Inside the life of Jean Johansson: Rangers WAG, Place in the Sun presenter and documentary maker

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She’s no stranger to the camera, but tonight Jean Johansson will be on our screens with something a bit different than usual.

We usually see her showing couples around swanky villas in Spain or bravely holding a deadly spider in Animal Park, but tonight viewers will see a different side to the 40-year-old presenter in her documentary The Truth About Scotland And Racism.

Jean will talk about growing up in Scotland and continuously being subject to racism and she will also speak to others who have found themselves in the same situations.

But who is Jean Johansson?

Early life

Jean Anderson was born in Port Glasgow on November 15, 1981.

As a teenager, Jean worked in McDonald’s where she was frequently subjected to racism, which she opens up about in the BBC documentary which airs tonight.

She began modeling at the age of 15 and joined STV as a weather girl while she was studying for a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism.



Jean Johansson at 16

However, Jean had her breakthrough when she appeared on CBBC and The Disney Channel following a nationwide search for a presenter.

career



Jean on set of Animal Park

Jean went on to present various TV shows including Animal Park, A Place in The Sun, Landward, and occasionally appeared as a reporter from time-to-time on the BBC’s The One Show.

She also appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Master chef in 2018 along side Frankie Bridge, Spencer Matthews and John Partridge.

The star is also a columnist for the Sunday Mail.

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famous-husband

Jean has been with former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson for several years and the couple tied the knot in June 2008 in Stockholm.

The former Hibs and St Johnstone player turned out more than a 100 times for Finland, scoring 22 times.

The couple share a son called Junior together.

instagram star

Jean has racked up a pretty big Instagram audience and has over 20,000 followers.

The presenter often shares snaps of her work behind the scenes and this week shared a picture from Puglia where she was shooting new episodes of A Place in the Sun.

New documentary

Jean revealed on Instagram that she will be taking part in the new documentary, which airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Scotland.

She wrote: “A documentary that is incredibly personal to me. Talking to black and brown people about their experiences of racism while making a home here in Scotland was painful but a real privilege. You can watch my one off #Disclosure on @bbcscotland and @bbciplayer next Monday, 8pm.”

Speaking in the Sunday Mail, Jean said: “After making this documentary, I was shocked and appalled by the racism that exists in this country.



The new documentary is on tonight.

“From a little girl too afraid to go to school for fear of abuse to a shopkeeper who employs a white person behind the till to make the community feel more comfortable –we should all be ashamed.

“Making the program has made me realize we have gone backwards and have a long, and perhaps impossible, way to go to fix things.”

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Working in McDonald’s as a teenager, Jean was branded a black b****** by a vile customer who spat in her face.

Shocked and ashamed, she never reported the racist assault to the police nor did she tell her parents for fear of causing them distress.

Racism has followed the TV star throughout her adult life, with prejudiced people attacking her on social media because of
the color of her skin – some even posting swastika and Ku Klux Klan pictures.

Her experiences prompted Jean to make tonight’s documentary about the racism faced by black and ethnic minority communities in Scotland – and her findings are going to shock viewers.

The program dispels the rhetoric that Scotland is what Nicola Sturgeon describes as “an open, welcoming, diverse and inclusive” nation.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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