Kirsty Gallacher is one of the UK’s most respected and versatile live broadcasters and journalists. Kirsty is the current host of ‘The Great British Breakfast’ on newly launched news channel, GB News, alongside Simon McCoy, and is the host of her own live show on Smooth Radio every Saturday afternoon.
Kirsty also enjoyed a successful 20 year career at Sky Sports News, anchoring their flagship show and interviewing several huge names, including Anthony Joshua, Jordan Spieth and David Beckham. Kirsty also fronted Sky Sports’ coverage of major annual sporting events including The Ryder Cup and The Masters.
Kirsty has great experience in a variety of Entertainment & Sport broadcast environments having had her own series for Sky One, Kirsty’s Home Videos, which aired for 4 years. In addition, she presented Sky1’s Gladiators, alongside Ian Wright, ITV’s Ant vs Dec strand on Saturday Night Takeaway and Channel 4’s The Games.
In 2015 Kirsty took part in the hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing with partner Brendan Cole. She made it to the 6th week of the competition and was highly commended by the judges, despite having never danced before.
Kirsty fronted ITV1’s hugely popular Soccer Aid alongside Dermot O’Leary for a decade and stepped down in 2020. The charity football match pits celebrities against legendary footballers. Against all odds in 2020, Soccer Aid for Unicef made history raising a record-breaking £9.3million for children.
Kirsty launched her very first podcast ‘Stripped Back Sport’ in 2020 to rave reviews and an incredible amount of downloads and listens. Kirsty sat down for an open discussion with some of the greatest sports stars of all time; delving into the high and low moments of their careers, as well as their personal lives and the sides to sport that have never been discussed before. Across two series, Kirsty interviewed the likes of Dame Kelly Holmes, Eddie Hearn, Sir Christopher Hoy MBE, Michael Vaughan OBE, Lee Westwood OBE, Johanna Konta, Maro Itoje and many more.
In March 2021 it was announced that Kirsty would be joining the newly launched channel, GB news, as part of their Breakfast team – ‘Journalism is my first love and I’m thrilled to be getting back into the heart of it at GB News, we’re really challenging the status quo with a fresh approach to news and debate’. GB News is the first new British news network to launch in 24 years. In July 2021 it was announced that Kirsty would join the Smooth Radio team to present a brand-new Saturday afternoon show as part of a refreshed weekend schedule for the station – ‘I’m so excited to be joining my favourite radio station, Smooth Radio. I’ve been a listener and a fan for a very long time and I can’t wait to kick start the weekend with a Saturday afternoon show that is good for the soul!’
Kirsty has a huge passion for health and fitness and trains at least 3 to 4 times a week which is well documented on her Instagram page. This led her to launch an Instagram series during lockdown called ‘Strong Female Collective’, which celebrated women and their strength in many forms. Guests in the series included Danielle Peazer and Alice Liveing. Alongside her broadcast work, Kirsty has worked with a number of recognisable brands including Wellwoman, Speedo, Vauxhall, HelloFresh and Mookie Toys. In 2020 Kirsty was announced as an ambassador for Ultherapy and premium sports nutrition brand Kinetica – a partnership which continues into 2022. She also partnered with Sloggi for the launch of their Zero Feel underwear range.
She is hugely passionate about charity work and has worked with numerous charities to raise awareness including Born Free, Battersea Dogs Home, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sparks and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Kirsty lives in the countryside with her two sons, Oscar and Jude, dogs Bertie and Betsy, and tortoise Theo.