British television is fortunate to have a string of charismatic and quirky female presenters, many of whom are now entrusted to host some of the biggest shows in UK entertainment. Whether it’s hard-hitting documentaries, light-hearted gameshows or weekday morning lifestyle shows, Britain’s terrestrial and satellite TV networks are brimming with female talent, which is great to see.
There are five presenting stars in particular that are rapidly becoming some of the most in-demand TV anchors due to their quirkiness and engaging personalities. Many of whom have been recognised at the nation’s highly reputable television awards.
Lara Lewington is a former weather presenter for the Five network. After six years on the weather, Lewington anchored the showbiz news for Five News, before moving to Sky News. She has since co-presented on the BBC’s Click programme, which is a popular weekly show exploring the latest technology developments around the globe. Lewington also appears regularly on shows like Newsnight and ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish. Lewington is also the wife of MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis, who has become one of the UK’s leading influencers in the world of consumer finance.
Holly is undoubtedly the face of Britain’s morning television, with her partnership with co-presenter Philip Schofield on ITV’s This Morning proving a multi-award-winning combination. Having started out as a professional model, Willoughby demonstrated her presenting potential on children’s television, which earnt her a first BAFTA. Since then, her career has grown from strength to strength, presenting Dancing on Ice, Celebrity Juice and Surprise Surprise to name but a few reality and gameshow titles. Willoughby was even selected as Anthony McPartlin’s replacement alongside Declan Donnelly in the nationwide hit reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Willoughby is also a brand ambassador of Garnier, promoting the benefits of skincare to viewers across the UK.
Victoria Coren Mitchell
Victoria Coren Mitchell is a host of the popular gameshow Only Connect on the iconic BBC network, as well as the Women Talking About Cars show on BBC Radio 4. She is also a regular guest panelist on a string of popular entertainment shows, namely QI. She spent eight years featuring on the hit show Would I Lie to You? This particular show also featured her now-husband, David Mitchell. One of Coren Mitchell’s biggest claims to fame is that she used to be a professional poker player. In 2006, she became the first woman to win a European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event and followed that up by becoming the first lady to win two EPT Main Events in 2014, although this achievement has since been equalled.
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Stacey Dooley received an MBE in 2018 for her services to broadcasting. Such has been the impact of her hard-hitting documentaries on some of the most pressing societal issues in the UK and beyond. The Stacey Dooley Investigates shows, which explored difficult topics such as people trafficking, domestic abuse, corruption and pollution, proved a tremendous hit with the British viewers. Since then, Dooley has appeared on several reality television shows including the iconic Strictly Come Dancing show. She would go on to win the competition in 2018 and her dance partner Kevin Clifton has gone on to become her boyfriend.
Mel Giedroyc is one half of the hugely popular female presenting double act ‘Mel and Sue’. Giedroyc co-presented a string of television shows with her good friend Sue Perkins, including The Great British Bake Off and Channel 4’s Light Lunch. Known for her dry wit and hilarious one-liners, Giedroyc is a feel-good presenter. In 2017, Giedroyc hosted her inaugural episode of Have I Got News for You – a light-hearted take on the country’s current affairs. She has also proven herself to be a presenter for more serious occasions, having co-presented Children in Need in the same year.
This tribute to Britain’s female presenters is only a tip of the iceberg too. There are many more fantastic women making significant contributions in front of the cameras, including Rochelle Humes, Lisa Faulkner and BBC Question Time’s Fiona Bruce.