Beverley Turner

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Beverley Turner
Born (1973-10-21) 21 October 1973 (age 45)
Prestwich, Lancashire, England, UK
Other namesBev Turner
OccupationTelevision presenter, radio presenter
Spouse(s)
James Cracknell (m. 2002)

Beverley Turner (born 21 October 1973 in Prestwich, Lancashire) is a British television and radio presenter.

Career[edit]

Turner worked for BBC Radio 5 Live, presenting their Bump Club series, following a group of pregnant women through their journey to motherhood. Previously, she spent three years as one of only two female presenters for UK ITV's Formula One coverage and also presented coverage of the Tour de France. She broke with Formula One racing coverage with a "bridge burning exercise" in the form of her book, The Pits: The Real World of Formula 1[1] in July 2004, which described widespread sexism in the sport.[2] She spent another three seasons presenting coverage of US National Basketball Association games in the UK. In 2002, she began presenting entertainment sections for Granada's This Morning and, in 2003, travel reporting for the Travel Channel.

She solely presented sixty-four episodes of Taste, a daily cooking programme on Sky1 which was shown daily for six years across global Sky Channels and became one of the station's most profitable self-made shows. She co-presented Homes Live with Watchdog's Matt Allwright, a daily, live property show on BBC2.

Turner hosted her own talk show on the radio station LBC from 2015 to 2019, and at the time of her departure was one of two female presenters at the station.[3] She began working on their weekend output in 2015 and has tripled the listening figures in both time slots that she has occupied. She also attracted more female listeners than is typical for the traditionally male sphere of phone-in radio and increasing those from an ABC1 demographic.[citation needed] She left the station in January 2019 after complaining that the station predominantly employed white men; LBC reported that her contract had expired and was not renewed.[3]

In 2015, she set up The Happy Birth Club in Chiswick, West London. It provides ante-natal and post-natal classes for pregnant couples. The course is unusual as it offers a midwife at every class (independent midwife Pam Wild who delivered TV presenter Davina McCall's children) and includes a home visit from Pam after the babies are born. As such, the courses are often fully booked in advance.

Turner and Wild wrote The Happy Birth Book which was published in 2017 – an A–Z guide to pregnancy and the early weeks.

As a model, she specialised in swimwear and underwear brands including Speedo, Marks & Spencer, Arena, Dorothy Perkins, JD Williams and most major women's magazines. She was represented by Elite Premier model agency in London and Boss Models in her home-town of Manchester.

She has a first class degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Manchester. She is the sister of Olympic swimmer Adrian Turner and the executive producer of The Apprentice, Cal Turner.[citation needed] [4] She has written for newspapers The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

Personal life[edit]

She married double Olympic Gold medallist rower James Cracknell at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire in 2002. They have a son, born in September 2003, and two daughters, born in March 2009[5] and April 2011.[6]

Her husband was injured in a cycling accident in July 2010 whilst filming for The Discovery Channel and sustained a personality-altering traumatic brain injury. The pair wrote about his recovery in the book Touching Distance which was published in 2012.

It was announced that she had separated from her husband in April 2019.[7]

Other interests[edit]

Her main charity interest is in sexual health and sexual politics, where she is a patron of the Family Planning Association (FPA).[citation needed] She is also an honorary associate of the National Secular Society[8].

She has been a competitive swimmer.[citation needed]

She is a former model with London's Elite Premier agency.[citation needed] She appeared in FHM's "Sexiest Women" list at position 43 in 2001.[citation needed]

She has studied for a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Beverley (2004). The Pits: The Real World of Formula One. Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1-84354-237-7. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  2. ^ Turner, Beverley (8 July 2004). "Exposed: the rampant sexism that defines the world of Formula One". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Beverley Turner leaves LBC". Radio Today. January 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  4. ^ "110mb.com – Want to start a website?". magazinecelebs.110mb.com.
  5. ^ "James & Bev Have Baby Daughter". MTC News. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Congratulations!!!". James Cracknell. 4 June 2011. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  7. ^ "James Cracknell and Wife Beverley Turner Separate".
  8. ^ "National Secular Society Honorary Associates". National Secular Society. Retrieved 27 July 2019
  9. ^ Turner, Beverley (15 February 2010). "Tapping therapy: curing physical and mental problems". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 September 2013.

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