Born In: Wellington, Shropshire, England
A well-known and experienced presenter, journalist and broadcaster, Anna Richardson began her career in television with The Big Breakfast show and later gained popularity with shows like Big Screen, Supersize vs Superskinny, Supershoppers, The Sex Education Show and Naked Attraction. A daring presenter, she is known for taking up challenging shows that deal with sex, body image and social taboos. Apart from being in front of the camera, she also focussed on work behind the lens and took up producing television shows like You Are What You Eat. She has also authored a couple of books on food and dieting. As someone who suffered from stress and anxiety herself, Anna takes special interest in mental health issues and is a trained Cognitive Hypnotherapist. She has also founded Mindbox, an online help centre dedicated to mental health. She is also a conference- and a keynote speaker.
Also Known As: Anna Clare Richardson
father: Canon Jim Richardson
Born Country: England
City: Shropshire, England
Anna Richardson’s debut on television came as a journalist with Channel 4’s most successful breakfast show The Big Breakfast. Her wit and down to earth style soon drew attention and bagged her various shows including Love Bites for ITV. The show went on to become an award-winning series and Anna too received a nomination at ‘RTS Awards’. She further presented numerous other shows like Love Bites Back, Dream Ticket, Des Res and the ITV’s entertainment series Big Screen. The last show gave her an opportunity to interact with high profile Hollywood celebrities.
Between September 2008 and August 2011, she presented five series of Channel 4's The Sex Education Show, which also starred Dr. Radha Modgil. During this period, she also presented eleven episodes of television documentary series Supersize vs Superskinny (2008-2009) and television series My Big Fat Diet Show (2010).
Between May 2012 and April 2014, she presented Secret Eaters, a Channel 4 series about overeating. In between, in 2013, she presented yet another Channel 4 series, How Not to Get Old, together with Louise Redknapp.
The year 2016 saw her starting two shows, first a consumer advice show Supershoppers and the second a dating series Naked Attraction. She presented the former first with Andi Osho and later with Sabrina Grant till 2019. As for the latter, she has presented six seasons of it till February 2020.
During this period, she also co-presented How to Retire at 40 (2017) and How to Get Fit Fast (2018); presented a hard-hitting documentary Are You Autistic? (2018) and served as a panellist on six episodes of ITV's Loose Women (2018). In 2019, she presented a documentary created around the downfall of the famous Thomas Cook Group. It was called Thomas Cook: The Rise and Fall of Britain’s Oldest Travel Agent.
In 2020, she appeared in television series The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft’ and miniseries Reasons to Be Cheerful with Matt Lucas.
Apart from being a presenter, she has also produced several television series documentaries like You Are What You Eat (2004).
Anna Richardson has huge interest in lifestyle and mental health. She has authored two bestselling diet books – Mind Over Fatter: See Yourself Slim, Think Yourself Slim, Eat Yourself Slim (2015) and Anna Richardson's Summer Body Blitz Diet: Five Rules for a Brand New You (2011).
She has hosted a podcast Health: Fact vs Fiction. She is qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist, a versatile speaker and co-founder of Mindbox - a round the clock online therapy centre dedicated to mental health.
Anna Richardson sued Arnold Schwarzenegger and two of his staff—spokesman Sean Walsh and publicist Ms Sheryl Main—over their comments about her claims that Schwarzenegger groped her during a press event at Dorchester Hotel in London in the year 2000. She sued the trio for libel as it was said in a newspaper article that she made up the claim. The case was eventually settled out of court in the year 2006.
Anna Clare Richardson was born on 27 September 1970 in Shropshire, England to Janet, a religious education teacher and Canon Jim Richardson. She received her education at The School of St Mary and St Anne in the Abbots Bromley village in Staffordshire.
A bisexual, she was in a long eighteen-year relationship with British TV producer, Charles Martin. After separating from Charles, she began dating Sue Perkins, a British comedian, broadcaster, presenter, actress and writer. The two first met at a Halloween party in 2013.
Anna has suffered from and successfully resolved serious mental health issues like anxiety, panic disorder, depression and agoraphobia. She wants to help other people who suffer from the same issues.
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