23 January 1979
|Other names||Dawn O'Porter|
|Occupation||Television presenter, journalist, writer.|
|Television||Balls of Steel
My Breasts Could Kill Me
Dawn Gets A Baby
Dawn Gets Naked
Dawn Gets Her Man
|Spouse(s)||Chris O'Dowd (2012-present)|
Two days before Porter's seventh birthday, her mother, Carol Rix, died of breast cancer aged 34. She and her elder sister, Jane, were then raised by their aunt and uncle in Guernsey. She studied acting at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts but in her third year decided that acting was not for her and did work experience on the television series Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned rather than participate in a school production.
Having established her credentials as a writer and journalist, Porter first came to widespread public attention when she attempted to slim down to a size zero by using drastic dieting regimes for the BBC documentary Super Slim Me. Porter also presented the product-testing section of How to Look Good Naked on Channel 4.
In 2008, Porter presented a BBC Three series of four documentary films, Dawn..., exploring attitudes to nudity, lesbianism, dating (Dawn Porter Gets Her Man), pregnancy and childbirth. Porter also appeared in Seriously Dirty Dancing, a tribute to her favourite film, Dirty Dancing for Five.
In 2008 she made a four-part series for Channel 4. The first programme, Dawn Porter: Free Lover, was broadcast on Channel 4 on 30 September 2008. Dawn travelled to Germany to visit Zegg, a German Free love commune. The programme highlighted the world of Free love and included discussions with the people who lived in the commune. It premièred with 1.75m viewers (10.7% share). The second programme, Dawn Porter: Mail Order Bride, was broadcast a week later. Dawn travelled to Ukraine with a group of American men in their search for a partner. The third programme, Dawn Porter: Geisha Girl, saw Dawn travel to Japan and spend a week in a geisha house. The fourth programme, Dawn Porter: Polygamist's Wife, investigated women who are prepared to share their husbands with other women. This included a stay in Centennial Park, Arizona.
In May 2009, it was announced that Dawn Porter would present a documentary, The Booby Trap, exploring breast cancer, for Sky1. The show aired on 6–7 July 2009 – under the title My Breasts Could Kill Me. It premiered with 181,000 viewers (0.9% share). Porter appeared topless in the documentary to undergo a breast examination and breast screening.
Porter has her own TV production company Hot Patootie TV.
In Nov 2011, Porter made an appearance in Derren Brown - The Experiments entitled "The Secret of Luck" and later filmed 6 episodic advertisements for Andrex Washlets. Porter appeared in the ninth episode of the sixth series of E4 teen drama Skins and has also appeared on the TV show Balls of Steel.
Bad Girls Guide
In August 2011 Dawn Porter began providing the voice over for a new online comedy series aimed at young women called Bad Girl Guides. The first episode, Perving Boss featured lighthearted tips on how to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace debuted on YouTube on 8 August 2011 .
In 2006 she published Diaries of an Internet Lover, a journal of her experiences of meeting people on the internet. In May 2013 she released her first novel, Paper Aeroplanes, the fictional tale of an intense female friendship loosely based on her own childhood in Guernsey.
Porter started a weekly podcast on 11 February 2009 about sex, food, fashion and questions from her Twitter followers. Porter married actor Chris O'Dowd in August 2012. On 27 August 2012, O'Dowd tweeted a picture of the two announcing their nuptials. After the wedding, Porter started using the surname O'Porter.
- Porter, Dawn. 25 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME…. The Dawn Report, 2009, p. 1.
- Dawn Porter (2009-07-06). "Dawn Porter found out if she had inherited the gene". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
- "Dawn Porter interview | Emma Knock". Emmaknock.wordpress.com. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
- Dawn Porter: Extreme Wife Channel4.com
- BBC Three's new programming, new look and huge move forward into multiplatform BBC Press Office,
- Record share and reach figures for BBC Three BBC Press Office, 19 February 2008
- "Dawn ...". BBC Three. BBC. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
- "Seriously Dirty Dancing - Blink Films". Blinkfilmsuk.com. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
- Jamie Oliver's Ministry welcomes 3m Digital Spy, 1 October 2008
- Radio Times, 18–24 October 2008, p89
- Network TV BBC Week 2 BBC Press Office, January 2009
- Booby Trap heads to Sky1 Digital Spy, 14 May 2009
- Dawn Porter: My breasts could kill me Sky1 HD
- 5.9m tune in for new Torchwood Digital Spy, 7 July 2009
- Emily Sheridan (2011-12-30). "Chris O'Dowd proposes to Dawn Porter". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
- "Derren Brown: The Experiments - Series 1 - Episode 4 - Derren Brown: The Secret of Luck". Channel 4. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
- "Rumble in the jumble for International Women’s Day – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London". Now-here-this.timeout.com. 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- "Dawn Porter's Bad Girl Guides". YouTube. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- Porter, Dawn (2006). Diaries of an internet lover. Virgin Books.
- Williams, Andrew (2013-05-02). "Dawn O’Porter: I was sick of making TV documentaries all about me". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
- Husband, Stuart (2011-06-20). "Chris O'Dowd Interview". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2011-08-26.
- "Just married!!!!". Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- "It's Wedfest! Actor Chris O'Dowd and TV presenter Dawn Porter marry in three-day celebration | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- Anna Berrill (2012-11-09). "Meshing becomes the new wedding trend as newlyweds fuse their surnames | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- Milton, Stephen (27 April 2013). "I was never going to be Mrs O'Dowd". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 8 May 2013.