Tuesday 17 October 2017

Miriam O'Callaghan says she's on TV 'because I didn't look like the back of a bus'

Miriam O'Callaghan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Miriam O'Callaghan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

Sean O'Grady

Miriam O'Callaghan has admitted she never aspired to be on television and only found herself in front of the camera because she "didn't look like the back of a bus".

The Prime Time host (56) worked behind the scenes as a producer in the UK before she was asked to become a presenter.

"I became a researcher on British television, I became a producer and then, because I didn't look like the back of a bus, someone said I should go on telly," she told the Herald.

"I never wanted to go on telly but I was put on it. It worked for me.

"I was a law student, who would have said I would be the presenter of a current affairs programme? It didn't work like that."

The mum-of-eight believes it was a combination of hard work and luck that got her to where she is now.

"I think I've been very lucky but then a part of me would also say you make your own luck," she said.

"My mother would say I'm unbelievably hard-working. If you work hard and you do a lot, you make our own luck.

"You can just be in the right place at the right time."

Herald

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