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Early life and career
Chalmers was born in Stockport, Cheshire, and educated at Withington Girls' School, an independent day school in Fallowfield near Withington, Manchester. She began broadcasting for the BBC when she was only 13.
Prior to Wish You Were Here...?, Chalmers presented ballroom dancing competition programme Come Dancing for the BBC from 1961 to 1965. Recently her television appearances have been limited to short spots on chat show programmes such as This Morning and Graham Norton's chat show vehicles. Chalmers has also promoted the Holiday Property Bond since 1990, and has been accredited for contributing towards its success.
In the 1960s, she presented two major BBC radio programmes: Family Favourites and Woman's Hour. Judith also appeared as the original Susan in The Clitheroe Kid, and was a foil for Ken Dodd in his radio show.
During the 1970s, Chalmers regularly presented ITV's daytime magazine programme Good Afternoon and its successors, which included Afternoon Plus and A Plus.
In the 1980s Chalmers was a regular host of the Miss World contest on ITV, also presenting the associated UK beauty pageants such as Miss United Kingdom and the British Beauty Championships. Chalmers was also presenter of BBC Radio 2's mid-morning show from 1990 to 1992, taking over from Ken Bruce, who took over the show again following Chalmers's departure from the station in 1992.
Chalmers was married to sports commentator Neil Durden-Smith. She has two children, Mark and Emma, and lives in North London. Their son, Mark Durden-Smith, is also a television presenter. Chalmers also has six grandchildren.
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