. In May 2012, Lorraine took over from Christine Bleakley on the programme “Daybreak”.
Besides her work as a breakfast programme host, Lorraine Kelly has been on various TV projects, like being Britain’s spokesperson at the Eurovision Song Contest for two years in a row, she made several appearances and also presented “Have I Got News For You”, she filmed an ITV documentary called “Secrets Revealed-DNA Stories”. She has also made a six-part documentary series about “Britain’s fattest family” and their transformation towards a healthier life and a slimmer body. The show was called “Lorraine Kelly’s Big Fat Challenge” and ran in 2010 on Bio.
Lorraine also writes weekly columns for “The Sun” ,“The Sunday Post” and “Woman’s Own” magazine and she has been a radio host for three years on Talk Radio. She is also a published author with books on nutrition and healthy lifestyle, children’s eating plans and staying young and fit.
She now lives in Dundee, Scotland with her family. She moved back there in 2005, dividing her time between London and Scotland. Lorraine is a devoted fan of Dundee United and tries to go to every game she can. She is also involved in lots of charity work, participating in marathons (three in London and one in New York) and she’s takes part in the Moonwalk for breast cancer aid. In 2009 was asked to be an Honorary Colonel of the Black Watch cadets and she has recently been awarded the OBE for services to charity and armed forces by HM The Queen.
With all this going on in her life she still considers she has the best job in the world!