Anne Hegerty is a noted television personality, freelance editor, and former journalist. She is best recognized for appearing as one of the chasers on ITV’s game show “The Chase”. She has also made appearances on numerous other quiz shows. Considered as one of English television’s “cleverest ladies,” Hegerty is known among the masses for her wit and intellect. Despite struggling with Asperger's syndrome, she has achieved commendable success in the television industry. Her intelligence and uniqueness are admired by both her peers and the audience members. She is extremely popular on social media and has an impressive number of followers on Twitter. Known for her bold attitude, she kindled considerable controversy in 2018 for her views on gender pay inequality. On the personal front, she is believed to be single.
Anne Hegerty has appeared in some popular TV game shows, quizzes, etc. She is best known for appearing as one of the chasers on ITV’s ‘The Chase,’ alongside Shaun Wallace, Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan and Paul Sinha. Besides the show’s UK version, she is a chaser on the Australian version as well.
Hegerty has also made appearances in other quiz shows, such as ‘Fifteen to One,’ ‘Mastermind’, ‘Are You an Egghead?’, ‘Brain of Britain’ and ‘Today's the Day’. In November 2013, she participated in the Bolton Premier Quiz League and won the title of Brain of Bolton. The following year, she played the role of the wicked stepmother in the pantomime ‘Cinderella’ at The Grange Theatre in Northwich.
In December 2015, she was featured as Fleshcreep in the pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ that premiered at the Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port. In 2016, she played the Enchantress in the pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’ alongside Basil Brush and Keith Chegwin at the Palace Theatre, Redditch. From December 2016 to January 2017, Hegerty starred as Blackweed in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, a pantomime held at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth.
On 19 October 2017, Hegerty made a guest appearance in an episode of ‘Celebrity Juice.’ Soon after, she appeared in ‘I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue’, a BBC Radio 4 show. In December 2017, Hegerty played the Empress of China in the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ at the Princess Theatre.
Since January 2018, she has been serving as a presenter on ITV’s ‘Britain's Brightest Family.’ In November 2018, she appeared as a contestant on ‘I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’
Hegerty is also a former journalist. She began her journalistic career in the 1980s as a reporter and feature writer for the newspaper ‘South Wales Argus’ in Newport, South Wales. Currently, she works as a freelance editor.
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Controversies & Scandals
In January 2018, Hegerty told ‘The Sun’ about her opinion on gender pay inequality. She shocked everyone when she said that the ladies working part-time should be paid less than men. The issue created a storm in the journalism industry. Hegerty didn’t stop there and she further enraged the masses by stating that she felt that women with children who took time off to look after them should be paid “only two or three fifths of what the men get.”
Family & Personal Life
Anne Hegerty was born on 14 July 1958 in Westminster, London, England to Shirley Brereton and Kenneth Hegerty. She has a younger brother named Jonathan. In an interview, she stated that she struggled with Asperger's syndrome.
On 8 October 2014, Hegerty answered a personal question from a woman named Sarah on Twitter. She cleared the speculation about her sexuality and said that she is not a lesbian. She further stated that she likes to keep her private life private. In an interview given to ‘Express’ in early 2018, she revealed that she is currently single and enjoys her space.