In 1979, Yates began her career as a music journalist with a column called “Natural Blonde” in the Record Mirror, shortly after posing for Penthouse magazine. She first came to prominence in the 1980s, as co-presenter (with Jools Holland) of the Channel 4 pop music programme The Tube. She also appeared alongside friend Jennifer Saunders in 1987 for a spoof ‘mockumentary’ on Bananarama.
In 1982, she released a version of the Nancy Sinatra hit song “These Boots Are Made for Walkin”
After the birth of her daughters, Yates wrote two books on motherhood.
On 17 September 2000, on Pixie’s 10th birthday, Yates, 41, died at her home in London of an accidental heroin overdose.