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Carol McGiffin
Born Carol Deirdre McGiffin
18 February 1960 (1960-02-18) (age 49)
Maidstone, Kent, England
Nationality British
Occupation Radio/Television presenter
Years active 1988–present
Employer ITV
Known for Presenting Loose Women
Religious beliefs Christianity
Spouse(s) Chris Evans (1991–98) (divorced)
Partner Mark Cassidy (2008–present)

Carol Deirdre McGiffin (born on 18 February 1960) is an English broadcaster of radio and television, best known for her regular appearances on daytime talk show Loose Women.


Early life

McGiffin was born in Maidstone, Kent to English parents, John McGiffin and Heather Barham. She has two sisters and a brother. Her mother died in 2003.


She started her broadcasting career in 1988 as co-host of the Chris Evans shows on GLR.

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. The Rude Awakening was originally planned to be on the air from 6-10am but was regarded as too rude for the breakfast slot. 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 the Jonathan King show.

In the latter half of 1996 she reappeared on Liberty Radio co-hosting the breakfast show with Richard Skinner which lasted around six months. In 1997 she reappeared again on Talk Radio on the Friday breakfast show with Paul Ross. Within a few weeks she joined Paul on Monday-Thursday as well as co-hosting a Saturday afternoon show during the summer with Nick Abbot. In 1998 Ross and McGiffin moved to the weekend breakfast slot.

In 1999 she joined London radio station LBC teaming up again with Nick Abbot. Abbot left the station after six months and McGiffin continued to host the show on her own with producer/sidekicks including Marcus Railton and Jonathan Sanchez until 30 September 2000. She has also co-hosted phone-in shows on BBC London Live. In 2002 she occasionally teamed up with Nick Abbot again on the late night talk show 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. Loose Women Editor Karl Newton and This Morning's fashion expert John Scott joined her weekly to talk through the Sunday papers and supplements.



McGiffin's television credits include:

Personal life

McGiffin is a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.[1] 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.[2]

She resides in Hampstead, North London.

McGiffin was married to TV presenter Chris Evans between 1991-1998. At Christmas 2008, she announced her engagement to TV producer Mark Cassidy, who is 22 years her junior.

McGiffin signed a deal to write her autobiography which will be published in the autumn of 2010.


  1. ^ Thompson Holidays brochure retrieved 31 July 2008
  2. ^ BBC Kent retrieved 13 June 2008

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