Loose Women is back! We are thrilled to see our favourite presenters lighting up our screens again, with some new faces joining the existing panel.
With such a diverse range of characters, we can’t wait to see how some of their debates will pan out! In case you don’t know them, let’s meet the ladies…
Many of us first knew Ruth as presenter of This Morning, where she co-hosted alongside her husband, Eamonn Holmes. Ruth has also been a columnist for Women Magazine and Tesco Magazine, as well as being a guest on a number of panel shows including Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Keith Barry’s Magic Show, Odd One In and Magic Numbers. She’s also a keen gardener and has presented The Great British Garden Show, ITV’s gardening quiz show The Answer Lies in the Soil, and Gardens of the Millennium. Tune in to Loose Women on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays to see Ruth leading the panel. Read our interview with Ruth Langsford here.
Having been everyone’s favourite weather presenter and core presenter on GMTV for a number of years, Andrea joined Loose Women in 2007 and has never looked back. Andrea is a keen DIY-er and interior design maven, and shares her knowledge in weekly columns in The Mirror and Best magazine. She also pens bi-monthly columns for Scottish Woman magazine, and her articles have also appeared in publications like Red and Woman. Andrea will be Loose Women’s lead anchor on Thursdays and Fridays.
Journalist, TV presenter and radio host Kaye Adams presented the very first Loose Women show in 1999, and has been a regular in the anchor seat ever since, other than taking some time away to take care of her two young children. Kaye is particularly well-known for her regular columns in The Daily Record and The Scottish Sun, alongsideher own phone-in programme on BBC Radio Scotland, Call Kaye.
On finding out her plans to return to Britain with her rock star husband, Rod Stewart, and their two children, the Loose Women jumped at the chance to have Penny Lancaster join them on the panel. The model and photographer has been on the Loose Women show before, appearing as a guest on a previous episode.
“Having appeared on Loose Women in the past as a guest and had such fun, I am really thrilled to now become a panellist!
“I’m looking forward to spending more time in Britain and my lunchtimes with the girls and debating a broad mix of topics from the light-hearted to the more serious, in the way Loose Women does best.”
The Northern Irish TV and radio presenter is best known for her own daily radio show on BBC Radio 2, which she hosted for over ten years, as well as her time on Wish You Were Here. She also served time as a reporter on This Morning, The One Show, and more recently, Rip off Britain, and donned her dancing shoes in 2005 to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.
On coming into the role, she said:
“I am a great fan of the show and I’m really thrilled to be joining the team.
“I love a good debate and it’s such a great challenge to be discussing the important issues of the day with women that span different generations – our opinions will certainly be very diverse!”
Coleen started her career as the youngest member of The Nolan Sisters, where she sang alongside her three sisters and went on to sell 30 million records worldwide. As well as being a Loose Women panellist for the best part of eleven years, she’s also been a presenter on ITV’s This Morning, Dancing on Ice, The Secret Guide to Women’s Health, The Truth About Beauty Season andChannel 5’s The Wright Stuff. She also offers up words of wisdom on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, and as The Daily Mirror’s resident advice columnist.
The outspoken Janet Street-Porter is back with her thick skin and even thicker accent. The journalist and broadcaster has appeared numerous times on Gordon Ramsey’s The F Word and been a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef, aswell as a number of political programmes, including Question Time,This Week and The Daily Politics show. In 1987, she won a BAFTA for originality in the ‘Television’ category and has even been an editor for The Independent on Sunday.
This R&B songstress rose to fame with the 2003 single Thank You, before going on to have other huge hits, including Superstar and See It In A Boy’s Eyes. As well as being the winner of four MOBO awards, the Birmingham-born starlet has also been a judge on Move Like Michael Jackson and is currently judging The Voice of Ireland. Jamelia’s television credits don’t end there though, as she will be returning to Loose Women after her first guest spot which began in November of last year.
Linda is best known for playing Tracey Stubbs in the hit sitcom series Birds of a Feather, and has subsequently appeared on The Bill, Crossroads and Grumpy Old Women. She also narrated Britain’s Youngest Brides and appeared on I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here, as well as Celebrity MasterChef in 2008, where she reached the semi-finals.
Actor and TV presenter Nadia Sawalha has been on our screens for over sixteen years, and is best known for playing Annie Palmer in BBC One’s EastEnders. She was one of Loose Women’s original panellists in 1999, and has since fronted shows such as City Hospital, Living in the Sun, Passport to the Sun, Wanted Down Under, Saturday Cookbook and co-hosted The One Show with Adrian Chiles. She holds the accolade of winning Celebrity MasterChef, and went on to present Junior MasterChef in 2010.
Jane has been a national newspaper journalist for over twenty years as a feature writer, royal correspondent and news reporter, and currently writes an opinion column for The Sun. She’s also had a number of respected presenting jobs surrounding subjects such as food mislabelling, family dynamics and government overspending, and regularly appears on a range of political debate programmes, as well as reporting for ITV’s Tonight.
Judy Finnigan, best known for presenting ITV’s This Morning, takes to our screens again, this time without her husband, Richard Madeley, by her side.
Discussing her return to TV, she said:
“I know I said I wouldn’t go back on the telly, but actually I’m looking forward to occasionally contributing to lively conversations between a group of outspoken and intelligent women.”
Known by many for her portrayal of Maureen Holdsworth in Coronation Street, Sherrie has been entertaining the nation for over 11 years. Since her time on the cobbles, Sherrie has also played the part of Joyce in ITV’s hit comedy Benidorm. Sherrie now writes for The Mirror as a guest critic, and has also penned her own novel, entitled The Tannery. Her autobiography, Behind the Laughter, is a bestseller.
Vibrant, animated and one of our all-time TV favourites, we’re thrilled to welcome Sharon to the panel. Having graced our screens since The Osbournes, launched back in 2002, and more recently in US television show The Talk, the British public took an instant liking to this magnetic TV personality, and we’re looking forward to hearing her views during her time on the panel.
“The last time I was a ‘Loose Woman’ earlier this year I had such a ball with the other panellists and the audience that I can’t wait to do it again.”
“I’m looking forward to opening up on issues the Americans would rather not discuss at lunchtime.”
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