Denise Robertson has been This Morning’s resident agony aunt from the very first show 25 years ago. Her TV career began in 1984 on BBC’s Breakfast Time, where she appeared with Selina Scott and Frank Bough. From there she went to BBC’s Open Air before joining This Morning. During her years in broadcasting – in TV, radio, the national press and magazines - she has received over 250,000 letters and e-mails detailing the multitude of problems which affect ordinary people - many of these difficulties she has herself experienced.
She has written over twenty novels - the first of which won a literary award - a no fuss parenting guide called “Relax! It’s Only a Baby” and has edited a series of self-help books for This Morning. Her creative works include an award winning TV play and a stage musical, “Fine, Fine, Fine”. Her autobiography, “Agony: Don’t Get Me Started” was published in 2006. Her latest novel, An Unsuspecting Heart, was published in May.2012.
She writes a comment columns for the Journal, a Trinity Mirror regional, and an agony column for Candis magazine. Her non-profit making website, Dear Denise, helps anyone with a problem.
Associated with many charities, she is patron of over forty, among them; The Bubble Foundation UK, The National Council for Divorced and Separated, Rights of Women and The National Association of Widows.
In 2006 she was made an MBE. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sunderland and an honorary fellowship from St Mary’s College in the University of Durham. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Durham and holds the Freedom of the City of Sunderland.
Twice widowed, Denise lives with her third husband, Bryan Thubron and an assortment of dogs. She has five sons, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
"She has written over twenty novels - the first of which won a literary award - a no-fuss parenting guide called “Relax! It’s Only a Baby” and has edited a series of self-help books for This Morning."