Andrea Catherine Catherwood
(born 27 November 1967 in Belfast
) is a Northern Irish
Andrea Catherwood was born and raised in Belfast where her mother, 'Adrienne McGuill', was an announcer and newsreader at Ulster Television
from 1959 to 1969, and also presented 'The Romper Room', from 1964 to 1969 as 'Miss Adrienne'. Adrienne Catherwood was awarded an MBE
in 2004 for her work with the charity Action Medical Research
. Andrea's broadcasting career began aged 16, when she joined the BBC
in Belfast as a co-presenter of a youth current affairs programme for which she won BBC Northern Ireland's Young Presenter of the Year award. The following year she co-presented the youth current affairs programme "Up Front"
. Aged 18 Catherwood made a documentary for BBC Radio 4
about the 18 years of troubles in Northern Ireland,
Following an honours degree in Law from the University of Manchester, in 1990 she joined Ulster Television where she spent three years as a news and features reporter. In 1993 she joined NBC Asia in Hong Kong as a news reporter, covering the handover of Hong Kong to China and the 1997 stock-market turmoil. She travelled extensively throughout Asia, and in Burma interviewed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
She joined ITN in April 1998 starting as Newscaster/Senior Reporter for ITV News, presenting the Early Morning News and doing special reports for News at Ten. She then became Medical Correspondent for ITV News. Having joined Five News in 2000 as a main news presenter, she moved back to ITV in 2001.
In November 2001 she was the first British journalist into Mazari Sharif after the Northern Alliance captured the city from Taliban forces. She produced a number of reports, which received wide coverage in the British press. Catherwood was reporting from inside the prison at the beginning of the Taliban prisoners uprising when one exploded a concealed grenade that killed five people. Catherwood was injured in the knee by shrapnel.
In 2003, she was promoted and made the main anchor of the ITV Weekend News, plus a relief presenter on the ITV Lunchtime News and ''ITV Evening News.
Catherwood left ITV News in September 2006, to front The Sunday Edition, ITV's new political show with Andrew Rawnsley. However, this was quietly dropped in November 2007. She has not appeared on ITV programming since.
In 2006, she was scheduled to appear on the celebrity special of The X Factor: Battle of the Stars and to sing with James Hewitt but ITV chiefs refused to give her permission to appear on the show.
Catherwood married lawyer Gray Smith on 28 September 2002. The couple have three children, a son born in 2004 and twin sons born in 2005.