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Kate Garraway

Kate Garraway
Garraway at a gala screening of Turbo in London, November 2013
Born Kathryn Mary Garraway
(1967-05-04) 4 May 1967
Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity White British
Occupation Journalist, presenter
Years active 1994–present
Agent ROAR Global
Television Presenting:
GMTV (2000–10)
The Biggest Loser (2009)
Daybreak (2010–14)[1]
Lorraine (2010–14)
The National Lottery Draws (2014—)
Good Morning Britain (2014—)
Spouse(s) Ian Rumsey (m. 1998–2002)
Derek Draper (m. 2005)
Children Darcey (b. 2006)
William/Billy (b. 2009)
Website Official Twitter

Kathryn Mary "Kate" Garraway (born 4 May 1967) is an English television and radio presenter, freelancing primarily with ITV, Smooth Radio and the BBC.

Garraway presents a mid-morning show on Smooth Radio on weekdays as well as the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Initially, Garraway appeared only on Thursdays in order to provide cover for Charlotte Hawkins. However, since Hawkins' maternity leave Garraway has appeared more regularly and currently presents the show four times each week. Previously, she hosted various episodes of the Good Morning Britain's' predecessor Daybreak from 2010 until its axe in April 2014. She was also a regular co-presenter on the earlier programme GMTV between 2000 and 2010.

Garraway also presents The National Lottery Draws on Saturday evenings for BBC One.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Television 2.1
      • ITV Breakfast 2.1.1
      • Strictly Come Dancing 2.1.2
    • Radio 2.2
  • Personal life 3
    • Charity 3.1
  • Filmography 4
    • Presenting 4.1
      • Guest appearances 4.1.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Garraway's father was a civil servant and her mother was a teacher. She attended Dunmore Primary School and Fitzharrys School in Abingdon.[2] She then graduated from Bath College of Higher Education with a BA in English and History.



In 1994, Garraway joined the South edition of ITV News Central on ITV Central as a production journalist, reporter and news presenter. In 1996, she became co-presenter of the South East edition of ITV News Meridian on ITV Meridian, she was "talent spotted" by a boss who viewed Garraway presenting a three-minute bulletin on ITV Central.

In 1997, she gained national exposure on BBC News 24, when she presented such stories as the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. In 1998, Garraway joined Sunrise on Sky News with Martin Stanford.

ITV Breakfast

Garraway joined GMTV in September 2000 co-presenting GMTV Today with Andrew Castle each Fridays (and Thursdays later on). Garraway eventually went on to share presenting duties with Fiona Phillips and Emma Crosby. In 2009, when GMTV relaunched, she co-hosted the programme with Ben Shephard, presenting on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays. During Garraway's time at GMTV, she had also co-presented with Eamonn Holmes, John Stapleton, Emma Crosby and Dan Lobb. She presented her final show on 31 August 2010.

She became entertainment editor of Daybreak on ITV Breakfast (the successor of GMTV) in September 2010.[1] On 6 December 2011, she took over from Christine Bleakley as the main presenter on an interim basis.[3] On 4 May 2012, it was announced Lorraine Kelly would become the permanent replacement for Bleakley in September 2012.[4][5] On 3 August 2012, it was revealed that Garraway had signed a new contract to present each Friday in Kelly's absence.[6] On 15 February 2014, it was announced Kelly would additionally front the Friday edition of Lorraine.[7][8]

On 3 March 2014, it was revealed that Daybreak would be axed and replaced with Good Morning Britain which Garraway currently co-presents on Thursday mornings, beginning on 15 May.[9] However, with these changes, came the news that Lorraine Kelly would be presenting Lorraine five days a week, meaning that Garraway no longer continued to present Kelly's show on Fridays. She hosted her final Daybreak and Lorraine shows on 25 April 2014 ahead of joining Good Morning Britain the following month. Since joining Good Morning Britain, Garraway's appearances on Lorraine have stopped.[10]

Strictly Come Dancing

Garraway appeared in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional dancer Anton du Beke. Garraway finished 8th of the 14 couples despite receiving the lowest score from the judges in every week but one, as she was repeatedly saved by the public vote, prior to her elimination in week seven.[11]

In February 2008, Garraway launched legal action against the Sunday Mirror after it published a photograph of her embracing du Beke, insinuating that they were having an affair, which the pair both denied.[12]

Week Dance/Song Judges' scores Total Result
Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
2 Quickstep / "Love Machine" 2 4 5 4 15 Safe
3 Tango / "They" 4 5 5 5 19 Safe
4 Samba / "Dancing Queen" 3 3 6 4 16 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "I Could Write a Book" 5 7 7 7 26 Safe
6 Salsa / "Peanut Vendor" 3 4 6 5 18 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Somebody Told Me" 4 5 7 5 21 Eliminated


Garraway's broadcasting career began with BBC Radio Oxford, and she had become an Independent Television News trainee journalist by 1994.

On 18 and 19 August 2012, Garraway co-presented two episodes of 'Weekend Breakfast' (with Colin Paterson). Over the weekend of 8 September, Garraway again presented 'Weekend Breakfast' with Colin Patterson[13] On 6 October 2013, she stood in for Andrew Castle for a show on LBC Radio.

Since March 2014, Garraway has presented a mid-morning show weekdays on Smooth Radio.[14]

Personal life

Garraway married Ian Rumsey, her former boss at ITV Meridian east, in her hometown of Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 1998. They divorced in April 2002.

In September 2005, Garraway married Derek Draper in Camden, London. Draper was a political aide to former Labour cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, and was at the centre of the scandal known as 'Lobbygate'.[15] The couple's first child, Darcey Mary Draper, a baby girl, was born in Hammersmith and Fulham, London, on 10 March 2006.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Garraway built an extension to her home without planning permission from the local council. She attempted to put in a retrospective planning application but it failed to appease them and was told to scale down the extension to her North London home.[16]


Garraway is a charity ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[17]



Year Title Role Episodes
1998–2000 Sunrise News Presenter
2000–2010 GMTV Co-presenter Alternating
2003–2014 Loose Women Stand-in anchor 2003 (1 episode), 2004 (3 episodes), 2006 (4 episodes), 2009 (1 episode), 2013 (1 episode), 2014 (2 episodes)
Guest Panellist 1 episode (2003), 2 episodes (2004)
2004 Too Many Cooks Presenter Series 1
2005 This Morning Guest Presenter 1 episode
2007 Strictly Come Dancing Participant
The People's Quiz Questioner All
2009 The Biggest Loser Presenter Series 3 (40 episodes)
2010–2014 Daybreak Presenter Entertainment Editor (2010–2011)
Acting Monday–Friday presenter (2011–2012)
Friday presenter (2012–2014)
2010–2014 Lorraine Presenter Guest presenter (2010–2011, 2014)
Friday presenter (2012–2014)
2014— The National Lottery Draws Presenter In rotation with Gaby Roslin
Good Morning Britain Main Presenter Mondays-Fridays

Guest appearances


  1. ^ a b Daybreak Press Pack, 31 August 2010
  2. ^ Daily Mail Weekend Interview. 25 August 2012, p6
  3. ^ Adrian Chiles, Christine Bleakley to leave 'Daybreak' on Monday? Daniel Sperling, Digital Spy, 2 December 2011
  4. ^ DaybreakNew presenters announced for ITV's ITV News, 4 May 2012
  5. ^ DaybreakLorraine Kelly and Aled Jones unveiled as the new hosts of Digital Spy, 4 May 2012
  6. ^ Kate's 'special offer' website dream turns sourDaybreak Richard Kay, Daily Mail, 3 August 2012
  7. ^ but stay with ITV after striking bumper new dealDaybreakLorraine Kelly to leave Piers Eady, The Mirror, 15 February 2014
  8. ^ to front her own show full timeDaybreakLorraine Kelly leaving Radio Times, 15 February 2014
  9. ^ Susanna Reid quits BBC for ITV as Daybreak is axed BBC News, 3 March 2014
  10. ^ [7]
  11. ^ Strictly Come Dancing (series 5)
  12. ^ Garraway to sue Sunday Mirror The Guardian, 12 February 2008
  13. ^ BBC Radio 5Live - Weekend Breakfast - Episodes by date, August 2012 BBC 5Live, 18 August 2012
  14. ^ Simon Bates parts company with Smooth Radio John Plunkett, The Guardian, 24 February 2014
  15. ^ PM attacked over lobbyists BBC News, 8 July 1998
  16. ^ "More woe for GMTV's Kate Garraway as parking officials crush her car". Daily Mail (London). 18 August 2007. 
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