After gaining a degree in Journalism and editing her student magazine at Dublin City University, with a semester abroad at Boston University, Laura began her career in the media as a researcher on Irish national radio station Newstalk.
Soon after, Laura entered the MTV Pick Me competition and beat 3000 other hopefuls to win a coveted MTV DJ role on the international music channel. Her first job for the channel was covering the MTV Movie Awards in LA.
Laura quickly proved herself adept at life in front of the camera and was rewarded with a permanent role on the network. Reporting from music and film festivals around the world, Laura has interviewed some of the biggest names in show business from Coldplay to Sir Michael Caine, Justin Timberlake to Justin Bieber. She has worked for the channel for almost 10 years including the 2017 and 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards in London and Bilbao.
“Laura has interviewed some of the biggest names in show business from Coldplay to Sir Michael Caine, Justin Timberlake to Justin Bieber.”
In 2011, Laura began hosting ITV2’s primetime series I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! anchoring the show for 5 series. In 2012 Laura carried the Olympic torch in London as well as fronting The Beat which was broadcast live each night throughout the Olympics for ITV Studios.
She has hosted the LIVE red carpet and backstage at the Brits for ITV2 five times and twice for BAFTA including 2017’s coverage from London’s Royal Albert Hall. In 2016, she got her dancing shoes on for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. She topped the leader board on two separate weeks with her waltz and tango before being in the dance off against Ore Oduba, and was eliminated. Ore went on to win the show. She has also hosted the Eurovision coverage for BBC3.
In 2017, she was cast in the stage adaptation of Peter James’ Sunday Times best-selling crime novel Not Dead Enough to rave reviews and toured all over the UK and Ireland for 6 months. She has studied Shakespeare at RADA and Performance at the Leinster School of Music and Drama.
In Feb 2018, she travelled to South Africa to host a new show for ITV2 Survival of the Fittest, the ultimate battle of the sexes from the makers of Love Island, for ITV Studios. March 2018, she was announced as Ambassador for Diet Coke Ireland and worked with brands including the Californian Almond Board, The Woolmark Company, Holland & Barrett, The Body Shop, Hello Fresh, Natwest and Bumble.
Across Summer 2018 Laura covered Richard Arnold’s Entertainment slot on Good Morning Britain. In May 2018, Laura co-hosted the Afternoon Edition for BBC Radio 5 Live with Nihal Arthanayake which led to her securing and presenting her very first radio show for the station Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session which aired in July 2018. During the six-part series, Laura chewed the fat over everything that caught her eye over the week – a mix of news, current affairs, entertainment and music formed the topics each week and there were an eclectic mix of ‘Sunday Roast’ interview guests including the likes of Alanis Morissette, All Saints, Aidan Turner and the first female Irish president, Mary Robinson.
Laura joined Nihal again in November 2018 for a special Afternoon Edition live from BBC Introducing which featured the very best unsigned music artists and also a live interview and performance from Tom Grennan.
Her first radio documentary aired in December 2018 for BBC Radio 5 Live titled Losing My Religion whereby Laura tackled what religion means in the 21st Century.
Laura supports a number of charities close to her heart and was named a goodwill ambassador for Unicef in 2018.