Much loved TV personality Anthea Turner has been in the spotlight for over 30 years presenting some of our favourite shows including GMTV, Blue Peter, The National Lottery and Perfect Housewife.
Anthea is enjoying a new phase of her media career as she approaches the milestone age of 60 next year! Currently presenting her new series for London Live, ‘Hot Topics’, the presenter remains busy as she continues her Sunday breakfast show on Scala radio bringing classical music to the masses. She is a regular on TV shows such as Lorraine, Jeremy Vine, and This Morning and recently took part in the much loved Celebrity Antiques Hunt for the BBC.
Working with fantastic brands such as Disney Pixar and the regular face of Totally Money, Appliance Warranty and Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, Anthea has also become a poster girl for women enjoying their ‘Second Spring’!
Anthea re-launched Channel 5’s popular Health Lottery in 2015, has enjoyed taking part in a variety of programming for Channel 4’s incredible Stand Up 2 Cancer campaign, has written for The Telegraph on a number of modern day issues and published a book in 2018: ‘How To Survive Divorce’, which aims to inspire, motivate and help those going through relationship breakups.
Anthea Presented the highly acclaimed BBC series Perfect Housewife and published a book to accompany the series and she went on to publish ‘How to Entertain in Style’ and ‘Perfect Christmas’ helping to establish her as the ultimate domestic goddess. Anthea has presented shows on a variety of subjects close to her heart from creating the perfect home to food, pets, travel and fitness.
Her career in television began as a Video Jock on Sky in 1986 following a stint in local radio alongside Bruno Brookes. She then progressed on to Saturday morning television with UP2U, Live from BBC Manchester, Top Of The Pops, Anything Goes and a whole host of other appearances, until in 1992 Anthea become the 19th presenter of the award-winning BBC1 flagship children’s programme, ‘Blue Peter’.
During her two years with the show, she launched the most successful ‘homemade make’ in the history of ‘Blue Peter’ with an excess of 100,000 viewers writing in for details of how to make ‘Tracy Island’ from Thunderbirds.
GMTV & BBC
In 1994 Anthea joined the network broadcaster GMTV where she anchored the 7.00am-9.00am time slot 5 days a week where she reigned as Queen of the Sofa for nearly 3 years.
During 1994 to 1996 Anthea was the inaugural presenter of BBC1’s ‘National Lottery Live’ programme, which quickly became the BBC’s highest-rated entertainment programme.
Anthea has also successfully presented a selection of videos around fitness. Her ‘Y Plan Fitness’, video sold in excess of one million units, leading to further successful releases including ‘Body Basics’ and ‘Tone, Lift & Condition’. At 59 she likes to keep in shape using the Alexander Technique, something she learned during her ballet classes as a teenager and has never forgotten.
Anthea showed tremendous strength with a public divorce from her husband.
She lives in South West London and continues to welcome new and exciting media ventures.
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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