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The Inspirational Women of SW1: Lorraine Kelly

TV presenter and journalist  
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When did you realise that you felt at home in front of the camera?

It's like everything else and every other job; the more flying hours you have under your belt the easier it becomes and you get used to it. I started off as a reporter covering Scotland for TV-am and was then given the chance to present the show back in January 1990. I was able to make mistakes and learn from them. We didn't have social media back then – Twitter would have ripped me to shreds!

You’ve been on television for more than 30 years and have interviewed countless celebrities. Who has surprised you the most?

I was surprised by how nervous Ralph Fiennes was. He doesn't enjoy being interviewed on live TV, but he was lovely. Tom Hanks was a delight, utterly charming and Hugh Jackman is a real gentleman and my all-time favourite. Meryl Streep came to the interview on her own, was completely unitary and stayed chatting with everyone.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your career?

Most important is be prepared and do your homework. Listen to your guests and be yourself.

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What’s your proudest professional achievement?

My proudest professional achievement was receiving my OBE from the Queen for my charity work for the armed forces and I loved being an honorary colonel in the Black Watch Cadets.

If you could give a piece of advice to your 16-year-old self, what would it be?

My advice would be not to worry about silly stuff. To have more confidence and to go out and have fun as often as possible.

What women do you look up to?

My mum Anne Kelly and Oprah Winfrey who is beautiful, bright and so generous. I interviewed her recently and she was so gracious and a real delight.

Finally, what’s the best thing about living in Victoria and where do you like to go in the area?

I love Victoria. The shops are brilliant. I love all the new restaurants and bars in Sir Simon Milton Square. My favourite places to eat include M Victoria St and Ibérica.

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