, In 2018 Ellis wrote an opinion piece in The Guardian newspaper in which she characterised Blue Peter as offering "...a view of a world worth growing up in".. In summer 2005, Ellis-Bextor got married to her bassist boyfriend and together they have both managed to be accomplished parents to young boys. Janet Michell Ellis, MBE (born 16 September 1955) is an English television presenter, actress and writer, who is best known for presenting the children's television programmes Blue Peter and Jigsaw between 1979 and 1987. Her second novel, "How It Was", was published in August 2019. is greatly influenced by nature, particularly how it contrasts and complements man-made forms and architecture. Ellis won, beating singer Tony Christie and actress Susie Amy into joint second place, with musician and actor Goldie bringing up the rear. Her big break came in 1979, when she landed the job of regular presenter of the Clive Doig-produced Jigsaw. 1,102 Followers, 1,031 Following, 727 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Martha (@marthaellisleach)
During the run, she became the first civilian woman in Europe to free fall from 20,000 feet (6,100 m) - but not before breaking her leg during training.
After having her own three children - Sophie, by first husband Robin Bextor, then Jack, 17, and Martha, 14, by her second husband, John Leach - Janet suffered a traumatic 10 miscarriages. After four series in Jigsaw Ellis left to join Blue Peter on 28 April 1983. She was included in The Observer's pick of the New Faces of Fiction 2016. During the course she began writing her first novel, and after completing it her agent Gordon Wise submitted it to publishers under the pseudonym Jo Winter, the name of one of her grandmothers. After his birth, his parents got married and are still married till date. Inspired by landscapes, nature and architecture.
She is the mother of the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the drummer (and former child actor) Jackson Ellis-Leach and the art historian Martha Ellis-Leach.  During her four-year stint, she co-presented with Simon Groom, Sarah Greene, Peter Duncan, Michael Sundin, Mark Curry and Caron Keating. Ellis has spoken publicly of the 10 miscarriages she suffered while trying for a fourth child. Bextor could not put up with this and they finally ended with a divorce when their celebrity daughter was four.
Ellis has spoken publicly of her traumatic experience after the birth of Martha, her third child. Ellis met her first husband, TV director Robin Bextor, at the age of 16 and married him in 1977 when she was 21. They boys would rather be indoor playing or just sitting around but Richard and his singer wife make sure they get busy doing something outdoor. In January 2007, Ellis appeared on the BBC reality singing show Just the Two of Us partnered with Alexander O'Neal. She has published two novels, The Butcher's Hook (2016) and How It Was (2019). Accordingly, she attended seven schools in the two countries, including Russell House School between the ages of five and seven, and St Hilary's between the ages of 11 and 13 (both in Sevenoaks, Kent), and from the ages of 13 to 17 her last school was Richmond County School for Girls in London. As the lead singer of the band, she started gaining recognition but it was limited until the group disbanded in 1999. Martha Ellis is inspired by natural and urban landscapes, exploring positive and negative space, and the challenge of using laser technology to create cut out drawings. After leaving Blue Peter Ellis married Leach, now managing director of TV production company Sunset+Vine, and they had another child, daughter Martha, in 1990.  Ellis is a board member of Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, a patron of Maggie's Centres, a patron of Humanists UK, and a Council and Honorary Member of the National Youth Theatre.
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