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Kate Garraway was born on 4 May 1968 in Abingdon near Oxford. Her parents married when her mother was 17.

In her gap year between going to Fitzharry's school and Bath University, Kate Garraway worked in a toilet-roll factory, as the operator of the shrink-wrapping machine.

Kate Garraway started her career in media straight after gaining her degree. She quickly moved from radio at BBC Radio Oxford to a range of regional TV jobs including presenting Meridian Tonight from 1995 to 1997. 

Garraway then went to BBC News 24 and later to Sky News, where her roles included being anchor of the breakfast show, Sunrise.

In 2000, Kate Garraway joined GMTV where she hosted both The News Hour and GMTV Today.

Her other TV credits have included presenting ITV's Too Many Cooks and the BBC National Lottery show The People's Quiz.

The Telegraph's interesting article about Kate Garraway and Derek Draper reported that in 2004 "a half-eaten banana signed by the GMTV presenter Kate Garraway fetched £1,650 in an eBay auction ... a few days after the eBay shenanigans, a businessman paid £3,000 for the simple pleasure of watching 37-year-old Garraway eat a banana."

Kate Garraway's first marriage to Ian Rumsey, whom she worked with at Meridian TV, ended after four years and, in 2005, she married Peter Mandelson's former political advisor, psychotherapist Derek Draper.

In March 2006, Kate Garraway gave birth to a girl, Darcey.

Kate Garraway partnered Anton Du Beke in Strictly Come Dancing.

In spite of consistently getting low scores from the judges, the public kept Kate and Anton in for several weeks until on 18 November 2007, they were eliminated, leaving just seven couples left.

In 2008, ITV announced that Kate Garraway would present its diet and fitness series, Inch-Loss Island on GMTV, which would also features her Strictly Come Dancing partner Anton Du Beke.

In April 2008, the BBC reported that Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway had accepted substantial libel damages from the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror over false claims she committed adultery with her Strictly Come Dancing partner Anton Du Beke.

In July 2010, ITV announced that Kate Garraway would be Daybreak's Entertainment Editor. Daybreak being GMTV's replacement.

She has also been a host on Smooth Radio.



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