Diane Louise Jordan: From Blue Peter To Songs Of Praise
If the name Diane Louise Jordan is ringing a bell, there’s a reason! She has been in and out of the limelight for years, but do you remember why?
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After she graduated, Diane became an actress and got a job on Corners, a BBC children’s TV show. It was here that Dane was spotted by Lewis Bronze, the editor for Blue Peter.
Her hiring was a pivotal moment for the show as she became Blue Peter‘s first ever black presenter. She even turned down a role in the soap opera Coronation Street for the position! She did eventually get a small job on Coronation Street as Kate Winterton.
Diane was a Blue Peter presenter for six years from January 25th 1990 – February 26th 1996, which makes her the fourth longest-serving female presenter.
Her life after Blue Peter…
A devout Christian herself, Diane is currently on our screens as a presenter for Songs Of Praise. She also presented ‘Sunday Hour’ (previously, ‘Sunday Half Hour’) on BBC Radio 2 from February 2012 – July 2017.
Diane has also gone on to do lots of charity work. She is a celebrity supporter of the BCRT (Bone Cancer Research Trust); a trustee for BBC Children in Need; the vice-president of Action for Children; a patron of the ADHD foundation; as well as sitting on the Prince’s Trust council.
In 2008, she became a confidence coach for Kenny Richey – who agreed to a ‘no plea’ after 21 years on death row. She helped him re-adjust to life back in the UK after his release.
Most recently, Diane was on Channel 4’s Sink Or Swim for Stand Up To Cancer.
1 in 5 British adults are unable to swim. 1 in 3 children leave school unable to swim. Could you learn in 12 weeks and then attempt to swim the Channel with other non-swimmers in a relay? These guys are giving it a go! #SinkOrSwim for #StandUpToCancer starts tomorrow 9:30pm. 🏊 pic.twitter.com/sdTXFsjwlx
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) August 26, 2019
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Diane’s personal life…
In 2007, Diane married violinist Giles Broadbent.
The couple adopted her niece, who subsequently became their daughter, after Diane’s sister died unexpectedly.