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Anthea Turner
Anthea Turner

Born:

Anthea Millicent Turner
May 25, 1960
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Occupation:

Journalist, Television Presenter and Media Personality

Spouse(s):

Peter Powell (1990-1998)
Grant Bovey (2000-2013)

Anthea Millicent Turner (born May 25, 1960) is an English television presenter and media personality.

Early Life

Turner was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and educated there at the independent catholic St. Dominic's High School for Girls, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

Career

Turner joined BBC Radio Stoke as a runner, eventually joining breakfast show presenter Bruno Brookes as part of his rap crew. The couple became romantically involved and employed Peter Powell as an agent through his management company.

Television

Turner moved into television through Sky Channel and Music Box presenting live music programmes from July 1986 to 1989. Her debut on national television was with the BBC on But First This, which led to her fronting two series for the BBC on the Saturday morning show UP2U.

During a motorbike stunt that went wrong on UP2U, Turner suffered burns and temporary hearing loss, which led to her successful lawsuit against the BBC.

She presented Top of the Pops from October 1988 to May 1991, and, for the final 18 months of this period, was the only non-Radio One DJ to regularly do so.

Turner presented the children's television show Blue Peter from June 27, 1992 to June 29 1994, and around this time, was also associated with publicising 'The Y Plan', a system of exercise developed by the London YMCA. She moved on to presenting on Totally Live on pan-European music channel Music Box, followed by GMTV which she presented from July 1994 to December 24, 1996.

Turner was also a host on the first National Lottery draw on BBC One on November 19, 1994 with Noel Edmonds and Gordon Kennedy. She remained as sole host of the National Lottery Live until April 20, 1996, when she defected to ITV and the travel show Wish You Were Here...?, becoming the second highest paid female television presenter in the UK, after Cilla Black.

Turner released two work-out videos: Anthea Turner Body Basics (1996) and Anthea Turner: Tone, Lift and Condition: The Inch Buster (1999), both produced and distributed by Grant Bovey.

The relationship between Turner and her GMTV co-presenter Eamonn Holmes was frosty, with Holmes issuing an ultimatum to the GMTV management that he would leave if they did not sack his colleague; as a result of this Turner lost her job. After Bovey left his wife Della for Turner, the ensuing tabloid interest, and then the "Flakegate" scandal, Turner's career went into a decline.

Attempting to revive her career, Turner presented BBC One's short-lived Saturday evening programme Your Kids Are in Charge in 2000 with Wendy Turner Webster, her sister. The following year, she participated in Celebrity Big Brother, and was the third contestant to be evicted, after Chris Eubank and Vanessa Feltz. But nothing seemed to work to erase the fallout from the media reaction to Flakegate, and in 2003 she came 15th in a Channel 4 poll of 100 Worst Britons.

In February 2006, Turner made a television comeback on BBC Three in Anthea Turner: Perfect Housewife, where she taught disorganised house women and men how to clean and run their houses. This period was widely referred to in the television industry as the "Turner Renaissance". The series was accompanied by three related books. Later in 2006, she appeared as a guest on BBC Two's music-based panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

In April 2009, Turner appeared on the ITV reality show Hell's Kitchen with Marco Pierre White, alongside her then husband Grant Bovey. Turner also presented the show Help Me Anthea, I'm Infested for BBC Three, as she advises people whose homes have been overrun by pests.

Dancing on Ice

In 2013, Turner appeared as a contestant on the eighth series of Dancing on Ice, where she finished in ninth place out of twelve celebrity skaters. She participated in the show with her professional skating partner Andrew Buchanan. In the third week she performed to the Donny Osmond song "Puppy Love", and ended up in the skate-off against Keith Chegwin. They lost the skate-off and were the fourth couple to be eliminated in the series.

Week Song Judges' Scores Result
Robin Cousins Karen Barber Ashley Roberts Jason Gardiner Total
1 "Skyfall" 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 18.0 Bottom Two
2 "Broken Strings" Anthea Anthea Anthea Anthea Anthea Immune
3 "Puppy Love" 4.5 5.0 5.0 4.0 18.5 Eliminated

The Jump

Anthea took part in the primetime Channel 4 game show The Jump, which saw twelve celebrities take part in winter sports. The show is set in a mountainside in Austria.

Events

Episode Air Date Event Time (Seconds) Leaderboard Result
2 January 27, 2014 Women's Skeleton 45,413 4th Safe
4 January 29, 2014 Women's Giant Slalom 56.14 3rd Bottom Two
5 January 30, 2014 Bobsleigh 1:00.24 6th Safe
6 January 31, 2014 Speed Skating N/A 6th Bottom Three

Live Ski Jumps

Episode Air Date Type Distance (Metres) Jumping Against Result
4 January 29, 2014 K24 11.0 Sinitta Safe
6 January 31, 2014 K24 13.0 Ritchie Neville, Kimberly Wyatt and Sir Steve Redgrave Safe

Personal Life

Turner's private life has led the tabloids to take a continual interest in her.

After her long relationship with fellow Stoke resident and one-time DJ co-worker Bruno Brookes, she married her manager, former DJ Peter Powell in 1990; the couple divorced in 1998.

The year of her divorce from Powell, Turner moved in with the CEO of Imagine Homes, Grant Bovey. Bovey left his wife, Della, to move in with Turner; he reconciled with Della, before leaving her again to return to Turner. Turner and Bovey married on August 23, 2000. Turner was keen to start her own family with Bovey, who has three daughters (Lily, Amelia and Claudia) from his marriage to Della.

On February 23, 2009, the Daily Mail reported that their Surrey mansion had been put up for sale owing to catastrophic failures in Bovey's buy-to-let property business. The newspaper reported Turner was making television commercials for household detergents to alleviate financial difficulties.

Turner and Bovey briefly split in 2012, due to Bovey's extramarital affair. In January 2013, Turner was quoted as saying: "Last year was awful, horrible, one of the worst. But at the end of the day Grant is my future, my soulmate." On June 12, 2013, Turner confirmed that she and Bovey had agreed to go their separate ways.

Within weeks, Turner started dating millionaire and former Dragons' Den star Richard Farleigh. Turner announced, on August 24, 2014, that she and Farleigh had split after 12 months and that she was now single.

Controversies

In 2000, Turner received negative publicity from tabloid newspapers when photographs of her wedding reception, published in the magazine OK! in an exclusive deal worth £450,000, showed the couple (apparently) using their wedding to publicise a new Cadbury chocolate bar, Snowflake. OK! issues the photo to the media with the caption "Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey: exclusive OK! wedding photograph, enjoying Cadbury's new Snowflake. For the complete wedding coverage and a free Cadburys Snowflake, buy OK! magazine this weekend. OK! First for celebrity news." The Sun described it as "the most sickening wedding photo ever", and the event is now referred to as "Flakegate". Turner, Bovey, Cadbury's and OK! all denied that the chocolate was part of a sponsorship deal.

The wedding was paid for by OK! magazine. Pictures of their wedding and their subsequent honeymoon were in the magazine for the next two weeks. Turner and Bovey insist that someone had stuck the chocolate bar in her hand and snapped a picture before she knew what was happening, though both are seen biting down on each of their own bars. Richard Desmond the proprietor of OK! and his wife were sitting next to the newly married Boveys at the time.