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Gail Porter appears on The Gadget Show, Five, Sunday 8pm

Name: Gail Porter

Image: Naughty-but-nice girl next door

Best Known For: Being projected nude onto the Houses of Parliament

Early Life: Born 1971 in Edinburgh. She grew up outside the city and her parents ran a construction company. After school she spent six years working behind the scenes in TV as a runner and then as a production manager. She became a cult celebrity presenting kids' show Fully Booked in the late 1990s. Her profile was boosted by rising DJ at the time, Chris Moyles.

Career: She was snapped up for a string of TV series, including The Movie Chart Show, Top of the Pops, Live & Kicking, Wish You Were Here? and Dead Famous. Other TV appearances included Celebrity Blind Man's Bluff and The Games. However, her personal life soon commanded more attention. Following her marriage to guitarist Dan Hipgrave in 2001, they had a daughter, Honey, and Gail suffered from post-natal depression. The couple split and in 2005 she lost much of her hair to alopecia. In 2006 her condition was documented in the One Life documentary, Gail Porter Laid Bare. Her autobiography, Laid Bare: My Story Of Love, Fame And Survival, was published a year later.

Love Life: Following her split from Dan Hipgrave, she had an on/off relationship with cameraman James Lloyd.

Don't Mention: Celebrity Big Brother. She thinks taking part would be "boring".

Quote: On that nude Parliament projection: "I loved the people going mental. I was like, how stupid is everyone? Because it's not that bad."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 28, 2009
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