Since 2011, Kelly has hosted the annual STV Children's Appeal. She hosts the telethon and sister shows 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, Lorraine returned in November 94 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 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 will co-present Wedding Day Winners with Rob Beckett. The show will air on Saturday nights on BBC One.
Kelly hosted the 2014 & 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
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.
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.
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.
Honorary military appointment
Kelly lives in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, with her husband, television cameraman Steve 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".
|1984–1992||Good Morning Britain||Presenter||ITV|
|1993–2010||GMTV with Lorraine||Presenter|
|1995||The Street Party||Herself|
|One Foot in the Grave||Herself||BBC One|
|Never Can Say Goodbye: The Sheena Easton Story||Narrator|
|Faking It||Herself||Channel 4|
|2003–2004||Eurovision Song Contest||United Kingdom vote presenter|
|2003–2005, 2016||This Morning||Presenter|
|2004||Making Your Mind Up||Herself – Jury Member|
|2006||River City||Herself||BBC Scotland|
|2007||Still Game||Television presenter||BBC Two|
|2010||Celebrity Pressure Cooker||Presenter|
|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||Presenter||Channel 5|
|2016||Lorraine & Friends||Presenter||STV|
|Lorraine Kelly's Hogmanay||Presenter|
|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)
|2014||Pudsey: The Movie||Cat (voice)|