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Andrea Jean McLean (born 5 October 1969) is a Scottish journalist and television presenter who works on ITV Daytime.

Andrea McLean
Andrea McLean.jpg
Born (1969-10-05) 5 October 1969 (age 49)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationJournalist, television presenter
TelevisionGMTV (1997–2008)
Loose Women (2007—)
Spouse(s)
Nick Green
(m. 2000; div. 2005)
Steve Toms
(m. 2009; div. 2012)
Nick Feeney (m. 2017)
Children2
WebsiteOfficial website

McLean was a weather presenter for GMTV between 1997 and 2008, and is a co-presenter on ITV's daytime chat show Loose Women.

Early lifeEdit

Although born in Glasgow, Scotland, McLean and her sister were raised in Trinidad and Tobago. The family then moved back to Scotland when she was 15,[1] but later settled in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.[2]and took her school exams at Robert Smyth grammar school.

Mclean is of Russian Jewish descent on her father's side who fled from Russia to Scotland to avoid persecution.[3] Mclean has stated she has always known about her Jewish heritage but her family are not religiously Jewish anymore.[4]

McLean studied for her BA Hons in Modern Studies at Coventry University, and later gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Periodical Journalism. She then took a gap year in Cairns, Australia.[5]

CareerEdit

McLean started her career in 1993 as a freelance travel writer. She joined Central Press Features in May 1994 and was promoted to Production Editor in 1995.[1] In June 1996, McLean joined The Weather Channel, and worked as a weather reporter for Talk Radio.[1] In 1997, she worked on Channel 5's daily talk show Espresso as one of the programme's panellists.[1]

In June 1997, McLean joined GMTV as a weather presenter. She co-hosted GMTV Today with Ben Shephard and Eamonn Holmes, and hosted LK Today in Lorraine Kelly’s absence. Her bubbly personality and journalistic training brought her to the attention of various producers, resulting in her presenting shows such as the first series of Our House for UKTV Style,[6] and as a guest panellist on Loose Women for ITV. After announcing her decision to leave in November 2008, McLean was replaced as GMTV weather presenter by the BBC's Kirsty McCabe.[7] McLean presented her final broadcast on 31 December 2008, with a special tribute of her career at GMTV.

In January 2006, McLean took part in ITV's ice-skating competition Dancing on Ice. She partnered with professional skater Doug Webster[8] and was eliminated in the third week. McLean and fellow ex-contestant Andi Peters then presented the weekday fan show Dancing on Ice Extra for the remainder of the show's run.

McLean filled in for Jackie Brambles on Loose Women when Brambles went on maternity leave. In July 2008, it was announced that McLean would quit working on GMTV to focus on her role on Loose Women,[9] to share the permanent host job with Brambles. Brambles left the show on 7 August 2009, Kate Thornton took her place as the new anchor when the show returned for its 10th anniversary on 1 September 2009 and shared the job with McLean. In 2011, Thornton was replaced by Carol Vorderman. In 2013, Kaye Adams became an anchor and Ruth Langsford returned to the programme in January 2014. In July 2014, Vorderman announced her departure from Loose Women. McLean now co-anchors Loose Women 2 or 3 days a week. Langsford and Christine Lampard are the other anchors.[10]

In August 2010, McLean appeared as one of the panellists on ITV's afternoon debate show 3@Three.[11] In 2011, McLean played the role of Dr. Audrey Grey in the British drama film A Landscape of Lies.

In August 2014, McLean took part in the BBC One gymnastics series Tumble partnered with professional gymnast Alex Uttley[12] and on 16 August, she was the first celebrity to be eliminated.[13]

In June 2018, McLean launched her own website, This Girl Is On Fire with husband Nick Feeney[14]. Born out of the response of her best-selling book, Confessions Of A Menopausal Women,[15] McLean decided to create an online community for women not only going through the menopause, but also wanting to 'relight their fire'. In June 2019, McLean and Feeney celebrated the site's first birthday with a party attended by website contributors and special guests such as Amanda Lamb, Jo Malone and Brenda Edwards. The event was covered by Hello! magazine. [16]

Personal lifeEdit

McLean had a 17-year relationship, starting from their teenage years,[citation needed] with BBC producer Nick Green. The couple married in Kenya in 2000, and have a son born during October 2001 in Kingston, Greater London.[citation needed] In 2004, it came to light that McLean had an affair with fellow Our House presenter Steve Toms,[17] but had returned to her husband to try to resolve issues.[18]

After divorcing Green, McLean and Toms moved in together, and lived in Ashtead, Surrey; they had a daughter in November 2006.[citation needed] The couple married in August 2009, during Loose Women's summer break.[19]

In January 2012, McLean announced that she had separated from Toms, having left their marital home in December 2011 with their children, following working on their failing marriage for a year, and was now living with her parents.[20]

In January 2016, McLean announced that she was living with her new partner of two years, Nick Feeney, a businessman, whom she met on a blind date set up by Donna May Clitheroe, a Loose Women make-up artist.[21] They married in November 2017.[citation needed]

On Loose Women on 21 September 2016, McLean stated she would be undergoing a hysterectomy on 22 September 2016 and that she would be away from the show for a number of weeks whilst she recovered. This sent her into the menopause causing her to experience symptoms on air.[22]

CharityEdit

On 11 December 2013, McLean did a reverse bungee jump[clarification needed] live on Loose Women for Text Santa. She was catapulted 37m into the sky at over 50 mph outside The London Studios, after Loose Women reached its Text Santa fundraising target of £50,000.[citation needed]

FilmographyEdit

Television
Year Title Role Channel
1997 Espresso Panellist Channel 5
1997–2008 GMTV Weather presenter ITV
Our House Presenter UKTV Style (now Home)
LK Today Presenter ITV
2006 Dancing on Ice Contestant
Dancing on Ice Extra Co-presenter
2007–present Loose Women Presenter
2010 3@Three Panellist
2014 Tumble Contestant BBC One
2019 Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins Contestant Channel 4
Guest appearances
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2011 A Landscape of Lies Dr. Audrey Grey

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Andrea McLean". gm.tv. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  2. ^ "Andrea McLean: Me and my money". thisismoney.co.uk. 19 March 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  3. ^ "GLASGLOW BELONGS TO ME; GMTV'S Andrea has uncovered the truth about her Scottish roots-she couldn't be more proud". Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland). 2006.
  4. ^ Andrea McLean (2 February 2012). Confessions of a Good Girl: My Story. Pan Macmillan. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-283-07160-7.
  5. ^ "GMTV Star Was Fired For Not Squeezing Oranges Fast Enough". Sunday Mail. 20 April 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Andrea McLean". UKTV Style. Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  7. ^ Spratt, Charlotte (20 November 2008). "Emma is new girl on sofa at GMTV". London: The Sun. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  8. ^ "My Big Break". Daily Record. 12 January 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  9. ^ "McLean quits GMTV for "Loose Women"". digitalspy.co.uk. 21 July 2008. Archived from the original on 13 December 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Andrea McLean "thrilled" as Judy Finnigan makes TV return on Loose Women".
  11. ^ 3@Three Presspack, ITV Press Centre, 26 July 2010
  12. ^ "BBC - Celebrity line-up revealed for new BBC One show, Tumble - Media Centre".
  13. ^ Walker, Danny (16 August 2014). "Tumble: Andrea McLean first to leave show".
  14. ^ "Loose Women star Andrea McLean and husband Nick Feeney unveil new MAKEOVER for special reason". HELLO!. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  15. ^ "about". This Girl Is On Fire. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Loose Women's Andrea McLean reveals she never had a group of girlfriends at school". HELLO!. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  17. ^ "AFTER PAIN OF DIVORCE THE OUTLOOK IS SUNNY FOR WEATHERGIRL". Daily Record. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  18. ^ Nathan, Sara (7 June 2006). "Andrea is pregnant". London: The Sun. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  19. ^ "Andrea McLean". ITV.com. Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  20. ^ Lorraine, 31 January 2012
  21. ^ "Loved-up Loose Women star Andrea McLean says she'd consider another walk down the aisle". Daily Mirror. London. 16 January 2016.
  22. ^ Jones, Emma (18 March 2018). "Andrea McLean on going through the menopause and her third marriage". mirror. Retrieved 3 April 2018.

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