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My career in show business began at the age of 12 when I worked as a regular presenter in the Yorkshire Television Series ‘Junior Showtime’.
Since those early days, I have performed at virtually all the major cabaret venues throughout the world; including a ten month season at ‘The Desert Inn’ in Las Vegas.
I have worked frequently with the BBC, starring on their hugely successful TV series ‘Double Dare’ before going on to present the gunge-filled ‘Run the Risk’ children’s game show.
Looking back over the years it is amazing how quickly time flies and what I have done in my life.
From singing around the world with a truly amazing show band to diving into swimming pools and dragging people out who were in difficulty as a lifeguard; I really have had a very varied list of jobs.
To say I have had fun would be an understatement, nothing compares to working on live television. They say that if you find a job you love then you will never work a day in your life and for the last 15 years there is not a day gone by that I have not been truly grateful to have such a wonderful job.
Well, where do I start? I’m a northern bird who talks for a living, on the box and on the wireless. I’m the new kid on the block at Ideal World and I’m blooming loving every minute of it!
Family is such a big part in my life and I love spending time with mine whenever I can, but especially at the most beautiful time of the year…Christmas, as I am Mrs Christmas…lol. It was a huge shock for Gary and me when I fell pregnant, it was a life changing experience and the hardest thing I think we have ever done. Despite the sleepless nights, I never knew I could have so much love for our wonderful little boy Frankie Jack, born in August 2014. Still gutted though that I cannot get into my pre-pregnancy jeans - this year, I promise I will. I have to really as I’m getting married and I cannot cope thinking it could be named ‘The Big Fat Sally Wedding’!
As many of you will already know my greatest passion is Fashion; helping people to feel good about themselves and more confident. I love to design clothes, as well as having my own successful range; I have also created for a Parisian fashion house. Don’t stand still for too long in my company, as I am always thinking up new ways to accessorise and you may find something stuck on you!
Hi there, this is Dennice just about to start another day of presenting on Ideal World! I joined Ideal World about a month after the channel launched in 2000 and have honestly had more fun, enjoyment and job satisfaction here than I have experienced in all my working life.
I am a busy mum of two grown daughters, one of whom is special needs, and they together with my husband and granddaughter are the joy of my life.
I look forward to my working week at Ideal World and over the many, many years have had the pleasure of presenting products that can; make life easier; make you look better; make you feel better; make you sleep better and even make your hair grow ! What's not to like?
Working with a fantastic team and presenting to such a kind and generous audience makes me feel like a very, very lucky person - long may it continue!
Hello, Shaun here. I really can’t quite believe that I have been with Ideal World since it all began in the year 2000. My mathematical brain has calculated that I must have already presented around 12,000 hours of live Shopping TV!
I had my heart set on being a TV presenter from as a teenager but the journey getting there was quite a colorful one. I went to a strict all-boys Grammar school in York but moved to London at the age of 19 to study a BA in Performance Arts, followed by a post graduate course at Mountview Theatre School. At times living in London was quite tough and I was often broke as work for young graduate performers, was quite spasmodic.
Some of my career highlights before Ideal World include professional pantomime at Brighton’s Theatre Royal; touring with Eartha Kitt; presenting live roadshows for London’s Capital FM and even singing on tour in a boy band - quite badly I may add! The lowest point was wearing a potato costume in Leicester Square for ten hours in scorching summer heat - I was definitely a ‘baked potato’ by the end of the day!
In my home time I love gardening, cooking, watching a good film and spending time with my mum, family and friends and my cat, Tink. I also adore nice pubs and great food, and proudly run an award-winning village pub with my wonderful partner Jay! Occasionally I pull a pint, however you will usually find me in front of the bar rather than behind it! I also love getting away on cruise holidays and seeing as much of the world as possible. I have presented The Planet Cruise TV Show for 8 years on Ideal World so I face temptation every single week - that’s my excuse anyway!
I feel very lucky in life; love my job, partner, family and truly appreciate everything that I have. Thanks so much for reading and see you soon.
Hi, I'm Joanne, I joined the family here at Ideal World back in 2003 and boy have those 13 years whizzed by! I have managed to move house 7 times, meet and marry my wonderful husband and have our gorgeous little daughter over this period.
Ideal World has, I guess understandably, become a home from home for me and my colleagues really have become like a family. One of the great benefits of being part of the team has been how so many of the solutions that we feature here on the channel have helped me to achieve a better balance between what we love and enjoy doing as a family and what has to be done to run a happy household and lead a healthy life.
My passion in life is for homemaking; DIY, Gardening, Baking, Cooking, there is nothing I won't have a go at! Nothing motivates me more than my family and friends’ happiness and wellbeing. I love home décor and cooking; I dream storage solutions and kids’ birthday parties.
As many of you will know I grew up in South Africa and despite living in the UK for over 20 years I still have the accent. This may be down to daily talks with my adorable mother, who only lives 6 miles down the road!
I can't get over how lucky we are to have made the friendship and company of so many wonderful folk in this beautiful country – I’ve even grown to enjoy its crazy daily seasons!
Hi Everyone, Hayley here! You know when you sometimes just have to pinch yourself and realise how lucky you are? That’s how I feel about being part of the Ideal World family.
Before this I had every job you can imagine, I worked as a singer, milk lady, blue coat, warehouse packer, dancer, entertainment manager and many more! However the last 3 years at Ideal World have been the highlight of my working life, I have had the opportunity to present a lot of my favourites including fitness, fashion, interiors and DIY.
When I’m not working I’m with my Mum or my partner (who also works at Ideal world) and we all love to travel here, there and everywhere! The best thing about my new base here in Peterborough is my new home; I live right next to a lake and have befriended the local duck community, who now come tapping their beaks on my door for food and cuddles.
I joined the Ideal World Presenting team in 2005 after seeing the channel feature on BBC One ‘The Apprentice’ with Sir Alan Sugar.
Since joining I’ve demonstrated thousands of products and enjoyed the company of a plethora of enthusiastic guests including George Foreman, Paul McKenna, Linda Lusardi and Craig Phillips.
Before joining the Ideal team I presented television and radio programmes for BBC and ITV. My 1st BBC presenting role was flying to New York on Concorde for BBC Radio 5. I ran the New York Marathon in 1998 reporting live for BBC Radio and was back in New York 1999 with the BBC for the launch of SWS, the Social Welsh & Sexy Club in NY. I’ve presented a wide variety of TV programmes for ITV Wales including my own travel series where I visited villages and interviewed the local people. Guess what they called the TV Series – ‘Village People’. It ran for two series and provided the opportunity to discover my beautiful homeland Wales.
In 2009 I presented live Michael Jacksons LA Staples Funeral for BBC. Shortly after I interviewed Michael Jackson’s official Artist Nate Giorgio for Ideal World, while showcasing The Michael Jackson Opus live on air.
In 2010 I overcame my fear of heights by skydiving from 15,000 feet for charity. Recently I’ve appeared on ‘The Only Ways is Essex’ on ITV Be; ‘All About The Bants’ Prank Show on ITV2, Hosted on ‘Dance Mums’ on Lifetime; and in January 2015 appeared on ‘Come Dine with Me’ on Channel 4 and used many of the gadgets we sell on Ideal World to prepare the meal!
When not broadcasting or hosting events I love spending time with my family, working out in the gym, travelling and cooking with Ideal World kitchen products.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for watching our shows!
Hello there, my name’s Paul. I’ve been a shopping TV Presenter since 2005; no two days are the same and I absolutely love it! I especially enjoy learning about the latest technology and gadgets and how they can make our lives easier.
I have four wonderful children, two boys and two girls, so any products that can cut down my time in the garden or fixing up the house are really appreciated. I help my beautiful wife in the kitchen as much as possible, although she doesn’t always find it helpful and delegates me jobs, like cooking with the Tefal Cook4Me or making frozen desserts with the power blender!
Hi everyone, it’s Genevieve here. I am so lucky to be able to say that I have been part of Ideal World for nearly five years - I can't believe how fast the time has flown by!
You may have noticed by my accent that I am originally from Ireland; Co Cork to be exact. I kissed the Blarney Stone on a school trip and haven't stopped chatting since!
I started out studying journalism and I have written many articles on fashion, beauty, lifestyle and entertainment for national magazines and newspapers. I had my own ‘Style & Beauty’ column which quickly turned into a full page feature every week. I also worked as a stylist for celebrities and a TV style expert.
I enjoyed presenting and started working on consumer, entertainment and daytime magazine shows. I was delighted to report from red carpet events such as film premieres, the BAFTAs and other film awards; it's a great experience presenting live as you have to think quickly and be prepared for anything.
I have interviewed many movie stars and film directors and I have to say they were always so lovely and very chatty. One of my favourite moments was being allowed to hold a BAFTA by a well-known actor, but then I did nearly drop it - those things are heavy!
I love how presenting at Ideal World allows me to pursue my passion for journalism, fashion and lifestyle, and was delighted to be given the opportunity to design a range of dresses, which was a wonderful experience.
When not working I love being with my family and friends and adore music and theatre.
I can’t believe i’m here on the presentation team and what a journey it’s been!
I started my career as a Bluecoat Entertainer in sunny Morecambe way back in 1990, it was here I learned my presentation skills in front of live audiences. The next year I went on to Southport where I met the love of my life, Hayley Green also a presenter here at Ideal, and we’ve pretty much lived and worked together ever since.
We went on to travel the world as singers and entertainers but also along side this worked in sales at shows and exhibitions up and down the UK demonstrating products for many big brands selling everything from handbags to vases, toys to coffee makers but I specialised in Home Interiors.
I also worked for many years in hotels and cruise ships as a singer, in Entertainment management and an entertainment consultant and booker.
I got to meet and work with many big showbiz names from Katie Price to Paul Hollywood, Jason Donovan to the lovely Len Goodman, I even starred in panto as an Ugly Sister with a Gladiator!
I am over the moon to be here at Ideal World as a presenter but I also still get to work as the home interiors and luxury living expert and I still get to work with Hayley, my partner of 27 years (She can’t escape!) See you soon with more family, friendship and fun!
Echoing the immortal words of Darth Vader, Ideal World proclaimed, “We would be honoured if you would join us!” I’m not sure who they said that to, but I was honoured to join them anyway.
Seriously folks… I’m Rob, back on British screens after two decades in the USA.
I started out in news, but that was short-lived, much to my relief. My true passion had always been for acting, something that I engaged in during my youth whenever I could. In 1992, I was cast in a regular role on The Children’s Channel (TCC), the nation’s only dedicated channel for kids at that time. I ended up working there, on several scripted series and as a continuity presenter, for the next five years.
I was actually one of the country’s first shopping telly presenters, working at QVC throughout the 90s, shortly after the channel launched. It was a pure happenstance that my career took this unexpected path. A presenter was suddenly taken ill during a live show and, with no-one else available to take over, I volunteered. I was promptly marched onto the airwaves and the rest, as they say, is history.
At the start of the new millennium, I left the world of ‘transactional television’ behind me, or so I thought, when I emigrated to America. Turns out, you can take the presenter out of TV shopping, but you can’t take the TV shopping out of the presenter.
Although the majority of my career in the USA was spent working as a professional actor, I frequently presented shopping telly as well, most notably on Gems TV USA. I also fronted a baker’s dozen of prominent infomercials. It’s just part of my DNA.
While I continue to work internationally, primarily based between London, Los Angeles and New York, I’m thrilled to be a part of the Ideal World family, my new home for home shopping. I look forward to sharing many happy hours with you!
After being a guest presenter at Ideal World the past four years for the Proskins brand, I felt very honoured to be joining the Presenting Team here, it’s a dream come true!
A lot of you lovely viewers will probably know me as ‘Jess from Proskins’, however I did begin life in the TV industry at the age of 10. I was lucky enough to train at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and appeared on the West End in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and also in numerous TV shows; with my biggest role as foster kid ‘Jaq Bennett’ in the children’s TV show ‘My Parents Are Aliens’.
Being a fanatic of the outdoors, Rob (my newly-wed husband!), and I, spend many weekends in the Peak District walking with our part-time King Charles Cavalier Annie, who we share with my mum. She’s only with us part time as Rob and I do so much travelling, we can’t keep still!
Fitness and fashion are big passions of mine which is why I still work at Proskins as I genuinely love products that help make life easier. I can’t wait to search more out at Ideal World and share them with you all, so let’s get shopping!
I’m literally over the moon to have joined the Presentation team here at Ideal World.
After a 37 year career in West End musical theatre (I was in my pram!) playing roles from Annie in Annie, Sandy in Grease, Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Anna in The King & I, Roxie in Chicago plus many more, I made the move into freelance concert work and left theatre land behind me in 2016.
I still get to travel the world from Singapore to Skegness, New Zealand to Newcastle singing show tunes with International Orchestras. During one concert the compère was taken ill and I was asked to link the concert as well as be the soloist … a love affair with presenting began!
I became a guest presenter at QVC in 2015 and then landed the role of chair and host of Property Question Time for Sky and after a stint at TVSN in Australia I came here to Ideal World as an interiors guest.
Alongside all of this a passion for property and interiors developed having bought my first flat in London in 1990 whilst in Phantom and redeveloping it! I’m now a busy landlady and look after my rental flats too! That zeal for interiors brought me here to Ideal World as an interiors and luxury guest and now cannot believe my luck that I’m now a presenter here!
The team here are second to none and it’s that team that make Ideal World the best place ever to work!