2019 Host - Kate Thornton
Kate started her career as a journalist, becoming the youngest ever editor of Smash Hits in 1995. She has written regularly for The Daily and Sunday Mirror, The Sunday Times and was the Contributing Editor for Marie Claire. But it was her stint on The X Factor which propelled her into the limelight, cementing her all-star status as she comforted failed contestants backstage.
Other TV credits include some of the most high profile programmes on British Television including Top of The Pops, Holiday, Pop Idol Extra, The Royal Variety Performance, Loose Women and The Brits. She presented three series plus a Celebrity Special of The X Factor and co-presented Comic Relief for BBC1.
Kate was a regular stand-in presenter on This Morning, guest presented six episodes of Lorraine and for a number of years she hosted the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. A popular and professional host, she is often seen interviewing the stars on the Red Carpet at film premieres.
Most recently, Kate hosts the hit Yahoo! podcast WHITE WINE QUESTION TIME with guests including Amanda Holden and Leigh Francis. Aside from her role as a presenter, Kate owns a property portfolio in London and is mum to son Ben.
2019 Comedian - Andrew Ryan
Irishman Andrew Ryan made his comedy circuit debut in 2008 when he spontaneously entered an open mic contest. Fast-forward to 2019 and he is now one of the most sought after comics, in demand as a headliner and an MC at the biggest comedy clubs and festivals across Ireland and the UK.
His quintessentially Irish storytelling abilities and cheeky, friendly demeanour makes him a natural observational stand up. He performed his debut hour show Ryanopoly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. Andrew returned to Edinburgh with his critically acclaimed sell-out show Did You Get Here Alright?
Andrew has performed stand-up on Russell Howard’s Good News and Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Comedy Central at The Comedy Store and Funny Rotten Scoundrels. He’s starred on The Blame Game and made his Irish TV debut on The 6 O’clock Show. He is a regular panellist on BBC Radio Manchester and MUTV. Andrew also starred in TalkSport’s viral hit Chelsea Fans Claim To Know About Players That Don’t Exist that has attracted just under 1.5 million views on YouTube.
Andrew recently won Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival Awards. In a hotly contested category, his new show Sure, You Know Yourself won on the night after the awards panel judged him the worthy winner.
Over the last couple of years Andrew has built a reputation as reliable awards host. He’s fast becoming in demand for corporate entertainment and definitely one to watch in 2019!