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Jenny Powell
Born 8 April 1968 (1968-04-08) (age 41)
Ilford, England, UK
Occupation Television presenter
Spouse(s) Toby Baxendale (2003-2009) (separated)
Children 2 daughters

Jenny Powell (born 8 April 1968, Ilford, England, UK[1]) is a British television presenter.


Early life

Jenny Powell 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 [2] and then moved to Saturday morning television for children, first co-presenting UP2U for BBC One during the summers of 1988 and 1989, CITV's Ghost Train and then Gimme 5,[3] again on CITV. In the mid-1990s, she became the hostess on ITV's version of Wheel of Fortune[4].

More recently, she has presented Soap Fever, Live Talk, Getaway, and "Our House" for UKTV Style. She tried to make it as a stand-up comedian in Granada Television's Stand Up Jenny, and was a regular on ITV's Loose 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.

Powell has recently started presenting on BBC One's To Buy or Not to Buy, and on 11 June 2008 made her debut on ITV's Bingo Night Live.

From 23 March 2009, she presents a new quiz show, Wordplay and Wordplay Plus on Five in the old Going For Gold slots.

Personal life

Powell and her estranged husband Toby Baxendale have two daughters, Constance, born 18 January 2001 and Pollyanna born 2008. She separated from Toby after she discovered he was having an affair, whilst she was pregnant with Pollyanna.[5]




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