Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Here's the Rub; Festive Treat: Aladdin ...Multitalented Diane Youdale Will Be Eternally Known as Jet Heeled Gladiator

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Here's the Rub; Festive Treat: Aladdin ...Multitalented Diane Youdale Will Be Eternally Known as Jet Heeled Gladiator

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DIANE Youdale says she is settling back nicely into Teesside. She has a new job, is looking for a new home, and has a pantomime waiting on the horizon.

Eternally destined to be known as Jet from the original Gladiators, Diane will be ALADDIN at Middlesbrough Theatre in December.

"It will be my 16th pantomime and I've done Aladdin before," she says, as the cast get the feel of the stage where they will be performing.

Diane has just joined BBC Tees to present the mid-morning show with Neil Green. It runs each weekday from 10am-1pm and she aims to keep doing it alongside panto duties which, on matinee days, will start at 2pm.

Pictured with Craig Phillips, first winner of Big Brother who plays Wishee Washee, Diane will be joined in Aladdin by BBC Tees colleague Alex Hall as the Fairy Of The Ring. Others in the cast are Terry Ashe as Abanazer, Colin Roberts as Widow Twanky, Ian Curran as the Genie

Of The Lamp, and Rebecca Ross as Princess Balroubadour.

Diane is originally from Billingham and her father Jack is well known throughout Teesside as an amateur astronomer and for his work with the Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory.

The panto brings her back to the theatre where she appeared with Cleveland Youth Theatre in the musical Guys And Dolls in 1984.

"I was a hoofer then, a humble dancer. I was always a humble dancer, it was my first passion," she says.

Dance had taken over from her previous enthusiasm for gymnastics and she went on to study dance in London before the two combined to help her land a lead role in the TV series She-Wolf Of London and then become Jet.

"I've lived in the south in the country all of my adult life but now I'm really getting the feel again for the Boro," she says. "It's changed very quickly, but changed beautifully."

Diane was in Gladiators from 1992-96, leaving after hurting her back badly in a fall in an arena version of the show.

"When I left, I'd done nearly five years radio presenting on what became 5 Live and I loved it but I had to decide how to move my career forward. …

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