Jenny Hanley

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Jenny Hanley
Born (1947-08-15) 15 August 1947 (age 70)
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968-1983
Spouse(s) Herbie Clark (1980-1997) (divorced) (2 sons)[1][2]
Parent(s) Dinah Sheridan
Jimmy Hanley

Jenny Hanley (born 15 August 1947 in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire) is an English actress, the daughter of Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley. She remains best known for being one of the presenters of the ITV children's magazine programme Magpie.

Early life[edit]

After education at various schools in Southern England and in Switzerland, she trained as a nanny and did modelling work. Through her mother she is of Russian and German descent.[3]

Television and film career[edit]

Her film appearances include the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service,[1] The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and the Hammer horror film Scars of Dracula. In 1972, she appeared in the 3D film The Flesh and Blood Show.[citation needed]

She has also appeared on television as an actress in such series as Department S, The Persuaders!, The Adventurer, Softly, Softly: Taskforce, Warship, Man About the House and Return of the Saint. Hanley appeared on Magpie from 1974 to 1980.

She co-presented Saturday Night at the Mill and has appeared in the dictionary corner of Countdown. She teamed up with Tony Blackburn to present a low-budget morning chat show on Sky Channel.

Radio career[edit]

She has had regular radio shows as a presenter, including on BBC Radio Berkshire and Radio SAGA, in which she played music and interviewed guests.


Her grandmother was a photographer who, as Studio Lisa, had privileged access to the royal family, photographing both Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in relaxed, family poses and the next generation, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward in informal shots. She also helped to launch the career of a male model who later became an actor, Roger Moore.

Her brother, Sir Jeremy Hanley, had a career as an accountant and later became a Conservative Party MP.



  1. ^ a b Robertson, Peter (18 February 2014). "TV star Jenny Hanley feels lucky to be alive after a series of mini-strokes". Daily Express. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Golden girls with a special Bond: Four of 007's leading ladies reunite for new exhibition". The Daily Mail. 17 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dinah Sheridan Biography". 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 

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