Wheel Of Fortune: A history of the gameshow from John Leslie to Alison Hammond

Wheel Of Fortune aired in the UK for 14 years with co-hosts including Carol Smillie and Jenny Powell.

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Graham Norton is set to host a new version of Wheel of Fortune on ITV. (BBC)

Graham Norton is to host a revival of Wheel Of Fortune on ITV.

The game show is making a comeback to UK screens after a 23 year absence.

Created in the US where it has run since 1952, Wheel Of Fortune was launched in the UK in 1988, hosted by Long Lost Families' Nicky Campbell.

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Contestants compete to win cash and luxury prizes by guessing letters to solve word puzzles, similar to the game Hangman. The points they score is decided by spinning the wheel of fortune.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- Pictured: (l-r) Host: Pat Sajak with unknown contestants -- Photo by: Gene Arias/NBCU Photo Bank
Pat Sajak hosting the original US version of Wheel of Fortune on NBC. (NBCU Photo Bank)

While the quiz show has always had a male host, they were joined by a female hostess to operate the clue board and spin the wheel.

The show launched the career of Changing Rooms host Carol Smillie and also saw Ghost Train presenter Jenny Powell take a turn.

Alison Hammond presented a pilot of a Wheel Of Fortune reboot in 2020, but it was deemed unsuccessful and never aired.

So who else has taken a spin on the game show over its 14 series between 1988 and 2001?

We circle back through the history Wheel Of Fortune presenters in the UK.

Terri Seymour

Terri Seymour attends The BAFTA Tea Party presented by Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for BAFTA)
Terri Seymour spun the wheel for the last two series of the game showback in 2001. (Getty Images for BAFTA)

Terri Seymour, 50, is perhaps most famous for dating Simon Cowell between 2002 and 2008.

She is an entertainment reporter for Extra in the US and has worked as an actor, model and dancer.

She took a turn as hostess on Wheel Of Fortune for the last two series to air in the UK back in 2001.

Paul Hendy

Royce Mills and Paul Hendy and Scott St Martyn during Guildford Production of
Paul Hendy (centre) once hosted Wheel of Fortune. (David Lodge/FilmMagic)

Actor and TV presenter Paul Hendy, 56, has worked on kids TV, including The Disney Club, presented on This Morning and hosted several game shows.

He presented the last series of Wheel Of Fortune in 2001.

The stage and panto actor now writes, directs and produces his own short films.

John Leslie

File photo dated 24/06/08 of former television presenter John Leslie, who has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a nightclub in Edinburgh.
John Leslie, pictured in 2008, had a successful presenting career before he was accused of sexual assault. (PA/Alamy)

Former Blue Peter presenter John Leslie, 58, was a successful primetime TV presenter back in the 90s, working on This Morning with Fern Britton and gameshows including Scavengers.

He hosted Wheel Of Fortune for four series between 1998 and 2001.

In 2002 Ulrika Jonsson alleged in her autobiography that an 'acquaintance' had raped her when she was 19, who she later named as Leslie. He was subsequently hit by several other accusations of sexual assault. He has not been found guilty of any of the allegations in court.

Jenny Powell

Jenny Powell at the Battersea Marquee in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim Whitby/WireImage)
Jenny Powell made her name on the Wheel of Fortune. (Tim Whitby/WireImage)

Jenny Powell, 55, began her career on children's TV show Ghost Train and presenting Top Of The Pops. But she became famous as a game show hostess when she started spinning the wheel of fortune in 1995.

Powell stayed with the show for six years, working alongside three different male hosts including John Leslie, Bradley Walsh and Nicky Campbell.

Bradley Walsh

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Bradley Chase is now the well known face of game show The Chase, but back in 1997 he did one series on Wheel Of Fortune. (ITV)

Actor and comedian Bradley Walsh, 63, is now the well known face of game show The Chase. He started out hosting game show with Midas Touch between 1995 and 1996 and then in 1997 he did one series on Wheel Of Fortune.

Carol Smillie

Carol Smillie during a memorial service for former Scottish Football Association secretary Ernie Walker, at Shawlands Kirk in Glasgow.   (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Carol Smillie started her TV presenter career on the game show before becoming a household name on Changing Rooms. (Getty Images)

Carol Smillie, 61, started her TV presenting career on the game show in 1989, supporting Nicky Campbell as the smily lady in a nice dress who unveiled the letters in the word puzzle for five series.

She went on to becoming a household name presenting BBC home make over show Changing Rooms in 1996.

Nicky Campbell

Nicky Campbell on the red carpet
Nicky Campbell was the original host of Wheel Of Fortune when it launched in the UK in the 80s. (Getty Images)

Scottish journalist Nicky Campbell, 62, started out as a reporter on local radio. He was a Top Of The Pops presenter before landing the gig of hosting Wheel Of Fortune when it launched in the UK in 1988.

Campbell hosted eight series before moving on in 1997.

He has gone on to host magazine shows including Watchdog, news programmes such as Panorama and Newsnight.

He currently co-hosts hit ITV show Long Lost Families with Davina McCall.

Angela Ekaette

Angela Akaette is a Nigerian ballet dancer. She was the first ever hostess on Wheel Of Fortune with Nicky Campbell in 1988. She was replaced by Smillie after just one series.