Inside Lorraine star Ria Hebden’s house, complete with vintage bike, stunning sofa – and a gorgeous new puppy

She's won legions of fans as the entertainment presenter on ITV's Lorraine and Ria Hebden has now invited us to learn a little more about her – giving OK! VIPs an exclusive tour of her London home.

The presenter shares her lovely four bedroom family house with Mark, her husband of eight years and their children Noah and Lula, and it's clear she's worked hard for the luxurious pad, which boasts a stunning dining room, cute compact kitchen and gorgeous living room, decorated in bold, fun colours.

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Not only is she flying high on Lorraine, she also owns a media production company, produces a podcast and runs Wonder Women TV – an online network championing trailblazing females in the creative industries.

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With her finger in so many pies, Ria's always on the move – and one of her most treasured possessions is the Veloretti bike she bought herself for her birthday and the swanky car that keeps her on the road.

"I waited three months for the bike to get here as it got stuck in transit," she tells us. "I love it!" And as for her car? "I worked really hard for it, and I love the freedom of going on long drives with the kids to the woods on our adventures every weekend."

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But when it comes to home comforts, there's nothing better than snuggling up on her huge teal green velvet sofa.

"It's huge!" she laughs. "You can pack all the family on there!"

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She's also a big fan of her bedroom, which she calls one of her absolute favourite things. "It's important I'm comfy and snug and my bed absolutely does it for me," she says of the neat, cosy space.

Another of Ria's favourite thing? Ruby the dog, who the Hebdens bought during lockdown. Ria says the little miniature schnoodle is "the best thing we've done" and reveals how the gang absolutely dote on the pup – who wastes no time joining the family on the sofa for a cuddle.

Here, in an exclusive interview with OK, the star opens up about the famous face who inspired her to get into presenting, the challenges of broadcasting from home during a pandemic and why she’d love to make her mark on Strictly Come Dancing…

Hi Ria! How did you get into presenting?

I started off in TV production and quickly learned that’s not the way to become a presenter. I travelled the world and wrote a blog, and when I came back I looked at different jobs in TV where you could write – so I became a publicist. I worked at Channel 4 and Disney and I loved it but I was on the wrong side of the industry. I spoke to different producers and started building up a show reel and I got a really great break with ITV working on the MOBO Awards in my early twenties. I went into ITV and pitched capturing red carpet interviews for social media to then drive people to the show. I remember the commissioner said to me, “Ria,
I can’t believe we pay a whole marketing team and no one has thought of that.” A week later I was there presenting for the ITV2 social media. That got me in with ITV, then I hosted This Morning Live and then they asked me to join Lorraine.

Have you had any hiccups while presenting from home over this last year?

Thankfully no, although last week while I was talking to Lorraine [Kelly], my puppy knocked over some lights. I could just see them falling towards me and there was nothing I could do, but it’s those moments that make you feel alive! It’s like one big family on Lorraine.

What’s Lorraine like to work with?

She’s absolutely fabulous. She really is exactly as you see her on TV. She is the queen of daytime and it is an absolute privilege to be on her show every week. I saw her the other week and she was like, “It’s so nice to see you in real life!”

Fans loved seeing Cat Deeley fill in for Lorraine recently and some said she should become a permanent presenter. Would you like to see her more on the show?

Cat was lovely and I couldn’t not smile watching her. I feel so lucky that I get to work with Lorraine every week and then people like Cat, who I grew up watching on SMTV, and Ranvir [Singh]. But it’s Lorraine’s show and it wouldn’t be Lorraine without her. There is
a real ethos of women supporting women at ITV. There is no vibe of anyone trying to take anyone’s role. People are happy to have a
go for half-term and then hand it back.

Who would you love to interview?

Michelle Obama. I think she’d be fabulous. Doing a job like that [First Lady of the United States] and then stepping away, she must have learned so much and I find her so inspiring. I also love Davina McCall. She massively inspired me when I was growing up.

When I worked in TV production, I worked on an early series of Big Brother and Davina inspired me as a woman working in TV. At the time, she was pregnant and she would rock up with her baby and her nanny, and that for me was so inspiring because I thought, “Oh, you can work in TV and have a family.” I’d never really seen that before her. After Davina, we then saw Holly Willoughby pregnant on This Morning, too, and it was an important message that you can do both. That was one of the reasons that inspired me to create Wonder Women because it’s about showing real people who work in this industry but also have families.

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Did you learn anything from working alongside Holly?

I learnt about professionalism. You can learn a lot by shadowing people and I’ve always taken people into the studio with me when I can. I really admire Holly and Phil [Schofield] and how hardworking they are.

Are there any reality shows you’d love to do?

I’d love to do Strictly Come Dancing. I’m such a girlie girl, I love sparkle and I love to dance. I do think in a previous life I was a dancer. It’s also such an inspiring show. How amazing was Bill Bailey? He couldn’t do anything and he was flinging props around by the end! It just shows you can do anything if you work hard. I also think some producers would like to see me
on I’m A Celebrity because I love dressing up so I think they’d enjoy seeing me covered in bugs!

Has working from home made it easier when it comes to juggling family life?

I had a really good balance anyway, but it’s actually been more challenging in the house with the kids being there. Recently I was chairing a panel discussion for women in film and TV with Kay Mellor and I was in my living room and my kids were upstairs jumping off their bunk beds! I hadto text my husband saying, “Can you go upstairs?!” When we were homeschooling, Mark would take them to the park when I was doing Lorraine. Having children through this has been a blessing because they give you a reason to keep going.


How was homeschooling?

I’ve been lucky to have been able to broadcast from home throughout the lockdown and while things have been quieter for my husband, it’s meant that he’s been at home more which has actually been really nice. The kids have reaped the benefits of having both parents at home. And by him managing the homeschooling he’s been a complete support for me as I’ve been able to continue working. Having a four-year-old and a 11-year-old at home was really challenging as they’re completely different ages and we were also potty training and had a puppy!

What do Noah and Lula think about their mum being on TV?

My son is quite blasé about it, but on the day of the photoshoot he said, “Mummy it’s like you’re a famous superstar.” It was very sweet. There are a few presenters who keep their children out of the limelight, and I respect that, but I’ve always been into Instagram and I’ve always taken my children to premieres. They’ve always been with me for the ride.

Did you and Mark meet through TV?

No, we met at university. I remember someone said to me, “50% of people meet their spouse at university,” and I said, “Well, that’s not me – I’m never getting married.” We were friends for years and we’d meet up but there was never anything there. Then when I went travelling around the world, I had a welcome back party and we both got drunk and told one another that we missed each other. Having that friendship set us up for a lovely marriage because we know each other so well and can be ourselves. We’ve said we’ll go to the Maldives for our 10th anniversary.

Did Mark change your views on marriage?

It was having Noah. I remember when I went to the doctors with him when he was younger and the receptionist making me feel really funny – she assumed I was the nanny because we had different surnames. I imagine that happens a lot but it really made me uncomfortable. Then someone else told us that if we had another child after getting married, our first wouldn’t be entitled to the same because we had them out of wedlock and that just made me think, “Wow, there are lots of legal implications I had no idea about.”

Would you like any more children?

That shop is very much shut [laughs]! We’re very content and blessed with a boy and a girl.

Tell us about your home…

We’ve lived in the area for 11 years but we moved into this house 18 months ago as we’d been waiting to get on this road. We love it here. Every room is so light and I love our bedroom as it overlooks a green space filled with flowers. We’re so lucky to have that type of view in London and we have parakeets in the garden! It’s also really close to ITV and not many people can say they can broadcast to the nation and 15 minutes later be at home.I turned the top room into a studio during lockdown so it has a green screen and all the lights. I put on a suit and heels and people think I’m in a studio but really I’m in my spare room!

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