Everyone’s having a good laugh at how famed character actress Lorraine Kelly has managed to put one over on the taxman, getting a £1.2m tax bill waived by claiming that she doesn’t appear on TV as herself but as her cheery, upbeat alter ego “Lorraine Kelly”.
It might seem like a farcical claim, but production staff on Lorraine have borne witness to it.
Three years ago, when the Brussels bombings story broke, the decision was made to cut from her show and return to Good Morning Britain to follow the developing event. Lorraine was in the middle of talking about nail varnish at the time the call was made. She was incandescent with rage after the handover, taking the switch-back to GMB as a huge personal snub and threatening to resign over the slight.
Suffice to say, she wasn’t in character for that bit.