Lorraine Kelly OBE is a popular Scottish Actress, journalist, and writer, who has regularly appeared on daytime TV through GMTV, ITV Breakfast, Daybreak and on her eponymous Lorraine.
Lorraine turned down a place at University to study English and Russian, in favour of a job at the East Kilbride News, her local newspaper. After kick starting her career, Lorraine then joined BBC Scotland as a researcher in 1983. Within a year she moved to TV-am as an on-screen reporter, covering Scottish news from 1984 to 1993, before moving to GMTV until 2010. Between 2012 and 2014, Lorraine was the main female presenter of ITV‘s Daybreak, which she co-hosted from Monday to Thursdays with Aled Jones. Once Lorraine reached the screen, she shot to fame thanks to her charming character and natural presenting skills.
In April 1991, Lorraine was awarded the TRIC Diamond Jubilee Award for New Talent of the Year, a deserving accolade for her TV breakthrough. In 2008, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Dundee for her influential services to charity. Within the next decade, Lorraine was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Edinburgh Napier University. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours, for services to charity and the armed forces. Within two years, Kelly also received a special Scottish BAFTA award honouring her 30-year television career.
Lorraine is renowned for her contribution to countless charities, raising millions of pounds for those in need whilst representing Worldwide Cancer Research, Help for Heroes and The Courtyard as a celebrity patron. Lorraine is also a supporter of the advocacy charity POhWER (People of Hertfordshire Wants Equal Rights), she once 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”. In 2011, Kelly took part in the BT Red Nose Desert Trek in the Kaisut Desert for Comic Relief, in which they raised £1,375,037 for children suffering from poverty. Within the same year, Lorraine became an ambassador and presenter for STV Children’s Appeal, as well as an ambassador for the charity Sightsavers.
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