Jordan in London in 2009.
28 June 1960 |
Hackney, London, England, UK
|Occupation||Television presenter Radio presenter|
|Known for||Blue Peter, Songs of Praise|
Diane Johnson (born 28 June 1960), better known by her stage name Diane Louise Jordan,  is a British television presenter. She was the first black presenter of the children's television programme Blue Peter, being involved in the programme from 25 January 1990 until 26 February 1996, making her its fourth longest-serving female presenter (after Konnie Huq, Valerie Singleton and Lesley Judd).
Life and career
Born in 1960, Jordan grew up in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. She is a trained actress, studying theatre arts at Rose Bruford College, and worked as a stage actress after graduating. She appeared on children's series Corners when she was spotted by Blue Peter editor Lewis Bronze. She became the programme's first black presenter and turned down a role in soap opera Coronation Street for the job. She did in fact play the part of Kate Winterton in Coronation Street in September 25th 1989 - this little known fact is not even shown on her IMDB profile page - link to corrie episode here
Jordan is a Christian, and can currently be seen presenting BBC One's religious programme, Songs of Praise. She also is vice-president of Action for Children, sits on the Council of the Prince's Trust and is a trustee for BBC Children in Need. In 1997 she sat on the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Committee. She is a celebrity supporter of the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT)
She married violinist Giles Broadbent in July 2007 in the chapel of Rugby School, Warwickshire. She has a daughter, Justine, previously her niece, but whom she adopted when her sister died unexpectedly. In 2008 she became a confidence coach to former Death Row convict Kenny Richey, helping him to adjust to life after being released. Until 2012, Jordan presented Sunday Half Hour on BBC Radio 2, however, this became Sunday Hour from February 2013, now broadcast on Sunday mornings.
In 2014, Jordan was handed a police harassment order over an incident with her son-in-law's new partner.
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- The Sunday Hour at BBC Programmes
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- Diane-Louise Jordan at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Diane in Xt3 Christian Magazine
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