Gail Porter

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Gail Porter
Gail porter1.jpg
Porter in 2009
Born (1971-03-23) 23 March 1971 (age 44)
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Television presenter, television personality, former model, actress
Television Fully Booked
The Big Breakfast
The Movie Chart Show
The Gadget Show
Spouse(s) Dan Hipgrave
(m. 2001-separated 2004)[1]
Children Honey Hipgrave (born 2002)

Gail Porter (born 23 March 1971 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish television presenter, television personality, former model and actress. In the 1990s she became known for photos in men's magazines such as FHM, including one nude which was projected on to the Houses of Parliament. She moved into television, becoming a presenter on British TV. Her modelling was affected by alopecia, which can sometimes result in an almost a total loss of her hair.

Life and career[edit]

Porter attended Portobello High School. She studied for a BTEC HND in media production at West Herts College.[2] After making an unsuccessful bid to join the presentation team of the BBC children's show Blue Peter,[3] she has presented family-friendly television programmes, or ones aimed at children. They include The Movie Chart Show, Top of the Pops, and Live & Kicking, work for CITV, and programmes such as The Big Breakfast and Gail Porter's Big 90s for VH1.

In the late 1990s she began to pose for magazines such as FHM. A picture of her naked from behind was projected on the Houses of Parliament in 1999. FHM and the guerrilla marketing company, Cunning Communications, and projectionist-artist Malcolm Litson and Jason Bridges, accompanied it with a message to vote for her in the FHM Sexiest Women Poll.[4] In her autobiography, Porter says she did not know about the stunt until it was reported the following day.[5][6]

In 2001, Porter took part in the reality television show Celebrity Blind Man's Bluff [7] and in 2003, she was on Channel 4's The Games, although injury truncated her participation.

In 2004 to 2006 she presented three series of Dead Famous and in 2009 presented episodes of The Gadget Show, temporarily replacing Suzi Perry. In 2008 to 2011, Porter was a regular panellist on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff.

In early 2009, Porter's mother died of lung cancer, aged 60.[8]

In 2010, she was a guest team captain on What Do Kids Know? with Rufus Hound, Joe Swash and Sara Cox on Watch. In August 2010, she began the Two Way Street campaign for solicitors Russell Jones & Walker, an initiative to develop the relationship between HGV drivers and cyclists, keeping them safer. In October 2010, Porter hosted a documentary on Current TV titled Gail Porter on Prostitution[9] which investigated prostitution laws.

In 2014, Porter said she would be guest editor of Fashion Plus magazine.[10][11] She appeared at London Fashion Week in September 2014[12] and wrote of her experiences for the magazine.[13]

On 27th August 2015 she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house representing the UK.

Alopecia[edit]

In 2005 Porter developed alopecia totalis, losing her hair.[14] She decided not to wear a hat or wig in order to raise awareness of the condition. She became ambassador for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs to children with hair loss.[15][16] On Richard & Judy on 15 February 2006 she showed her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes were beginning to grow back.[17] On 12 April 2006 she said "It is possible that I'm going to get my hair back."[18] By May 2010 hair had grown on three-quarters of her scalp, and she was beginning to colour and style her hair.[19] By the end of the year, her hair had started falling out again.[20]

Porter's alopecia totalis was the subject of the BBC ONE Life series documentary Gail Porter Laid Bare on 31 May 2006.[21]

Her autobiography, Laid Bare: My Story Of Love, Fame And Survival, was published in September 2007.

Other activities[edit]

She is a vice-president of The Children's Trust, a UK charity for children with brain injury.

Porter tried stand-up comedy[22] and appeared at the Comedy Store on 23 November 2009 in the Laughing Point event to help the youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Porter married Toploader guitarist Dan Hipgrave in August 2001[1] and gave birth to their daughter Honey on 3 September 2002.[citation needed] She said in February 2005 that they had separated eight months earlier.[1] Before they met, Porter was in a relationship with Keith Flint, vocalist from The Prodigy.[24]

Porter has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder,[25] and says she has insomnia.

On 8 September 2011 Porter told BBC Radio 5 Live's Phil Williams that she had been detained under the Mental Health Act of 2007,[26] for 17 days of treatment against her will.[25] She stated the signature on the documents to have her sectioned was that of her boyfriend, after texting to him to say she felt suicidal. She said she had been "very frail, so who knows". She said she felt no benefit from the stay. She praised the staff but said the resources and facilities were under-funded.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gail Porter in marriage split". Thisislondon.co.uk. 14 February 2005. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gail Porter interview on apprenticeships website". Notgoingtouni.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  3. ^ "Fifty facts about Blue Peter at 50". BBC News. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  4. ^ "Guerrilla Marketing: Pushing the Limits | BusinessWeek". Images.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  5. ^ Porter, Gail (2008) [2007]. "9. Exposure!". Laid Bare - My story of love, fame and survival. Ebury Press. pp. 141–142. ISBN 978-0-09-192041-8. The first I knew was when it was on the TV news 
  6. ^ Porter, Gail. Laid Bare. photo caption between pp.136/7. The first I learned of this was when it was the morning after, on the news 
  7. ^ "Celebrity Blind Man's Buff - Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  8. ^ Hilary Freeman (2011-02-06). "Gail Porter shaved her head". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  9. ^ 'Gail Porter On Prostitution'
  10. ^ "Gail Porter working with Fashion Plus Magazine for LFW". London: Female First. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  11. ^ "Gail Porter Makes her Fashion Debut with Fashion Plus Magazine". London: Fashion Plus Magazine. 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  12. ^ "London Fashion Week Spring/Summer Day One - Exactly What You'd Expect". London. Retrieved 2014-11-11. 
  13. ^ "Selfie Madness: London Fashion Week from the Eyes of Gail Porter". London. Retrieved 2014-11-11. 
  14. ^ Brockes, Emma (7 November 2005). "Q: Aren't you too brainy to be a TV presenter? A: Too brainy? That's why all my hair fell out". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ "BBC News - New head of hair delights Briton Ferry girl Emily". News.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Sky Showbiz - Gail's Fab Hair News". Sky.com. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  18. ^ [2][dead link]
  19. ^ McConnell, Donna (31 May 2010). "Gail Porter shows off a chic new look as her locks grow long enough to style". London: Daily Mail. 
  20. ^ "ITN News, 31 December 2010". Uk.news.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  21. ^ [3][dead link]
  22. ^ "Gail Porter, comedian?". Chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Gail Porter Interview. Part Two.". Femalefirst.co.uk. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Gail Porter interviewed - anorexia, self-destruction, divorce and, finally, survival - Life and style - The Observer". the Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  25. ^ a b c "BBC News – Gail Porter 'still angry' about being sectioned". bbc.co.uk. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  26. ^ "Gail Porter back home after being sectioned for alleged suicide bid". www.dailyrecord.co.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

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