Kate Gar­raway turns 50

Break­fast telly star Kate Gar­raway on reach­ing her half cen­tury and be­ing the in­spi­ra­tion for an iconic movie char­ac­ter…

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Kate Gar­raway hoots with laugh­ter re­call­ing her path to the

Good Morn­ing Bri­tain sofa.

‘My mum has cas­settes – that’s how old I am! – on which I’m pre­tend­ing to in­ter­view Mar­garet Thatcher and an­swer­ing as her in some very strange voice about why she stopped sup­ply­ing school milk.

‘So, look­ing back, I was ei­ther go­ing to be some sort of weird ven­tril­o­quist or an in­ter­viewer!’ Luck­ily, Kate chose the lat­ter and with a ca­reer of over 25 years in tele­vi­sion – 17 of those on the sofa of ITV break­fast shows – it’s hard for many of us to imag­ine wak­ing up with­out the sunny TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter.

Here, Kate talks about her Brid­get Jones al­ter-ego, em­bar­rass­ing mo­ments on the sofa, and the midlife

‘mo­ment’ she had hit­ting the big 5-0 last month…

What’s the se­cret of your suc­cess on Good Morn­ing Bri­tain? I’m cheap! The bosses here ob­vi­ously think, ‘She may not be bril­liant, but she’s the best we can get for that price!’ Se­ri­ously, it’s a huge hon­our to start peo­ple’s days on the show. What I’m proud of is peo­ple’s trust in me. When you’ve been around for as long as I have, guests on the sofa trust you with their story and view­ers trust me to han­dle it well. It’s lovely when mums, dads, nans and even kids come up to me on the street and say they can’t re­mem­ber break­fast TV with­out me on it.

What are your most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ments on the sofa?

I’ve had wardrobe mal­func­tions,

I’ve been caught eat­ing on cam­era – oh, and my phone rang live on air the day Piers Mor­gan started. It was my mum say­ing she didn’t know Piers was join­ing. The worst mo­ment was Ben Shep­hard pick­ing me up to dunk me in a pool and ac­ci­den­tally flash­ing my big nude knick­ers to the na­tion. That was a low point!

Is it true the char­ac­ter of the calamity-prone Brid­get Jones TV pre­sen­ter was based on you? Renée Zell­weger, who plays Brid­get, stud­ied tapes of GMTV for re­search and when I went on set to watch film­ing of the se­quel, Brid­get Jones’s Baby, Renée said to me, ‘You are the real Brid­get Jones, you’ve done ev­ery­thing she does’. I replied,

‘No, I’ve never flashed my knick­ers on live TV like her’, and lit­er­ally, the next week, it hap­pened!

Have you re­cov­ered from be­ing sur­prised on-air for your 50th birth­day last month?

It was a whirl­wind! My hus­band Derek sud­denly ap­peared with my kids, Darcey and Billy, and all I could think was, ‘I’m go­ing to be in so much trou­ble with their school’. Then my mum and dad came on – I’m never go­ing to trust my loved ones again!

How do you feel turn­ing 50?

I’ve writ­ten a book about it, The Joy of Big Knick­ers, be­cause, in truth, I did have a midlife mo­ment last year. I won’t call it a midlife cri­sis be­cause I as­so­ciate that with run­ning off with a toy­boy and, un­for­tu­nately, that didn’t hap­pen! But I had lots of ques­tions about life, love, death and what’s go­ing to hap­pen to me.

Kate’s not fazed by her mile­stone Sofa co-hosts:

Ben Shep­hard and Kate Gar­raway

Big day in Brid­get’s di­ary: Renée Zell­weger re­searched Kate on tv

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