I’m a Celebrity’s Louise Minchin: her husband, stalker and podcast

Find out more about the former BBC Breakfast presenter.

Louise Minchin

by Emily Gilbert |

She's been a household name for decades having presented BBC Breakfast for nearly 20 years before leaving the show and stepping into the I'm A Celebrity castle, but how much do you know about journalist and presenter Louise Minchin?

Louise Minchin's age

Born on 8 September 1968, Louise is currently 53.

Who is Louise Minchin's husband?

Louise married restaurateur and investor David Minchin in June 1998. The couple share two daughters, Scarlett and Mia.

Louise on BBC Breakfast

After 20 years at the helm of BBC Breakfast, fans were disappointed when Louise announced in June she was leaving the show's iconic red sofa. "I've decided that it is time that I stop setting my alarm for 3.40 – sometimes if I'm feeling really rebellious 3.46 – in the morning and I'm going to be leaving the programme," she shared.

Following her very last show, Louise wrote on Instagram: "What a day that was, thank you for all the support and kindness. It has been a joy and a privilege to work on #BBCBreakfast and I could not have dreamed of a better last day."

Louise was replaced by newsreader Sally Nugent. Louise was quick to share her support and wrote on Instagram Stories: "Huge congratulations to @sallynugenttv! Absolutely delighted for you and the team."

Louise on BBC Breakfast

Louise's stalker trauma

In October 2021, Carl Davies pleaded guilty to stalking by sending intimidating comments to Louise and her daughter Mia on Instagram, occurring in October 2020.

Carl had previously been convicted and given a suspended sentence for stalking Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts.

Louise on the menopause

The presenter has publicly spoken about her experience of menopause which first started when she was 47.

She told MPowered Women: "My physical symptoms have been mostly night sweats, which make me feel like I have run a marathon in a tropical rainforest. Also, hot flushes, heart palpitations and overwhelming tiredness. I feel uncomfortable in my own skin, and anxious about things that wouldn’t normally worry me."

When asked what she would say to other women about menopause, Louise said: "You are not alone in this. Start talking to your friends and see how it is affecting them. Go and see your GP and find out if there is a specialist in your surgery who you can talk to. There is help out there but you are going to have to seek it out and be determined to find out what works for you. And I am assured that one day it will be over and I’ll be stronger for it."

I'm a Celebrity

Louise is currently taking part in this year's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Speaking about the adventure ahead of her, Louise said: "Going on I’m A Celebrity is a big adventure. It is very different to sitting on the BBC Breakfast sofa and it will be scary and daunting but it will also be lots of fun."

She also admitted she hadn't told former co-host, Dan Walker, the news. "I didn’t tell Dan Walker I was doing I’m A Celebrity before coming to Wales but I don’t think he will be surprised! He knows me well and I think he will be both excited and nervous for me.

"I have been voting for him on Strictly so fingers crossed he will vote for me a lot."

Is Louise Minchin on Instagram?

Although her team are currently monitoring it on her behalf while she's on I'm a Celebrity, Louise does indeed have Instagram where she posts behind the scenes snaps of her life. You can follow her here.

Louise's podcast

Along with BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson, Louise is the co-host of series two and three of the Her Spirit podcast which aims at inspiring women everywhere to live a healthier, happier life.

Listen to Her Spirit.

Louise's swimming challenge

Clearly not afraid of a challenge, Louise recently revealed she was taking part in the Her Spirit community Winter Swim Challenge which invites people to swim (preferably in cold water) a minimum of 10 minutes each week from October 31 2021 until March 27 2022. The aim is to encourage people to feel the benefits of cold water on both physical and mental health.

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