31 December 1964 |
Lowri Gwyneth Turner (born 31 December 1964) is a British television presenter, journalist, nutritional therapist and hypnotherapist.
Born at The Greycoat Hospital, Westminster, London, Turner was born to Welsh parents Mervyn and Shirley in London in 1964. She was one of triplets and her mother had a traumatic birth resulting in her sister having a learning disability. She was educated at Camden School for Girls.
She has been married twice and has three children. She has two children, Merlin (b. 2000) and Griffin (b. 2003) with her first husband Paul Connew, and one daughter Ariel (b. 2007) with second husband Nicol Batra from whom she is also divorced. She gave birth to twins in 2014.
Turner began her career as a fashion journalist for The Observer and became Fashion Editor at the London Evening Standard. Her television career started on GMTV in 1993. Turner was a contributor to Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the TARDIS, a documentary celebration of the 30th anniversary of Doctor Who in 1993, in which she discussed the Edwardian feel to the Doctor's costumes and her fondness for Jon Pertwee's portrayal of the character. She made appearances as a celebrity panelist on BBC2's quiz show Going, Going, Gone, Channels 4's Whose Line Is It Anyway? and has presented the shows Looking Good, Shopping City, Housecall, Would Like To Meet and DIY SOS. In 2004, Turner took part in the reality TV show, Celebrity Fit Club but, despite this, she still at times struggles with her weight. She has been a regular panelist on the Channel Five show, The Wright Stuff since 2002 and authors a column for the Welsh newspaper Western Mail and Health and Well-being blog We Heart Living.
Turner describes herself as a Nutritional Therapist citing a 'Diploma in Nutritional Therapy' from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. which claims to be a "an independent, not for profit educational charity".
In 2006 Turner was criticized in the Welsh Assembly over homophobic comments she wrote in her column in the Western Mail entitled However much I love my gay friends, I don't want them running the country Gwenda Thomas, chair of the Welsh Assembly's equality committee, said:
Homophobia, together with all other forms of prejudice, is unacceptable in any modern, democratic, civilised society, and it is therefore disappointing to say the least that an article that promotes such attitudes appeared in a newspaper that purports to be 'the national newspaper for Wales. She is disgusting in her views.
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