TV Presenter & Model
Laura Whitmore is one of the UK’s most recognisable television presenters.
After gaining a degree in journalism and editing her student magazine at Dublin City University, Laura began her career in media as a researched on Irish national radio station, Newstalk. Yet it was her entry in MTV Network’s Europe Campaign, ‘Pick Me MTV’, which kick started Laura’s career in front of the camera in 2008.
Beating 3000 other hopefuls, Laura won the coveted MTV News role on the international music station. Hosting news bulletins for MTV in Ireland, UK and pan-European MTV channels, she also reported from some of the biggest music and film festivals around the world, interviewing names such as Coldplay, Sir Michael Caine, Robert Downey Jr and Justin Bieber.
2011 saw Laura take over from Caroline Flack on ITV2’s prime-time series, ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now!’. Alongside co-hosts Joe Swash and Russell Kane, Laura anchored the series for five consecutive years.
The Olympic year of 2012 saw Laura selected to carry the Olympic Torch, and host The Beat with Dave Berry and Darren McMullen, which was broadcast live each night throughout the Olympics. This was also the first year Whitmore fronted the Brits coverage for ITV2, which she has now hosted for five years.
2013 saw Laura branch into fashion, as she was signed to the Special Bookings Division at top London modelling agency, Select Models. A year later in 2014, she joined the BBC Eurovision team as a commentator for the semi-finals alongside Scott Mills, and co-hosted the ’11th Irish Film and Television Awards with Simon Delaney’.
Whitmore’s interest in fashion was furthered in 2015, with the launch of her first festival inspired jewellery range with Daisy, alongside her catwalk debut in London Fashion Week, walking for Bora Aksu.
Laura has taken on a number of commercial roles, having been an ambassador for Ponds, fronting a campaign for Scholl and being an Avon Breast Cancer Crusader. She has also worked with brands including Samsung, Avios, Aussie, Follie Follie and Gallo.
2016 saw Laura host the online coverage for BAFTA sponsor EE, and front ITV1’s ‘The Brits Are Coming’, her first solo hosting role for the channel. Laura also enjoyed a fantastic stint as a contestant on BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, putting her dancing to the test! Laura also recently launched her second jewellery collection with Daisy.
In 2017, she was cast in the stage adaptation of Peter James’ Sunday Times bestselling crime novel Not Dead Enough to rave reviews and toured all over the UK and Ireland for 6 months. She has studied Shakespeare at RADA and Performance at the Leinster School of Music and Drama.
In Feb 2018, she travelled to South Africa to host a new show for ITV2 Survival of the Fittest , the ultimate battle of the sexes from the makers of Love Island , for ITV Studios . March 2018, she was announced as Ambassador for Diet Coke Ireland and worked with brands including the Californian Almond Board, The Woolmark Company, Holland & Barrett, The Body Shop, Hello Fresh, Natwest and Bumble .
Across Summer 2018 Laura covered Richard Arnold’s Entertainment slot on Good Morning Britain . In May 2018, Laura co-hosted the Afternoon Edition for BBC Radio 5 Live with Nihal Arthanayake which led to her securing and presenting her very first radio show for the station Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session which aired in July 2018. During the six-part series, Laura chewed the fat over everything that caught her eye over the week – a mix of news, current affairs, entertainment and music formed the topics each week and there were an eclectic mix of ‘Sunday Roast’ interview guests including the likes of Alanis Morissette, All Saints, Aidan Turner and the first female Irish president, Mary Robinson.
Laura joined Nihal again in November 2018 for a special Afternoon Edition live from BBC Introducing which featured the very best unsigned music artists and also a live interview and performance from Tom Grennan.
Her first radio documentary aired in December 2018 for BBC Radio 5 Live titled Losing My Religion whereby Laura tackled what religion means in the 21st Century.
Laura supports a number of charities close to her heart and was named a goodwill ambassador for Unicef in 2018.
Having hosted hosted spin-off shows for I’m A Celebrity and BGT, Laura is an excellent event host. She’s also a regular presenter at music festivals, and a successful model making her the perfect MC for an event.