GMTV star Ross Kelly unrecognisable two decades after ITV’s This Morning exit

Former GMTV star Ross Kelly looks totatlly unrecognisable 22 years after he hosted the popular ITV daytime show.

Ross, 61, became a household name when he rose to fame as a stand-in presenter on This Morning back in 1990, also co-hosting Friday's back when Richard and Judy were the main hosts of the show.

His popularity with viewers served him well and he went on to join GMTV as a producer, reporter and presenter just three years later where he remained until 2000 when he made his return to This Morning.

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The Scottish star also broadened his career path by becoming the quizmaster on property-based gameshow Whose House in 1999 and presenting Scottish gameshow Burn Your Bills.

He also took on a hosting role for Heaven and Earth, and appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank in 2001.

Ross has since stepped away from a career in the limelight but hasn't lost contact with his old friends – having been snapped attending fellow scot Lorraine Kelly's birthday party back in 2014.

The bearded greying man is a far cry from the clean-shaven face we were all familiar with but he still cuts a striking figure in his smart attire.

Before he found fame Ross attended the University of Edinburgh where he graduated with a degree in Literature and Language.

He went on to work at Central Television before joining Lookaroundand beginning his pursuit of a career as a broadcast journalist.

Ross joined This Morning at a time when it was at it's peak with hosts Richard and Judy greeting fans daily from the show's original studio on Liverpool's Albert Dock since 1988.

He regularly hosted alongside Gloria Hunniford's late daughter and former Blue Peter host Caron Keating, who tragically died from breast cancer in April 2004.

Richard, 66, and Judy, 74, sensationally quit the show in 2001, moving to a Channel 4 afternoon offering in a big money deal.

They left the door open for Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield to become the show's next big pairing.

Fern eventually left in 2009, with Holly Willoughby then stepping into the role.

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