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. 

 

Charity

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.

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 CREDITS

 

Television (Presenter/Co-Presenter)

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

 

Theatre

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

 

Pantomimes

Babes In the Wood

Aladdin x 3

Cinderella x 3

Robinson Crusoe

Dick Whittington

Jack and the Beanstalk.

Cheryl also starred as Cinderella in the 1986 Christmas Day Granada TV production.

Radio

KMFM Christmas Day show, 2007

Guest presenter for Radio 5 Live

Guest presenter for  Radio 2

 Videos

Wedding View

Sew Simple

 Advertising Contracts

Mr Kipling’s Cherry Bakewells (for Comic Relief)

Safestyle UK Windows and Doors

The Jenny Craig Weight Loss Programme

 Corporate Endorsements

Granada Services, Poundstretcher, Newlite Windows, Spam, Flour Advisory Bureau, Meat and Livestock Commission, Domestos, Wella, Viviscal, The Cheryl Baker Magic Vac.

 Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

This Is Your Life

Children’s Champion

 Books

Cheryl Baker’s Low Calorie Cook Book

Eggs ‘n’ Baker Cook Book

Autobiography (forthcoming)

 Newspaper/Magazine Editorials

Marks and Spencer Christmas Special

Woolworth’s magazine, regular lifestyle feature

Vivid Magazine, celebrity correspondent

Lotus Magazine                                                                              

Mail on Sunday "Deep South USA" Report