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Gail Porter (born 23 March 1971 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish television presenter, television personality, former model and actress. In the 1990s she became known for photos in men's magazines such as FHM, including one nude which was projected on to the Houses of Parliament. She moved into television, becoming a presenter on British TV. Her modelling was affected by alopecia, which can sometimes result in an almost total loss of her hair.
Portobello High School
Media Production at West Herts College
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Gail Porter (born 23 March 1971 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish television presenter.
Porter attended Portobello High School. She studied a BTEC HND in Media Production at West Herts College. After making an unsuccessful bid to join the presentation team of the BBC children's show Blue Peter, Porter has tended to present family-friendly television programmes, or ones aimed directly at children. This includes "The Movie Chart Show", "Top of the Pops", and "Live & Kicking", work for CITV, and other programmes such as "The Big Breakfast" and "Gail Porter's Big 90s" for VH1.
In the late 1990s she began to pose for photos in men's magazines such as FHM. Probably the best-known product of her many photo sessions is one particular still in which she is seen completely nude from behind. The image became well known due to the events of one night in 1999, when FHM, along with guerrilla marketing company Cunning Communications and projectionist/artist Malcolm Litson and Jason Bridges, beamed an enormous projection of her onto the exterior of the Houses of Parliament, with an accompanying message urging people to vote for Porter in the FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women Poll. In her autobiography, Porter claims that she did not know about the stunt until it was reported in the news the following day.
In 2001, Porter took part in the Reality TV show "Celebrity Blind Man's Bluff" and in 2003, she was a contestant on Channel 4's The Games, although injury truncated her participation.
Recently, she presented three series of "Dead Famous" and episodes of "The Gadget Show", temporarily replacing Suzi Perry.
Since 2008, Porter has been a regular panellist on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff.
In early 2009, Porter's mother died of lung cancer, aged 60.
In 2010 she was a celebrity guest team captain on What Do Kids Know? along with Rufus Hound, Joe Swash and Sara Cox on Watch. In August 2010, Gail launched the Two Way Street campaign on behalf of national solicitors Russell Jones & Walker: an initiative to develop the relationship between HGV drivers and cyclists on the road, keeping them safer. In October 2010, Porter hosted a documentary on Current TV titled "Gail Porter on Prostitution" which investigated prostitution laws.
In 2005, Porter started suffering from alopecia totalis, causing her to lose all of her hair. She refuses to wear a hat or wig, deciding instead to maintain a public profile and raise awareness of the condition. She became Ambassador for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs to children with hairloss. On an appearance on the Richard & Judy show on 15 February 2006 she showed that her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes were beginning to grow back. On 12 April 2006, Porter said "It is possible that I'm going to get my hair back." As of May 2010, hair had grown back on over 75% of her scalp, and she was beginning to colour and style her hair. By the end of the year, her hair had started falling out again.
Porter's experience with alopecia totalis was the subject of the BBC ONE Life series documentary "Gail Porter Laid Bare" on 31 May 2006.
Her autobiography, "Laid Bare: My Story Of Love, Fame And Survival", was published in September 2007.
Porter tried stand-up comedy and appeared at the Comedy Store on 23 November 2009, as part of the Laughing Point event in aid of the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint.
Porter married Toploader guitarist Dan Hipgrave in August 2001 and gave birth to their daughter Honey on 3 September 2002. She revealed in February 2005 they had separated eight months earlier. Before they met, Porter was in a relationship with Keith Flint, the vocalist from The Prodigy.
Porter has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and says she suffers from insomnia.
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Edinburgh Acting School
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Yakety Yak Talent Agency
(2005) TV commercial for Huggies Convertibles (voice)
Claim to Fame
Regular panellist on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff.
Her left nipple is pierced, Bald