Leila Williams

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Leila Williams
Born1937 (age 81–82)
Walsall, England
NationalityBritish
OccupationBeauty queen and television presenter
Known forBlue Peter
Spouse(s)Fred Mudd
ChildrenDebra

Leila Williams (born 1937) is a former British beauty queen and television presenter. She was one of the original presenters of Blue Peter, working on the programme from 1958 to 1962.

Career[edit]

In 1957 Williams won the Miss Great Britain title. The following year she became the first female Blue Peter presenter, co-presenting with Christopher Trace.[1]

Williams left Blue Peter at the start of 1962, after being made redundant by Clive Parkhurst, a newly appointed producer, with whom she did not get on. Williams recalled "he could not find anything for me to do", and in October, Williams did not appear for six editions, and was eventually fired, leaving Christopher Trace on his own or with one-off presenters. Parkhurst was replaced by John Furness.[2]

She went on to play small parts in the films Watch Your Stern, Marriage of Convenience and The Beauty Jungle, and returned to Blue Peter for the show's 20th anniversary in 1978 and subsequently the 40th anniversary in 1998 and the 60th in 2018.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Williams married Fred Mudd, lead singer of the popular music group The Mudlarks,[3] and in the early to mid-1960s had their only child Debra.[citation needed] Whilst the Mudlarks were touring in the early 1970s, she worked as an assistant manager at a Dorothy Perkins clothing store in Harrow. The couple then ran public houses in Kingston-upon-Thames and Surbiton for many years before retiring to Spain.[1] Fred Mudd died there in 2007.

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Leila Williams, BBC, retrieved 4 January 2013
  2. ^ Marson (2008), p. 21
  3. ^ "2007 January to June", The Dead Rock Stars Club 2007, retrieved 4 January 2013

Bibliography

  • Marson, Richard (2008), "Blue Peter" 50th Anniversary Book: The Story of Television's Longest-running Children's Programme, Hamlyn, ISBN 978-0-600-61793-8

External links[edit]

Preceded by
none
Blue Peter Presenter No. 2
1958-62
Succeeded by
Anita West