It was Wendy’s passion for animal welfare made her an obvious choice to host C4’s prime time show Absolutely Animals; a hard hitting investigative format which was filmed worldwide. It also turned out to be the fore-runner to Pet Rescue which Wendy hosted for seven years. Pet Rescue went out daily and was consistently one of the highest rated daytime shows across all channels. Spin-offs from Pet Rescue were The Pet Rescue Roadshow and Family Pet Rescue. Animal Planet is currently repeating Pet Rescue and recently had Wendy re-voiced several hundred episodes to fit with their audiences.
Wendy’s other TV successes include the BBC1 Saturday night series Your Kids Are In Charge, which she presented along with her sister, Anthea. Wendy also presented several episodes of The Last Word, a late-night debate show for Central and filmed 60 episodes of the hit children’s show You Do Too for Nickelodeon. She also took part in the major BBC documentary about domestic violence, Hitting Home.
Her recently completed novel entitled 'The End of Emily West' is a story based upon her own experiences of domestic violence during her first marriage and will be published in June 2009 in collaboration with the charity Refuge. Her children’s books, Underneath the Underground and Further Tales were published by The Book Guild and Penguin Paperbacks. She has recently developed some more children’s fiction and is looking forward to seeing the new characters in print!
Pantomime credits include Cinderella, Goldilocks, Robin Hood and Aladdin and it was whilst playing Maid Marion that Wendy fell in love with her Robin Hood, actor Gary Webster who is currently working on a British comedy film, House Husbands. They married in 1999 and have two boys, Jack and Freddie.
Wendy is currently a regular guest on The Alan Titchmarsh Show hosting animal related features.
Wendy and the team at Blue Tiger, her production company, are currently involved with filming a pilot for a new TV sitcom written by Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks called ‘The Plot’. They are also producing a film called ‘The King and Me’.
Three years ago she was struck down with Meningitis and she and Gary went through their own ‘credit crunch’. Thankfully she recovered fully but the nightmare continued and the family home was repossessed. Then the Inland Revenue filed for bankruptcy. A harsh and painful time but she says she can in fact look back without regret as she believes that sometimes it takes an extreme occurrence to galvanise oneself into action…
It was amidst the bailiffs and packing boxes that she wrote The End of Emily West and since settling in their new house she has completed a thriller – Burnt Wood Farm – due for publication in 2011.
Over the last 18 months Wendy has also completed a degree in Home Inspection – a course which embraces building design and technology, structural condition and energy efficiency. She currently holds a license from the Building Research Establishment to produce energy performance certificates and home condition reports.
Wendy does not eat or wear animals and is proud to be a Patron of The Vegan Society, The Vegetarian Society, The Humane Research Trust, Viva!, The Born Free Foundation, Birdline, Secret World Wildlife Rescue and Animal Lifeline. Wendy also campaigns for Animal Aid, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, The International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Brooke Horse Hospital, Animal Defenders International and International Animal Rescue, amongst others! She is also a staunch campaigner against Domestic Violence.
Wendy has just finished filming the first series of a new TV show, Crafty Beggars – a light entertainment show in which two teams go head to head in a bid to make cash out of their handmade crafts. Wendy studied ceramics at A Level and currently spends a lot of her spare time upcycling/recycling ordinary and everyday items into works of art. Crafty Beggars goes to air on Discovery’s TLC channel this autumn with a second series to follow. Wendy co-hosts Crafty Beggars with actress Julie Peasgood, and their company - Good Turn Productions Ltd – produces the show.
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Wendy's latest project is co-presenting the new TV show 'Crafty Beggers' a light entertainment show in which two teams go head to head in a bid to make cash out of their handmade crafts.