Jenny Hanley

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Jenny Hanley
Born (1947-08-15) 15 August 1947 (age 73)
Years active1968–1983
Herbie Clark
(m. 1980; div. 1997)
Parent(s)Dinah Sheridan
Jimmy Hanley
FamilyJeremy Hanley (brother)

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

Early life and education[edit]

Hanley is the daughter of actors Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley. After her education at schools in Southern England and in Switzerland, she trained as a nanny and did modelling work. Through her mother she is of Russian-Jewish and German descent.[1]

Personal life and family[edit]

Hanley's 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.

Hanley married Herbie Clark in 1980, and they had two sons before divorcing in 1997.[2]

Television and film career[edit]

Her film appearances include the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969),[2] The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), and the Hammer horror film Scars of Dracula (also 1970).[3] She appeared in the 3D film The Flesh and Blood Show (1972).[4]

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.[5] Hanley appeared on Magpie from 1974 to 1980.[6][7]

In 1980, Hanley stepped in to co-present one edition of Saturday Night at the Mill following the dismissal after just 5 shows of Arianna Huffington.[8] This proved a success with viewers and she returned as co-host for the entire 1981 season.[9] She 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]

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


Title Year Role Notes
Joanna 1968 Married Woman Uncredited
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 The Irish girl
Scars of Dracula 1970 Sarah
The Ballad of Tam-Lin 1970 Caroline
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970 Prostitute
Danny Jones 1972 Sue
The Flesh and Blood Show 1972 Julia Dawson
Soft Beds, Hard Battles 1974 Michelle
Percy's Progress 1974 Miss Teenage Lust
Alfie Darling 1975 Receptionist


  1. ^ "Dinah Sheridan Biography". 2014. Archived from the original on 31 January 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Jenny Hanley". BFI.
  4. ^ "The Flesh And Blood Show | 1972".
  5. ^ "Jenny Hanley".
  6. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Magpie (1968–80) Credits".
  7. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Magpie (1968–80)".
  8. ^ "* Saturday Night at the Mill". 19 June 1980. p. 22 – via BBC Genome.
  9. ^ "Saturday Night at the Mill". 2 April 1981. p. 24 – via BBC Genome.

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