Gloria Hunniford is a true staple of British TV, currently co-presenting on BBC day-time TV series Rip Off Britain.

She turned 79 years old in April 2019, marking almost 40 years on our TV screens having kick-started her career in the 1970s as a production assistant with the BBC.

But what did G look like when she was younger? Here are nine pictures spanning from the 1970s to 80s and now!

1982 – Launching her TV career

Gloria launched her TV career in the early ’80s as the presenter of Good Evening Ulster on ITV.

In this picture, our G was already 40 years old – not that she looks it!

Portrait of presenters Simon Bates and Gloria Hunniford, photographed for Radio Times in connection with the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Saturday Live’, 1982. (Photo by Chris Ridley/Radio Times/Getty Images)
23rd September 1981: Gloria Hunniford who is to take over from disc jockey Jimmy Young at Radio Two. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

1987 – Launching her new hair

Throwback to 1987, Gloria was repping one of the most glorious hair-doos of her career.

As a presenter on the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest Previews, Gloria was obliged to have a perm.

You know, like everyone else over that period!

Portrait of television presenter Gloria Hunniford photographed for Radio Times in connection with her BBC Radio 2 show, August 1987. (Photo by Tim Roney/Radio Times/Getty Images)

Perming into the 1990s

Gloria hairstyle stayed with her as she continued to present the Eurovision contest in both 1992 and 1993.

She also appeared on Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank and Call My Bluff over this period.

Northern Irish TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford, circa 1990. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
TV presenter Gloria Hunniford in 1990 ca. in London, England. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
Northern Irish television and radio presenter, Gloria Hunniford, circa 1990. (Photo by Larry Ellis Collection/Getty Images)

2002 – Stardom in the Noughties

Gloria’s career catapulted forward in 1998 as she was given her own afternoon TV show on Channel 5, Open House with Gloria Hunniford.

Success also led Gloria into a role on Loose Women in 2003, where she held the role for over 10 years and firmly cemented her place on the list of legendary UK TV host.

Gloria Hunniford Attends The 2002 National Television Awards At London’s Royal Albert Hall. (Photo by Justin GoffUK Press via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 19: Sir Cliff Richard With Gloria Hunniford, The Cliff Richard Xmas Party In Aid Of His Tennis Charity Was Held At Hampton Court, Where Guest Enjoyed Mulled Wine before The Carol Service then Dinner After the Guest Of Honour Was Cherie Blair, but She Had To Leave After The Carol Service. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Cliff Richard and Gloria Hunniford (Photo by J. Quinton/WireImage)


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