There are not many more known faces on British television than that of Ruth Langsford, the longtime co-presenter of the ITV show This Morning. The TV host, who has since gone ahead to become the longest-serving presenter on This Morning, is also known for presenting other shows like Gift Wrapped, Loose Women, and How the Other Half Lives.
Lansford has also written columns for Woman Magazine and Tesco Magazine. With her voice, she has worked to bring attention to issues and groups like dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society which she is an ambassador of, and the Dogs Trust charity which she is a patron. Read on to find out more about how she began her career and other achievements.
Ruth Langsford Biography
Ruth Wendy Langsford was born to Joan and Dennis Langsford on the 17th of March 1960 in Singapore. It is not clear if it is due to her parents’ work or other reasons but Langsford spent most of her formative years living in various countries, including Germany and four countries in North Africa before moving to England where her family settled down as she attended Saltash School in Cornwall.
After completing her education, Ruth Langsford began her career in media. She first held the job of continuity announcer and newscaster at Television South West (TSW), an ITV regional station in Plymouth England. She rose up the ranks at the station and soon became a regular face, appearing at peak times and hosting some of its bigger shows. Langsford remained with the station until it was taken over by Westcountry Television. She and her colleague, Ian Stirling, closed down the station together for the last time on the 31st of December 1992, its final day of transmission.
Langsford’s media career was halted by what happened to her former station. To make ends meet, she took jobs as the host or presenter of shows like Mysterious West (1995), and The Really Useful Show (1997). She was also one of the main presenters of the now-defunct TV Travel Shop which sold holiday packages to viewers. She led the position from April 1998 until March 2005. Other shows in which Langsford worked during that time include The Answer Lies in the Soil (1999), The Great British Garden Show, Langsford Late (1999), and Gardens of the Millennium (1999).
In 1999, Ruth Langsford returned to work with ITV as she became a regular panelist on the network’s daytime chat show Loose Women. Her performances on the show earned her an invitation to guest host ITV’s award-winning daytime television program, This Morning, in 2000. By 2006, the network made her a regular presenter alongside her co-host, Phillip Schofield.
While maintaining her chief role as presenter of This Morning, in 2010, Langsford guest presented five episodes of GMTV with Lorraine and returned as stand-in anchor for Loose Women. That same year, she was a contestant on Marco’s Kitchen Burnout before also competing in the entertainment program Born to Shine in 2011. In 2017, she began co-presenting Ruth Langsford’s Fashion Edit on the UK television shopping channel, QVC. That same year, she became the third celebrity to take part in the television dance contest series, Strictly Come Dancing.
Family – Husband (Eamonn Holmes), Son
Ruth Langsford is married to Eamonn Holmes, a Belfast, Northern Ireland-born journalist, and broadcaster that is best known for being the presenter of Sky News Sunrise, as well as the Fridays, school holidays, or whenever regular hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are absent from the program, the co-host of This Morning, alongside his wife.
The couple began seeing each other far back in 1997. In 2002, they welcomed a son named Jack Alexander Holmes. Despite them not being married, and her partner being technically married to his former wife, things between the pair were very cordial as they further enjoyed a very loving working relationship and also shared a home together. By March 2009, however, after Holmes has successfully divorced his former wife in 2005, he opted to take his new relationship to the next level by proposing to his longtime partner.
Langsford and Holmes went on to exchange vows on the 26th of June, 2010, at Elvetham Hall, near Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. The wedding ceremony, which was attended by English media royalty, as well as the then Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, was covered by Hello! magazine who the couple sold exclusive rights to.
In addition to their This Morning co-hosting duties, Langsford and her husband have further co-hosted shows like the ITV teatime quiz show Gift Wrapped, and the Channel 5 series’ How the Other Half Lives and Do The Right Thing, among others.