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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 March 1965Newick, East Sussex, England, UK
Birth NamePiers Stefan O'Meara
Nickname Piers Moron
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Piers Morgan was born on March 30, 1965 in Newick, East Sussex, England as Piers Stefan O'Meara. He is an actor, known for Piers Morgan Tonight (2011), Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009) and Flight (2012). He has been married to Celia Walden since June 24, 2010. They have one child. He was previously married to Marion Shalloe.

Spouse (2)

Celia Walden (24 June 2010 - present) (1 child)
Marion Shalloe (1991 - 2008) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (9)

Has been editor of British daily newspaper, The Mirror (formerly The Daily Mirror) since 1995.
Was sacked as editor of the Mirror on 14 May 2004 over the Mirror publishing faked photographs of alleged Iraqi prisoners being abused by British soldiers.
Won The Apprentice (2004) (Celebrity Apprentice) in 2008.
Has 3 children. Their names are Spencer July '93, Stanley June '97 and Albert "Bertie" Dec. '00.
Landed Oprah Winfrey as his very first celebrity guest on Piers Morgan Tonight (2011) (Jan. 17, 2011) after his persistent emails to Oprah's best friend Gayle King finally paid off.
Father, with Celia Walden, of daughter Elise, born in November 2011 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Claimed Susan Boyle's first televised performance of I Dreamed a Dream was the greatest performance in the history of Britain's Got Talent (2009).
Succeeds Larry King on Larry King Live (1985) as CNN's new interviewer. First scheduled guest January 17th is to be Oprah Winfrey [January 2011]
Is a close friend of convicted phone hacker Andy Coulson.

Personal Quotes (22)

Most of the men that sue in Hollywood are all about 5' 2". They wake up every day, know they're tiny and feel very angry about it, so they go out and sue people.
[Speaking in 2005 about the British Education Secretary]: Why do we want someone like Ruth Kelly controlling our children? She's the scariest woman I've ever seen in politics.
Big Brother (2000) is about celebrating the talentless... Britain's Got Talent (2007) is 100 per cent about celebrating talent.
Journalism is no longer just about the print medium and in 25 years' time newspapers will have died out. You're left with a new form of journalism which will be conducted through the prism of iPads and everything else. It will always be about content - journalists will always have work, just in a different format.
I miss the adrenalin of working in a newsroom when there's a massive breaking news story such as the Arizona shootings. Now I have this show I will still be involved with news stories like that. I've come full circle.
I'm guilt-ridden about introducing her to Paul McCartney. It was a moment of Cupid madness which cost Sir Paul $50 million, so the least I can do is ban her from the show. (On banning Heather Mills from Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)).
Larry King is an iconic figure in the world of television interviewing. To take over from him is a huge honour. There is a natural reluctance to give it to a foreigner but I'd established myself on America's Got Talent (2006) and Celebrity Apprentice so I'm not an unknown quantity. I hope they'll see it's a fresh and new style for US TV. I'll be a bit cheekier than they're used to but not in a way that will alienate guests. I was quite mischievous with Condoleezza Rice and she loved it so much she booked herself to appear again on the show. You can have a bit of fun with US celebrities because of the British accent, which they find charming.
There is a certain advantage to the British accent. I do notice that Americans love it; they think the we Brits are smarter than perhaps we are. So I'm relying on that, definitely.
[Susan Boyle losing Britain's Got Talent 2009] It might be a blessing in disguise that she didn't win.
[Susan Boyle] She's gone from anonymity to being the most downloaded woman in history.
[after hearing Susan Boyle's performance of I Dreamed a Dream on Britain's Got Talent 2009] The biggest surprise I've had in three years of doing this show.
[after hearing Susan Boyle's audition on Britain's Got Talent 2009] I had never heard a more surprising, extraordinary voice come from someone so unexpected.
When the world was going through a pretty tough time and we were looking for a bit of inspiration, along came Susan Boyle. On behalf of the whole world - thank you Susan.
Susan Boyle has never experienced anything like this and is like a frightened rabbit in headlights. She is beginning to realize her life will never be the same. But I feel very, very sorry for her.
Susan Boyle has come as the antidote to the recession. In one little old lady from Scotland we have the cure to all financial ills.
If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?
Let me know your views, good, bad and ugly. I've had it all.
I want to interview the most important people in the world and have everyone in America the next day going, 'Did you see that?'
[on his friendship with convicted phone hacker Andy Coulson] At the toughest moment of a close friend's life, the correct response should be to simply turn my back on him and airbrush 25 years of shared fun, adventure, grief, career highs and lows, weddings and children? How absurd.
[on his criminal friend Andy Coulson] Having also experienced a few professional and personal crises, I've come to realise that the only true friends that you have in life are the 4am crowd. I don't mean the ones you get drunk with until 4am. I mean the ones you could call from anywhere in the world at 4am if you were in big trouble and know with absolute certainty that he or she would instantly jump out of bed and do whatever they could to help you. You won't have many that would do that. But the ones you do have will be the people who are your true friends. Andy's one of those for me, and vice versa.
I interviewed Rolf Harris for my Life Stories show in 2011, and while never suspecting for a moment that he was a paedophile, there were odd clues to his darker side. Describing his self-confessed neglect of wife Alwen and daughter Bindi during periods of supposedly work-related depression, Harris welled up and told me: 'I remember my family saying they didn't know who I was. They said I was a total stranger. They had never seen me like this before. They had to walk around on tenterhooks. It was such a black period. It was like my life was over.' When I asked if he regretted his behaviour, he replied: 'Guilty on all counts, your honour.' As indeed he was.
I get more excited about being around cricket legends than I ever do around Hollywood stars.

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