Anthony began acting at the age of nine, with roles in television shows including: Heartbeat (1994); Cracker (1995); A Touch of Frost (1996).  Regular TV roles followed: Scott Morris in Children’s Ward (1996 – 1998); Adam in Adam’s Family Tree (1997 – 1998); the lead in My Dad’s a Boring Nerd (1997).

He moved to the Yorkshire Dales to play regular Marc Reynolds in Emmerdale (1999 – 2002 and May 2007) and after leaving the show, he performed in Broken Voices at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London.  Other TV acting appearances include: Dalziel and Pascoe (2004); Respectable (2006); a starring role in the science-fiction series Torchwood (2008), as the young World War I soldier, Tommy Brockless, who is charged with saving the universe.  He appeared in the films Girls’ Night (1998) and Boy A (2007).  Anthony toured with stage musical The Full Monty in 2006 and 2017.  One of his two brothers, Matthew, is also an actor.

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Natalie gained a degree in journalism with distinction and then backpacked around the world for a while (before the days of e-mail, iPad or mobile phone).  She worked as a staff announcer with the BBC from 1997 until 2004, mainly live on BBC Two.  Since March 2015, she has been a freelancing voice on both BBC One and BBC Two.  Natalie was also the first female voice on BBC Knowledge and BBC Choice, and went on to become the BBC’s first freelance announcer.

She later worked the red carpets as a showbiz reporter for BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat (2004 – 2006) and in February 2004 joined ITV, where she became one of the main live network announcers on ITV 1.  She remained in that role until November 2008.  Her voice launched ITV 3 at 9pm on 1st November 2004 and she’s also announced on ITV 2.  She also worked on promotions on the Men and Motors channel.  She was the voice of the ITV phone system and has also freelanced as an announcer for Sky and Channel 4 (2010 – 2013).

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Martin was born in Tillington, near Petworth, Sussex and was educated at Stowe.  He attended The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and got a certificate in speech and drama (performing).  Fellow students included Eileen Atkins and Claire Bloom.  In December 1951, he appeared in a panto at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge with Cyril Fletcher and his wife Betty Astell.  He completed his national service in the Royal Navy after training with the RNVR as a signalman, finally becoming an officer.

In 1956, Martin began to look for voiceover work and walked into the offices of Bensons, who were the producers of TV commercials for Rediffusion in London and ATV in Birmingham.  He was asked to voice a 13-part series for Radio Luxembourg about famous American composers.  His first TV commercial was for Coty Lipstick and his fee was 15 guineas.  He went for a board at the BBC for studio managers but was unsuccessful; days later he received a call from Aidan MacDermot, head of presentation, BBC General Overseas Service, who was most impressed with his microphone test and invited him to do some holiday announcing, where he shadowed Jack de Manio.  After a time, he wanted to get into domestic radio and spoke with Sandy Grandison, head of the BBC Light Programme, who suggested he go away and get some experience.

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Everton was born in Cambridge in 1964.  He worked in the Department of Social Security as a civil servant before joining the Met Office in 1991.  He spent a year at the Norwich Weather Centre.  Having completed the forecaster foundation programme in March 2000, which included on-the-job training at RAF Marham in Norfolk, he went on to become a forecaster at the London Weather Centre where he worked for three months.

Everton joined the BBC Weather Centre in July 2000 and had the distinction of being the first black forecaster on the BBC team.  He initially appeared on BBC World and BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Services) and went on to become BBC Radio 5 Live’s main weather presenter.  He also appeared regularly on BBC News 24 and BBC World.  He left in February 2007 to join the Al Jazeera English news channel as senior weather presenter/producer, based in Doha.

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Jerry was a Children’s ITV presenter who provided the continuity links, alongside Scally the puppet dog, from 28th March until 22nd December 1989.  On the first day that Jeanne Downs took over from him (on 2nd January 1990), they had a mop and a bucket in the studio, and a name tag  with “Foulkes” on it.  During the links both she and Scally made some amusing comments about it.

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Before finishing university, Paul started working for Downtown Radio/Cool FM as a holiday relief newsreader and occasional reporter in 1997, becoming full-time by 1998 when he graduated from Bournemouth University.

In May 2000, he joined BBC Northern Ireland as a television continuity announcer, also directing some television news bulletins and election outside broadcasts.

In 2009, Paul joined the BBC NI trails department; where he currently produces and directs TV promotions.  He returned to full-time continuity announcing for a few months during Digital Switchover, and again for a year from 2017 to 2018.

He can still be heard covering a couple of live TV continuity announcing shifts per month, and remains a familiar voice on local TV and radio promotions.

Helen was born in Crawley but raised in East Grinstead and Old Coulsdon/Purley, Surrey.  She graduated with a BSc (hons) in geography from Bristol University in 1990 and joined the Met Office in September 1990, working in the commercial services division as a consultant, providing climatology reports for the building and transport industries.  She wrote climatological reports for county councils and often had to go out to rural locations and report on whether proposed road routes would be fog prone or frost prone.  Helen commented: “It was a great job, but you were certainly less popular than being a TV weather forecaster!”  She trained as a forecaster in November 1992 and moved to Bristol Weather Centre in February 1993.  She appeared as a forecaster on local TV for HTV for one week as emergency cover.  Later, she would move to BBC Bristol, appearing on Points West.

Helen joined the BBC Weather Centre in November 1993.  She presented forecasts on BBC Radio (1993 – 2005) and initially appeared on BBC World Service Television News.  Helen’s first domestic BBC TV national forecast was on 10th April 1994.  Her final broadcast was on 11th November 2005.  Helen went on maternity leave c. August 2003 and returned in summer 2004.  She was the Christmas Day BBC One weather presenter once, in 1996.

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Born in Rustington, Jeanne, along with radio presenter Clive Warren, were both hired to present the morning CITV continuity links, which ran from 9.25am to 12.30pm weekdays throughout July and August 1989.  The puppet character Scally the Dog often appeared in the mornings with them.  During the same period, Jeanne and Clive took turns as stand-ins for fellow Children’s ITV presenter Jerry Foulkes in the afternoons, when he was away on holiday.

On 2nd January 1990 (following Foulkes’ departure on 22nd December 1989), Jeanne took over co-presenting the Children’s ITV afternoon service, along with Scally.  Clive returned to Children’s ITV in summer 1990, to present the morning service on his own; although he occasionally swapped roles with Jeanne, to cover the afternoon schedule.  In September 1990, the Children’s ITV afternoon slot was extended slightly, now running from 3.55pm to 5.10pm each weekday.  Downs and Scally continued to present afternoons until 29th March 1991, when Central Television won back the contract to produce Children’s ITV from Stonewall Productions.  CITV celebrated its 20th birthday (3rd January 2003), with a special one-off programme called CITV’s 20th Birthday Bash.  Downs and Scally (voiced by Richard Coombs) both appeared on the programme, alongside other past and present CITV presenters, including Roland Rat, Matthew Kelly, Michael Underwood and Leah Charles.  Jeanne also guest-hosted on other shows across the ITV network, including: Disney Club; Motormouth; Ghost Train; Win, Lose or Draw; Funhouse.

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David was educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Belfast College of Business Studies. He joined the BBC Northern Ireland presentation team at the age of 18, in January 1978 and took up duties which included television and radio newsreading, as well as television and radio continuity. He was also the Northern Ireland presenter on BBC Radio 2’s Family Favourites, with Jean Challis and Pete Murray, for several years from April 1979.

David was the Belfast anchorman on Song for Europe with Terry Wogan on BBC One in 1982 and 1983. He served a four-month attachment to general programmes on BBC Radio Ulster (daytime strand) from March 1984, including cover for Paul Clark on the 3 – 5pm afternoon show for four weeks and nine weeks presenting Day by Day, replacing Walter Love during his illness. In 1985, he spent three weeks deputising for Gerry Anderson on BBC Radio Ulster.

Over the years, David has also presented a number of music-based radio programmes: With You until Midnight; David Olver Music Show; Variations; Summer Selection. His shows covered everything from pop to light classics and sacred works. He also presented a number of live concert relays from the Ulster Hall for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster, as well as standing in when required for regular daytime presenters on BBC Radio Ulster.

In 1986, he served an attachment as television producer to presentation and promotions in London. David subsequently returned to Belfast, where he filled a new trails producer post. During several years in this job, he worked on a variety of television programmes and projects, including the first-ever television promotion for the launch of the BBC Shop in Belfast. In addition to producing regular trails promoting local TV and radio output, he was responsible for various Lifeline appeals and the See for Yourself programme with Gerry Anderson, on BBC One.

David was chosen by the highly-respected, senior BBC Northern Ireland light-entertainment producer/director Harry Adair as commentator for the local EMA (Entertainment, Media and Arts) Awards, which were televised live for a number of years during the early 1990s; this was followed by an equally successful run of the Belfast Telegraph Sport Awards, which were covered by the BBC until January 2001.

Speaking in September 2018, David says that he continues to enjoy his full-time role as a continuity director, working alongside a great team of people.  “A rewarding and challenging job which I wouldn’t swap for the world!”

Among his hobbies, David lists music, cooking, driving and walking.  He met his wife Christine when she joined the Belfast presentation department as a continuity assistant on an attachment from the BBC in London, back in May 1988. They married in October the following year.

Gary graduated from Keele University.  He began his voiceover career at ITV Central (based in the Midlands), in 1982, as an in-vision announcer.  He co-presented CITV, with Debbie Shore (1st June 1987 – August 1988) – the links were live and based on large set built to look like a transmitting station.  (Some sources state that Gary and Debbie presented from July to September 1985, but this is not true).  He presented Yes, Oui Si Ja (23rd July 1986), a special for International Youth Year, featuring programmes for the young people of Europe.

Gary had his own shows on commercial radio.  He did continuity and trails for VH 1 in the late-1990s and was an announcer on Granada Plus (1998 – 2004).  For 24 years (May 1991 – May 2015), Gary was a familiar voice on Channel 4 as a continuity announcer.  He narrated the Channel 4 documentary Phil Spector’s Demons (2007), Channel 5’s Ultimate series and the BBC South documentary on Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower (2005).  He also provided the voice on Kamate, the official anthem for the Rugby World Cup (broadcast on France’s TF 1), which topped the French charts.

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