Laura’s first strut to fame on Late Late

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Ni­amh Walsh SHOW­BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR ni­amh.walsh@mailon­sun­

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

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