Kate Garraway: her husband, children and Strictly Come Dancing

We find out more about the popular TV presenter.

Kate Garraway

by Emily Gilbert |

TV presenter Kate Garraway has been at the forefront of a lot of headlines over the last year following her husband's fight with coronavirus. But how much do you know about Kate?

How old is Kate Garraway?

Kathryn Mary Garraway was born 4 May 1967, making her currently 53 years old.

Kate Garraway's husband

Kate married Ian Rumsey, her former boss at ITV Meridian in 1998 however the couple sadly divorced in 2002.

In September 2005, Kate married Derek Draper in Camden, London. Derek was a political aide to former Labour cabinet minister Peter Mandelson.

In March 2020, Derek was diagnosed with COVID-19. He continues to remain in the hospital following his fight with the virus.

Kate Garraway's children

Kate and Derek have two children together, daughter Darcey and son Billy.

Kate Garraway's career

Kate is well known for having presented GMTV which she joined in September 2000, co-presenting GMTV Today with the likes of Andrew Castle, Fiona Phillips and Emma Crosby.

When GMTV relaunched in 2009, she co-hosted the programme with Ben Shephard, Eamonn Holmes, John Stapleton and Dan Lobb. She presented her final show on 31 August 2010.

Kate went on to join Daybreak, the successor to GMTV for several years however in 2014, it was announced that Daybreak would be cancelled and replaced with Good Morning Britain, which Kate joined as interim main presenter.

She hosted the show four times a week until Piers Morgan joined the show later in the year.

Strictly Come Dancing

Kate appeared in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional dancer Anton du Beke.

Despite receiving the lowest score from the judges in every week but one, Kate proved popular with viewers as she was repeatedly saved by the public vote. She went on to finish 8th of the 14 couples.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Adding another show to her remit, in November 2019, Kate took part in the nineteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Narrowly missing out on the top three, Kate came fourth in the show, leaving on day 21.

Kate Garraway's book

In 2020, Kate announced she would share her and Derek's personal experience in a book.

As well as recounting how the coronavirus took hold of her family's lives, she writes about how she is coping with the uncertainty of their future, how she's supporting her children through this traumatic time, how she has found strength in community and how she strives to hold on to hope even at the darkest of times.

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