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Lorraine Kelly

1959 -

Lorraine Kelly
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Lorraine Kelly

Television presenter and journalist, known for her cheery personality. Born in Glasgow, Kelly grew up in Bridgeton and East Kilbride, where she was educated at Claremont High School. In 1982, she began as a trainee reporter for the East Kilbride News. She then became a researcher for BBC Scotland, but quickly moved to TV-AM as a reporter. By 1988, Kelly was a presenter of the TV-AM breakfast show Good Morning Britain. When the morning TV franchise was lost by TV-AM (1992), Kelly joined the successor company, GMTV, as their anchor. After time out to have children she returned to breakfast television as a key presenter. She also has a lunchtime show on Talk Radio, hosts House Hunters for ITV and writes a column for the Sun newspaper. Renowned for not taking herself too seriously, Kelly appears regularly on talk shows. Having become almost a cult figure, she has an enthusiastic and diverse fan club, made up from housewives, students and, surprisingly, gay men, for whom she has become a most unlikely icon, following her appearance on the cover of the magazine Boyz. In 2004, Kelly's student fans elected her Rector of the University of Dundee. She was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list of 2012.

Kelly now lives near Maidenhead (Berkshire, England).

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