Ann Widdecombe is the former MP for Maidstone, she is an author, writer, broadcaster and outstanding public speaker; who is also extremely well known for her TV appearances and strong opinions. Her extensive political and TV career, make Miss Widdecombe an interesting and experienced guest speaker. Allowing her to be at ease with any audience and any event, business or private. Ann is also happy to take any questions (post speech), dealing with them as a true politician.
Ann Widdecombe: Grumpy Old Woman
Seen on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ to be outspoken and controversial; Ann Widdecombe is one of the most high profile politicians of recent times. A self confessed “grumpy old woman”, Ann is never afraid to speak her mind, nor short of an opinion; which is exactly why she is in demand as a media personality and commentator.
Ann became a Member of Parliament in 1987; and was Minister of State for Employment and Minister of State for Prisons in John Major’s government. She also held the posts of Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary, before retiring at the 2010 General Election.
Strictly Come Dancing
Never one to do the expected, what she did next was surprising (even by her standards). At the age of 63, Ann became the oldest contestant ever on BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’; and despite never being a favourite with the judges, defied the odds with her dance partner Anton Du Beke, surviving 10 weeks into the contest. Her comedy inflected routines, showed a self deprecating sense of humour and won her legions of fans.
Other TV Work
But ‘Strictly’ has just been one of many forays on TV; in 2002 she took part in ‘Celebrity Fit Club’, becoming a judge in later series. In 2005 she fronted her own series ‘Ann Widdecombe To The Rescue’, and has since made shows on a wide range of subjects including: prostitution, “hoodies”, benefits culture, the Bible and more.
Ann Widdecombe: Presenter
As a presenter, Ann has twice sat in the host’s seat on ‘Have I Got News For You’; and asked very tricky questions on ‘Cleverdicks’ (Sky Atlantic). As well as her media stints, Ann is also in high demand for public speaking and some how finds time to be a prolific writer. She has a weekly column in the Daily Express, has written five novels. a detective story and her memoirs ‘Strictly Ann’.
Other unlikely sojourns in Ann’s career have included; performing in Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment at London’s Royal Opera House in 2012 and playing in panto alongside Craig Revel Horwood. As she once said on The Graham Norton Show, “you only get one shot at life,” and Ann Widdecombe is making the most of hers!
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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