Jenny Powell (born 8 April 1968 in IlfordEssex)[1] is an English television presenter.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Powell's parents are of Cape coloured descent from South Africa,[2] she attended Woodford County High School for Girls in Woodford Green and the Italia Conti school in London.


Powell began her career in 1986 presenting the BBC2 music programme No Limits [3] and then moved to Saturday morning television for children, first co-presenting UP2U for BBC1 during the summers of 1988 and 1989, ITV's Ghost Train and then Gimme 5,[4] again on ITV. She was also a presenter of Top of the Pops in 1989. In the mid-1990s, she became the hostess on ITV's version of Wheel of Fortune.[5]

More recently, she has presented Soap FeverLive TalkGetaway and Our House for UKTV Style. She tried to make it as a stand-up comedienne in Granada Television's Stand Up Jenny, and was a regular on ITV'sLoose Women. In 2005, she was one of the competitors in the ITV reality TV show Celebrity Wrestling, competing under the name The Avenger.

In 1997 she appeared on Channel 4's Brass Eye, a satirical spoof documentary show produced by Chris Morris. She talked earnestly about the perils of 'heavy electricity' and warned that the South of England could be catapulted towards Finland if people did not bang on wires with hammers.

Also in the late 1990s she co-presented the programme 4 Wheels Good 2 Wheels Better for satellite TV station Granada Plus.

Powell has been a presenter on BBC One's To Buy or Not to Buy, and presented on ITV's Bingo Night Live in June 2008.

From 23 March 2009, she presented a quiz show, Wordplay on Five in the old Going for Gold slots.

In summer 2010, Powell was a contestant on Channel 4's Celebrity Come Dine with Me and BBC One's Celebrity Masterchef.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Powell married millionaire Toby Baxendale and they had two daughters, Constance and Pollyanna. In 2009 Powell announced she had split up with her husband. She lives with her daughters in Cheshire.

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