Lorraine Kelly urges opportunities for 'kids like me' to break into TV at Baftas

The broadcaster said it is now 'almost impossible' for those from working-class backgrounds to break into the TV industry.

Lorraine Kelly said “don’t pull up the ladder” to those from working-class backgrounds to break into the TV industry, as she was presented with a special award at the TV Baftas ceremony.

Succession star Brian Cox presented the award to the “queen of daytime TV”, who has hosted ITV chat show Lorraine for the past 30 years.

“I suppose if I’ve learned anything at all over the past 40 years, it’s what’s the point of having all that experience if you don’t actually share it, and if you don’t actually pass it on, and help other people,” Kelly said on stage.

“So I would just say don’t pull up the ladder, please make it possible for kids like me from my background, from a very working class Glasgow background, rise the same from Dundee.

“We’ve had amazing opportunities, but I just want everyone to have those opportunities the same that we did.”

It comes after she said it is now “almost impossible” for those from working-class backgrounds to break into the industry, calling for more opportunities outside of London – having been told she would never make it on the screen due to her Scottish accent.

Speaking backstage, she said the lack of opportunity “comes down to money a lot”.

“I was only able to come to London and work because I got help with a place to rent and I got a reasonable salary and that actually was the only reason that I was able to do it. I was in a very fortunate position,” she said.

Scottish actor Cox described Kelly as having “infectious humour, boundless enthusiasm and genuine, genuine kindness”.

The 64-year-old said she was “honoured” that viewers of the show “think of me as a pal – they think of me as their friend”.

“I never, ever, take it for granted that so many people trust me with their stories,” she said.

Now one of television’s most recognisable faces, Kelly was told of her Bafta award live on air on March 25 by Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid during her weekday show.

She was recognised for her “outstanding contribution” over her 40-year career in broadcasting, since she joined TV-am in 1984.

Previous names to win the special award include Clare Balding, Idris Elba and Sir Lenny Henry.

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