Charlene White, the new Loose Women anchor

Viewers have been asking 'Who is Charlene White and who is her partner?' ahead of her ITV documentary and Loose Women (opens in new tab) appearances.

Charlene was announced as the new host (opens in new tab) of the ITV daytime chat show Loose Women, following the shock departure of Andrea McLean and Saira Khan, who also left the show.

Speaking about joining the panel, Charlene said, "I'm absolutely stoked, I've been buzzing all this time to reveal that I'm the new anchor on Loose Woman," she said.

And just 10 months after landing her new job, Charlene has a new documentary airing on ITV called Charlene White: Empire's Child, as part of Black History Month in which she delves into her family history.

But just who is Charlene White and who is her partner? Here's everything you need to know about her...

Who is Charlene White?

Charlene White, 41, is a British journalist and newsreader from Greenwich in South London. She was born on June 22, 1980.

She attended Blackheath High School in southeast London before going on to graduate from the London College of Printing. After graduating, Charlene went on to become the youngest senior journalist at the BBC, aged just twenty-two. In 2008, she joined ITN as a newscaster and, in 2014, became the first black woman to present ITV News at Ten.

In her new documentary, Charlene grew tearful and was full of pride after hearing how her four-times great grandparents Andrew and Elsey Pusey were freed from slavery in 1834.

Mum-of-two Charlene's grandparents, Byron, and Ruby Stanbury, arrived in England from Jamaica as part of the Windrush generation in 1961.

Their children remained with family in Jamaica until they could afford to bring them across to England. Charlene's Aunty Eleanor came first followed by her mum Dorrett, and the family settled in London.

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Charlene was also shocked to find her five times great-grandad, John Stanbury, was a white plantation owner in Jamaica in the 18th Century.

She said, “He was a slave owner, he owned people who looked like me.

“And that is within my bloodline, which is a weird thing to get my head around and he is responsible for my families’ lighter skin.

“Is it a nice history? No, but I feel it is something I needed to know.”

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Having been a guest presenter on Loose Women on various occasions - including when she was part of Loose Women's first all-black panel with Brenda Edwards, Kelle Bryan and Judi Love - Charlene became a regular anchor on the show in January 2021.

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Who is Charlene White's partner?

Charlene has been in a long-term relationship with a man named Andy for five years. The couple is not married but they live together in south London.

Charlene and Andy met at a friend’s party in 2015, and she previously wrote in the Guardian, 'I knew from the moment I met him at a friend’s party the year before, that he was 'the one'.'

Does Charlene White have children?

Charlene and Andy share two children, son Alfie, four, and daughter Florence, two, who they live with in south London.

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Charlene's baby boy, Alfie was born in August 2017, and his sister Florence arrived in October 2019. Charlene regularly shares pictures of her family on Instagram, and she recently revealed how much Alfie and Florence had bonded during the coronavirus lockdown.

She wrote, 'They love playing together, and Alfie loves being in charge and telling her off. And Florence mostly just kills herself laughing every time he has a tantrum.

'Amongst all the bad stuff… watching these two getting to know each other has been the good stuff.'

What did Charlene do before she joined Loose Women?

Loose Women is far from Charlene's first foray into TV and it's likely that you've seen the established journalist on television or heard her on the radio many times before.

Charlene has been the lead newsreader on ITV News London since 2019. She started off as a reporter on Radio 1's Newsbeat and its sister digital station, BBC Radio 1Xtra, back in 2002.

The journalist then went on to become co-presenter on 1Xtra's two-hour news programme TX in 2005. Since 2014, Charlene has appeared on ITV Lunchtime, Evening, and Weekend News, and has been been a contributor to the Guardian.

Charlene White: Empire's Child, airs on Thursday 21st October at 9pm.

Hayley is a Celebrity Features Editor with more than five years' experience in online and magazines. She currently looks after all things celebrity for Woman, Woman’s Own, Woman’s Weekly, Woman & Home, and Before joining Future, Hayley spent a year as a TV reporter for Mirror Online and a year and a half as a showbiz and TV reporter for OK! Online - but was forced to write about tech and cars for a year before that, despite knowing nothing about either!.