Find out who I met at the BAFTAs…


Kathy, on the red carpet, in her Annouska G dress Of all my blogs, never has the subject been so pre-determined. When you've been to the BAFTAs what else is there to write about?!

The red carpet outside London's Royal Festival Hall was definitely the place to be late on Sunday afternoon. As, just upstream, the final stragglers in the London Marathon completed their last, weary steps in the heat of the sun, it was the stars who were making the headlines as they arrived for the annual British Academy Television Awards.

I was there, microphone in hand, ready to catch their thoughts, hopes and comments before the ceremony. Once again, QVC was the official jeweller for the event, and many of the glamorous actresses and presenters were wearing jewellery from the QVC collection.

Visiting the QVC Style Suite

My BAFTA day started in the opulent Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, which was where the 'Style Suite' was located. The Style Suite was the place all the nominees visited to choose their QVC jewellery for the big event.

Here, they could also get their hair done by an army of stylists from Mark Hill, and have their make-up perfected by a team of artists from MAC.

Kathy and MAC make-up artist Kate Kathy having her hair done Getting my hair and make-up done

I was lucky enough to have my hair tended to by Jarrad, who had travelled from the Mark Hill salon in Hull that morning. He left me in curlers as I headed to the MAC room to be transformed by Kate, who usually stands at the MAC desk in the Metro centre in Gateshead.

Jarrad then finished my hair, I changed into my gorgeous Annouska G dress, added the finishing touch with Diamonique by Tova and I was all set to go!

Taking my place on the red carpet

Down at the Royal Festival Hall, I was surprised at how long and wide the red carpet was. But as soon as the hundreds of guests for the awards began to arrive, I realised it was needed to fit them all on!

Kathy at the BAFTAs with QVC fans I had a little walk down it myself just to test it out, and was delighted to meet QVC viewers Mary and Juliet who had been waiting since early morning to see the famous faces. 

They told me to send Richard Armitage towards them if I managed to speak to him later… well, I did see Richard, so I hope he came to see you both!

The celebs I met…

It wasn't just handsome and charming Richard from Robin Hood and Spooks that I was lucky enough to meet. There was Ant and Dec, Barbara Windsor, Patsy Palmer, June Brown, Lucy Benjamin and more from a strong representative team from Eastenders.

There was also David Attenborough (he'd be on my fantasy dinner party guest list – such an amazing man), Davina McCall, Alan Carr, Paul Whitehouse, Jason Isaacs (yum!), Dermot O'Leary, Rob Brydon and so many more. 

Oh, I forgot!  Daniel Green and Catherine Huntley (those fabulous presenters from QVC, The Shopping Channel) were there and came over to speak to me too!! (Check out Daniel and Catherine's blogs for their memories of a great night out.

Have a look at this short video clip to see some of the celebs I was lucky enough to interview… 

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What a night. It was such an honour to be there and have the chance to talk to all those talented performers. I hope you enjoyed our Jewellery from the BAFTAs show if you caught it? Let's hope we'll be there next year to soak up the atmosphere.

Take care and enjoy your bank holiday weekend.

Kathy x

Take a look at our BAFTA jewellery shop for pieces worn by the celebs.


  1. Kristina Moore May 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kathy, you look amazing! Whatever you are doing keep going!
    Have a great bank holiday with your family.
    Best wishes

  2. Catherine Huntley May 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    I felt so proud when I saw you there on the red carpet with our QVC crew. You looked stunning and you did an amazing job of interviewing the celebs.
    Well done, gorgeous Kathy!
    Love Catherine x

  3. Kathy Tayler May 15, 2009 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Hello Kristina
    The contact lenses and longer hair seem to have helped – now to lose weight!!?
    Kathy x

  4. Kathy Tayler May 15, 2009 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Thanks Catherine
    You’re always so kind and supportive.
    See you soon!
    Kathy x

  5. Graeme Rive August 18, 2009 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy!
    I just discovered this site by chance & its “great” to see the articles about you & your family on here.
    My wife Ania loves your dog Barney,as she had this type of dog until recently when old age unfortunately caught up with her.
    You havent changed in 20 years!& its great to see you still presenting on QVC which i catch occasionally.
    Hope you will come to Jersey with your family in the future.
    best regards
    Graeme & Ania Rive

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