Jane McDonald

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Jane McDonald
Jane Anne McDonald

(1963-04-04) 4 April 1963 (age 56)
Wakefield, England
OccupationActress, singer, media personality, presenter
Years active1985–present
TelevisionStar for a Night (1999–2001)
Loose Women (2004–14, 2015)
Star Treatment (2013)
Cruising with Jane McDonald (2017–)
Jane and Friends (2017–)

Jane Anne McDonald (born 4 April 1963)[1] is an English singer, actress, media personality and broadcaster, who became known to the public in 1998 after her appearance on the BBC show The Cruise.[2] Known for her Yorkshire accent, she has since co-presented a number of daytime shows, including Loose Women between 2004 and 2014, ITV programme Star Treatment in 2013 and British Academy Television Award winning Cruising with Jane McDonald from 2017.


McDonland was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.[3] After signing a major-label recording contract, McDonald began to carve out a mainstream showbiz career, first as a guest presenter on BBC's National Lottery and subsequently with her debut album, Jane McDonald, which spent three weeks at Number 1 in the UK Albums Chart.[4]

In 1998, she married Henrik Brixen, A ship's plumbing engineer, who later became her manager. Their whirlwind romance was one of the key segments in “The Cruise” documentary. Brixen later admitted that he did not understand the music industry, and the couple split in 2003, largely for the sake of her career.[5]

Beginning in 2004, McDonald was a regular presenter on the ITV daytime television programme Loose Women, appearing on the show three times a week. It was confirmed on 16 July 2010 that McDonald would depart Loose Women in the summer, taking at least a year's break to concentrate on her music career and to tour Australia and New Zealand. Although an Australian tour never developed into anything official, she proceeded to tour the U.K in 2011. She left Loose Women at the end of the summer series on 6 August 2010 and returned on 16 January 2012 temporarily. She permanently left the series in January 2014 to focus on her music career.[6]

In 2008, McDonald was reunited with musician Eddie Rothe, an old acquaintance from her teenage years and a member of The Searchers. They became engaged on 24 December 2008 after Rothe proposed.[5]

Cruising with Jane McDonald won the 2018 BAFTA Award for Best Feature, making it the first win for a Channel 5 show.[citation needed]



  • July 1998 – Jane McDonaldUK No. 1 (platinum)[7]
  • June 2000 – Inspiration – UK No. 6 (co-produced by Ted Carfrae and Jamel Badaoui, Sony BMG)
  • October 2001 – Love at the Movies – UK No. 24 (co-produced by David Sandcastle, Sony BMG)
  • February 2005 – You Belong to Me – UK No. 21
  • August 2008 – Jane – UK No. 7
  • March 2014 – Singer of Your Song
  • November 2017[8]Hold the Covers Back – UK No. 69[9]
  • June 2018 – Cruising with Jane McDonald - UK No.6

Compilation and special albums[edit]

  • April 2003 – The Collection
  • September 2006 – From Me to Youlimited edition four track EP
  • August 2007 – Because You Loved Mecompilation album
  • October 2010 – Live at the London Palladium (Live recording of the DVD) – No. 31 (UK)
  • October 2010 – Just for You (four-track CD available from concerts)
  • March 2014 – Is It Love You're After (four-track CD available from concerts)
  • September 2014 – Remixed compilation album
  • June 2018 – Cruising with Jane McDonald - UK No. 6[9]


  • "Cruise Into Christmas Medley" – No. 10 (UK) December 1998[4]


  • Jane McDonald in Concert (1999)
  • Jane McDonald Live in Las Vegas (2001)
  • Being Jane (special DVD only available at her concerts, The Jane McDonald Online Store, or via her management team; filmed 2005)
  • The Very Best of Loose Women (2008)
  • Late Night With The Loose Women (2009)
  • Jane McDonald – Live at the London Palladium (18 October 2010)
  • Jane McDonald - A Live Christmas Concert Special (6 June 2019 - Special DVD only currently available at her concerts)


  • Jane McDonald – Follow Your Dreams (Autobiography, 2000)
  • Jane McDonald - Riding The Waves: My Story (Autobiography, Virgin Books, 2019)


  1. ^ "Jane McDonald: 7 facts about the cruise singer and TV presenter". Smooth Radio. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Extract from BBC The Cruise docusoap". BBC. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. ^ "My Yorkshire: Jane McDonald". The Yorkshire Post. Yorkshire Post Newspapers. 22 December 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 338. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ a b Amy Hunt (29 March 2019). "Jane McDonald reveals that her second husband left her in order to save her career: 'It wasn't my decision'". Woman magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  6. ^ "'The time is right for me to step aside': Jane McDonald quits Loose Women after 10 years". Metro. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  7. ^ Jones, Alan (29 June 2018). "Charts analysis: Greatest Showman set to surpass Adele's record-breaking run at top". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Hold the Covers Back by Jane McDonald on iTunes". iTunes Store (GB). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Jane McDonald". Official Charts. Retrieved 26 July 2019.

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