Eamonn is one of the most recognized faces and voices in British broadcasting. His journalistic career spans 30 years and he is the longest-serving breakfast television anchorman in Britain.
He studied journalism at the Belfast College of Business Studies.
He worked for a business journal before joining UTV, where he hosted Farming Ulster before becoming a presenter on regional news magazine Good Evening Ulster. He later moved on to network presenting the 1980s daytime programme Open Air on BBC1.
Eamonn Holmes started at GMTV in 1993, after appearing in 1992 as an earnest police constable in Inspector Morse.
Eamonn has presented coverage of snooker, horse racing and darts on television and was the main presenter of the BBC’s coverage of the World Darts Championship in 1991 and 1992.
From 2000-2001 he presented OnDigital’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League alongside Jim Rosenthal, and hosted The Sports Show on ITV in 1999 and 2000.
Holmes joined Sky News in October 2005 to present the new-look Sunrise programme.
Since August 2006, Holmes has co-presented the ITV1’s daytime series This Morning, alongside his wife Ruth Langsford. Starting in September 2008 he and Langsford became regular Friday presenters after regular co-host Phillip Schofield moved on to the same Monday to Thursday schedule as Fern Britton.
He was also the presenter of the National Lottery quiz Jet Set.
In 2006 Holmes was awarded an honorary degree by Queen’s University Belfast. He has also received an honorary degree from the University of Staffordshire.
Eamonn Holmes’ autobiography was released in May 2006. The autobiography is called This is MY Life, a reference to another famous Irish Eamonn – Eamonn Andrews, who he was named after.
Holmes presented The Eamonn Holmes Show on Radio 5 Live on Saturday mornings between 9 and 11am for 6 years. He also took over Michael Parkinson’s Sunday morning show on Radio 2 for a few weeks in 2008 and hosted his own programme on London radio station Magic 105.4.
In May 2010 he guest-presented an episode of the satirical panel show Have I Got News For You. Holmes and his wife were also portrayed as fictionalised versions of themselves in Rob Brydon’s satirical sit-com on life behind the cameras on a topical news quiz, Annually Retentive.
Holmes is a Patron of the charity Kids for Kids which helps villages in Darfur.
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