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Wendy Turner-Webster

Wendy Turner-Webster

Legendary Animal Rights campaigner, host of TV show Pet Rescue, patron of the Vegan Society

Appearing on Sunday at 2pm in a 'Meet the Experts' session, and at 4pm in the Lifestyle Talks Room

Download the event programme here


Wendy Turner Webster

• "Liability for Suicide" - TV documentary, presenter - in association with The Sun newspaper.
• The National Wetnose Awards - host
• International Women's Day - guest speaker
• The King & Me (motion picture) - producer for Black Rock Films Ltd
• Crafty Beggars - presenter (13 episodes for Latest TV)

Areas of Expertise
• Animal Welfare
• Domestic Violence/Relationship Issues
• Public Speaking
• Commercial & Creative Writing

Wendy's television career began at Live TV working as a news reporter for the sports desk and fashion desk and later hosting her own shows; Videobox (film reviews) and Revelations with Nina (psychic phone-in). Before TV Wendy worked for 5 years in commercial radio, writing and producing commercial scripts and fronting on-air features such as film, travel and book reviews. She also wrote for magazines including OK! and Honda Pride.

Wendy's passion for animal welfare made her an obvious choice to host Channel 4's prime time show Absolutely Animals; a hard hitting investigative format which was filmed worldwide. This show was a fore-runner to Pet Rescue which Wendy hosted for 7 years. Pet Rescue went out daily and was consistently one of the highest rated daytime shows across all channels. Spin-offs from Pet Rescue were The Pet Rescue Roadshow and Family Pet Rescue. Pet Rescue repeats are currently the most watched shows on Animal Planet.

Wendy's other TV successes include the BBC1 Saturday night series Your Kids Are In Charge, which she presented along with her sister, Anthea. Wendy also presented several episodes of The Last Word, a late-night debate show for Central and filmed 60 episodes of the hit children's show You Do Too for Nickelodeon. She also took part in the major BBC documentary about domestic violence, Hitting Home.

In the summer of 09 Wendy published a novel in collaboration with the charity Refuge entitled The End of Emily West - a story based upon her own experiences of domestic violence during her first marriage. Her children's books, Underneath the Underground and Further Tales were published by The Book Guild and Penguin Paperbacks. Her cookery book, The Absolutely Animal Free Cook Book was also published by The Book Guild. She has just completed a thriller entitled Burnt Wood Farm.

In her spare time Wendy enjoys going to horse shows with her show hunter stallion, gardening and making jewellery - amongst other various creations! She studied art and ceramics at A Level and has a particular skill for creating handmade one off pieces.

Pantomime credits include Cinderella, Goldilocks, Robin Hood and Aladdin. It was whilst playing Maid Marion that Wendy fell in love with her Robin Hood, actor Gary Webster. They married in 1999 and have two boys, Jack (13) and Freddie (9).

Wendy does not eat or wear animals and is proud to be a Patron of -
The Vegan Society, The Vegetarian Society, The Humane Research Trust, Viva!, The Born Free Foundation, Birdline, The Horse Refuge, Secret World Wildlife Rescue, Chance Pixies, Rotherham Women's Refuge and Animal Lifeline.

Wendy also campaigns for Animal Aid, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, The International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Brooke Horse Hospital, Wet Nose, Refuge, Animal Defenders International, The Mayhew Animal Home and International Animal Rescue, amongst others!



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