Wednesday 21 March 2018

Laura Whitmore unveiled as this year's IFTAs host...with Simon Delaney

Laura Whitmore attends the 5th Rodial Beautiful Awards at the Sanderson Hotel in London, UK. 10/03/2014.
Laura Whitmore attends the 5th Rodial Beautiful Awards at the Sanderson Hotel in London, UK. 10/03/2014.
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

Presenter Laura Whitmore is set to host the Irish Film and Television Awards this year.

The 28-year-old has been confirmed as the host this year, alongside IFTA stalwart Simon Delaney for the April 5 ceremony.

Delaney has overseen the proceedings of the show for three years and will join the MTV presenter on stage for the 2014 awards.

A string of well-known faces will be in attendance on the night.

The Fall actor Jamie Dornan, who recently completed filming on Fifty Shades of Grey, is expected to walk the red carpet, alongside fellow nominees Amy Huberman, Sinead Cusack and Ryan Tubridy.

The high profile gig will no doubt be right up Whitmore's street, as she has become accustomed to interviewing some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry since joining MTV five years ago.

“I remember when I was younger, my friends and I getting excited that so many big names in the Irish film and TV world were in town and we snuck off to have a peak at the red carpet arrivals before a college night out ( I think we had a glimpse of a certain Mr Farrell)," she said of the role.

"So it's surreal to be here in this capacity. The Irish entertainment industry is getting stronger and stronger. There have been great film releases and TV dramas and epic acting performances. I'm so proud to be part of it.”

The Bray native has seen her star status soar lately, and it's not just Whitmore's presenting skills in front of a camera that is drawing attention.

The Dubliner's love life is regularly in the spotlight.

This week the blonde beauty posed beside rumoured ex boyfriend David Gandy, at the Rodial Beautiful Awards in London.

It comes just weeks after she was linked to Scottish singer Paolo Nutini (27), as the pair were pictured on a date together after the Brits. Whitmore previously dated the Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly for two years.

They split up in December 2012 and briefly rekindled their romance, only to break up again a few months later.

Whitmore has also been romantically connected to Mullingar pop star Niall Horan, from One Direction. However, the presenter has insisted that she and Horan are just friends.

DCU graduate Whitmore got her big TV break in 2008, when she beat thousands of hopefuls to land her hosting gig with MTV.

She has gone on to launch a clothing line for A-Wear, present I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here Now and become an ambassador for a number of charities.

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