UK TV presenter Ruth Langsford has said she's "quite excited" about turning 60 - despite feeling in her younger days that being that age was "really old".

Langsford, whose birthday is on Saint Patrick's Day, said that "everything is going really well" in her life, so she is ready to embrace the milestone age.

She also said that she is surprised to still be working on the small screen because previously "women were farmed off when they hit 40".

Langsford told Hello! magazine: "I can't quite believe I have reached the big 6-0 because when you are in your 20s, you think it's really old. But actually I am quite excited about it.

"I am very happy in my life, I have got a very happy marriage, a lovely family, I love my work and my career, so everything is going really well."

Her TV career started around 30 years ago as a continuity announcer and evening news presenter for ITV regional station Television South West, before she moved into British national TV.

Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on The Late Late Show

She is now best known for being a panellist on ITV's Loose Women, a role she has had on and off since 1999, and for being This Morning's relief host along with husband Eamonn Holmes.

Of her lengthy career, she said: "I didn't think I would still be working in television at 60 because when I was in my 30s you didn't see 60-year-old women in television.

"Women were farmed off when they hit 40 - but it's very different now and that's thanks to those who forged the way for older women; people like Gloria Hunniford and Janet Street-Porter."

Holmes told the magazine: "Ruth has a lovely attitude to life. I just stand back in awe and look at her strength and capabilities.

"She is an amazing person - I am not half the person she is. She is my great hero and she has got more into her groove as she has got older."