Anthea Turner

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Anthea Turner
Anthea Turner.jpg
Turner at a book signing in 2008
Born Anthea Millicent Turner
(1960-05-25) 25 May 1960 (age 57)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Residence Surrey, England
Occupation Journalist, television presenter and media personality
Notable credit(s) Presenting:
Blue Peter (1992–94)
Top of the Pops (1988–91)
GMTV (1994–96)
Perfect Housewife (2006–07)
Spouse(s) Peter Powell (1990–1998; divorced)
Grant Bovey (2000–2015; divorced)
Parent(s) Brian and Jean Turner[1]
Website Official website

Anthea Millicent Turner (born 25 May 1960) is an English television presenter. She was a host of Blue Peter from 1992 until 1994, and of GMTV from 1994 until 1996.

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and educated there at the direct grant grammar catholic school . St Dominic's High School for Girls hartshill Stoke-on trent Staffordshire. She was one of three daughters born to her parents Brian and Jean Turner. One of her sisters, Ruth died aged 15. Her other sister is presenter Wendy Turner Webster.[1]


Turner joined BBC Radio Stoke as a runner, eventually joining breakfast show presenter Bruno Brookes as part of his rap crew. The couple became romantically involved and employed Peter Powell as an agent through his management company.


Turner moved into television through Sky Channel and Music Box presenting live music programmes from July 1986 to 1989. Her debut on national television was with the BBC on But First This, which led to her fronting two series for the BBC on the Saturday morning show UP2U.

During a motorbike stunt that went wrong on UP2U,[2] Turner suffered burns and temporary hearing loss, which led to her successful lawsuit against the BBC.[citation needed]

She presented Top of the Pops from October 1988 to May 1991, and, for the final 18 months of this period, was the only non-Radio 1 DJ to regularly do so.

Turner presented the children's television show Blue Peter from 27 June 1992 to 29 June 1994, and around this time, was also associated with publicising 'The Y Plan', a system of exercise developed by the London YMCA. She moved on to presenting on Totally Live on pan-European music channel Music Box, followed by GMTV which she presented from July 1994 to 24 December 1996.

Turner was also a host on the first National Lottery draw on BBC One on 19 November 1994 with Noel Edmonds and Gordon Kennedy. She remained as sole host of the National Lottery Live until 20 April 1996, when she defected to ITV and the travel show Wish You Were Here...?, becoming the second highest paid female television presenter in the UK, after Cilla Black.[citation needed]

Turner released two workout videos: Anthea Turner Body Basics (1996) and Anthea Turner: Tone, Lift and Condition: The Inch Buster (1999), both produced and distributed by Grant Bovey.[citation needed]

The relationship between Turner and her GMTV co-presenter Eamonn Holmes was frosty, with Holmes issuing an ultimatum to the GMTV management that he would leave if they did not sack his colleague; as a result of this Turner lost her job.[3] After Bovey left his wife Della for Turner, the ensuing tabloid interest, and then the "Flakegate" scandal,[further explanation needed] Turner's career went into a decline.[4]

Attempting to revive her career, Turner presented BBC One's short-lived Saturday evening programme Your Kids Are in Charge in 2000 with her sister Wendy Turner Webster. The following year, she participated in Celebrity Big Brother, and was the third contestant to be evicted, after Chris Eubank and Vanessa Feltz. But nothing seemed to work to erase the fallout from the media reaction to Flakegate, and in 2003 she came 15th in a Channel 4 poll of 100 Worst Britons.

In February 2006, Turner made a television comeback on BBC Three in Anthea Turner: Perfect Housewife, where she taught disorganised house women and men how to clean and run their houses. This period was widely referred to in the television industry as the "Turner Renaissance"[citation needed]. The series was accompanied by three related books. Later in 2006, she appeared as a guest on BBC Two's music-based panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

In April 2009, Turner appeared on the ITV reality show Hell's Kitchen with Marco Pierre White, alongside her then husband Grant Bovey. Turner also presented the show Help Me Anthea, I'm Infested for BBC Three, as she advised people whose homes have been overrun by pests.[citation needed] Anthea took part in the first series of the Channel 4 game show The Jump in 2013. The show saw twelve celebrities take part in winter sports. The show is set in a mountainside in Austria.

On 23 August 2015 she replaced Anne Diamond and Sian Welby as the host of the Health Lottery draws on Channel 5.[5] Welby later returned on 2 October and Anthea was dropped from the line-up.[6]

She took part in a special celebrity edition of Channel 4's First Dates on 12 October 2015, in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.[7]

Dancing on Ice[edit]

In 2013, Turner appeared as a contestant in the eighth series of Dancing on Ice, where she finished in ninth place out of twelve celebrity skaters. She participated in the show with her professional skating partner Andrew Buchanan. In the third week she performed to the Donny Osmond song "Puppy Love", and ended up in the skate-off against Keith Chegwin. They lost the skate-off and were the fourth couple to be eliminated in the series.[citation needed]

Week Song Judges' scores Result
Robin Cousins Karen Barber Ashley Roberts Jason Gardiner Total
2 "Skyfall" 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 18.0 Bottom two
3 "Broken Strings" Anthea Anthea Anthea Anthea Anthea Immune
4 "Puppy Love" 4.5 5.0 5.0 4.0 18.5 Eliminated
  • Note: Week 3 was a duel, in which the judges did not give scores, instead the celebrities were paired up and the judges chose which performance they preferred, making them immune from the public vote.

Personal life[edit]

Turner's private life has led the tabloids to take a continuing interest in her.

After her long relationship with fellow Stoke resident and one-time DJ co-worker Bruno Brookes, she married her manager, former DJ Peter Powell in 1990; the couple divorced in 1998.

The year of her divorce from Powell, Turner moved in with the CEO of Imagine Homes, Grant Bovey. Bovey left his wife, Della, to move in with Turner; he reconciled with Della, before leaving her again to return to Turner. Turner and Bovey married on 23 August 2000. Turner was keen to start her own family with Bovey, who has three daughters (Lily, Amelia and Claudia) from his marriage to Della.[8]

On 23 February 2009, the Daily Mail reported that their Surrey mansion had been put up for sale owing to catastrophic failures in Bovey's buy-to-let property business.[9][10] The newspaper reported Turner was making television commercials for household detergents to alleviate financial difficulties.

Turner and Bovey split up in 2012, due to Bovey's extramarital affair.[11][12] After an initial reconciliation, they separated again in August 2013, this time permanently and they divorced in October 2015.


  • Underneath the Underground: The Ghost of Knightsbridge[13] (1998) – with Wendy Turner Webster
  • Fools Rush In[14] (2000)
  • How To Be The Perfect Housewife: Lessons in the art of modern household management[15] (2007)
  • How to be the Perfect Housewife: Entertain in Style[16] (2008)
  • The Perfect Christmas[17] (2008)


Year Title Role
1988–1991 Top of the Pops Presenter
1992–94 Blue Peter Presenter
1994–96 GMTV Presenter
1994–96 The National Lottery Draws Presenter
1996–99 Wish You Were Here...? Presenter
2000 Your Kids are in Charge Presenter
2001 Celebrity Big Brother Participant
2006–07 Anthea Turner: Perfect Housewife Presenter
2007 Help Me Anthea, I'm Infested Presenter
2010–11 Dinner Party Wars Presenter
2013 Dancing on Ice Contestant
2014 The Jump Contestant
2015 The Health Lottery Draws Presenter
Guest appearances

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Anthea. "My family values". Anthea Turner. 
  2. ^ "Huge Explosion on a TV Journalist (Anthea Turner) Live". YouTube. 27 January 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Anthea picture leaves sour taste". BBC. 29 August 2000. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Janine Yaqoob (18 July 2015). "Anthea Turner set for TV presenter comeback after landing Health Lottery role". mirror. 
  6. ^ "Health Lottery Results Draw Show with Sian Welby - Friday, 2nd October 2015". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  7. ^ "First Dates SU2C special to feature Anthea Turner and Alexandra Burke - Channel 4 - Info - Press". Channel 4. 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  8. ^ [1] (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Credit crunch victims Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey to sell £5m mansion". Daily Mail. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Daniel Boffey (11 October 2008). "Anthea Turner's husband Grant Bovey loses buy-to-let empire in credit crunch". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Simon Boyle (2012-06-30). "Love rival: Is this the woman who broke Anthea's heart?". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2014-09-30. 
  12. ^ Caunter, Mel (2013-01-14). "Anthea Turner: How Dancing On Ice helped to save my marriage". Daily Express. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  13. ^ "Underneath the Underground: The Ghost of Knightsbridge No. 1 (Picture Puffin Story Books): Anthea Turner, Wendy Turner, Andy Hunt: 9780140563887: Books". 
  14. ^ "Fools Rush In: Anthea Turner: 9780316854993: Books". 
  15. ^ "How To Be The Perfect Housewife: Lessons in the art of modern household management: Anthea Turner: 9780753512852: Books". 
  16. ^ "How to be the Perfect Housewife: Entertain in Style: Anthea Turner: 9780753513323: Books". 
  17. ^ "The Perfect Christmas: Anthea Turner: 9781905264414: Books". 
Preceded by
Yvette Fielding
Blue Peter Presenter No. 20
Succeeded by
Katy Hill