Gail Porter has spoken of her pride in her new spiky, bleached blonde hairdo – five years after losing all her hair to alopecia.

The 39-year-old Scot, who was in central London to help launch a cycling safety campaign, said the short crop had also got the thumbs-up from the general public.

She said: “I’m very proud of it. People come up to me all the time to talk. It’s really lovely.

“People feel like they know me and they have been amazing. I have had such a good reaction.”

The former Big Breakfast and Top Of The Pops presenter was a regular in lads’ mags at the start of her career and a naked photograph of her was projected on to the Houses of Parliament in 1999.

She married Toploader guitarist Dan Hipgrave in 2001 and they had a daughter, Honey, two years later.

The couple announced they had split in 2005, the same year Porter was diagnosed with the hair loss disorder.