Janet Ellis
TV presenter and actress
Janet Ellis
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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So that's where she gets it from! Rare sighting of Sophie Ellis-Bextor with former Blue Peter presenter mum Janet, 57, at LFW
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Looking at Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her mother Janet Ellis, it is easy to see where the former singer gets her flawless skin and slim figure from.
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Behind the scenes look into the back-biting world of TV is a soothing experience
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Lynne Truss’s 45-minute comedy is an enjoyable peek behind the scenes into the catty world of TV and features Janet Ellis as the fallen star of the small screen.
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Royal Palm zoning board nixes swimming lessons; council to have final say - Palm Beach Post
Google News - over 5 years
"The whole thing boils down the fact that this is a business," alternate Janet Ellis said. "There's an attempt to change the code to allow this business." Powers had submitted letters from neighbors approving her continuation of the lessons
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Just 10 Days Left To Enter The First Ever Yours & RIAS 'Grandparent Of The ... - Prfire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Also on the judging panel are celebrity grandparent Janet Ellis, well-known broadcaster and grandmother to singer Sophie Ellis Bextor's children; Chief Executive of charity Grandparents Plus Denise Murphy; Chief Executive of Grandparents Association
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor pone voz a la fiesta ´Pop Star´ de Brian Cross - Diario de Ibiza
Google News - over 5 years
Sophie, integrante también del grupo TheAudience, tiene cuatro álbumes en solitario. El último de ellos, ´Make a Scene´, vio la luz el pasado mes de abril. La joven, de 32 años, es hija del director Robin Bextor y de la actriz Janet Ellis
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Cult gang film Shank inspired me, says thug who told friends to riot - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
However, magistrates' chairman Janet Ellis turned down the request, saying: 'We consider the offence of encouraging violent disorder so serious that we feel our sentencing powers are insufficient for this matter to be dealt with in this court
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RIAS Partners With Yours Magazine To Launch Its First Ever 'Grandparent Of The ... - PR Leap (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The judging panel includes celebrity grandparent Janet Ellis, well-known broadcaster and grandmother to singer Sophie Ellis Bextor's children; Chief Executive of charity Grandparents Plus Denise Murphy; Chief Executive of Grandparents Association Lynn
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Councilors OK repair funds for family shelter - Carlsbad Current Argus
Google News - over 5 years
Eddy County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Kent Waller and Janet Ellis, who represented the shelter before the council, previously asked that the city pay the insurance adjuster's estimate of $10000. At the June meeting, City Attorney Eileen Riordan
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Telford college urging firms to take on 100 apprentices - shropshirestar.com
Google News - over 5 years
Telford College principal Janet Ellis, centre, promotes the '100 in 5' initiative with Business Administration apprentice Dhyllan Bhadal, left, and Chris Jones, from the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce. Picture: Ian Sheppard Telford College of Arts and
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In praise of … Blue Peter. - Herald Scotland
Google News - over 5 years
Which is why it was always a shock when the real world crashed in – when oiks climbed into the garden and kicked over the sun dial, when Janet Ellis got pregnant (could fragrant, female Blue Peter presenters even get pregnant?
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Blue Peter: Your memories - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
I won my Blue Peter badge for making and sending a card to Janet Ellis after her parachuting accident. Also, I got a green badge for a report I wrote about making lard cake for the birds in our garden. I later got a silver badge for a magazine I
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Grandparents offer crucial financial lifeline to families - Investor Today
Google News - over 5 years
Former Blue Peter star and celebrity grandmother Janet Ellis said: "Grandparents are the unsung heroes in many UK homes during school holidays, and throughout the year. They always put family first, doing whatever is necessary to help out their
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Why did Sophie find it hard to make a scene? - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
Four albums into her career, the daughter of former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis and TV producer Robin Bextor counts herself incredibly lucky. She explains: “There is a lot of luck involved, which has only dawned on me in the past three or four
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Gabby Logan to host Wright Stuff spin-off - ATV Today
Google News - over 5 years
Regular panellists on the show include Anne Diamond, Janet Ellis, Lowri Turner and Tracy-Ann Oberman. The Wright Stuff Extra with Gabby Logan launches on Channel Five on Monday June 27th at 11.10am
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor - my Blue Peter mum kept me on the rails - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Now, Make a Scene, her fourth album, is released and Sophie says her showbiz mum – Blue Peter presenter JANET ELLIS – has kept her from going off the rails over the years. “I think because my parents were in showbusiness they never became my fans and
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My perfect weekend: Sophie Ellis Bextor - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
If it's lovely weather we'll go for a walk down along the river with my mother (the former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis) who lives nearby, or meet friends at a pub for a shandy and some lunch. We're spoilt for choice in terms of good pubs near us:
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Janet Ellis
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 60
    Ellis was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to charity and theatre.
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    She was included in The Observer's pick of the New Faces of Fiction 2016.
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    The novel, The Butcher's Hook, was published under Ellis's own name in February 2016.
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    In 2016 she published her first novel, The Butcher's Hook.
    More Details Hide Details She is the mother of the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the drummer (and former child actor) Jackson Ellis-Leach and art historian Martha Ellis-Leach. Ellis was born in Chatham, Kent. Her father was a soldier, stationed during her childhood at various places in Britain and Germany. Accordingly, she attended seven schools in the two countries, including Russell House School between the ages of five and seven, and St Hilary's between the ages of 11 and 13 (both in Sevenoaks, Kent), and from the ages of 13 to 17 her last school was Richmond County School for Girls in London. Having expressed an interest in acting since the age of five, she applied to, and was accepted by, the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, but because she was too young her place was deferred for a year. She spent the year gaining experience of the acting world by working backstage at the Comedy Theatre in central London and as an assistant stage manager at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. She has a sister, Sharon - who is two years younger than her.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 58
    Following a long-held ambition to write fiction, Ellis attended a writing course in early 2014 run by the Curtis Brown agency.
    More Details Hide Details During the course she began writing her first novel, and after completing it her agent Gordon Wise submitted it to publishers under the pseudonym Jo Winter, the name of one of her grandmothers. A bidding war resulted in Ellis securing a six-figure two-book deal with Two Roads.
  • 2012
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 54
    Also shown on Channel 4 on 22 December 2010, Ellis competed in the Come Dine With Me celebrity Christmas special.
    More Details Hide Details The winner's prize of £1,000 was donated to charity. Ellis won, beating singer Tony Christie and actress Susie Amy into joint second place, with musician and actor Goldie bringing up the rear.
    In December 2010, Janet and her daughter Sophie appeared on Channel 4's The Million Pound Drop Live.
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  • 2009
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was the voice of numerous Mexican gerbils in El Nombre, and has appeared on BBC's Antiques Road Trip with daughter Sophie; Bargain Hunt and Cash in the Attic.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She donated the winnings of £13,150 to Maggie's Centres, a cancer care charity.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    Despite being 'saved' by Stewart Copeland on the first night, on 3 January 2007 she was the second celebrity to be eliminated, after judge CeCe Sammy described her as having the vocal characteristics of "a cat on speed".
    More Details Hide Details Ellis managed to show good humour in the face of the defeat, stating that she had had "fun, a lot of fun".
    In January 2007, Ellis appeared on the BBC reality singing show Just the Two of Us partnered with Alexander O'Neal.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 47
    She also presented Housebusters between 2003 and 2005 on Five.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by the week-long documentary series Life Blood in 2004, also aired on Five, and the 2005 series of The Great Garden Challenge for Channel 4.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    She played a TV reporter in an episode of the first full series of Waking the Dead in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details She has been appearing on the Channel 5 (then known as Five) show The Wright Stuff since 2002 as a regular panellist, and on BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House.
  • 2000
    Age 44
    Ellis returned to the TV screen in 2000.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She also presented the Daz Challenge in the TV ads for 3 years.
  • 1990
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ellis has spoken publicly of the ten miscarriages she suffered while trying for a fourth child. Away from writing and broadcasting Ellis is a Board Member of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, a Patron of Maggie's Centres, and a Council and Honorary Member of the National Youth Theatre.
  • 1987
    Age 31
    Her last show was on 29 June 1987.
    More Details Hide Details It is commonly believed that Ellis was sacked from the programme for being unmarried and pregnant with son Jackson, but in recent years Ellis has stated that she was fully supported by the Blue Peter production team and the decision to leave the programme was her own.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 27
    After four series in Jigsaw Ellis left to join Blue Peter on 28 April 1983.
    More Details Hide Details During her four-year stint, she co-presented with Simon Groom, Sarah Greene, Peter Duncan, Michael Sundin, Mark Curry and Caron Keating.
  • 1979
    Age 23
    Her big break came in 1979, when she landed the job of regular presenter of the Clive Doig-produced Jigsaw.
    More Details Hide Details Also that year she played the character of "Teka" in the Doctor Who story The Horns of Nimon.
  • 1978
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1977
    Age 21
    Ellis met her first husband, TV director Robin Bextor, at the age of 16 and married him in 1977 when she was 21.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter Sophie was born in 1979. However, the couple separated during her time presenting Blue Peter. She met TV producer John Leach in 1986 and their son Jackson was born in 1987.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on September 16, 1955.
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