Jenny Powell

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Jenny Powell
Jennifer Powell

(1968-04-08) 8 April 1968 (age 50)
Ilford, London, England
OccupationTelevision presenter
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Toby Baxendell (2006–2009) (divorced)

Jennifer "Jenny" Powell (born 8 April 1968 in Ilford, London)[1] is an English television presenter.

Early life[edit]

Powell's parents are of Cape Coloured descent from South Africa,[2] she attended Woodford County High School for Girls in Woodford Green and the Italia Conti school in London.


Powell began her career in 1985 being the TV ad voiceover for the 6th and 7th volumes of the Now That's What I Call Music! series. In 1986 she went on to present the BBC2 music programme No Limits[3] and then moved to Saturday morning television for children, first co-presenting UP2U for BBC1 during the summers of 1988 and 1989, then Gimme 5,[4] on ITV. She was also a presenter of Top of the Pops in 1989. In 1995, she became the hostess on ITV's version of Wheel of Fortune.[5]

In 1997 she appeared on Channel 4's Brass Eye, a satirical spoof documentary show produced by Chris Morris. She talked earnestly about the perils of 'heavy electricity' and warned that the South of England could be catapulted towards Finland if people did not bang on wires with hammers.

More recently, she has presented Soap Fever, Live Talk, Getaway and Our House for UKTV Style. She tried to make it as a stand-up comedian in Granada Television's Stand Up Jenny, and was a regular on ITV's Loose Women. In 2005, she was one of the competitors in the ITV reality TV show Celebrity Wrestling, competing under the name The Avenger.

Powell has remained on television since 2000. She was a presenter on BBC One's To Buy or Not to Buy, and presented on ITV's Bingo Night Live in June 2008. From 23 March 2009, she presented a quiz show, Wordplay on Five in the old Going for Gold slots. In summer 2010, Powell was a contestant on Channel 4's Celebrity Come Dine with Me and BBC One's Celebrity Masterchef. In 2012 and 2013, she appeared in two episodes of ITV2's Lemon La Vida Loca. In 2017 she joined ITV's Bigheads as a commentator. In January 2018, Jenny participated in And They're Off! in aid of Sport Relief. She also participated with her daughter Pollyanna on the fifth series of Big Star's Little Star where they won £12,000 for charity. In January 2019 she took part on the quiz show Celebrity Catchphrase alongside Ade Edmondson and Jason Manford.

Personal life[edit]

Powell married millionaire Toby Baxendell and they had two daughters. In 2009 Powell announced she had separated from her husband. She lives with her daughters in Cheshire.[6]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | POWELL, Jenny". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  2. ^ "MasterChef". 5. 2010-07-22. BBC. BBC One.
  3. ^ "I Love 1986". BBC. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  4. ^ "Powell, Jenny". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  5. ^ "Jenny Powell and Zoe Ball become the latest beach babes to show off their figures". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 14 June 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  6. ^ Boniface, Susie (9 May 2009). "Jenny Powell kicks husband out for cheating on her while pregnant".

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