Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford, (1940-04-10) 10 April 1940 (age 73), Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK
Television and radio presenter, singer
Don Keating (m. 1970-92) (divorced), Stephen Way (m. 1998)
Caron Keating (1962-2004; deceased),
Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford, known as Gloria Hunniford (born 10 April 1940) 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.
1 Early life,
2.2 Guest appearances
2.2.1 Strictly Come Dancing,
3 Personal life
3.1 Caron Keating,
4 Other work,
6 External links,
Hunniford was born in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, into a Protestant family; her father was a member of the Orange Order. Named after actress Gloria Swanson, Hunniford was originally a singer. She was popular in her native Northern Ireland, worked in Canada and has made many records.
Gloria started off 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, she 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 along 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
Regularly reviews the newspapers on the show
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
Hunniford has appeared on numerous programmes including Gloria Live, Wogan, Holiday, Songs of Praise, That's Showbusiness, Kilroy and Sunday, Sunday.
In 2003, she appeared in two episodes of Loose Women as a guest panellist.
In 2008, Gloria was a regular panellist on Through the Keyhole. She was the subject of an episode of Piers Morgan's Life Stories which aired on 27 September 2013.
Strictly Come Dancing:
In 2005, Gloria appeared on the BBC's pro-celebrity ballroom dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing, dancing with Darren Bennett. She 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. She also hosted Sounding Brass a music phone-in request programme with a live brass band, the idea devised by radio producer Owen Spencer-Thomas.
While working for the BBC in Belfast, she met cameraman and later BBC current affairs producer Don Keating (1936-1997). The couple married in 1970 and had a daughter and two sons; the couple separated in 1985 and divorced in 1992. He died of heart disease aged 61.
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.
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. This led to her setting 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. She claims often 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.
Hunniford has made a health and exercise video called Fit for Life.