Kate Thornton was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England as Kate Louise Thornton. Kate Thornton is a journalist and television presenter, best known as the first presenter of The X Factor (2004–2006) and for presenting daytime shows including Loose Women (2009–2011) and This Morning (2009–2012). In 2010, she co-presented the first series of 71 Degrees North alongside Gethin Jones.
Early in her career, she wrote for the Daily Mirror, and was editor of Smash Hits magazine.
Kate began dating DJ Darren Emersonin 2004.The couple became engaged in 2007. She gave birth to her first child, a boy named Ben on 13 May 2008. On 3 February 2011, she announced live on air that she and Darren had separated. In January 2012 she told an interview with The Sun that after leaving Loose Womenshe had enrolled at college to study counselling because her television career had "hit the kerb."