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Jenny Hanley

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 15:02

Her bubbly personality took flight with Magpie ...


The daughter of actors Jimmy Hanley and Dinah Sheridan, Jenny Hanley's original ambition was to be a children’s nanny. She followed in her parents' footsteps after a career in modelling led to a part in the James Bond feature "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". As one of the patients at Blofeld's mountain lair alongside Catherine Schell and Joanna Lumley, Jenny was offered an exclusive contract from the co-producer Harry Saltzman.

After playing Caroline in "The Ballad of Tam-Lin", directed by Roddy McDowall, she appeared in "Scars of Dracula", the last of the Hammer Films period Dracula features alongside Dennis Waterman and Christopher Lee, and the Boulting Brothers' satirical "Soft Beds, Hard Battles" starring Peter Sellers. Balancing film work with roles on television, Jenny played Mrs Hawkins on the long-running BBC police drama Softly, Softly.

Appearing in The Persuaders! episode "Someone Waiting", she guest-starred in episodes of The Adventurer, Zodiac, the Royal Navy drama Warship, The Hanged Man and The Return of the Saint opposite Ian Ogilvy's Simon Templar. After playing Liz in Man About the House, she starred as Angie in the first series of the children's sitcom Robert's Robots and Alison Bentley alongside Sylvia Syms in the Comedy Premiere pilot "The Truth About Verity".

From 1974 Jenny was one of the presenters of ITV's trendier rival to the BBC’s Blue Peter, the bi-weekly children's magazine programme Magpie. During her six years on the show she travelled around the world joining in many hazardous events such as mountain climbing, go-kart racing and parachuting and even being sunk in a helicopter.

After fronting the popular Saturday Night at the Mill, she presented the magazine programme Sky By Day. Having been a celebrity guest on numerous game shows including Celebrity Squares, Punchlines and Give Us A Clue, she regularly appears in Countdown’s Dictionary Corner.

In demand as a voice over artist, Jenny currently presents a weekday afternoon and Sunday morning show on Saga Radio Digital.


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