AM Awards - Host and comedian for 2023
Our 2023 host is Charlene White
Charlene White is an award-winning journalist with over twenty years’ experience in the industry. Charlene began as a feature writer for the New York Post, then as a trainee producer for ITV Meridian. She then moved to the BBC to begin her broadcasting career at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra as a reporter and presenter. She later landed her own show on BBC London 94.9, presented for the BBC News Channel, BBC Five Live, and BBC Three.
At ITV she's the lead presenter of ITV News London, and a regular presenter of the Evening News. She's also the first black woman to present ITV News At Ten. Charlene has presented several documentaries for the Tonight and On Assignment strands. She was also part of the presenting team for ITV's Royal Wedding programme.
Charlene has interviewed major political figures such as David Cameron, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, global music stars such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyoncé, and film and literary figures including Maya Angelou, Will Smith and Daniel Radcliffe.
Charlene joined the Loose Women team as a host and has appeared on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Our 2023 comedian is Andrew Ryan
One of the most sought-after comedians in the UK and Ireland, Andrew’s storytelling abilities and cheeky, friendly demeanour makes him a natural observational stand-up and one of the most in-demand acts on the UK comedy circuit. He has performed stand-up on Russell Howard’s Good News, Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Comedy Central at The Comedy Store, and Funny Rotten Scoundrels. Andrew also makes regular appearances on TV3’s The Six O’Clock Show, BBC One Northern Ireland’s The Blame Game, and he is a contributor on The Line Out for Virgin Media TV.
On radio, Andrew is a prolific contributor to talkSPORT and has made numerous appearances as a team captain on their football show Gloryhunters. A keen golfer, he has a dedicated YouTube channel that covers his golfing exploits. Andrew also hosts the podcast Cork In The North podcast where he looks at life in Northern Ireland through the lens of being from the south, with the help of special guests.
Andrew’s show Sure, You Know Yourself won Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival Awards, and culminated in sold-out performances across the UK and at the Everyman Theatre in his hometown of Cork.