Born into a showbusiness family – the daughter of Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley – Jenny Hanley was unquestionably destined for a life on film and television.
Beginning her career as a model, she was spotted by famed producer Harry Saltzman and placed under contract. Saltzman had just two actors under contract – the other being a fair-haired cockney wannabe named Michael Caine. Jenny’s first film role was as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service opposite George Lazenby when she spent a glorious six weeks atop a Swiss mountain. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that film! She next appeared opposite Christopher Lee in The Scars Of Dracula for Hammer Films and guest-starred in Department S, The Persuaders and The Adventurer. After playing in the Boulting Brothers' Soft Beds, Hard Battles Jenny balanced film and TV work between Man About The House, Emmerdale, Percy’s Progress, Softly Softly, Return Of The Saint and even a guest role in Morecambe & Wise’s show amongst many others.
However, huge success followed when – between 1974 and 1980 – Jenny was one of the presenters of the terrifically popular Magpie tv show.
Between 1954 and 1965 Jenny’s step father was the Rank Organisation’s feared Managing Director, John Davis – giving Jenny a fascinating insight into the workings of the UK’s biggest ever film empire, and into the life of a man she grew to despise.
It’s set to be a very interesting lunch!
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