Eamonn Holmes



Belfast-born Holmes trained as a journalist with Ulster Television, getting his first major break when he took over from Gloria Hunniford as host of Good Evening Ulster at the age of 21, making him the UK's youngest-ever regional news anchor.

Early jobs on the mainland included the behind-the-scenes/TV discussion shows Open Air and TV Weekly, as well as Pot Black, before he took up residence on the GMTV sofa. Since then, he's sprung up all over the place. Outside of his game show credits, his other shows have included How Do They Do That?, The National Lottery Live and Sporting Greats. He also presents a weekend show on Radio Five Live and made a high-profile defection from GMTV to Sky News.

He and his then-partner Ruth Langsford, who he married in 2010 and separated from in 2024, presented This Morning when Phil 'n' Holly weren't on hand until late 2021, when Holmes moved to GB News.


He was named after Eamonn Andrews because his mum was a fan.

Holmes spoke the first words on GMTV when it launched on 1 January 1993: "Good morning. A new day, a new year, a new television station. Welcome to GMTV, Britain's brightest start."

The manufacturers of the Eamonn Holmes-endorsed DVD game Spell had to re-print 10,000 copies after getting his name wrong on the packaging. Holmes spotted "Eamon" on the box cover when he was sent one of the DVDs to sign.

Holmes replaced fellow Irishman Des Lynam on not one, but two BBC shows - the Holiday programme in 1990, and human achievement show How Do They Do That? in 1995.


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Books / CDs

This Is My Life (autobiography): hardback | paperback | compact disc

Web links

Internet Movie Database entry


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