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Birthdate December 30, 1968 (1968-12-30) (age 41)
Birth location Liverpool, England, UK
Measurements 36D-23-34
Height 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m)
Hair colour Brown
Skin colour White
Ethnicity Caucasian
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Gail McKenna (born 30 December 1968 in Liverpool, England)[1] achieved fame as a Page Three girl and glamour model during the late 1980s. She has had subsequent careers as a theatre and television actress, as a sports presenter for L!VE TV and Five, and as a presenter of children's programmes for CITV.


As a teenager, McKenna attended a private grammar school in Liverpool.[2] After attaining eight O-levels, she took a year off, intending to return to pursue A-levels in classics and history.[2] Instead, she began a glamour modelling career and never went back to school.

On 21 May 1986, aged seventeen, McKenna made her Page Three debut in British tabloid newspaper The Sun,[3] a decision that upset her devoutly Roman Catholic parents.[2] The Sun featured her eighty-six times on Page Three between then and 18 July 1991.[3]

Between 1986 and 1990, McKenna also posed topless and nude for numerous men's magazines. In 1988, she appeared in a Playboy magazine pictorial with other Page Three girls.[4]

McKenna gave up nude modeling work in 1990, at the age of twenty-one, after becoming a born-again Christian.[5] She went on to act in pantomimes and fringe theatre, and won a minor supporting role in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, where she played the girlfriend of character Barry Grant.[6] She took a career break in 1992 to have her first son, James.[7]

In 1996, McKenna became a sports presenter for L!VE TV's Sports Live.[8] She went on to present the sports shows Turnstile[9] and Live and Dangerous[10] on the TV channel Five.

In 1998, she became a children's television presenter for CITV.[6] Her credits include Brilliant Creatures from 1998–2004, where her co-hosts included Terry Nutkins and Stephen Mulhern,[11] and How 2 from 2000–06, where she co-presented with Fred Dinenage and Gareth Jones.[12]

Personal life

In 1990, while exploring her Christian faith, she met her first husband Tony Potter at a Billy Graham evangelical rally.[2] The couple married and had a son, James, but soon divorced.[2]

McKenna subsequently married restaurateur James Rhodes on 25 January 1997 at Dalhousie Castle, Midlothian, in Scotland.[13] In December 1997 she gave birth to her second son Jack.[6]


  1. ^ "Gail's Got Real Animal Magic". The Liverpool Echo. 2004-01-13.  
  2. ^ a b c d e Docherty, Gavin (1998-09-20). "How Kids' TV Tamed Sex Kitten Gail". The Sunday Mail.  
  3. ^ a b Page official statistics: Retrieved 2007-04-27
  4. ^ Newman, Byron. "Those Brash and British Page 3 Girls," Playboy, February 1988
  5. ^ Page, Cara (1997-03-15). "Old Firm Don't Score with Me: Model Gail McKenna Never Fancied Any of the Scottish Football Players". The Daily Record.  
  6. ^ a b c Paul, John (1998-07-11). "From Page 3 to Kids' TV". Nottingham Evening Post.  
  7. ^ Carlisle, Sam (1996-09-01). "Done Stunnin'". The Sunday Mirror.  
  8. ^ "Sports Live". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-26.  
  9. ^ "Turnstile". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-26.  
  10. ^ "Me and My Health: Gail McKenna". Sunday Mercury. 1999-08-22.  
  11. ^ "Brilliant Creatures". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-26.  
  12. ^ "How2". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-26.  
  13. ^ Barnes, Robert (1997-01-26). "Live TV presenter Gail McKenna Gets Married". The Sunday Mail.  

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