BIOGRAPHY & Credits
A real-life Eastender, Cheryl was born in Bethnal Green on 8th March 1954. Her bubbly personality was evident even in the early days of Bucks Fizz when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1981. They went on to gain world-wide recognition with a string of more than 20 hits including three number ones: The Land Of Make Believe, My Camera Never Lies and, of course, Making Your Mind Up. Throughout this period, it was evident that Cheryl would develop a solo career alongside her career in the band.
In 1984 she was asked to present the children's television show, How Dare You, which set the ball rolling for her as a TV presenter. Apart from children's favourites such as Record Breakers and Eggs 'n' Baker, she presented daytime current affairs shows, prime-time Saturday evening shows and even dog agility programmes. During the 90s, Cheryl was on Television 6 days a week. All this, and she was still singing with Bucks Fizz. She continues to work with Mike Nolan and Jay Aston to this day. They perform in theatres and at major festivals throughout the UK, especially 80's weekends. And yes they still rip their skirts off! Cheryl is a regular on prime-time television and was recently seen on Celebrity Masterchef and Pop Star To Operastar, where she came runner-up.
Cheryl made her theatrical debut in the musical "Footloose" in 2006, starring in both the inaugural tour and in the West End. Since then she has starred in dramas such as 'Dial M For Murder', children's favourites including HONK!, Seussical The Musical and Beauty & The Beast (playing Mrs Potts!) and in comedies, including Anybody For Murder and Menopause The Musical.
Cheryl is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to play Mrs. Cunningham on the inaugural tour of 'Happy Days The Musical' throughout the UK in 2014, a role she remembers well as she was an avid Happy Days fan!
Cheryl lives in Kent with her husband of 21 years, Steve Stroud, their 19-year-old twin daughters, Kyla and Natalie and their two German Shepherds, Bella and Simba.
Cheryl feels it is a privilege to help charities whenever possible and is involved with many, especially children’s charities. she is patron of Kent Children's University, encouraging children to learn and develop outside of school hours. Cheryl had to have IVF to conceive her twin daughters and was happy to talk about it openly, as she felt it could be of some help to other women. Consequently she is patron/supporter to almost every infertility charity in the UK! She is Patron of The British Wireless for the Blind Fund. She was recently made Vice-President of Abigail's Footsteps, a charity for bereaved parents of stillborn babies. She was one of the founders and is a trustee of HEADFIRST, a charity which raises funds for research, equipment and care of people who have suffered brain damage due to accident, stroke or disease. This charity was set up following the horrific coach crash back in 1984 when Cheryl was in Bucks Fizz, where her colleague and dear friend, Mike Nolan, sustained serious head injury resulting in brain damage. She participated in The Virgin London Marathon in 2011 raising many thousands of pounds for Headfirst. She ran the Virgin London Marathon again this year, this time for Demelza House Hospice for Children.
Cheryl was very active in campaigning for cleaner NHS hospital after the very sad death of her mother-in-law through the super-bug ‘C-Diff’, contracted whilst in Maidstone hospital.
Name of Show Type Channel
Really Useful Show Live daily consumer BBC1
Record Breakers (11 series) Children’s cult programme BBC1
Record Breakers Gold (3 series) Old R.B. footage BBC1
Eleventh Hour (3 series) Live “people” programme BBC1
Leisure Hour (2 series) Hobby/pastime programme BBC2
Walking The Dog Children’s programme BBC1
Eggs ‘n’ Baker (5 series) Children’s cookery BBC1
Survival Guide To Food Hygiene/cookery BBC1
Super Dogs (2 series) Dog agility BBC1
Saturday Picture Show Live children’s programme BBC1
Saturday 6 O’clock Show Live “people” programme LWT
The Funny Side Light Entertainment Granada
My Secret Desire Light Entertainment Granada
Telethon Live LWT
How Dare You Children’s game show Tyne Tees
Children In Need Live BBC1
Thank You For The Music Eurovision special Inde.
Infertility Strand Live breakfast show GMTV
Holiday Maker Resort appraisal Travel
Travel Bug Resort appraisal Travel
Open house Live interview programme Channel 5
Price Drop TV Live shopping Digital
Saving Planet Earth Native endangered species BBC1
Inside Out South-East (5 series) Archive footage/current affairs BBC1
Meridian Tonight ‘The People’s Millions’ Meredian
Thomson TV Resort appraisal Digital
Cruise Today Cruise appraisal Travel
Dial ‘M’ For Murder In the role of Sheila Wendice
Anybody For Murder? In the role of Suzy Stevens
Mixed Feelings In the role of Sonya
Footloose the musical In the role of Vi Moore
HONK! In the role of Ida
Seussical the musical In the role of Mrs. Mayor
Menopause The Musical In the role of Earth Mother
Beauty and the Beast In the role of Mrs Potts
Babes In the Wood
Aladdin x 3
Cinderella x 3
Jack and the Beanstalk.
Cheryl also starred as Cinderella in the 1986 Christmas Day Granada TV production.
KMFM Christmas Day show, 2007
Guest presenter for Radio 5 Live
Guest presenter for Radio 2
Mr Kipling’s Cherry Bakewells (for Comic Relief)
Safestyle UK Windows and Doors
The Jenny Craig Weight Loss Programme
Granada Services, Poundstretcher, Newlite Windows, Spam, Flour Advisory Bureau, Meat and Livestock Commission, Domestos, Wella, Viviscal, The Cheryl Baker Magic Vac.
Eurovision Song Contest
This Is Your Life
Cheryl Baker’s Low Calorie Cook Book
Eggs ‘n’ Baker Cook Book
Marks and Spencer Christmas Special
Woolworth’s magazine, regular lifestyle feature
Vivid Magazine, celebrity correspondent
Mail on Sunday "Deep South USA" Report