Kirsty Gallacher

Kirsty Gallacher
Born Kirsty Jane Gallacher
(1976-01-20) 20 January 1976
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education St. George's School
London College of Fashion
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1998–present
Known for Sky Sports News HQ
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Gladiators (2008)
Spouse(s) Paul Sampson (2010-2015, divorced)
Children Oscar, Jude

Kirsty Jane Gallacher (born 20 January 1976) is a Scottish television presenter.

Early life

The daughter of the former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher and Lesley Gallacher, Kirsty Gallacher was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. When her father got the job of professional at Wentworth Golf Club, they moved south to Virginia Water, England, when she was 18 months old. Gallacher and her younger brother and sister were raised on the Wentworth Estate, where their close neighbours included Bruce Forsyth.[1] She was educated at St George's School in nearby Ascot. Kirsty Gallacher was voted to have 'The World's Sexiest Body' by NOW magazine readers in 2016.


Wanting to be a fashion journalist, Gallacher studied at the London College of Fashion in journalism and promotion.[2] Approached by Mark Sharman, then deputy head of sport at Sky, at a Ryder Cup dinner,[3] she began working as a production assistant in 1996, before moving on to the position of editorial assistant on Sky Sports.

She got her presenting break on Sky Sports News in 1998,[4] and since then has been associated with many other sports shows such as 90 Minutes, Soccer Extra, Kirsty and Phil (on BBC Radio 5 Live) and Soccer AM.[5]

From 2000 until 2004, Gallacher hosted the Sky1 show Kirsty's Home Videos, a satellite equivalent of ITV's You've Been Framed! in which viewers send in home videos to be screened.[5] In 2002, she presented the morning show RI:SE, and in 2004 began the show Simply the Best.[5] Gallacher presented the All Star Cup on Sky1 in 2005 and on ITV in 2006. She has made guest appearances on They Think It's All Over and A Question of Sport. Gallacher presented Ant vs Dec – the popular strand on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.[6]

In 2005, Gallacher won the third series of the popular Channel 4 reality television series The Games. She then presented the following years alongside Jamie Theakston.[5] In December 2005, she released a DVD entitled Body Sculpt with Kirsty Gallacher in which she shows a variety of workouts. In July 2006, she co-presented the BBC reality TV show Only Fools on Horses.

In 2008, Gallacher presented the new version of Gladiators on Sky1 alongside Ian Wright.[7] She did not return for the second series.

On 30 August 2008, Gallacher appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Duncan Bannatyne.

She has also guest presented GMTV with Lorraine in August 2010 for two weeks and Lorraine on ITV Breakfast.[8]

In May 2011, Gallacher returned to Sky Sports to present for Sky Sports News.[9][10]

On 27 August 2015, it was confirmed that Gallacher would be taking part in the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing.[11] On 5 September 2015, it was announced Gallacher would be paired with professional dancer Brendan Cole for the series.[12] The couple were eliminated on week 6; finishing eleventh.

Awards and nominations

Gallacher was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Royal Television Society Television Sports Awards in 1998.[13] She won Satellite/Digital TV Personality at the 2002 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards,[14] and Kirsty's Home Videos won her the following year's Satellite/Digital Programme award in 2003.[15] She also won a "Platinum Award" for Best Entertainment Programme at the 2002 Houston International Film Festival.[16]

Personal life

Having met at a charity event in 1999,[17] Gallacher and Paul Sampson lived together in Surrey. Their son Oscar was born in 2006, after which Gallacher suffered from post-natal thyroiditis.[18] The couple got married on 24 July 2010, after she gave birth to their second son, Jude Sidney, on 19 January 2010. Shortly after her father had a cardiac arrest in April 2014, the couple separated[19] and divorced in early 2015.[20]

Gallacher takes a keen interest in reading history books[21] and has a passion for animal welfare. She is a Liverpool F.C. supporter and is the cousin of golfer Stephen Gallacher. At the end of February 2013 she was named Patron of Hibernian ladies.[22] Gallacher has been best friends with fellow sports presenter Gabby Logan for over fifteen years. Gallacher said Logan had already been working for Sky when she came in at Sky as a runner, and they immediately hit it off.[23][24]

In August 2014, Gallacher 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.[25]


  1. Greenstreet, Rosanna (13 July 2008). "Time and place: Kirsty Gallacher". London: The Sunday Times.
  2. 29 April 2008 (29 April 2008). "Par for the course? Kirsty Gallacher on being 'golf-daft' | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  3. As told to Mark King (2 March 2012). "Kirsty Gallacher: my Saturday job | Money". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  4. Interview by John Hall (8 July 2010). "A Quick Chat With: Kirsty Gallacher - Profiles - People". London: The Independent. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Morris, Sophie (5 May 2008). "My Life in Media: Kirsty Gallacher". London: The Independent. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
  6. Alexander, Hilary (16 November 2009). "Kirsty Gallacher models the new M2B maternity range from Mothercare - Telegraph". London: Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  7. Leigh Holmwood (12 March 2008). "Ian Wright and Kirsty Gallacher to front Gladiators on Sky | Media". London: Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  8. "The best of A/W 2010 with Kirsty Gallacher - 3am & Mirror Online". 5 September 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  9. "Kirsty Gallacher returning to Sky Sports - Showbiz - London Evening Standard". 30 March 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  10. "Kirsty Gallacher: I don't give a monkey's if people think I got the job because of my looks.. - 3am & Mirror Online". 18 June 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  12. Cains, Eleanor (5 September 2015). "Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Peter Andre's The One To Beat, As Ola Jordan Responds To 'Lies'". Yahoo. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  13. "RTS Television Sport Awards 1998". Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  14. "2002 TRIC Awards winners". Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  15. "2003 TRIC Awards winners". Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  16. "Janet McBride Biography". Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  17. "TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher on plans for her forthcoming summer wedding and why another baby is most definitely on the cards - 3am & Mirror Online". 10 April 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  18. "The Sun | The Best for News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities | The Sun". Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  19. Takyi, Stephanie. "Kirsty Gallacher and husband Paul Sampson split after 14 years together | Showbiz | News | Daily Express". Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  20. "'Dad's near death gave me the courage to divorce': Kirsty Gallacher". Daily Mail. London. 20 February 2015.
  21. Kidd, Patrick (24 September 2011). "Passions: Kirsty Gallacher and Tudor history". The Times. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  22. "Changing room chat: Dad delighted as Kirsty joins Hibs". The Scotsman. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  23. – Kirsty Gallacher: Life as I know it 8 August 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  24. "Weddings and Work". 3 August 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  25. "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.

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