"You get the telly you deserve. Turn it off if you don't like it."
Born Janet Vera Ardern on December 27, 1946, in London. She had a younger sister, Pat, and claims to have disliked her parents, describing her childhood as miserable. In her autobiography, she writes of her outrageous teenage behaviour and how she had two abortions before reinventing herself after leaving home. She studied architecture for two years in the mid-1960s but switched to journalism and by her early twenties was an established name on Fleet Street.
Street-Porter's first job was as a writer for a girls' magazine. She then worked on the Daily Mail and various glossies. In 1973 she featured on LBC Radio, before hosting TV's The London Weekend Show. Eight years later she became a producer, then became responsible for around 35 series at the BBC. In 1995 she helped set up L!ve TV. In 2004, she took part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! She's also appeared in So You Think You Can Teach, So You Think You Can Nurse, Deadline and as Gordon Ramsay's roving reporter on the The F Word.
Tuesday 26 May, 8:00pm