TV personality and daytime TV legend
Television personality and veteran Kerri-Anne Kennerley, also known as KAK, made her first television appearance as a child actor in 1967 and has rarely been out of the public eye since.
Regarded as one of Australia's most experienced and popular light entertainment hosts, Kerri-Anne's career was built on hosting breakfast and daytime programs, earning her the title of the 'Queen of Daytime TV'.
Kerri-Anne is noted for her professional approach and warm hosting style and her ability to handle awkward guests and situations. Some of her more memorable and entertaining segments include persuading politicians, including Peter Costello (the Macarena) and Kevin Rudd (the rumba), to dance on her show.
As a 19-year-old, Kerri-Anne sang on the New York cabaret circuit and when she returned to Australia in 1981, she landed her first adult role on Australian TV in the long-running TV series The Restless Years. She also continued to perform as a singer and released two albums in the 1980s.
She hosted the Network Ten breakfast TV program Good Morning Australia for 11 years, making it the number one breakfast show in the country before moving to the Nine Network where she became the first woman to host the prestigious daytime variety TV show Midday with Kerri-Anne for three years from 1996 until 1998. She was nominated for the Gold Logie three times.
In 2001, Kerrie-Anne moved to Network Ten to host Greed and Moment of Truth but in 2002 returned to the Nine Network and to morning television to host Kerri-Anne (formerly Mornings with Kerri-Anne) until 2012, undertaking 12 hours a week of live broadcasting.
Kerri-Anne moved to the Seven Network in 2012 and since then has appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, is a guest reporter on Sunday Night and a fill-in presenter for Kylie Gillies on The Morning Show.
She moved into business as Chief Executive Officer and presenter on Radio 2CH for two years. She also served on the Council of the Order of Australia which oversees the distribution of the highest honours to great Australasians.
Kerri-Anne is the author of two books, Kerri-Anne's Life Energy and People I've Met, Places I've Been.
In 2012, Kerri-Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer but has since beaten the disease and is now an ambassador for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. She has also been raising awareness of the dangers of osteoporosis and Australia's vitamin D deficiency.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley is not only a survivor but she is indefatigable, entertaining, warm and glamorous. It's no wonder that she has been a favourite amongst Australian audiences for more than thirty years.