Laura Whitmore is an established and highly experienced TV presenter and radio broadcaster. Having beaten over 3000 other hopefuls to win MTV’s ‘Pick Me’ competition in 2008, Laura has forged a successful career in broadcasting for over a decade. Securing a permanent role on MTV, Laura was a regular on the channel appearing at music and film festivals around the world, interviewing some of the biggest names in show business from Coldplay to Sir Michael Caine and Justin Timberlake to Justin Bieber. She has worked for the channel for almost 10 years including at last year’s MTV Europe Music Awards in London.
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 Olympic Games for ITV Studios.
She has hosted the LIVE Red Carpet and backstage coverage at the Brits for ITV2 five times and twice for BAFTA including last year’s coverage from London’s Royal Albert Hall. As well as the Eurovision coverage for BBC3. In 2016, she got her dancing shoes on for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. She topped the leader board on two separate weeks before competing against eventual winner Ore Oduba in a dramatic dance off.
In 2016, 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 and has written and shot her first short film ‘Sadhbh’ due for release in 2019.
In Feb 2018, Laura travelled to South Africa to host new show ‘Survival of the Fittest’, the ultimate battle of the sexes from the makers of Love Island, for ITV Studios.
With a degree in Journalism, Laura has recently gone back to her first love of writing. In 2018 her article expressing her views on Upskirting and the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns went viral after publication on The Huffington Post. The article was shared millions of times around the world. And she has written features for Grazia Magazine, Hot Press and most recently for Elle regarding the Northern Irish Anti-Abortion law.
With a successful takeover of Stylist Magazine and a cover star for publications Sunday Times Style, Women’s Health, Hot Press, Image, Phoenix, Fabulous and many more, Laura is a stalwart in the fashion world and can recently be seen in commercial campaigns for The Body Shop, Intimissimi, Diet Coke, Haagen Dazs, Virgin Money and Natwest.
In 2018 and 2019 Laura hosted her own BBC Radio 5 Live series – The Sunday Session – a mix of news, current affairs, music and entertainment – Laura and her guests chew the fat from the week, discuss the most current topics and instead of trawling through the papers, scroll through the social news feed. The series was commissioned to return full time every Sunday morning, beginning in November 2019.
Laura launched her podcast “CASTaway – the podcast about podcasts” in October 2019 to huge success. Laura is on a mission to uncover the best podcasts out there by interviewing a celebrity guest every week about what they’re listening to.
Laura also hosted her own documentary on millennials and their relationship with religion for BBC Radio 5 Live in December called ‘Losing My Religion’ and in February 2019 she stepped in to fill Nihal’s shoes, presenting BBC Radio 5 live current affairs show, The Afternoon Edition. And throughout 2019 she can be seen hosting Red Stripe’s hot new music show ‘This Feeling’ on YouTube, interviewing established Artists as well as breaking new bands.
Laura will be flying out to South Africa this January to host the Winter series of ITV’s Love Island 2020. “To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement. I am a massive fan of this show. I’ve never been to a Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new islanders looking for love.”