She started singing at the age of 9 in Northern Ireland and subsequently starred on the three television networks there with a couple of records to her credit.
In 1969, broadcasting became her top priority. She cut her teeth on news and current affairs in Northern Ireland and went on to have her own 2 ½ hour daily radio programme, a weekly World Service programme on Irish music, television programmes like Songs of Praise, Big Band Specials and eventually ending up with a daily hour-long television programme for Ulster TV.
Gloria was one of the first female broadcasters to host her own highly successful chat show Sunday, Sunday, which ran for many years and was in That’s Showbusiness with the late Kenny Everett co-hosting. Gloria has also been seen Monday to Friday on BBC 1 in three series of Gloria Live, and stood in for Terry Wogan on the Wogan programme. She has also hosted a number of programmes for the BBC – Cashwise, Good Fortune, she has co-hosted the series Family Affairs with her daughter, Caron Keating, reported for Holiday and helped with Children in Need.
Since 1994, Gloria hosted ITV’s flagship Sunday morning religious magazine programme Sunday and Sunday Live and could also be seen on BBC1 with her Time Off With…. series interviewing a number of leading personalities. Her most recent success, Open House With Gloria Hunniford, is a daily lifestyles programme for FIVE, which began in April 1998 and gave the channel it’s highest ever-daytime ratings and will be on screen through until December 2002.
Gloria has continued her relationship with Irish Television, fronting Something for the Weekend for BBC Northern Ireland. Her popularity with public, press and
production people means she has constantly appeared on TV and Radio as a regular guest including – Through the Keyhole, Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook, Today’s The Day, Shooting Stars, Going Going Gone, Call My Bluff, Kilroy, Loose Ends, Esther, GMTV, It’s Only TV & I Like It, Countdown and This Morning to name a few.
Gloria appeared as the Fairy Godmother in the pantomime Cinderella at Southampton for the Christmas Season 1993 and for the Christmas season 1995 she appeared as the Genie of the Lamp in pantomime Aladdin at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. She has had an autobiography published called Gloria and made a health and exercise video called Fit For Life. Gloria Hunniford’s Family Cookbook of traditional recipes was published in September 1995. Gloria has fronted many successful promotional campaigns and is in great demand for corporate work. She has won many prestigious awards during her 30-year career including TV Personality of the Year, Radio Personality of the Year and Best Dressed Female. She is a patron of a number of deserving charities and dedicates much time to the good causes she supports. Gloria was President of the Television & Radio Industries Club 1999-2000 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
1999 saw another exciting year for Gloria, with the start of her own weekly radio show for RTE in Ireland, a Desert Island Discs lifestyles programme called VIP Suite where Gloria chats to well known celebrity guests including Sir Cliff Richard, Lorna Luft, Neil Diamond, Joan Collins and Des Lynam.
Open House ran daily throughout the year from January until December 2002 on FIVE and 2003 sees a number of Open House Specials returning to our screens with Gloria interviewing in depth strong figures such a Mo Mowlam and George Best. She has also released her highly praised informative book “Feel Fabulous Over Fifty” with leading health expert Jan de Vries. Gloria has also previously deputised on This Morning.