Lorraine Kelly showed her mettle this week by stripping down to her bikini and bravely wading into -29°C Antarctic waters. The 57-year-old is currently on holiday as part of her 25th wedding anniversary celebrations with husband Steve Smith. She appeared live on her morning show via video link on Monday to share her icy dip with viewers. Speaking on camera while wearing a furry hat and coat, Lorraine said: "This is a first for me, this is Antarctica… and I'm going in." With that, the star removed her red jacket to reveal a colourful bikini before making her way into the water, giggling as she went.
Lorraine Kelly stripped down for a swim in the freezing Antarctic waters this week
Lorraine's pilgrimage to the Antarctica will see her follow in the footsteps of her hero, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Speaking about her expedition, she told the Sunday Post: "I've always been fascinated by explorers and in Shackleton's day Antarctica was like going to the moon. He was a remarkable man and I've been an admirer since childhood.
The brave star kept her hat and gloves on as she waded out
"I'm heading to Antarctica, Elephant Island and South Georgia, following the route of Shackleton's Endurance Trans-Atlantic Expedition. Steve will be filming for my show, and I'll be writing about the journey. I will, of course, be visiting his grave, raising a glass and toasting 'the boss'."
Glasgow-born Lorraine, 57 has been married to cameraman Steve since 1992, and the couple are parents to one daughter, 22-year-old Rosie. Last month, the TV star praised her long-time partner for his support, as she celebrated the release of her second fitness DVD, Brand New You. Having recently lost two stone, Lorraine told the Sun that she was thrilled with the results – but said Steve loves her whatever her size.
Lorraine has been married to cameraman Steve Smith since 1992
"He doesn't mind, as long as I'm happy, he's happy," she revealed. "He would like me regardless, it doesn't matter what I am. I think he sees that I feel better about myself and I think that's really good because you know what it's like as you get older, confidence is that thing that can go, so this has been amazing."