Jean Picton was born in 1934, and after joining a circus at the age of 14, started her theatrical career. She toured the UK’s variety theatres in the 1950s and became one of the famous Windmill Girls at Soho’s Windmill Theatre, working with such greats as Harry Secombe and Bruce Forsyth. In the 1970s and 80s, she went on to appear regularly on television in the USA and at home, in series such as Hi-de-Hi! and EastEnders. In 1990, she started painting seriously and has gone on to exhibit her paintings in the UK and beyond.