STAR PRO­FILE:

Kirsty Young, Crime­watch, BBC1, Thur­day, 9.00pm.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Television -

Im­age: Feisty sty pre­sen­ter. Best known wn for: Be­ing the he glamorous face of tele­vised crime­fight­ing. Early life: Born Novem­ber mber 23, 1968 in East ast Kil­bride. Her r fa­ther, a po­lice­man, walked lk d out when h she h was two months old. Her mother then mar­ried a joiner and the fam­ily moved to Stir­ling in cen­tral Scot­land. She went to Switzer­land to work as an au pair af­ter leav­ing school. Ca­reer: Her first break was work­ing as a con­ti­nu­ity an­nouncer on BBC Ra­dio Scot­land. She went from read­ing the 6am fish­ing re­ports to host­ing phone-in ra­dio shows, be­fore be­ing poached by STV to co-an­chor the lunchtime news pro­gramme. Af­ter a spell as rov­ing re­porter for Film 96, she was snapped up as an­chor­woman for FiveNews when the chan­nel was launched in 1997. She joined ITN in Jan­uary 2000 as the co-pre­sen­ter of the lunchtime news, and won praise for her pro­fes­sion­al­ism dur­ing the rolling ITV news cov­er­age on Septem­ber 11. Her two-year stint at ITV ended when she re­turned to a newlook FiveNews as the main an­chor; she left in Au­gust 2007 and cur­rently presents Ra­dio 4’s Desert Is­landDiscs and the BBC’s Crime­watch. Love life: Young mar­ried mil­lion­aire Nick Jones, the owner of trendy me­dia club Soho House, in 1999. They have two daugh­ters, Freya and Iona Jones. Don’t men­tion: Her dan­ger­ously high blood pres­sure dur­ing preg­nancy, which doc­tors feared could de­velop into pre-eclamp­sia, a po­ten­tially lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tion. Quote: “I’m not lead­ing a sort of Dy­nasty life­style. I don’t bathe in cham­pagne.”

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