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Angela Rippon Biography – Angela Rippon Wiki
Angela Rippon is an award-winning journalist, TV presenter, newsreader, and author. She currently presents BBC’s Rip-Off Britain and is a regular on Morning Live and The One Show. She presented the original Come Dancing between 1988 – 1991 and has fronted shows such as Top Gear, Antiques Roadshow, The Holiday Programme, Crufts, How to Stay Young and The Truth About Dementia, to name a few.
Angela was just 17 when she landed her first journalism job on a local newspaper. She continued at BBC local radio and, aged 21 in 1966, landed her first TV role for BBC South West. She quickly rose up the ranks to become a TV reporter and hosted her first national news programme in 1974. After stepping in for Richard Baker on BBC One’s Nine O’Clock News during a holiday period, she was offered a permanent newsreading role the following year.
Rippon’s foray into the world of dance began in 1976, when she performed a routine on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show. She returned the following year as a member of a chorus line and later became one of the hosts of Come Dancing.
Airing from 1949 to 1998 over 424 episodes, the show saw members of the public and competitive dancers performing ballroom routines. It was relaunched in 2004 as a celebrity version, with the name Strictly Come Dancing bringing together the tradition of Come Dancing and the fiery edge of Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom.
Rippon continued to lead the coverage of a number of high-profile events for the BBC, including the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, the general election in 1979, and the wedding of Princess Diana and the then-Prince Charles in 1981. Nearly four decades later, she would co-lead coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding for Australia’s Channel 7, returning in 2022 as a royal commentator at the Queen’s funeral.
In the world of entertainment, she hosted the first edition of Top Gear and quiz panel shows Masterteam and Matchpoint, and in 2007 became the host of Cash in the Attic. Over the years, she has presented many radio shows, including for BBC Radio 2 and LBC. She has released books for both children and older people, including guides on how to stay fit and healthy in old age.
As a result of her time hosting Come Dancing, Rippon has long had an interest in dance. In 2011, she competed on Dancing on Ice and took part in a newsreader-themed Strictly special for Children in Need.
In 2004 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to Broadcasting, Charity and the Arts, then in the 2017 New Year Honours Angela was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to dementia care.
Angela Rippon Age
Angela May Rippon was born on 12 October 1944 in Plymouth, Devon, England. She is 78 years old as of 2023.
Angela Rippon Husband
Angela Rippon was married during the early years of her career, having tied the knot with engineer Christopher Dare in 1967 at the age of 22. The pair divorced 22 years later.
Angela Rippon Children
Former ‘Come Dancing’ host Angela Rippon has no children.
Angela Rippon Family
Angela Rippon was born to a seamstress mother and Royal Marine father. She met her father for the first time in 1947 when he returned from the Second World War.
Angela Rippon Strictly Come Dancing
Former Come Dancing host Angela Rippon CBE was the second celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2023. Angela said: “Having been a fan of Strictly since day one, and as a former presenter of Come Dancing, this will be quite an adventure for me. A scary one, considering I’m about to be 79. But I’m really looking forward to the challenge, and perhaps being able to learn to dance the Argentinian Tango!!”
Aged 78, Angela is the oldest celebrity to take part in Strictly in the show’s history and has a special connection to the series, having previously presented the BBC’s long-running ballroom series Come Dancing that gives Strictly its name.
Angela Rippon Partner
She is paired with Kai Widdrington for the 21st series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Angela Rippon Height
How tall is Angela Rippon? She stands at a height of 5 foot 6 inches (5′ 6″/1.68 m tall).