After training at The Central School of Speech and Drama, Janet began her acting career in Jackanory Playhouse for BBC TV. She worked in many theatres around the country, including Richmond Fringe at the Orange Tree, Royal Exchange Manchester, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Harrogate Theatre, Richmond Theatre and The Roundhouse. TV appearances included everything from Doctor Who to The Sweeney, and four years in the award winning children’s programme Jigsaw.
She presented Blue Peter for four years,doing everything from singing at the Last Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony choir to –briefly –holding the Freefall Parachuting Record (civilian female) and went on to a varied presenting career, appearing on programmes covering topics as diverse as cars, childcare and gardens. She is now a regular weekly panellist on Five’s topical daily show The Wright Stuff. She has appeared on many radio programmes, and has written and presented several documentaries for BBC R4 on subjects as diverse as Hula Hoops, Jigsaws, Mermaids and Dragons and is currently researching a Radio 4 show celebrating Genies. She has appeared in three series of Lynne Truss’s Inspector Steine as ‘Adelaide Vine’. A fourth starts recording in June. That’s on Radio 4 too.
She is a voice-over artist with a back catalogue containing everything from Cheerios to Mexican gerbils. She is, after all, classically trained.
She contributes a monthly advice column to Woman + Home magazine called Sex, Love and Marriage.
She’s married to John. She has three children: Sophie (32) , Jackson (23) and Martha (20), and two grandsons – Sonny and Kit . And a dog, Nancy.