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Celebrity names announced for International Women’s Day lunch in Manchester

A whole host of famous faces are lined up for an International Women’s Day lunch debate in Manchester next March.

Loose Women regular Brenda Edwards, Celebrity MasterChef winner and TV presenter, Angellica Bell, and Hello! magazine editor-at-large Rosie Nixon, join TV presenter Ruth Langsford and musical theatre star Jodi Prenger make up the panel.

Despite achieving success in their careers, all of the stars have faced the challenge of gender stereotyping.

In a debate hosted by the event’s organiser and leading businesswoman Liz Taylor, guests will share how they have fought individual discrimination to rise to the top of their careers, with each woman sharing how they feel society needs to change in order to break down barriers and celebrate women’s achievements more openly.

‘Liz Taylor and Friends’ event

The ‘Liz Taylor and Friends’ event takes place on March 8, 2024, at The Lowry Hotel from 12.30pm – 4.30pm and includes a drinks reception, three-course lunch, half a bottle of wine per person, and guest speakers.

Liz said: “As the celebrity panel grows, so does the debate. On the surface they have enviable lives and careers, but in achieving their success, each of my panel guests have faced – and overcome – huge challenges. I want to dig into their journeys, find out where they get the steely determination to succeed from, and how together they feel women can drive the change necessary to break gender stereotyping.

“It promises to be a day infused with stories and anecdotes around life, laughter and love – that will inspire our audience.”

Meet the line-up

Ruth Langsford is a journalist and television presenter who has anchored leading ITV daytime shows such as This Morning and Loose Women. Ruth has also presented shows such as How the Other Half Live with husband Eamonn Holmes, and in 2020, launched her own fashion line with QVC, designed to cater for “women of a certain age” who often “feel invisible”.

Jodi Prenger shot to fame after winning BBC talent show I’d Do Anything in 2008, giving her the opportunity to play Nancy in a West End revival of the British musical Oliver! She has gone on to leading roles in theatre shows such as Calamity Jane, Annie and Les Misérables. In 2022, Prenger achieved a dream come true and joined the cast of Coronation Street as cruise ship singer Glenda Shuttleworth.

Rose Nixon’s star was already rising when moved from secretary to journalist, and on to edit the country’s top society publication, Hello! Magazine. Covering many of the country’s most high-profile events and international occasions, Rosie has had an enviable career. She now also invests her energies into the well-being space with a new business and is the author is several books. Rosie is an ambassador of the charity Wellbeing of Women and is enthusiastic about issues concerning women and children and their right to equality.

Brenda Edwards is a singer, actress, and television presenter. She found fame in the second series of The X Factor, a platform to developing a busy TV and theatre career. She’s a regular panellist on Loose Women, has appeared in numerous West End shows and has become a presenter on Songs of Praise.  She has survived breast cancer and domestic violence and has talked movingly about the sudden death of her son, music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, in 2022.

Angellica Bell is a television and radio presenter who has been at the forefront of numerous CBBC programmes, alongside stints at The One Show. 2017 she fought off kitchen competition to win Celebrity MasterChef. She’s the current co-host on ITV’s The Martin Lewis Money Show and presents Shop Smart, Save Money on Channel 5.

Liz Taylor has spent 35 years as a leading event management professional, with a client list that includes sports stars, music icons, global leaders, and the future King.  She is also a successful hospitality consultant, motivational speaker, business mentor and podcaster, with her popular show Events That Made Me.

Tickets for the lunch event are £100 per person. To book or for more details, email [email protected]

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