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Jasmine Bligh

(1913-1991), Actress and television announcer

Sitter in 9 portraits
A descendant of Captain Bligh of the Bounty, Jasmine Bligh was the first woman announcer when the BBC began its regular television service on 2 November 1936. She was also chosen to re-open programmes when wartime restrictions on broadcasting were lifted after the war. Her lines were learnt (in the days before autocues) and for announcements after 6pm she wore an evening dress. In the 1950s she took part in programmes for deaf children and in the 1970s worked on Thames Television's Good Afternoon.

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Jasmine Bligh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x88151

Jasmine Bligh

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1936
NPG x88151

Jasmine Bligh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x88152

Jasmine Bligh

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1936
NPG x88152

Jasmine Bligh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x88153

Jasmine Bligh

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1936
NPG x88153

Jasmine Bligh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x88154

Jasmine Bligh

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1936
NPG x88154

Jasmine Bligh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x88155

Jasmine Bligh

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1936
NPG x88155

Jasmine Bligh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x88156

Jasmine Bligh

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1936
NPG x88156

Jasmine Bligh, by Barratt's Photo Press Ltd - NPG x182353

Jasmine Bligh

by Barratt's Photo Press Ltd
bromide press print, 1939
NPG x182353

Jasmine Bligh, by Planet News - NPG x182354

Jasmine Bligh

by Planet News
bromide press print, 5 February 1946
NPG x182354

Dorothea Lambert Chambers (née Douglass); Jasmine Bligh, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x182355

Dorothea Lambert Chambers (née Douglass); Jasmine Bligh

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide press print, 5 June 1946
NPG x182355

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