Star Gates has a recipe for success

Into the low-rent world of British cable and satellite a star is born. Or at least a former child actress, Sam Gates, has been appointed director of marketing for Carlton Select and Carlton Food Network, which is about as heady as this twilight medium gets.

Ms Gates has starred in partly animated children’s film the Waterbabies, had a supporting role in Dennis Potter’s Blackeyes and, as a toddler, appeared nude with her brother on the cover of the Led Zeppelin album House of the Holy.

In her business career she was head of brand marketing at the Paramount channel and head of marketing and programming at Westminster Cable.

With that sort of past Gates is a rare example of a marketer who is actually more famous than the gormless celebrity chefs she spends her time promoting.

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