Dawn O'Porter

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Dawn Porter
Born Dawn Porter
(1979-01-23) 23 January 1979 (age 36)
Occupation Television presenter, journalist, writer
Television Balls of Steel
Spouse(s) Chris O'Dowd (m. 2012)

Dawn O'Porter (born Dawn Porter on 23 January 1979) is a writer and television presenter. She was born in Scotland, but grew up in Guernsey.[1]

Early life[edit]

Two days before Porter's seventh birthday, her mother, Carol Rix, died of breast cancer aged 34.[2] Her elder sister, Jane and she were then raised by their aunt and uncle in Guernsey.[2] 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.[3] Porter's father lives in Scotland.[4]

Television career[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6][7][8] Porter also appeared in Seriously Dirty Dancing, a tribute to her favourite film, Dirty Dancing for Five.[9]

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).[10] 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.[11]

In February 2009, Porter narrated the BBC Three series Undercover Princes.[12]

In May 2009, it was announced that Dawn Porter would present a documentary, The Booby Trap, exploring breast cancer, for Sky1.[13] The show aired on 6–7 July 2009 – under the title My Breasts Could Kill Me.[14] It premiered with 181,000 viewers (0.9% share).[15] Porter appeared topless in the documentary to undergo a breast examination and breast screening.

Porter has her own TV production company Hot Patootie TV.[16]

In Nov 2011, Porter made an appearance in Derren Brown - The Experiments entitled "The Secret of Luck"[17] 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.

In 2012, Dawn Porter organised an Oxfam "get together" alongside friend Gemma Cairney, and raised money for Oxfam by selling clothing previously owned by celebrities.[18]

Porter recently hosted and co produced a series for Channel 4 called, This Old Thing. The 6 part series was about her love of vintage clothing. Taking vintage skeptics and turning them into vintage lovers. The show was highly acclaimed.

Dawn hosts 'Soul Food' on Munchies for Vice.

BOB by Dawn Porter[edit]

Porter has her own clothing line called, BOB by Dawn Porter. Via her website (www.BOBbyDOP.com) she sells vintage clothing and new designs inspired by her favorite vintage styles. The business is based in the UK but ships worldwide. It launched on October 15th 2014.


Writing is Porter's primary career. A regular writer for many publications she covers feminism and all aspects of women's lifestyle.

In 2006 she published Diaries of an Internet Lover’'.[19] In May 2013 she released her first novel, Paper Aeroplanes, the fictional tale of an intense female friendship loosely inspired by her own childhood in Guernsey.[20] The US edition, Paper Airplanes is out now in the United States. The follow up, GOOSE is now out in the UK. There are two more to come in the series. Dawn also wrote, This Old Thing - A guide to how to wear and shop for vintage clothing. Dawn is the resident columnist for Glamour UK.

Personal life[edit]

Porter married actor Chris O'Dowd[21] in August 2012. On 27 August 2012, O'Dowd tweeted a picture of the two announcing their nuptials.[22][23][24][25]

The couple live in Los Angeles.

In January 2015 Dawn gave birth to her first child, a son named Art. [26]


  1. ^ Porter, Dawn. 25 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME…. The Dawn Report, 2009, p. 1.
  2. ^ a b Dawn Porter (2009-07-06). "Dawn O'Porter found out if she had inherited the gene". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Dawn Porter interview | Emma Knock". Emmaknock.wordpress.com. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  4. ^ 8 Out of 10 Cats, 17 February 2014
  5. ^ Dawn Porter: Extreme Wife Channel4.com
  6. ^ BBC Three's new programming, new look and huge move forward into multiplatform BBC Press Office,
  7. ^ Record share and reach figures for BBC Three BBC Press Office, 19 February 2008
  8. ^ "Dawn ...". BBC Three. BBC. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Seriously Dirty Dancing - Blink Films". Blinkfilmsuk.com. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  10. ^ Jamie Oliver's Ministry welcomes 3m Digital Spy, 1 October 2008
  11. ^ Radio Times, 18–24 October 2008, p89
  12. ^ Network TV BBC Week 2 BBC Press Office, January 2009
  13. ^ Booby Trap heads to Sky1 Digital Spy, 14 May 2009
  14. ^ Dawn Porter: My breasts could kill me Sky1 HD
  15. ^ 5.9m tune in for new Torchwood Digital Spy, 7 July 2009
  16. ^ Emily Sheridan (2011-12-30). "Chris O'Dowd proposes to Dawn Porter". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  17. ^ "Derren Brown: The Experiments - Series 1 - Episode 4 - Derren Brown: The Secret of Luck". Channel 4. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ Porter, Dawn (2006). Diaries of an internet lover. Virgin Books. 
  20. ^ Williams, Andrew (2013-05-02). "Dawn Porter: I was sick of making TV documentaries all about me". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  21. ^ Husband, Stuart (2011-06-20). "Chris O'Dowd Interview". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  22. ^ "Just married!!!!". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "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. 
  24. ^ "Meshing becomes the new wedding trend as newlyweds fuse their surnames | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  25. ^ Milton, Stephen (27 April 2013). "I was never going to be Mrs O'Dowd". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  26. ^ http://www.evoke.ie/showbiz/its-a-boy-chris-odowd-and-dawn-oporter-announce-birth-of-son-art-and-joke-i-think-well-keep-him/

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