Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford, known as Gloria Hunniford is a Northern Irish television and radio presenter, best known for her presenting roles with the BBC and ITV, most recently Rip Off Britain alongside Julia Somerville and Angela Rippon, although she has been a regular reporter on This Morning and The One Show.
Hunniford was born in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, into a Protestant family; her father was a member of the Orange Order.
Hunniford started as a BBC production assistant in Belfast, and a local radio broadcaster. In the 1970s and 1980s, she was the presenter of Good Evening Ulster and on the ITV Network Sunday Sunday and We Love TV.
In August 2010, Hunniford appeared as a panellist/presenter on the ITV daytime programme 3@Three.
Since 2010, Hunniford has co-presented Rip Off Britain, a consumer complaints programme on BBC Television with Angela Rippon and, for the first two series, Jennie Bond, and then, for the third series, with Julia Somerville replacing Bond. Together, the trio of Hunniford, Rippon and Somerville also presented Charlie's Consumer Angels.
In 2012, Hunniford presented the BBC One documentary series Doorstep Crime 999
Good Evening Ulster
We Love TV
Strictly Come Dancing
The One Show
Regular contributor and reporter
Rip Off Britain
Doorstep Crime 999
The Travelling Picture Show
Only broadcast in Northern Ireland
Home Away From Home
On BBC ONE
Hunniford has appeared on numerous programmes including Gloria Live, Wogan, Holiday, Songs of Praise, That's Showbusiness, Kilroy and Sunday, Sunday.
In 2003, Hunniford appeared in two episodes of Loose Women as a guest panellist.
In 2008, Hunniford was a regular panellist on Through the Keyhole. On 27 September 2013, Hunniford appeared on an episode of Piers Morgan's Life Stories'. On 28 January 2014, Hunniford took part in an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and won £5,000 for The Caron Keating Foundation.
Strictly Come Dancing:
In 2005, Hunniford appeared in the third series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, dancing with Darren Bennett and was eliminated from the competition on the third week.
Hunniford had her own daily radio show on BBC Radio 2, starting off with the lunchtime show before moving to the early afternoon slot in 1985 where she remained for 10 years. Hunniford also hosted Sounding Brass a music phone-in request programme with a live brass band, devised by radio producer Owen Spencer-Thomas.
Hunniford married hairdresser Stephen Way in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in September 1998.
Hunniford's daughter Caron Keating (5 October 1962 - 13 April 2004) died of breast cancer in Kent. Hunniford set up a cancer charity in her daughter's name the Caron Keating Foundation. Hunniford claims that a white feather fell at her feet during the funeral of her daughter, when there was no evidence of where it came from in the surroundings. Hunniford often claims to find in unusual places such as studios etc. white feathers, which she believes are a message card from her daughter, informing her that she is in a good place.
On the Alan Titchmarsh Show on 6 May 2011, Hunniford revealed her support for David Cameron's Conservative-led coalition government, describing herself as "a bit of a David Cameron fan", although she criticised the government's decision to continue giving aid to Pakistan when it was making cuts in the UK. In August 2014, Hunniford was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
Hunniford has made a health and exercise video called Fit for Life.