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, Perfect Housewife, Celebrity SAS and soon you can see her continue to prove that age is just a number in the brand new Channel 4 series The Real Life Dirty Dancing!
Anthea is enjoying a new phase of her media career having turned 60 last year. She remains busy launching her new book – How To Age Well: The Secrets which reveals, not just her ageing secrets but those of many trusted experts and friends within the industry. She continues to enjoy writing her ‘life hacks’ ,column for My Weekly Magazine, now in its second year. The presenter recently hosted the Sunday breakfast show on Scala radio for a year bringing classical music to the masses and enjoyed being the face of current affairs series Hot Topics for London Live. Anthea 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. But it was her role on Celebrity SAS that really showed us her metal and proved that in her 60’s Anthea definitely has no plans to slow down!
As the face of National Vehicle Contracts and Sarah Haran handbags, Anthea has worked with fantastic brands such as Disney Pixar, Totally Money, B Cure, PoundLand and Warranty Wise and is 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. She is currently writing her next book about how to age well, set for release in 2021.
Having Presented the highly acclaimed BBC series Perfect Housewife and published a book to accompany the series Anthea went on to publish ‘How to Entertain in Style’ and ‘Perfect Christmas’ helping to establish her as the ultimate domestic goddess. The broadcaster has presented shows on a variety of subjects close to her heart from creating the perfect home to food, pets, travel and fitness and lives in London with her partner Mark and French Bulldog Soho.
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.
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 60 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 continues to welcome new and exciting media ventures.