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Charlotte Hawkins
Born
Charlotte Mary Hawkins

(1975-05-16) 16 May 1975 (age 43)
Chichester, West Sussex, England
ResidenceSurrey, England
OccupationJournalist, presenter, newsreader
EmployerITV Breakfast, Classic FM
AgentM&CSaatchi Merlin
TelevisionMeridian Tonight (2003–2006)
Sky News Sunrise (2007–2014)
Good Morning Britain (2014—)
Spouse(s)
Mark Herbert (m. 2008)
Children1
Parent(s)Frank
WebsiteOfficial website

Charlotte Mary Hawkins (born 16 May 1975) is an English television and radio presenter, newsreader and journalist currently employed by ITV and Classic FM.

Hawkins joined ITV's Meridian Tonight in 2003, hosting its main news programme, leaving in 2006 to become co-presenter of Sky's breakfast programme Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes. In 2014, she left Sky to co-present the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain. She also presents a Sunday afternoon programme on Classic FM.

She was a contestant in the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing but was eliminated in the fourth week.[1]

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
    • 3.1 Charity
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life[edit]

Hawkins was born on 16 May 1975 in Chichester, West Sussex.[2][3] She attended the Bishop Luffa School in Chichester,[4] and the University of Manchester, graduating with a BA in English Literature. She later undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the London College of Printing.[5]

Career[edit]

Hawkins began her broadcasting career with ITN in 1999 as a newsreader and reporter for LBC Radio. She was one of the first journalists at the fatal Paddington rail crash and provided live reports from the scene. In January 2000, she moved to ITV Meridian in the South East of England where she co-presented the hour-long current affairs series The Big Story.

From October 2003, Hawkins worked for ITV Meridian as co-anchor of their main news programme Meridian Tonight. She also presented on the ITV News Channel. At Meridian, she presented several pan-regional documentaries, including the half-hour special Britain on the Move. In 2007 Hawkins co-presented The London Boat Show for ITV.[5]

Hawkins left Meridian in December 2006 to join Sky News in January 2007,[6] where she presented Sunrise each Monday to Thursday with Eamonn Holmes. In March 2014 she left the channel.[5]

Hawkins presented several stints on Five News,[7] in the absence of stand-in Matt Barbet who was providing maternity leave cover for main presenter Natasha Kaplinsky, for a period in 2010.[8] In 2010, she was an occasional guest news reviewer on the ITV programme This Morning.[9] Hawkins also presented the Sky Arts documentary Andre Rieu: Behind the Music.

On 3 March 2014, Hawkins was confirmed as a presenter on ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain. She made her last appearance on Sky News Sunrise on 6 March 2014[10] and made her debut on Good Morning Britain on 28 April 2014, where she co-hosts the show with Ben Shephard, Sean Fletcher and Susanna Reid from 6:00 am to 8.30 am, every day except Thursdays.[11]

On 22 January 2015, Hawkins presented her final show before taking maternity leave; she returned on the show on 15 June. As of 2017, Hawkins serves as newsreader on Good Morning Britain four mornings a week and covers as a main presenter during holidays and absence.

In August 2017, Hawkins took part in the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One,[12] where she was paired with professional dancer Brendan Cole. They were eliminated in the fourth week of the competition.[13]

Since 7 January 2018 Hawkins has presented her own Classic FM music show on Sunday afternoons from 3–5pm.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Hawkins married her partner of five years, Mark Herbert, on 23 August 2008.[15] The ceremony took place at Chichester Cathedral where Hawkins' father was a clergyman.[16][17] On 12 August 2014, Hawkins announced live on Good Morning Britain that the couple were expecting their first child.[18] On 8 February 2015, she gave birth to a baby girl, Ella Rose.[19]

Hawkins lives in Surrey,[20] and spends a lot of her time outdoors and enjoys horse riding, cycling, and sailing.

Charity[edit]

Hawkins supports several charities including the Motor Neurone Disease Association of which she is a patron.[21] She is a patron of Ellenor Hospice and an ambassador for Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens.[22]

Hawkins supports the Dogs Trust charity.[23] She owns a rescue dog named Bailey, who was adopted from the Dogs Trust.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Channel Notes
2000 The Big Story Presenter ITV Meridian
2003–2006 Meridian Tonight
2007 The London Boat Show
2007–2014 Sunrise Sky News With Eamonn Holmes
2010 Five News Stand-in presenter Channel 5
This Morning Newspaper reviewer ITV 2 episodes
2014— Good Morning Britain Presenter & newsreader
2015— Lorraine Occasional correspondent
2017— ITV Racing Reporter
2017 Strictly Come Dancing Participant BBC One Series 15
A Classic Christmas Presenter Sky Arts One-off Christmas show
Guest appearances
  • Pointless Celebrities (2011)[25]
  • This Morning (2014, 2015) – Guest
  • The British Soap Awards (2014)
  • Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel (2014)
  • Celebrity Squares (2014)[26]
  • Tipping Point for Text Santa[27] (2014)
  • The Chase: Celebrity Special (2015)[28]
  • Celebrity Juice (2015)
  • Britain's Got More Talent (2015)
  • Countdown (2016)
  • Who's Doing the Dishes? (2016)
  • All Star Mr & Mrs (2016)
  • Celebrity Storage Hunters (2016)
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Burnt News presenter
2017 Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Herself Cameo role