Kerri-Anne is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most iconic media personalities and a favourite of Australian television audiences for more than 50 years.
KAK has been a silver screen darling since her teenage years, beginning her entertainment career at the tender age of 14. She began by hosting the afternoon children’s program Everybody In for the Nine Network in Brisbane before moving to the Ten Network a couple of years later to The Saturday Show.
A true ‘triple threat’, Kerri-Anne toured Australia at the age of nineteen as a cabaret singer, then took off on a month-long holiday to Jamaica and New York. Her holiday turned into a five year stint in New York, working various jobs within the entertainment industry.
Returning to Australia in 1981 at age 28, Kerri-Anne was immediately snapped back up by the Ten Network, landing her career changing job as co-host of Good Morning Australia. A loyal character happy to give up her sleep-in’s, Kerri-Anne dedicated her effervescent personality to the show for over a decade.
During times when radio was very much a man’s game, Kerri-Anne stepped up as a “fill-in” at 2UE in Sydney and then took over the breakfast shift at 2CH in 1994, where she also became Chief Executive Officer of the station.
It was not long before the television executives came calling again and in mid 1995 Kerri-Anne returned to the Ten Network to host and co-produce Monday to Friday with Kerri-Anne. The following year Kerri-Anne commenced her new role as host of Midday with Kerri-Anne for the Nine Network, fulfilling a long-term ambition to work on the show, and shortly after became the most-watched daytime program on Australian television. Due to the enormous success of the show, she was nominated for the Gold Logie the following year.
In 1999 Kerri-Anne joined What’s Cooking and returned to the Nine Network to host Mornings with Kerri-Anne in October 2002 where she remained until November 2011.
It was not long before Channel Seven saw an opportunity to bring Kerri-Anne into their stable and in 2012, Kerri-Anne took to the floor on Channel Seven’s top rating primetime show Dancing with the Stars. Later that year, she was signed on to be the ambassador for Avon and Trafalgar Travel.
To add yet another feather to her flamboyant cap, in 2013, Kerri-Anne, a long time golfer, was asked to become a member for the prestigious board of Golf Australia and signed on with Ostelin Vitamins to help raise awareness around vitamin D deficiency.
Having had a finger in many network pies over the years, KAK has hosted Foxtel crime program, Behind Mansion Walls, held a regular guest spot on Channel Ten’s The Project and Channel Seven’s morning show Sunrise as one of Kochie’s Angels. Kerri-Anne also previously reported for prime-time current affairs program Sunday Night and hosted Time of my Life for the Seven Network.
Kerri-Anne’s profile has never been stronger, with 2017 seeing Kerri-Anne receive her first Gold Logie Award which comes by virtue of her admission to the TV Week Logie Hall of Fame, just the third woman in history to receive that honour, following the late Ruth Cracknell in 2001 and actress Noni Hazlehurst in 2016. When accepting the award, Kerri-Anne admitted “I didn’t realise it at first but this is now my 50th year in television and there hasn’t been a single year, between one thing and another, that I have not done something on television,” really cementing her as an obvious winner for this prestigious and coveted award.
More recently, Kerri-Anne come on board as an ambassador for Australian owned Healthy Vitamin Co. A long-time user of vitamins, this organic relationship has her involved as the face of the company and spokesperson for the brand.
Starting 2018 off on a high, Kerri-Anne was presented with Australia Post‘s Legends Award, which included having her face on a stamp for 12 months alongside TV royalty Daryl Somers, Denise Drysdale, Bert Newton and Ray Martin.
Away from the spotlight, Kerri-Anne is a successful businesswoman and tireless charity worker. She has served on the Council for the Order of Australia and was proud help give honours to great Australians. She lives in Sydney with husband John and their labrador, Digger.