Anneka Rice Bio – Anneka Rice Wiki
Anneka Rice born Anne Lucinda Hartley Rice is an English television presenter and broadcaster who is one of the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing 2019. She is partnered with Kevin Clifton on the show.
She was born in Cowbridge, Glamorganshire, Wales to English parents and grew up in Surrey. She was educated at three independent schools: Dunrobin School, Limpsfield, Surrey, St Michael’s, Surrey and Croydon High School. She adopted the name “Anneka” when she joined the British actors’ union Equity, as her real name had already been registered with that organisation.
She began her broadcasting career as a trainee for the BBC World Service. At the age of 19, she moved to Hong Kong where she presented the news on English language television station TVB Pearl. She also did English dubbing for kung fu films. Three years later upon her return to the UK, she worked as a secretary in the BBC Children’s department.
In 1982, she got her first major TV job as the jump-suited “skyrunner” of Channel 4’s Treasure Hunt, which was hosted by former BBC newsman Kenneth Kendall. The show proved one of Channel 4’s most popular programmes and was nominated for a BAFTA in 1986, in the category “Best Light Entertainment Programme”. In the same year, she was given the “Rear of the Year” award. She left Treasure Hunt when she became pregnant in 1988, and was replaced by former tennis player Annabel Croft.
She hosted the BBC’s Children in Need appeal in 1987 and tested an early version of her next project, Challenge Anneka. This had been devised by her and was launched in 1989 on BBC One. It ran for a further five years.Later she also presented Holiday for BBC One. In 1995, Challenge Anneka was axed by the BBC.
As a result of her owning the rights to Challenge Anneka she returned to television in a co-producer role in September 2001 when she was approached by the ABC network in the United States to produce a new series based on the format, which was branded Challenge America and hosted by Erin Brockovich.
Upon completion of her art degree in 2003, she returned to presenting on the Five show Dinner Doctors alongside relationship advisor Jenni Trent Hughes. She has written books on skiing and scuba-diving and in 2005 she endorsed a line of anti-ageing products. Returning to the limelight she had a lead role in The Vagina Monologues which played at Birmingham Hippodrome from 31 January to 4 February 2006.
On June 9, 2006 it was announced that Challenge Anneka would return on ITV. The first of three specials was broadcast on Boxing Day 2006. A further episode was aired on 6 June 2007.
In June 2006, she co-hosted an ITV Sunday morning cookery show, Sunday Feast. She also took part in the ITV programme Extinct presented by Sir Trevor McDonald and Zoë Ball which saw her and seven other well known celebrities visit endangered animals in their natural habitat and plead their case so that viewers would pick up the phone and vote for their animal to receive a large sum of money to try to save them from extinction.
She has also appeared in the third series of Hell’s Kitchen in September 2007.
She appeared as a contestant on episode 5 of Celebrity Mastermind (broadcast 1 January 2010). She chose the life and career of Jean Rhys as her specialist subject and finished as runner-up to the winner, Tristan Gemmill.
In June 2012, Rice co-hosted a BBC1 programme Rolf Paints Diamond Jubilee with Rolf Harris in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee. In August 2012, she was named co-presenter of The Flowerpot Gang on BBC 1 with Joe Swift (TV garden presenter) and Phil Tufnell.
Rice and Patrick Kielty filled in for Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes on BBC Radio 2 in January 2012 for two weeks. She was confirmed, in February 2012, as the successor to Zoe Ball on Radio 2’s Weekend Breakfast show, on Saturday mornings from 6 am. She presented her final Saturday morning show on 25 February 2017. From 1 April 2017 she took over the midnight–2 am slot on Saturdays, presenting a show called The Happening which showcases the best of Radio 2 from the previous week. Also, since 2017, she has presented the Christmas Day edition of Junior Choice, following the death of long time host Ed Stewart.
In 2017, she appeared as a contestant on Richard Osman’s House of Games and participated in Celebrity Hunted for Stand Up to Cancer, where she lasted 9 days and was captured in the third of four episodes broadcast on 24 October.
In 2019, she was announced as one of the celebrity dancers on the BBC’S Strictly Come Dancing.
Anneka Rice Age
She was born on October 4, 1958 in Cowbridge, United Kingdom. She is 61 years old.
Anneka Rice Husband
She was married to theater boss Nick Allott with whom she had two sons. She and her ex-husband Allott separated in 1992.
Afterwards, she subsequently had a relationship with TV executive Tom Gutteridge whom they parted six months after their son was born in 1997.
Anneka Rice Children
She has three children .All of them are boys called Thomas Allott, Sam Gutteridge and Josh Allott.
Anneka Rice Family
She has three children all boys whom she had in her previous marriages.
Anneka Rice Parents
Rice was born in Cowbridge, Glamorganshire, Wales (where her father was stationed as an officer in the RAF) to English parents and grew up in Surrey.
Anneka Rice Television Shows
She has featured in the following television shows;
- Treasure Hunt
- Challenge Anneka
- Sunday Feast
- Hell’s Kitchen
Anneka Rice Height
She stands at a height of 1.73 metres.
Anneka Rice Treasure Hunt
She featured in a powerful energetic show the Treasure Hunt.Her first major TV job as the jump-suited presenter of Channel 4’s Treasure Hunt in 1982.
The show proved one of Channel 4’s most popular programmes and saw her as the skyrunner looking for clues, which were being solved by two contestants in the studio.
In 1986 she won Rear of the Year – this was due to the camera constantly being focused on her bottom as she was filmed running around trying to locate the treasure.
Anneka Rice Challenge Anneka
Challenge Anneka is a British reality game show that aired on BBC1 from 8 September 1989 to 15 October 1995 and was hosted by Anneka Rice.
Anneka Rice Net Worth
Details of her net worth are going to be updated soon.