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Gail McKenna (born 30 December 1968 in Liverpool, Lancashire)[1] rose to fame in the 1980s as a Page 3 girl and glamour model. She subsequently became a theatre and television actress, a sports presenter for L!VE TV and Five, and a presenter of children's programmes for CITV.

Gail McKenna
Born (1968-12-30) 30 December 1968 (age 50)
Liverpool, England
OccupationModel, actress
Years active1986–present
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
  • Tony Potter
  • James Rhodes


Glamour modellingEdit

As a teenager, McKenna attended a Catholic convent school in Liverpool. After attaining eight O-levels, she took a year off, intending to return to pursue A-levels in classics and history. However, after achieving success as a glamour model, she decided not to return to school.[2]

On 21 May 1986, aged 17, McKenna made her Page 3 debut in the tabloid newspaper The Sun.[3] She went on to become one of the most popular glamour models of her era, with her photographs appearing regularly in tabloid newspapers and men's magazines. In 1988, she appeared in a Playboy magazine pictorial with a number of other Page 3 models, including Maria Whittaker and Suzanne Mizzi.[4]

McKenna gave up topless and nude modelling in 1990, at the age of 21, after becoming a born-again Christian.[5]

Theatre, film and televisionEdit

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, McKenna regularly played parts in pantomimes and fringe theatre productions. Her film and television credits include a minor uncredited role in the 1988 film Consuming Passions[6] and a brief role in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, where she played the girlfriend of character Barry Grant.[7]

In 1996, McKenna became a television sports presenter for L!VE TV's Sports Live.[8] She went on to present the sports shows Turnstile[9] and Live and Dangerous[10] on the TV channel Five.

In 1998, she became a children's television presenter for CITV.[7] She worked on Brilliant Creatures from 1998–2004, where her co-hosts included Terry Nutkins and Stephen Mulhern,[11] and How 2 from 2000–06, which she co-presented with Fred Dinenage and Gareth Jones.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1990, McKenna married stuntman Tony Potter, whom she had met on the set of a pantomime production two years earlier. The couple had a son in 1992 but their marriage was short-lived.[2] She married her second husband, restaurateur James Rhodes, on 25 January 1997 at Dalhousie Castle, Midlothian in Scotland.[13] In December 1997, she gave birth to a second son.[7]


  1. ^ "Gail's Got Real Animal Magic". The Liverpool Echo. 2004-01-13.
  2. ^ a b Docherty, Gavin (1998-09-20). "How Kids' TV Tamed Sex Kitten Gail". The Sunday Mail.
  3. ^ Sun Page 3 Profile:
  4. ^ Newman, Byron. "Those Brash and British Page 3 Girls," Playboy, February 1988
  5. ^ Page, Cara (1997-03-15). "Old Firm Don't Score with Me: Model Gail McKenna Never Fancied Any of the Scottish Football Players". The Daily Record.
  6. ^ Consuming Passions on IMDb
  7. ^ a b c Paul, John (1998-07-11). "From Page 3 to Kids' TV". Nottingham Evening Post.
  8. ^ "Sports Live". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  9. ^ "Turnstile". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  10. ^ "Me and My Health: Gail McKenna". Sunday Mercury. 1999-08-22.
  11. ^ "Brilliant Creatures". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  12. ^ "How2". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  13. ^ Barnes, Robert (1997-01-26). "Live TV presenter Gail McKenna Gets Married". The Sunday Mail.

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