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Janet trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her first role was that of a Princess who got changed in to a pot plant. She subsequently played a wide variety of parts in both Theatre and Television, including The Sweeney, Dr Who, Playhouse and four series as the presenter of the BAFTA award-winning children’s programme Jigsaw.

She then joined Blue Peter, where for four years she did everything from jumping out of planes to singing at the Last Night of the Proms. Sticky-backed plastic was also involved.

On leaving, she presented Open Air for the BBC, and has since presented a huge range of programmes across the networks, both recorded and live, on topics as diverse as gardens, cars, holidays, cookery and childcare.

She is now a regular on Five’s The Wright Stuff, and is also the presenter on a series of programmes called Lifeblood for the National Blood service, airing on Five. She’s a regular contributor to LBC Radio and BBC Radio 4. She is currently filming a fourteen part series of holistic house makeover shows called Housebusters for Five. She will also be presenting various strands over the UKTV MUMS Weekend and will be appealing for people to nominate their mum in a search for the UKTV’s Mum of the Year’.

She is an accomplished voice-over artist - including seven series of Toyota World of Wildlife, the current Cheerio’s campaign, Fisher Price, Pampers, Abbey National and the voice of several Mexican gerbils in El Nombre for the BBC.

She has also written for Tatler, The Observer, The Telegraph, Mother Magazine, and co-authored “How to Get Married Without Divorcing Your Family” with Caron Keating (published by Harper Collins).

She is married with three children – Sophie(24), Jackson(16) and Martha(12).
Former "Blue Peter" presenter, Janet is a regular on "The Wright Stuff" and also presenter of Five TV's holistic house makeover show "Housebusters" (coming back in June on prime time) and the award-winning "Lifeblood" series on Five. Host of UKTV's "Mums' Weekend". Presenting "Great Garden Challenge" on Channel 4 which goes out every weekday at 12.30 pm.
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