Fiona Phillips Biography
Fiona Phillips is an English journalist, broadcaster and television presenter best known for her presenting roles with the ITV Breakfast programme GMTV Today.
Phillips began her career in independent radio working as a reporter for local stations County Sound in Surrey, Hereward Radio and Radio Mercury in Sussex.
Changing from radio to television several years later, she joined BBC South East’s Weekend programme as co-presenter, before becoming a reporter with CNN News, later moving on to become the station’s entertainment editor, producing, reporting and presenting CNN News’ entertainment output.
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Phillips has presented other programmes, like the celebrity lifestyle show OK!TV, Baby House, and Room to Rent, Carlton’s entertainment guide Good Stuff, LWT’s Friday evening entertainment show Start the Weekend, ITV’s Sunday Night and the Rich and Famous series. She currently writes an opinion column in the Daily Mirror on Saturdays and works as an agony aunt in New! magazine.
In 2002, she was a regular panellist on Loose Women and was a guest anchor in 2004 and 2005. She later returned to Loose Women as a guest anchor in March 2009 and again on March 2010.
In August 2010, she appeared as a panellist on the short-lived ITV chat show 3@Three. She then took part in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2005, with professional partner Brendan Cole. The pair were voted out on Week 4 following several weeks of low scores.
She had also been in the documentary The Killer in Me on 8 November 2007, a show that saw four celebrities agree to take a groundbreaking test that revealed the secret killers lurking in their genes. Phillips joined former England footballer John Barnes, political commentator, and presenter Andrew Neil, and Heart FM DJ Toby Anstis who all found out their risk of developing 11 major diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Fiona presented Shop Smart Save Money in 2018 and 2019. Shop Smart Save Money, a British topical series broadcast on Channel 5 is a weekly series that delivers the latest deals, offers, tips and tricks to make sure that each week “British shoppers are getting the very best value for money.” It is currently presented by Gaby Roslin and Alexis Conran.
Phillips is a regular reporter for the BBC One consumer affairs programme Watchdog. On 19 March 2015, she presented The Truth About…Sugar and on 2 June 2016, she presented The Truth About…Healthy Eating. Both programmes aired on BBC One.
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In 1993, Phillips joined GMTV as an entertainment correspondent and was promoted to GMTV/Reuters Television’s LA correspondent in December 1993. For over two years she provided daily and weekly reports and covered a number of big news stories including the Michael Jackson alleged child molestation case, the LA earthquake, the first O.J. Simpson trial and the Oscars. She also interviewed some of the industry’s biggest stars from Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood to Brad Pitt and Mel Gibson.
From 1997 to 2008, she was the main anchor on GMTV, presenting GMTV Today from Monday to Wednesday. On 28 August 2008, Phillips announced that she was to leave her role as the main anchor on GMTV for family reasons where she presented her final show on 18 December 2008.
In 2010, Phillips returned to GMTV in its last series, guest presenting on GMTV with Lorraine. Since September 2010, she has regularly guest presented the ITV Breakfast programme Lorraine (successor of GMTV with Lorraine).
She voiced the character of Katie Current in the British release of Shark Tale and hosted a show on Smooth Radio in the 2–5 pm slot every Sunday, starting from Easter Sunday, 23 March 2008, until 2009 when she left the station.
She also stood in for Simon Mayo On Radio 5 Live from 30 March to 3 April 2009.
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Phillips was born on January 1, 1961, in Canterbury, Kent, England. She is 58 years old as of 2019.
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Phillips is the daughter of Phillip Phillips (father) and Amy Phillips (mother). Her father died in February 2012 and her mother May 2006.
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Phillips married her husband Martin Frizell (aged 60) in 1997. The has two sons Nathaniel Frizell and Mackenzie Frizell.
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Martin Frizell, Fiona’s husband now spends his life behind the camera as the producer of ITV daytime shows. He earlier worked in Iran war zone but quit when his first born son with his wife Fiona was born. The experiences of that war time haunts him todate as he remembers the experiences of those families.
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Phillips and her husband have two sons Nathaniel Frizell and Mackenzie Frizell.
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Phillips is a supporter of the Labour Party. She said that she had been offered a job in November 2007 as public health minister in the administration of Gordon Brown, as well as a peerage. Phillips said she declined due to her responsibilities to her two small children. She attended the 2009 Labour Party Conference in Brighton, where she introduced an address by the Home Secretary Alan Johnson. She was a panellist on BBC One’s Question Time on June 2009.
Phillips is a patron of the anti-racist organization Hope Not Hate, who have the slogan “Celebrating Britain’s diverse society”. In August 2014, Phillips was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September’s referendum on that issue.
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Phillips is a supporter of many charities frequently related to conditions affecting her family. Phillips’ mother suffered from breast cancer before dying on 15 May 2006 from Alzheimer’s disease. Phillips took a break from her work for GMTV and has since supported many organizations associated with the two diseases. On 15 February 2007, she appeared as a contestant with her brother Andrew on Dale’s Supermarket Sweep, playing to raise money for their charity for people with Alzheimer’s.
Phillips is one of the judges of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, and for presenting the GMTV Emergency Services award. She has also been one of the judges for the Children of Courage awards. From 15 October 2007, she reported from Geita, North Tanzania, for one week to visit Neema, a 13-year-old girl who Phillips has been sponsoring, and her family, friends and local schools. On 1 March 2007, she published a ‘Quick Reads’ book for World Book Day A Day To Remember which is aimed at emergent readers and adult learners.
On 13 March 2008, Phillips, while Age Concern Ambassador, presented the Age Concern Grandparent of the Year 2008, which took place in the Houses of Parliament. She has continued as an Ambassador for the successor charity Age UK.
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Fiona Phillips reveals gender pay gap battle with Eamonn Holmes – she even had to fight for maternity pay
Fiona has opened up about her gender pay gap battles from way back in the day when she hosted GMTV alongside fellow presenter Eamonn Holmes. The broadcaster, who is best known for her role in the ITV breakfast programme, said she was ‘monetarily well adrift’ of Holmes when they hosted the show together. And to add salt to the injury, she added that she had to fight for the right to maternity pay. Revealing all in her Daily Mirror column, she said: ‘In my GMTV days I was often called the Queen of Breakfast Telly in magazines and newspapers, despite being a relative pauper in relation to my on-screen King, Eamonn Holmes.
‘I won’t go into detail here because clearly, we’re talking confidential contracts, but monetarily I was well adrift of my on-screen partner who also had “perks” that I clearly wasn’t deemed worthy of.’ The 57-year-old carried on to say that she even had to push for maternity pay when she was pregnant. The cheek of it! ‘I even had to fight for maternity pay after being told by bosses when I broke it to them that I was pregnant that “viewers don’t like seeing pregnant women on TV, especially early in the morning”,’ she wrote. She rightly added:’Unbelieeeeeeevable! And followed up by “you’ll have to go once it shows too much”.’ But the presenter had some crafty ways of keeping her pregnancy a secret from unsuspecting viewers and stayed on air close to her due date. She concluded: ‘In the end, I stayed until I was eight months pregnant, enabled by my handy trick of always wearing slimming black tops and trousers/skirts under whichever jacket I chose to cover myself up with.’
Fiona hosted the breakfast show alongside Eamonn, 58, from 1993 until his departure in 2005 – and they pair were often dubbed King and Queen of Breakfast Telly. As shocking as her revelation may seem, Fiona’s comments came just days after Eamonn’s wife Ruth Langsford, 57, revealed she had demanded the same pay as her spouse whenever they work together. Eamonn also recently revealed that he turned down a ludicrous deal for the sake of his wife. The host said he was offered a ‘life-changing’ sum of money but he turned it down because of the impact it would have on his wife. Last month he revealed to The Daily Mirror: ‘I was offered the chance to go to Russia. They offered me more than I have been offered to do anything. ‘But I don’t think it would be advisable. I think the whole propaganda thing…I don’t think it would have been a wise career move. It impacts on who you are and what you do and it would impact on Ruth’s career.’
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