Laura’s first strut to fame on Late Late
THERE’S a surprise in store in this November 2003 clip from the Late Late Show, just released from the archives.
Host Pat Kenny is overseeing a catwalk contest, Irish Supermodel of the Year, 2003 – and one of the contestants looks strangely familiar.
The would-be model with chestnut hair in a black dress is none other than Laura Whitmore, then an 18-year-old journalism student at DCU.
More than 6,000 girls from around the country entered the contest and Laura made it as far as the final 15.
As she takes to the catwalk in the clip, Kenny introduces her: ‘Next we’re going to Bray in Co. Wicklow to meet 18-yearold Laura Anne Whitmore, a journalism student and ideally, if she becomes a successful fashion model, she would also like to write and she’d like to write professionally’.
As it turned out, her future lay in neither field: instead, she turned into an international TV star, first with MTV and then ITV.
Her TV fame also made her a staple of the gossip pages of newspapers and glossy magazines.
It was a different competition that launched her career: an MTV talent search to find a new face for MTV News.
She applied and beat thousands of others to land the coveted job, becoming the Bryan Dobson of pop music and showbiz.
She reached a wider audience as the co-host of the after-show for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
And more recently, she has branched into acting, taking a role in Amy Huberman’s RTÉ comedy, Finding Joy.
Laura is now dating another TV celebrity, Iain Sterling, who provides the voiceover for Love Island.
It’s thought that he may now have moved in with her at her apartment in London.
growing up: Laura Whitmore has flourished into a television celebrity
stage presence: A teen Laura Whitmore on the catwalk in 2003 as Late Late host Pat Kenny introduces her and inset that unmistakeable assured smile