Professional Quizzer & Presenter
Official Agent: Craig Latto
Jenny Ryan is a professional quizzer and general knowledge maven.
In 2015 she joined the hallowed team of Chasers on ITV's award-winning teatime hit The Chase, now in its fifteenth series; beginning a campaign of crushing contestants' dreams of a new kitchen or holiday to Florida. Nicknamed ‘The Vixen’ and ‘The Bolton Brainiac’ by host Bradley Walsh, she intimidates millions over their oven chips on a daily basis.
Jenny can also be seen as The Vixen in the hugely successful prime time spin-off series Beat The Chasers for ITV1; challenging contestants to take on all six Chasers at once for life-changing sums of prize money.
She is also a regular guest on Fighting Talk on BBC Radio 5 Live and Steph's Packed Lunch on Channel 4 and has appeared on numerous other favourites including Would I Lie to You?, Celebrity MasterChef, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Blankety Blank and Celebrity Catchphrase.
Before joining The Chase, Jenny worked behind the scenes as a writer and researcher on shows including QI and The Weakest Link. Even further back you might have seen her on quiz shows such as University Challenge (University of Leeds, semi-finalist 2002-03), Mastermind and Only Connect (as a member of series champions ‘The Gamblers’).
Jenny is a talented singer and musician. Jenny and her fellow Chasers were thrilled to be the winners of BBC1's Let's Sing & Dance For Comic Relief performing a medley from the Wizard Of Oz. In 2019 Jenny showed off her vocal ability as she took to the stage on The X Factor: Celebrity. She wowed both the judges and the audience and made it all the way to the final, finishing on a high note as runner-up with her rendition of ‘Edge of Glory’.
Jenny and her fellow quiz enthusiast Lucy Porter have their own hugely successful podcast on the topic, Fingers On Buzzers. Sharing their passion for quizzing in all its forms, Jenny and Lucy chat to guests ranging from enthusiastic amateurs to the people who make our favourite programmes. From the Bullseye contestant who explains how to share the star prize when it's a car, to celebrity quiz fans and experts such as Michael Sheen, Richard Osman and Les Dennis, there's nostalgia and tips for everyone.
- The Chase - ITV
- Beat The Chasers - ITV
- The X Factor: Celebrity - ITV
- Celebrity MasterChef - BBC1
- The Nightly Show - ITV
- Let's Sing & Dance For Comic Relief - BBC1
- This Morning - ITV
- BBC Breakfast - BBC1
- University Challenge - BBC2
- Fifteen To One - Channel 4
- Weakest Link - BBC1
- The National Lottery: Come & Have A Go - BBC1
- Mastermind - BBC2
- Only Connect - BBC4
- Fighting Talk - BBC Radio 5 Live
- The Afternoon Edition - BBC Radio 5 Live
- Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 4
- Heather Stott Show - BBC Radio Manchester