Lorraine Kelly: I've the social life of a toddler, but it's worth it

Can the fast-tweeting, David Bowie-loving TV fanatic give Daybreak a lift?

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Lorraine Kelly: I've the social life of a toddler, but it's worth it
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Claire Webb

What can’t you miss?

I am a Corrie devotee. I’ve watched it all my life so I especially love the older characters, like Ken and Deidre – they’re old friends.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

The E! channel. My daughter got me into it. It's car-crash stories you can’t take your eyes off. At the moment we’re fascinated by Mrs Eastwood & Company, which is about Clint Eastwood’s wife and daughters. What baffles me is why Clint Eastwood ever agreed to it.

What makes you blush?

I’m not a great fan of sex scenes. If it’s done well then it’s fine; but if it’s done in a showy, gratuitous way, I don’t particularly enjoy that.

What’s brought a tear to your eye?

The episode of Frasier where Niles had a heart operation. I adored Frasier and still watch reruns to this day. Oh yes, and I was really emotional when I met the Queen recently [Lorraine received an OBE for services to charity and the Armed Forces in July]. I cried pretty much through the whole thing. It was a real honour but also, oddly, like meeting somebody that you feel you know.

Do you find people feel the same way about you?

Yeah, people come up to me and chat away. I take it as a massive compliment that they feel they can do that; that you’re a friend.

You are the new co-host of Daybreak from this week who would be your dream guest?

I have been a fan of David Bowie since 1969 and I would dearly love to interview him. But I think I would be beside myself. I probably wouldn’t make any sense at all; I would be a gibbering wreck.

Are you a natural early bird?

I’ve had to be. It would be difficult if I weren’t; especially now I’ve got a 4am start. I’m pretty organised. I always do my homework the night before and make sure I know what I’m doing. On the way into work I have the news on the radio so I can get up to speed while I read the papers in the back of the car.

How do you pep yourself up?

I don’t really need to. There is always so much going on, such a buzz in the studio. Sometimes I think we should transmit what goes on in the make-up room! All the guests are in there and we have great chats.

How do you wind down in the evenings?

Telly - an awful lot of it. I’m a real square-eyes and I can exist on not much sleep, so I don’t go to bed as early as I should. But now I’m doing Daybreak, I try to be asleep by 10 o’clock, that’s my maximum. I’ve the social life of a toddler, but it’s worth it.

Do you google yourself?

Not really, no. I read the papers every day so you’ll sometimes see yourself on the front of magazines, which I still find hilarious. It’s a part of the job, but I don’t take it too seriously.

But you tweet a lot, don’t you?

Yeah, I find Twitter really useful. You get a lot of feedback, which is really good for me. I’ll take out my phone and there will be hundreds of tweets saying people enjoyed this, or they liked that; more of this, less of that - it’s a very good way to get instant reaction.


QUICKFIRE Q&A

1.Radio 4 or Radio 2?

Radio 4.

2. TOWIE or Made in Chelsea?

Neither.

3. Strictly or X Factor?

X Factor.

4. News at Ten or Have I Got News For You?

They’re equally important.

5. Bake Off or Celebrity MasterChef?

That’s tough. Bake Off. 


Lorraine Kelly is the new Daybreak co-host with Aled Jones from Monday 6am ITV1

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