Eamonn Holmes has one of the most recognised faces and voices in British broadcasting. Eamonn’s reign as the king of breakfast TV, stems back to the launch of the newly created GMTV in 1993, which he presented for 13 years. Now he is the anchor of Sky News at breakfast time – Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes. Eamonn, who has his own Saturday morning sports show on Radio Five Live, can be seen at other times and on other stations; most notably as twice weekly host of BBC1’s National Lottery Jet Set.
He received his journalistic grounding during the height of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. He reported for GMTV from the scenes of the biggest stories of the last decade, including Dunblane, the Paddington rail crash and the Omagh bombing. Britain has grown up with Eamonn Holmes, he is an accessible host both in terms of exposure and personality. He is renowned for his ability to conduct an intriguing interview; and while he is presenting, to combine the right level of gravitas or humour, switching between the two effortlessly. Eamonn is a listener, a people’s person and a man who commands the room.
Born in Belfast, Eamonn Holmes studied journalism before beginning his broadcasting career, at Ulster TV. Initially a farming reporter, before moving on to sport and news. He became, at the age of 21, the youngest ever anchor man in the ITV regions, hosting Ulster TV’s hour long early evening show ‘Good Evening Ulster’.
Day Time TV
In 1986, Eamonn was one of the faces who launched daytime TV on BBC1; with the daily phone in show ‘Open Air’. During the late 80’s and early 90’s, he hosted various shows for the BBC, including ‘Holiday’, which he co-presented for four years. He also covered numerous national sports events for the station. He launched GMTV in January 1993 and presented the show daily until 2005, when he moved to Sky News Sunrise. Since August 2006, Eamonn has co-presented the ITV1 day time series This Morning.
Eamonn Holmes has also presented coverage of snooker, horse racing and darts on TV; and was the main presenter of the BBC’s coverage of the World Darts Championship in 1991 and 1992. He was the presenter of ITV’s coverage of the Phil Taylor vs. Raymond van Barneveld showdown, at the Wembley Conference Centre in 1999. From 2000-2001 he presented OnDigital’s coverage of the UEFA Champion’s League besides Jim Rosenthal, and hosted The Sports Show on ITV in 1999 and 2000.
TV Host & Guest
Eamonn presented the BBC2 early evening quiz show, Sudo-Q; that combined contestants’ abilities to complete a modified Sudoku puzzle and to answer general knowledge questions. In February 2004, Eamonn co-hosted the BBC One Northern Ireland show ‘Would You Pass The 11+’ with Christine Bleakley; produced by Wild Rover Productions. In 2005 he appeared as a celebrity contestant in Ant & Dec‘s Gameshow Marathon, progressing through to ‘Sale of the Century’ before getting knocked out.
In 2007 Eamonn Holmes appeared on All Star Family Fortunes with his brothers, where they defeated Holly Willoughby’s family; but failed to win the top prize for their nominated charity. In May 2010 he guest presented an episode of the satirical panel show Have I Got News For You. Holmes has also made appearances on Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes as Johnny Cash; and on The All Star Impressions Show as Elvis Presley.
Britain’s longest serving breakfast host and a passionate Man U fan, Eamonn Holmes is a father of four children and divides his time between London, Belfast and Old Trafford.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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