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Caron Keating
Born 5 October 1962(1962-10-05)
Fulham, London, England
Died 13 April 2004 (aged 41)
Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Cause of death Breast cancer
Occupation Television presenter
Known for Blue Peter presenter
Spouse(s) Russ Lindsay (1991-2004)
Children Charlie and Gabriel
Parents Gloria Hunniford (mother)
Don Keating (father)

Caron Louisa Keating (5 October 1962 – 13 April 2004) was a British television presenter.


Early life and education

Keating was born in Fulham, West London, but at three months her parents returned to Northern Ireland, where she was raised. Her parents were television presenter Gloria Hunniford and BBC producer Don Keating, who died of heart disease in 1997, aged 61.[1] Caron attended Methodist College Belfast, where she gained 8 'O' levels and 3 'A' levels. Caron was accepted to study at the University of Bristol where she graduated three years later aged 21 with a BA Honours Degree in English and Drama.

Television career

Keating's television career began in Northern Ireland where she presented The Video Picture Show, Channel One and the music programme Greenrock, but her big break undoubtedly came when she was selected to join the team of Blue Peter from 13 November 1986.

Keating brought a new trendy image to the programme, and was extremely popular with all viewers because of her looks and fashion-conscious image. She appeared on the programme with Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Mark Curry, Yvette Fielding, and John Leslie. Highlights of her Blue Peter career included a trip to Moscow in 1987 during the perestroika period, swimming with sharks, abseiling down skyscrapers and standing strapped to the top of a light aircraft whilst it performed aerial acrobatics.

After four years, Keating left Blue Peter on 22 January 1990. She presented several other programmes including This Morning, before breast cancer was diagnosed in 1997. Keating also appeared in a TV commercial for So Good soya drink in 1999, and presented We Can Work It Out in the same year.

Illness and death

Keating was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. After various conventional and alternative treatments, including a period away from her family on the Gold Coast, Australia and at a hospice in Switzerland, she died at the age of 41, on 13 April 2004, at her mother's house in Sevenoaks, Kent.


Keating married Russ Lindsay in Tunbridge Wells, Kent in 1991. Their two sons were born in Hammersmith, London: Charles Jackson Lindsay (born 1994) and Gabriel Lindsay.[2] After Caron Keating's death, her widower would go on to marry television presenter Sally Meen on 4 September 2006.

The Caron Keating Foundation

Set up in Keating's memory, The Caron Keating Foundation is a fund-raising partnership set up to raise money to offer financial support to professional carers, complementary healing practitioners, and support groups dealing with cancer patients, as well as individuals and families who are affected by the disease. It will also financially help a number of cancer charities with their ongoing quest for prevention, early detection and hopefully an ultimate cure. It was set-up by her mother, TV presenter Gloria Hunniford, and her two brothers Michael and Paul Keating. The foundation website is[3]

Preceded by
Peter Duncan
Blue Peter Presenter No. 16
Succeeded by
Diane-Louise Jordan


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