About Jane McDonald
Jane Ann McDonald is an award winning English singer, songwriter, actress, media personality and broadcaster, who became known to the public in 1998 after her appearance on the BBC show The Cruise. Known for her Yorkshire accent, she has since co-presented a number of daytime shows, including Loose Women between 2004 and 2014, ITV programme Star Treatment in 2013 & British Academy Television Award winning Cruising with Jane McDonald since 2017. She also presents Jane & Friends on channel 5.
McDonald was born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire. After signing a major-label recording contract, McDonald began to carve out a mainstream showbiz career, first as a guest presenter on BBC's National Lottery and subsequently with her debut album, Jane McDonald, which spent three weeks at Number 1 in the UK Albums Chart.
In 1998, she married Henrik Brixen, a ship's plumbing engineer, who later became her manager. Their whirlwind romance was one of the key segments in “The Cruise” documentary. Brixen later admitted that he did not understand the music industry, and the couple split in 2003, largely for the sake of her career.
Beginning in 2004, McDonald was a regular presenter on the ITV daytime television programme Loose Women, appearing on the show three times a week. It was confirmed on 16 July 2010 that McDonald would depart Loose Women in the summer, taking at least a year's break to concentrate on her music career and to tour Australia and New Zealand. Although an Australian tour never developed into anything official, she proceeded to tour the U.K in 2011. She permanently left the series in January 2014 to focus on her music career. She continues to tour the U.K with her solo shows & has introduced Christmas themed arena shows into her work schedule.
In 2008, McDonald was reunited with musician Eddie Rothe, an old acquaintance from her teenage years and a member of The Searchers. They became engaged on 24 December 2008 after Rothe proposed.
Cruising with Jane McDonald won the 2018 BAFTA Award for Best Feature, making it the first win for a Channel 5 show.
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