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Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard: All you need to know about ITV's This Morning presenters

The pair took over from Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

Cat Deeley, Ben Shephard
'This Morning' TV show, London, UK - 18 Mar 2024
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
Updated: 21 March 2024
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Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley made their debut as the brand new hosts of ITV's This Morning earlier this month, replacing Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield following their departures last year. 

During their first show, the pair expressed their excitement over their new roles. "We are so excited to be here," said Cat. "This show has been a huge part of our lives for so long to be standing here, with you, it's good."

Meanwhile, Ben told viewers: "It is very special. We are thrilled to be here and we've got a packed show and line-up coming your way. Everyone has been so kind, thank you to everyone who's sent us lovely messages of support."

WATCH: Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley make This Morning debut

While Ben and Cat have been regular fixtures on our screens for years, how much do you know about their careers and home lives? Keep reading for all you need to know...

Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley make This Morning © ITV
Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley made their This Morning debut on Monday

Cat Deeley's career and home life

Cat is a familiar face on our screens thanks to her various presenting roles. She started her career as the host of ITV's SMTV Live alongside Ant and Dec, before going on to present CD:UK and Fame Academy. 

Since 2006, she has hosted the American reality show, So You Think You Can Dance, earning her five Primetime Emmy nominations. 

cat deeley in red blouse on this morning © Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Cat started her career hosting SMTV Live

Cat has a wealth of presenting experience both in the UK and across the pond in the US, having previously appeared as a guest reporter on NBC's The Tonight Show, as well as the host of Fox's New Year's Eve Special from Times Square in 2006 and 2007. 

Like Ben, Cat has hosted This Morning before. Back in 2003, she joined the late Paul O'Grady on the sofa to celebrate Cilla Black's 60th birthday.

On joining the show as its new co-host, she said: "This Morning is a national institution. Whenever it’s on, it’s like having your friends over - funny, smart, silly, heartfelt, informative and joyful - like all the greatest friendships! 

Cat in blue shirt and black shorts© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Cat previously hosted This Morning back in 2003

"This Morning is and always will be the viewer’s show. Ben and I both know how much people love it, and with the help of an amazing team of people, we’re going to do our best to take care of it."

When she's not on our TV screens, Cat can be found at home with her husband of 11 years, comedian and presenter Patrick Kielty, and their two sons Milo, eight, and James, five. 

Patrick Kielty in a suit and Cat Deeley in a white mini dress and heels© David M. Benett
Cat has been married to Patrick Kielty since 2012

Cat and Patrick first met when they presented Fame Academy together in 2002 and later tied the knot in Rome in 2012. While the family previously lived in Los Angeles, they now reside in Hampstead, London.

Ben Shephard's career and home life

Ben has been waking up the nation on breakfast television for many years, having begun his career back in 1998 as a presenter on Channel 4's spin-off show The Bigger Breakfast, alongside Melanie Sykes, Josie D'Arby and Dermot O'Leary.

He went on to become a mainstay of ITV Breakfast, joining the now-defunct GMTV back in 2000 as an entertainment presenter before eventually becoming one of the programme's main hosts alongside Fiona Phillips, and later Kate Garraway

Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Ben Shephard is a staple of breakfast television

In 2014, Ben formed part of the line-up of ITV's new breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, joining Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher, and reuniting with Kate. 

He left the show in 2023, hosting his final programme in February. Tearing up as he delivered his final send-off, Ben said: "I can only cope with this because I'm not going far, these guys will carry on doing an incredible job, I'll get a lie-in and in a couple of weeks I'll be able to welcome you back from the school run with a cup of tea with Cat next door. 

Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain
Ben hosted Good Morning Britain for almost ten years

"I know that this lot will still be doing the best show they can for you," he said, gesturing to some of his co-hosts, including Susanna, Kate, Alex Beresford and Charlotte Hawkins.

Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway on Good Morning Britain© ITV
Ben Shephard hosted his last GMB show in February

"Thank you for making this so special," he added.

Ben was announced as the new co-host of This Morning back in February, but it's not his first time on the show's set. Over the years, he's acted as a stand-in presenter on a few occasions, covering for former hosts Phillip Schofield and Eamonn Holmes. 

family posing mid walk © Instagram
Ben has been married to his wife Annie since 2004

Away from the programme, Ben has been married to his wife Annie for 20 years. The pair, who met when they were both studying at the University of Birmingham, share two teenage sons, Sam and Jack. The family live in Richmond, London. 

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