Angellica Bell is a British television presenter who shot to fame by presenting various shows for CBBC, the children’s television brand of BBC. After six years of association with CBBC, she seamlessly made a switch from children’s shows to adult-mainstream shows and hosted a range of programmes. Most notable amongst these is ‘The One Show’, which has Bell making VTs on various topics and occasionally serving as a host. Her other shows include ‘The Great British Village Show’, ‘CelebAir’ and ‘How Safe is Your House?’ Other than presenting, she has participated in number of shows as a contestant like ‘71 Degrees North’, ‘Hell on High Seas’ and ‘Celebrity MasterChef’. She won the last show and went on to host a cooking competition show. Recently she came out with a cookery book for children too. Bell has also presented shows on radio and is currently associated with Scala radio station.
While studying in Bristol, Angellica Bell got a chance to present a daily student breakfast show on radio. This was her first exposure to broadcasting. She joined BBC and worked for its admin department. During this time, she got to know about the requirement of presenters in CBBC and auditioned for it. She was selected and for the next six years, starting from 2000, she became the main anchor of a variety of shows on CBBC like ‘The Saturday Show’, ‘Short Change’, ‘50/50’ ‘That's Genius!’, ‘Xchange’ and ‘EastEnders Xtra’. Her work on CBBC was highly appreciated and she won two ‘BAFTA’ nominations in 2002 and 2003 for Best Children’s Presenter Award category. By the end of 2006, she quit CBBC.
In 2006, she co-hosted BBC One travel show ‘Holiday Hitsquad’ formerly known as ‘Departure Lounge’. It allowed her to explore destinations around the world. In 2007), she became a part of BBC One’s flagship show, ‘The One Show’ as its reporter and guest host. This British television magazine and chat show programme features topical stories and studio guests. The show, which continues it run even today, has her filming regular VTs on various topics. She sometimes also covers for the show’s main host, Alex Jones, in her absence.
The latter half of the 2000 also saw her doing numerous other shows. She co-anchored ‘The Great British Village Show’ a show that celebrated the villages of Britain; became a backstage presenter for ‘Children in Need’, BBC’s UK charity; participated in ‘Comic Relief Does Fame Academy’ and became the main presenter of ITV2’s ‘CelebAir’. Additionally, she presented the TV series ‘Election’ and also co-presented ‘The British Soap Awards’.
In 2011, she participated in ITV1’s challenging reality show ‘71 Degrees North’. The physically demanding show, shot in the Arctic with no connection with the outside world for more than a month, saw her finishing second. Subsequently in 2016 , she participated in Sport Relief challenge ‘Hell on High Seas’ which required her to sail around British Isle with five other celebrities to raise money for charity. She also participated in ‘Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief’ in 2017 in which celebrities perform dance routines to raise money for charity. In the same year, she participated and became the winner of ‘Celebrity MasterChef’. In 2019, she appeared as a contestant in the British Quiz show, ‘Richard Osman's House of Games’.
Her work in the last decade include guest-presenting a cookery and chat show ‘Something for the Weekend’ and a lifestyle show ‘Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose’ along with co-hosting children’s television programme ‘Blue Peter’. She lead BBC1 primetime series ‘How Safe is Your House’ and Channel5’s one of special ‘Police Interceptors – Dog Squad’.
She is also the co-presenter of the ITV’s current affairs show, ‘The Martin Lewis Money Show’ since 2017 and BBC’s cooking show, ‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’ since 2019.
Angellica Bell has done a lot of voiceover work too. She narrated BBC One daytime show ‘Family Finders’ along with a number of children’s book and stories, promos and corporate videos. She also worked for ‘Heat Radio’s’ music show interviewing celebs and co-presented children’s music show for BBC Radio 3. Recently, she became the presenter at the newly launched classical radio station ‘Scala’.
In 2019, she turned author and published her first cookbook ‘Fantastic Eats! (& how to cook them) - Fabulous Recipes for Children to Make’. Previously, she penned columns for the ‘Surrey Comet’ and ‘Time and Leisure’ magazine.
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Family & Personal Life
Angellica Bell was born on 24th March 1976 and is originally from St Lucia in the West Indies. When she was young, her parents separated and her mother remarried British Labour politician Julian Bell. For her education, she went to Notting Hill & Ealing High School in West London and later to University of the West of England in Bristol for her graduation. With absolutely no plans to work in television, she picked up Politics and completed her BA Hons degree in 1996.
In 2007, she married her personal trainer, Stuart Amory. The marriage, however, did not work and eventually fell apart just a year later. Afterwards, in 2010, she married English television presenter and her former BBC co-star, Michael Underwood. The couple have two children. The elder one Elijah Joseph Underwood was born in 2011 while their second child, Keziah Mae Underwood, came into this world in 2013.