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Richie Anderson Biography – Richie Anderson Wiki
Richie Anderson is an English television and radio presenter. He’s an RTS award-winning presenter best known for his well-established role on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show, presenting the travel bulletins as well as hosting a wide variety of his own shows. In May 2022, he traveled to Turin to cover the Eurovision Song Contest for the station. A regular presenter on The One Show, he is often seen on BBC One and was proud to be part of the channel’s recent Platinum Jubilee coverage.
He joined BBC Radio 2 in 2019 as a travel news reporter for the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show as well as the mid-morning show hosted by Ken Bruce on the popular radio station.
Anderson started his radio career on BBC Radio WM shortly after completing his University of Leeds’ journalism degree – initially providing reports from football matches before becoming a presenter. He left in January 2021 to concentrate on his Radio 2 career in London. He said: “I was at university when I first wrote to WM to see if I could do some work experience and it all started from there – I’m so glad they took a chance on me.
“I used to have a cassette player and would tape the ‘It’s a goal jingle’ and pretend to be Paul Franks hosting the football phone in handing over to commentator ‘Reago’ (Mark Regan).
“The next thing, I’m meeting the people I’d grown up with idolising and found they were all a great team – Franksy’s voice is so distinctive and he’s such a lovely man.
“When I joined, the first time I tried to do a vox pop (asking people questions in the street) I had the settings wrong and we couldn’t use what I’d got, but everyone was so lovely about that.
“I got the chance to do seven early-morning Saturday breakfast shows from 5 am to 6 am and absolutely loved it and cried in the office when they told me I could do a Saturday afternoon show, I just couldn’t believe I’d been given the opportunity.
“I’ve always found people really willing to help and offer advice, whether at WM or Radio 2 and I think that’s really important.
“There are some great people coming through there now like Henry Liston and Rakeem Omar.”
Richie Anderson Age
He was born Richie Stephen Anderson on 13 October 1987 in Smethwick, Birmingham, England.
Richie Anderson Parents
Anderson’s parents are based in Smethwick. “Dad fixes windows and doors and mum works in a cash and carry. They’ve both keen key workers all along and they gave me my work ethic.”
Richie Anderson Family
Anderson grew up with his brother Jordan in Smethwick where his family still live.
Richie Anderson Gay
Presenter Richie Anderson is openly gay. He came out to his Sunday league teammates at Coombs Wood FC in a short film for The One Show in 2018. The film was an important piece of television that won an RTS award.
“I’ve always played football, but I’ve actually left teams and moved on in the past when I thought teammates might suspect I was gay, so this was a big deal for me. I’m so proud of it. The response has been amazing and if it makes even one person feel like it’s going to be okay then it’s worth it.”
Richie Anderson Husband
Is Richie Anderson married? Anderson is in a relationship with his partner Dean Eagles. They have been together for 10 years and recently celebrated their 10th anniversary in Italy.
On July 23, 2022, Anderson shared about the romantic getaway on Twitter, writing: “This time last week, me and my Dean were sailing the Mediterranean on the beautiful @CelebrityCruise celebrating our (early) 10 year anniversary. We had the most amazing adventures #holiday #summer #SaturdayMotivation.”
Richie Anderson Strictly Come Dancing 2022
BBC Radio 2 presenter Richie Anderson is the third celebrity contestant confirmed for the twentieth series of Strictly Come Dancing. The multi-award-winning entertainment show will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for its 20th series in September 2022, once again bringing glitter, glamour and glorious dancing to homes across the nation.
Anderson said: “This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world! Strictly is the ultimate feel good show, as soon as I hear that iconic theme tune it’s just pure escapism. I’m going to have to cancel my legendary Strictly launch night kitchen party that I throw every year, I’m sure my friends and family will understand. It’s also a massive honour to be part of an all-male dance partnership, it’s so important we have that inclusion on such a huge show.”
Anderson will become the third celebrity contestant to compete as part of a same-sex couple, following Nicola Adams and John Whaite.
He said: “I remember watching Nicola Adams do it a couple years ago and John Whaite last year, and I remember just thinking – me growing up when I was coming to terms with what I am or what I’m not – it would have been amazing for me to see something like John and Johannes and Nicola and Katya on such a big show.”
Richie Anderson Strictly Come Dancing Partner
The show has yet to reveal which pro dancer will be partnered up with Anderson, but those announcements are typically saved for a closer date to the season premiere. Anderson will partner up with a male professional dancer. He’s following in the footsteps of season 18 stars Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, as well as season 19 runners-up John Whaite and Johannes Rabede.
Richie Anderson Nationality
Anderson is of British nationality.
Richie Anderson Accent
Richie Anderson speaks with a Midlands’ accent. He is proud of his accent: “The great thing about a Midlands’ accent is that people do know where you are from and it’s really friendly, too. I love accents like the one Alison Hammond has and will never water mine down and never change it for anybody. I am really proud of how I speak.”
Is Richie Anderson Asian?
Anderson is English. He was born in City Hospital.
Richie Anderson Instagram
Richie Anderson’s Instagram is @iamrichieanderson.