If you've got a television, you probably know who Andrea McLean is. Former weather presenter and current anchor for the ITV smash – Loose Women – it's like she's never off our screens. An animal lover from a young age, Andrea was destined to own animals as an adult. Hugging strays in Trinidad, naming pets after pop stars and fantasing about life as a Chocolate Labrador, Andrea certainly has interesting take on dogs. Kim O'Meara caught up with her discuss her hectic life and he she manages to fit it around Jackson, her Labradoodle.
Tell us about your dog. Name, breed, age and everything about them!
Our dog is a Labradoodle called Jackson. We named him after the late, great Michael Jackson as my son, Finlay who's 9 years old was a huge fan when he died and we got Jackson a few days after. He is almost two years old, and is the third child in our house! He is very much a part of our family.
When did your interest in pets begin and how long have you been a pet owner?
I have always loved dogs. Our first dog was a stray who turned up at our house one day and never left. I grew up in Trinidad in the Caribbean and was always cuddling strays and frightening mum and dad to death. We also have a very old cat and two goldfish.
Our readers will know you from your hosting role on Loose Women. I imagine with a job that's as varied as that, every day must be like having a brand new job! Did you always know you wanted to become a TV presenter? What advice would you give to wannabe presenters?
I didn’t plan to become a TV presenter, I always wanted to be a journalist, and that was what I moved down to London to do. I became a presenter by fluke - a chance came up to have a go at it, I did it, got the job and have been doing it ever since.
The best advice I can give to anyone who wants to be a presenter is to get whatever experience you can, either in radio or TV, and be prepared to work for very little money, making lots of cups of tea, and just turn up on time, keep smiling and always do more than you are asked to do.
They say in TV there is always someone behind you who will do a job that you don’t want to do, and it is true, no matter what that job is – so make sure you do it!
Do you have a motto that you live your life by? What would you say Jackson's motto might be?
Many thanks Andrea!
Andrea McLean Was Speaking With Kim O'Meara