Famous Media Siblings


You often hear of the “six degrees of separation” theory, that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. However, in the media world, these links can often be much shorter, with many prominent figures even being as closely related as childhood friends or siblings.

To celebrate European Siblings Day on May 31, we at MediaHQ have compiled a list of famous siblings in both the Irish and British media landscape.

Ryan, Niall and Garrett Tubridy

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy is not the only success to emerge from the Tubridy family. Professor Niall Tubridy is a leading expert on multiple sclerosis and Garrett is a prominent member of Fianna Fáil, having run for a council seat in 2009. According to Ryan, the trio meet up for a pint every week, to “stop him from getting too full of himself”.

Maura and Roisin Derrane

Alongside Dáithí Ó Sé, Maura Derrane hosts the popular daytime show Today on RTÉ. However, her sister Roisin is equally as successful behind the scenes, as she travels worldwide doing makeup for films, television shows and celebrities. Maura credits her sister as being the one person that can always make her look good.

Miriam and Jim O’Callaghan

Prime Time presenter and political commentator Miriam O’Callaghan isn’t the only mark the O’Callaghan family have made on the Irish political scene. Her brother Jim ran successfully in the 2016 General Election, representing Dublin Bay South as a TD. Both siblings began their careers in the legal profession, and have remarked on how their divergent paths show the flexibility of a career in law.

Dominic and Nigella Lawson

Moving on to the UK, renowned journalist Dominic Lawson has written ground-breaking articles in the world of politics and international relations. His famous sister Nigella, focuses on the lighter side of life, with her famous cooking show Nigella Bites. She has gone on to experience incredible success, having sold more than 3 million cookery books worldwide.

Christiane and Lizzy Amanpour

One of the most successful worldwide journalists of the modern era, Christiane Amanpour has seen great success both in the UK and abroad, currently hosting her own programme on CNN. Her sister Lizzy has also been a successful journalist in her own right, having worked at Al Jazeera and now being a news producer for Channel 4.

Jeremy and Giles Paxman

For decades, Jeremy Paxman has been known for his forthright and abrasive interviewing style, particularly when interrogating politicians. While Jeremy was hosting Newsnight for a quarter-century, his young brother Giles has been a prominent figure in representing the United Kingdom abroad, having been the UK Ambassador to Spain and Mexico.
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