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Who is Jan Leeming? Former newsreader and Celebrity First Dates hopeful

JAN Leeming is a newsreader extraordinaire who's been appearing on telly since way back in 1974.

Here's all you need to know about the TV star, who has been married many times and now wants to find love on First Dates…

 Jan Leeming is a former newsreader who is looking for love on a new edition of First Dates Jan Leeming is a former newsreader who is looking for love on a new edition of First Dates

Who is Jan Leeming, how old is she and what is her background?

Jan Leeming is a 75-year-old former newsreader from Dartford in Kent, born January 5 1942.

In the early 1970s she began her career as an actress and presenter in Australia and New Zealand before returning to Blighty and joining the BBC.

She presented the afternoon show Pebble Mill At One between 1974 and 1979 before becoming a newsreader and children's TV host throughout the 1980s.

She also hosted the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest before winding her TV career down in the 1990s, making odd appearances in variety shows.

Jan has been married five times to BBC sound engineer John Staple, estate agent Jeremy Gilchrist, radio announcer Patrick Lunt, RAF pilot Eric Steenson and headmaster Chris Russell.

The mum-of-one has spoken in the past about suffering from clinical depression and says that now she has managed to cope using counselling, medical help and Prozac.

 The telly personality was a staple on the news in the 70s and 80s The telly personality was a staple on the news in the 70s and 80s

What else has Jan done on and off TV?

Jan made somewhat of a telly comeback in 2006 by taking part in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here's sixth series.

She did a record six number of Bushtucker Trials and came sixth overall.

Then in 2010 she took part in a Come Dine With Me celebrity special, before she became one of the celebrities enjoying the high life in India on the BBC's The Real Marigold Hotel in 2016.

And in November 2017 she will be seen looking for love on Celebrity First Dates for Stand Up To Cancer.

She also had a role in the movie Whatever Happened To Harold Smith? alongside Stephen Fry.

When is Celebrity First Dates on Channel 4?

You can watch Jan on Celebrity First Dates on Thursday November 2 at 9pm.

Joining her in the restaurant of love is Matt Terry, Sinitta and MP Michael Fabricant.

Whether Jan will find it helpful to look for love this way remains to be seen seeing as in 2008 she revealed she was using a dating agency called Kindred Spirits.

A brand new batch of celebrities are looking for love on First Dates

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