|Born||30 March 1965|
|Occupation(s)||Broadcaster, panelist, journalist, talk show host|
|2 Broke Girls|
Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan known professionally as Piers Morgan, is a British journalist and television host currently working in the United States. He is editorial director of First News, a national newspaper for children published in the UK, and host of Piers Morgan Live on CNN, which he began hosting on 17 January 2011.
The show replaced Larry King Live in the 9:00 pm timeslot following King's retirement. He is a former judge on America's Got Talent. Morgan is also a former winner of The Celebrity Apprentice.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Piers Morgan was born on 30 March 1965, in Guildford, Surrey, England, to Eamon Vincent O'Meara, a dentist, of Dorking, Surrey, and Gabrielle Georgina Sybille (née Oliver). His father died when he was one year old and his mother subsequently remarried. He has three older siblings. Named Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan by his stepfather, Morgan attended the independent school Cumnor House from the ages of seven to thirteen, and then Chailey School, a comprehensive secondary school in Chailey, near Lewes, East Sussex, followed by Lewes Priory School for sixth form.
Morgan studied Journalism at Harlow College. After a brief career at Lloyd's of London, he joined the Surrey and South London Newspaper Group in 1985, where he worked as a reporter on the South London News, and the Streatham and Tooting News. Morgan was recruited (he says headhunted by editor Kelvin MacKenzie) to join The Sun newspaper, to work on the Bizarre column.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Morgan married Marion Shalloe in July 1991 in Hampshire. They have three sons: Spencer William (born in 1993), Stanley Christopher (born in 1997) and Albert Douglas (Bertie) (born in 2000). Morgan and Shalloe divorced in 2008. He was linked romantically to The Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, and his second wife is The Daily Telegraph's columnist and feature writer, Celia Walden, who is the daughter of the former Conservative MP George Walden. Morgan and Walden married in June 2010.
On 25 November 2011, the Mail Online reported that Celia Walden gave birth to a baby girl at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills; she is her first child. The couple have named their daughter Elise. Morgan is a lifelong fan of cricket. Corresponding with Sir Donald "Don" Bradman as a child, and being a promising early youthful fast bowler, he has played for his local side in Newick since 1978.
Every year since 2000 he has organised a game between a Morgan family team and the Newick side, which includes a famous "ringer" – 2008's ringer was England batsman Kevin Pietersen. Morgan described the 2008 game as "the best day of my life". Morgan is also a fan of Arsenal F.C.