A Scottish television presenter, journalist and actress, best known as a morning television presenter. Lorraine Kelly is patron of The Association for International Cancer Research.
Lorraine was born in Gorbals, Glasgow. 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 traineeship at the East Kilbride News, her local newspaper. She then joined BBC Scotland as a researcher in 1983. Lorraine’s first on screen reporting was in 1984 on TV-am.
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.
Lorraine is currently co-presenter of ITV breakfast programme Daybreak. She also hosts her own morning chat show Lorraine. Lorraine has also made appearances in other television shows, serving as a guest presenters on shows such as Have I Got News for You and This Morning. Lorraine has also made acting appearances in the Scottish sitcom, Still Game and the soap opera, River City.
Lorraine writes weekly columns for The Sun and The Sunday Post. She was announced as the first Agony Aunt for the Royal Air Force's fortnightly RAF News on 7 October 2009.
As well as being the celebrity patron of the Association for International Cancer Research and the Muscle Help Foundation, Lorraine has taken part in many fundraising initiatives including , in 2011, the BT Red Nose Desert Trek which took place in the Kaisut Desert for Comic Relief raising £1,375,037.00
Lorraine 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.
- Since June 2009 Lorraine Kelly has been an Honorary Colonel in the Black Watch cadets.
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