Janet Ellis

Tv Presenter and Actress
Born Sep 16, 1955

Janet Ellis is a British television presenter and actress, who appeared on BBC children's television in the 1980s, including a four year period as a presenter on Blue Peter, a role she won after hosting the award-winning children's programme Jigsaw.

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1955 Birth Born on September 16, 1955.


1977 21 Years Old Ellis met her first husband, TV director Robin Bextor, at the age of 16 and married him in 1977 when she was 21. … Read More
1978 22 Years Old Ellis's first television appearance in 1978 was a small role in the BBC's children's programme Jackanory Playhouse, followed by a bit part in The Sweeney.
1979 23 Years Old Her big break came in 1979, when she landed the job of regular presenter of the Clive Doig-produced Jigsaw. … Read More
1983 27 Years Old After four series in Jigsaw Ellis left to join Blue Peter on 28 April 1983. … Read More


1987 31 Years Old Her last show was on 29 June 1987. … Read More
1990 34 Years Old After leaving Blue Peter Ellis married Leach, now managing director of TV production company Sunset+Vine, and they had another child, daughter Martha, in 1990. … Read More
1994 38 Years Old After leaving Blue Peter Ellis scaled back her presenting commitments in order to spend time bringing up her family. During this period she presented the BBC's Open Air programme, wrote a book entitled How to Get Married Without Divorcing Your Family with her friend and ex Blue Peter co-host Caron Keating in 1994, and provided voiceovers for numerous advertisements. … Read More


2000 44 Years Old Ellis returned to the TV screen in 2000.
2001 45 Years Old She played a TV reporter in an episode of the first full series of Waking the Dead in 2001. … Read More
2003 47 Years Old She also presented Housebusters between 2003 and 2005 on Five. … Read More


2007 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2007, Ellis appeared on the BBC reality singing show Just the Two of Us partnered with Alexander O'Neal.
2008 52 Years Old In May 2008 she appeared naked in a magazine in support of PETA and in June of the same year she won The Weakest Link Blue Peter celebrity charity special. … Read More
2009 53 Years Old She appeared in a 2009 episode of Hotel Babylon and in December 2009 narrated The Man Behind the Masquerade, a BBC documentary about Kit Williams. … Read More
2010 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 2010, Janet and her daughter Sophie appeared on Channel 4's The Million Pound Drop Live.
2012 56 Years Old In January 2012 Ellis returned to her first love of acting by starring in a production of Alan Bennett's comedy play Green Forms for a week at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick in order to raise money for Maggie's Centres.
2014 58 Years Old Following a long-held ambition to write fiction, Ellis attended a writing course in early 2014 run by the Curtis Brown agency. … Read More


…  In 2016 she published her first novel, The Butcher's Hook. … Read More
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