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Emma first came to our screens presenting Going Live and then the BAFTA-winning Live and Kicking on BBC children's television. She has since gone on to present several different shows, including Speakeasy on ITV and Sunrise on Sky News. Most recently, she presented Homes and Property on ITV.
When Emma took a break from the television industry to have her two children, she drew inspiration from her surroundings and created the boutique children's fantasy shop Semmalina. Building on the shop's success, Emma developed Star Bags, which creates goodie bags for children's parties. Her most recent venture is Star Grub – delicious boxes of children's party food to order.
Sally is one of Britain's most popular female sportspeople. Having competed in major world championships from 1988 to 1994, she is the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Highlights from her athletic career include a gold medal and new world record at the 1993 World Championships, as well as a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Following her retirement from international athletics, Sally developed a new career as a television presenter and motivational speaker. She has written four books on fitness, health, self-fulfilment and well-being. She is married to Jon and has three sons; Finley, Luca and Marley.
In the final test, Sally cooked a starter of Vietnamese prawn salad followed by a Red Thai curry.
Martin has had a wide and varied acting career from British series such as Holby City and Coronation Street to Hollywood blockbusters such as Kingdom of Heaven, where he played a knight defending the city of Jerusalem. Most recently, Martin can be seen in Hannibal Rising, another major Hollywood film.
Sue has worked in both radio and television for more than 20 years. Her career began as a producer and DJ for London's Capital Radio, and she later went on to present programmes for both radio and television, including the BBC's Nationwide, Breakfast Time, Children in Need, Out of Court, Crimewatch UK, Holiday and Making History.
An honours graduate in psychology from the University of Leicester, in 1997 the University awarded Sue an honorary D.Litt in recognition of her contribution to British broadcasting. Her first novel, On Dangerous Ground, was published in 2006 by Hodder Headline.
She is patron of the Rainbow Trust, an Ambassador for The Prince's Trust and works regularly with a number of youth-related charities. Sue has two children and lives in North London.
An award-winning comedian, Jeff is one of the most popular entertainers working in the UK today. In 1994 Jeff was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival. His sell-out comedy tours have taken him across the UK and Australia, and his 1996 tour ended with a television special Jeff Green Live, recorded at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
Jeff has also appeared on Jo Brands' Hot Potatoes, They Think it's All Over, The Clive James Show, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks – on which he has appeared a record-breaking five times.
In 2002 Jeff released his first book, The A-Z of Living Together, which went to number five on The Sunday Times' best-seller list. It has since sold more than 125,000 copies.
Jeff continues to tour and is currently finishing his follow-up book, The A-Z of Being Single.
Nadia has worked extensively in theatre, television, radio and film throughout her career. She trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and won her first theatre role in Breaks at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Nadia has worked on various theatre productions during her career. Her film work includes Clockwise, Top Tips with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, and Sleeping with the Fishes with Ewan McGregor. One of Nadia's best-known television roles was as the tough, uncompromising Annie Palmer in EastEnders. She has also appeared in Casualty, Second Thoughts, Which Way To The War and The Bill.
Aside from acting Nadia has presented several shows and she is now a popular presenter for BBC Daytime. Nadia presented Granada's Loose Women and BBC Daytime programmes including Living in the Sun, Passport to the Sun, TV Mail, Perfect Partner, Family Exchange, Now you're Talking! and has also co-presented City Hospital.
Nadia is married and has a daughter.
Jeremy is best known for his roles in Hollyoaks and then as Danny Shaughnessy in Holby City.
He has a degree in public administration from Manchester University.
Since appearing on Holby City, Jeremy has appeared on GMTV, CITV and most recently on the television show Coronation Street Confidential. He lives in Belsize Park, London with his dog Mollie.
Lorne is a well-known face of BBC Daytime. She has presented Cash In The Attic, Trading Treasures, Trading Up In The Sun and Money Spinners on BBC One.
In 2006 she started showing families how to make money out of their collectables in the daytime series Car Booty on BBC One.
With a degree in communication studies, Lorne started her television career as a reporter on BBC Radio Norfolk and BBC East. She went on to produce a morning European business news show and a personal finance show. Lorne has also presented various programmes for ITV such as Bootsale Challenge and is a regular guest expert on money matters for This Morning and GMTV.
Lorne regularly contributes to national newspapers and magazines on financial matters and antiques. Her first book, Find a Fortune, offers advice on buying and selling on Ebay.
Matthew is most famous for his live current affairs programme, The Wright Stuff, which airs daily on Five. He has presented the show since 2000, and it has since been nominated for Best Daytime Programme at both the RTS and National Television Awards. Matthew's TV break was on The Richard Littlejohn Show.
Matthew studied drama and English at university and started his career in journalism working for his local paper. He went on to be a showbiz journalist for The Sun and later a columnist for the Daily Mirror. He also helped Martine McCutcheon pen her best-selling autobiography Who Does She Think She Is?
Matthew is a long-time rock and roll fan, and has recently channelled his passion by developing and presenting shows for Radio 2. He also regularly sits in for Steve Wright, Michael Parkinson and Johnnie Walker.
Darren Bennett was born in 1977 in Deepcar to parents who were professional dancers, and who now own City Limits Dance Centre in Sheffield. Darren's twin brother Dale is also a dancer.
In July 1997 Darren was still an amateur dancer and a shoe company sales manager until his brother Dale introduced him to Lilia Kopylova. It took just 15 minutes for Darren and Lilia to realise how good they were together and a short five months later they won the International and British Youth Championships.
In January 1999, Darren and Lilia married. They turned professional in 2003 and are now regarded as one of Britain's finest Latin American dance couples and make regular appearances on British TV. Most recently both Darren and his wife are best known for their appearances on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
Chris first appeared on television as JJ in Children's Ward in 1990. He has also appeared on Prime Suspect and Holby City, but is most recognised for his roles as Saleem Khan in the film East is East, Kash in the television series Shameless, and Vikram Desai in Coronation Street. He also appeared in the stage production of East is East.
In May 2003, following his departure from Coronation Street, he featured as a contestant in the second series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, set in the Australian outback.
Angela is one of the best-known faces and voices in British broadcasting. Since her very first television broadcast for BBC Plymouth in September 1966, she has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes in both Britain and America.
While her work has mainly centred on her passion for news and current affairs, Angela has also presented a variety of other genres, including arts and quiz programmes. Her second series of Sun, Sea & Bargain Spotting for BBC Two went on air in January 2007 and she can also be seen presenting BBC One's Cash In The Attic from April 2007. She is a regular presenter on BBC One's Holiday programme.
Until September 2005 Angela hosted her own weekend morning show on the ITV News Channel, Live with Angela Rippon. She has recently contributed special reports to ITV's Tonight with Trevor McDonald and Channel Five News. Additionally, she was an anchor for ITV News' coverage of the war in Iraq.
Angela has written several books and her most recent, Fabulous at 50 - and Beyond, was published by Macmillan in 2003.
In June 2004 Angela was awarded the OBE for services to broadcasting, the arts and charity. She is currently Vice-President of the British Red Cross.
Chris became presenter of the sports news on the BBC One Breakfast show in October 2005. He was previously the sports presenter for BBC News 24. Chris covered a host of major events for the channel, including the 2002 World Cup. Chris first joined BBC Sport as a presenter in 1999 and has also presented and reported for Grandstand and Football Focus.
Before joining the BBC, Chris started his career at Sky Sports in 1994 followed by assignments at Channel One, GMTV, Meridian and Channel 5.
A talented sportsman, Chris has played cricket and football to a high level. His father is John Hollins MBE, the former Chelsea, Arsenal, QPR and England footballer.
Matt James is best known as the star of Channel 4's The City Gardener and Selling Houses.
Matt's gardening career began as a teenager working on a small farm, leading him to study at various horticultural colleges and work at nurseries. Matt was honoured in 2000 as Londoner of the Year in the field of Environment and Regeneration, in recognition of his work establishing a successful circuit of farmers' markets in the capital.
Matt's newest series, Matt James' Eco Eden for UKTV, focuses on green issues by turning natural disasters into eco-friendly gardens. His first book The City Gardener is published by HarperCollins. He is currently writing his second book.
Pauline shot to fame in the late 1960s in Dixon of Dock Green at just ten years old. She later went on to present her own chat show, Pauline's Quirkes, at just 16.
Following her success at such a young age, Pauline was given numerous roles in sitcoms and TV series, notably Angels in 1976, and Shine on Harvey Moon in 1982. She had a minor role in the 1980 film The Elephant Man and guest-starred in Girls On Top with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, but it wasn't until 1989 that she was given the role of a lifetime as Sharon Theodopolopoudos in the hit show Birds of a Feather.
Her co-star in the series, Linda Robson, was a childhood friend and they've known each other since primary school. They've worked together on numerous projects aside from Birds of a Feather, including Shine on Harvey Moon and an advertising campaign for the soap powder Surf.
It wasn't until 1996 that Pauline was noticed as a serious drama actress as well as a successful comedy star, when she was given the lead role in the adaptation of the Minette Walters crime novel The Sculptress. Pauline's performance as the convicted murderess Olive Martin earned her a BAFTA nomination.
She and her family now live in Islington, London.
Rani co-presents the BBC's popular entertainment show Best of Friends, now in its third series.
A committed vegetarian, Rani was also recently involved in the new BBC Three series called Kill It, Cook It, Eat It investigating the pros and cons of meat eating. In addition, she recently presented the Making Tracks classical concert series for Radio 3.
Throughout the last three years Rani has worked on various children's networks including The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Five.
Rani was born in Liverpool to Indian parents and is the youngest of five children. Her northern accent is immediately recognisable and she has recorded a range of voice-overs, using it to its full potential. She also hopes to one day be the voice of an animated character.
Craig Revel Horwood
Craig is best known as a judge on all four hit series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. A professional choreographer, he has written a book entitled Teach Yourself Ballroom Dancing, published by Hodder. Craig also choreographed the recent hit BBC show How Do you Solve a Problem Like Maria? and is currently staging the dances for the play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at the Theatre Royal starring Claire Bloom and Billy Zane.
Among Craig's many credits in the West End are resident director on Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal and choreography for the Shaftesbury Theatre and UK tour productions of Calamity Jane.
His international career includes choreography work in South Africa, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and France. Most recently, Craig created the choreography for Glanzlichter, currently running at the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin, Europe's largest revue theatre. He also directed the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Phil is a former England cricketer, having had eight England tours to Australia, the West Indies, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
He retired from professional cricket before the 2003 season and then began his television career by appearing in the reality television show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. He was then a team captain on the sports quiz show They Think It's All Over until 2005. In 2004, he made two guest appearances on Family Affairs and co-presented the game show Simply the Best.
His autobiography What Now? was published in 1999. Phil also co-authored a humorous book called Phil Tufnell's' A To Z of Cricket with cricket journalist Adam Hathaway.
Gemma first became known to audiences as a popular character on Hollyoaks, which she played for over four years. She left the original programme to appear on its spin-off, Hollyoaks: In The City.
Gemma's most recent success was on ITV1's primetime show Soapstar Superstar. She has also recently launched a new product for confectionery giant Mars, was appointed the female face of the British Grand Prix for 2007 and is currently the face of high street lingerie company La Senza.
Robbie Earle MBE
Robbie is one of ITV's leading sports personalities. His interest in current affairs and business development naturally led Robbie to participate in BBC's 2005 Year of Africa. Most recently ITV promoted Robbie to a lead pundit in their Champions League Coverage.
Robbie launched his football career at Port Vale in 1982 and in 1991 he signed for Wimbledon FC, at the time for a club record of Ј775,000. During his career Robbie played in more than 600 league games and scored approximately 150 goals.
As an attacking midfielder, Robbie made history in 1998 when he scored Jamaica's first goal in the World Cup Finals against Croatia, on Jamaica's first-ever qualification for the competition. He was forced to retire from his playing career in 2000 because of a near-fatal freak injury sustained when he was kicked in the stomach during a reserve game against Watford.
Robbie is also an ambassador for the organisation Reading Is Fundamental, which was established to encourage young boys to get reading. Since his retirement, Robbie has successfully established himself as a respected sports journalist, enjoying regular work on both radio and television, including Capital Radio and BBC Radio 5 and BBC TV, ITV, Sky and OnDigital. He also won the BBC Strictly African Dancing competition, in full Zulu costume.
Born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, Midge worked as an apprentice engineer before playing guitar and singing with Glasgow band Salvation. Both the singer and band evolved in 1974, with Salvation becoming Slik and Ure changing his first name to Midge – a take on “Jim” reversed.
Silk enjoyed a chart-topping single with Forever and Ever in 1976, but Midge was unimpressed with the band's direction. He left to join punk outfit The Rich Kids, but the group disbanded within a year.
In the early 1980s, Midge linked up with Billy Currie to revive Currie's band Ultravox with fellow members Warren Cann and Chris Cross. With Midge on board, the electro-pop quartet achieved national recognition with the song Vienna, which reached number two in 1981.
As the group's success began to wane – they eventually disbanded in 1987 – Midge launched a solo career, earning his first top 10 solo hit in 1982 with No Regrets.
By 1985 Midge's pop career was overshadowed by Band Aid, which took the world by storm at Christmas 1984. Under his production, 36 artists – including George Michael, Bono and Duran Duran – appeared on the song Do They Know it's Christmas. Jointly composed by Midge and Bob Geldof, the track was the music industry's fundraising response to famine in Ethiopia. It would eventually sell more than three million copies worldwide and provide the impetus for the 1985 global concert Live Aid.
EMI released the CD Very best of Midge Ure & Ultravox in 2001. Midge was awarded an OBE in 2005 and continues to collaborate with musicians on a variety of projects. He recently released a single, Personal Heaven, with German musicians, X-Perience.
Mark is among the most successful British swimmers of all time. Nicknamed 'the fastest man in water', he is the current European and Commonwealth record holder and has broken eight world records. He has won more than 40 international championship medals in the last decade, including six World, 11 European, and two Commonwealth gold medals. He has also represented Britain in four Olympic Games.
Mark's specialties are the front crawl and the butterfly.
Sherrie has enjoyed a long and successful career, perhaps best known for her role as Maureen on Coronation Street. A RADA trained actress, she has appeared on several television programmes, including Lovejoy, Emmerdale, Russ Abbot, Comedy Crowd and Crossroads. Her film credits include Carry On Behind and The Slipper and The Rose, and she appeared with Amanda Barrie in the original stage production of Stepping Out.
Since 2003, she has been a regular presenter on Loose Women, ITV's daytime magazine programme for women.
Born in Liverpool, Sunetra's career took hold with her role as Nisha Batra in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside from 1988 to 1990, and then again from 2000 until 2003. Following Brookside, Sunetra played Anji in No Angels, again for Channel 4, from 2004 to 2006. Her other credits include roles in the BBC comedies The Smoking Room and I-Deal.
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