Carol McGiffin

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Carol McGiffin
Born (1960-02-18) 18 February 1960 (age 61)
London, England
OccupationTelevision and radio presenter
Years active1988–present
Employer ITV
Television Loose Women (2003–2013, 2018–present)
(m. 1991;div. 1998)

Mark Cassidy
(m. 2018)

Carol Deirdre McGiffin (born 18 February 1960) is an English radio and television broadcaster, who has appeared on the daytime talk show Loose Women since the early 2000s. She appeared on the twelfth series of Celebrity Big Brother .


Early life

McGiffin was born in London and brought up in Maidstone, Kent, to John McGiffin and Heather Barham (1934 - 2003). She has two sisters (Tracy 1963-2017) and a brother. [1]


She started her broadcasting career in 1984 as a producer on cable channel Music Box and moved on to presenting in 1988 as co-host of the Chris Evans shows on GLR. Her style then and characterised today is based on comedic observation of men. [1]

In 1995 McGiffin was a founding member of the Talk Radio UK team, co-presenting the popular weekday evening show The Rude Awakening with Moz Dee. When the show ended in September 1995 she became the station's music expert for around six months, hosting her own Friday evening review slot and appearing every week on Jonathan King's programme. In late 1996 she reappeared on Liberty Radio, co-hosting the breakfast show with Richard Skinner for six months. In 1997 and 1998 she united with Paul Ross and Nick Abbot in varying time slots.

In 1999 she joined London radio station LBC teaming up again with Abbot, who left the station after six months. McGiffin continued to host the show on her own with producer/sidekicks, including Marcus Railton and Jonathan Sanchez until 30 September 2000. She co-hosted phone-in shows on BBC London Live. In 2002, she occasionally teamed up with Abbot on Real Radio.

Between February and July 2006 she was the southern presenter of the Local Radio Company's night-time talk show North South Divided. Mike Elliott was her northern counterpart. In August 2006 McGiffin returned to LBC 97.3 presenting a Sunday morning show. McGiffin's weekly views on the world and travel advice in her Travel Clinic ended on 10 February 2008, when she left the station. Throughout the summer of 2012, she regularly reviewed the daily newspapers on This Morning . In August 2013, she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to compete in the twelfth series, where she finished in fourth place.

In June 2018, it was announced by panellist, Denise Welch that McGiffin would be returning to Loose Women after five years away.[ citation needed ]

In 2020, Carol teamed up with fellow tv personality Nick Abbot to make the podcast what is your problem with Nick and Carol.[ citation needed ]


Personal life

McGiffin is a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. [2] For several years, she has returned to Maidstone to join members of her family and take part in Race for Life to raise money for the charity Cancer Research UK, she does this in memory of her mother. [3]

She and Chris Evans (broadcaster) were married in 1991. They separated in 1993 and were divorced in 1998.[ citation needed ]


In 2010, McGiffin released her autobiography, Oh, Carol!.

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  2. Thompson Holidays brochure Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 31 July 2008
  3. BBC Kent retrieved 13 June 2008