Gail Porter has enjoyed a successful career as a television presenter, model and actress. Famed for being the Presenter of Fully Booked, The Big Breakfast, The Movie Chart Show, The Gadget Show and Dead Famous to name but a few programmes, Gail is now better known for her passionate advocacy for mental health and raising awareness of the condition that she suffers from – Alopecia Totalis. Having lost her hair due to Alopecia Totalis, Gail uses her prominence as a television personality to raise awareness for the medical condition. Now hired as a mental health speaker, Gail candidly shares her experiences with mental illness and empowers others to reach out for help with mental health.
Forging initial fame as a presenter of family television, Gail is well known for being the Presenter of Children’s BBC Scotland, Disney’s Great Cartoon Chase and Scratchy & Co to name but a few. In addition to her work as a presenter, Gail has also enjoyed success as a model, having famously posed for magazines such as FHM. Gail has also starred as a guest on several TV programmes, such as Celebrity Blind Man’s Bluff, Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank, The Games, What Do Kids Know?, The Wright Stuff and Lorraine. In 2015, Gail was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother, leaving the competition as the fourth celebrity to be eliminated. Most recently, Gail narrated Inside The Zoo in 2020 and was the Presenter of Spooked Scotland in 2022.
Throughout the duration of her career, Gail has suffered from mental health issues. In 2005, Gail was diagnosed with Alopecia Totalis, losing her hair due to her medical condition. To raise awareness for people suffering from Alopecia Totalis, Gail has opted not to wear wigs or hats to hide her condition, and instead proudly shows off her hair loss – also working as a passionate Ambassador of the Little Princess Trust, providing wigs for children who are suffering from hair loss. In addition, Gail has shared her story of having Alopecia Totalis as the subject of the BBC documentary Gail Porter Laid Bare, and published her autobiography Laid Bare: My Story of Love, Fame and Survival. Having previously been detained under the Mental Health Act of 2007, Gail is now hired to share her personal experience of mental illness – having also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Gail is also the Vice President of The Children’s Trust, a leading charity dedicated to children who have suffered from brain injuries.
A passionate advocate for mental health, Gail Porter is now highly sought after as a mental health speaker for corporate and public events. Determined to raise awareness of mental health, Gail shares her personal experiences of anxiety, depression, anorexia, post-natal depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Having also experienced homelessness and gone through a divorce, Gail works with audiences to empower them to speak out on their personal challenges and feel as though they are not alone. When hired as a speaker, Gail covers topics of mental health, improving workplace wellbeing, developing resilience, facing fears, self-belief and creating cultures of kindness. If you are looking for a speaker who will create ‘open, frank and honest’ conversations surrounding mental health and illness, don’t hesitate to hire Gail Porter today.
“It was our pleasure to welcome Gail Porter for Mental Health Awareness Week. Gail has a clear mission to help others to be open about the importance of mental health by sharing the ups and downs of her life and career and in particular her experiences with mental health illness. Gail delivered a very open and frank overview of her experiences of suffering from self-doubt, anxiety, depression and anorexia in an engaging manner and her delivery style is full of warmth and colleagues felt drawn to her bubbly personality.”
“We were delighted to be joined virtually by Gail Porter for this year’s World Mental Health Day. Gail shared her deeply personal story and was incredibly open, frank and honest in sharing her experiences. Her down-to-earth nature and infectious personality completely captured our attention for the entire session. The fact this session was held on Zoom did not reduce its impact at all but allowed Gail to welcome us all into her home for an hour and have, what felt like, a relaxed conversation between friends. Gail is an engaging, inspirational speaker on the topic of mental health and I would strongly recommend her to others looking for a keynote speaker.”