Fiona Phillips

Fiona Phillips

Fiona Phillips was the main anchor on "GMTV" before stepping down at the end of 2008.  On any particular day, Fiona may have been interviewing the Prime Minister, a pop star, or a grieving family in the midst of a news tragedy. Her compassion, humour and journalistic skills have made her one of Britain's most popular presenters.

 

She has subsequently presented a number of programmes and documentaries including Mum, Dad, Alzheimer's and Me for Channel 4 which was part of the acclaimed Dispatches Series and also released an autobiography 'Before I forget - A Daughter's story'.

At the end of 2001, Fiona was one of the main presenters of the ITV prime time show "Rich & Famous" (Friday nights, 8pm). She also guest presented ITV2's "Soap Fever" and BBC's "Liquid News", and in 2000 she hosted the hit series "OK! TV".

Fiona was born in Canterbury and educated in Southampton. She graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA (Hons) in English and trained in the medical profession as a radiographer. She then decided to change careers and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Radio Journalism. She started her career in journalism in independent radio working for local stations County Sound, Hereward Radio and Radio Mercury, before moving on to present BBC’s "South and East Weekend Programme" and later she joined Sky News as a news reporter before being promoted to Entertainment Editor.

She joined GMTV at the beginning of 1993 as entertainment correspondent and was promoted to GMTV/Reuters Television’s L.A. correspondent in December 1993. For two years Fiona provided daily/weekly reports, features and celebrity interviews. She covered a variety of news stories including the alleged Michael Jackson child molestation case, L.A. earthquake, O.J. Simpson trial and interviewed some of the screen's hottest names including Jodie Foster, Clint Eastwood, Leonardo Di Caprio and Mel Gibson.

In 1996 Fiona was nominated for the RTS Interview of the Year Award. Fiona has also presented Carlton’s entertainment guide "Good Stuff", LWT’s Friday evening entertainment show "Start the Weekend" and also LWT’s "Sunday Night" for the ITV network. She is involved in numerous charity organisations and is a patron of Cancer Research Campaign, Stroke Association, Parkinson’s Disease Society, The Children’s Society and PDSA.

Fiona is married to Martin Frizell, previously GMTV’S Chief Correspondent and now Editor. They have two sons, Nathanial and Mackenzie.