Anna is best known as a Nickelodeon and CiTV presenter, Daybreak correspondent and entertainment reporter for Digital Spy. She has also been recently launched as a Childline Counsellor and Key Spokesperson.
Anna has been performing on stage and screen since her early teens
At 15 years old a chance meeting with a record producer saw her join the girl-group Blush. After a year and half performing with the group and learning (aswell as singing) a whole host of skills including presenting and compering, an opportunity to present on kids TV show changed her career path forever.
After her first job reporting for Carlton Television alongside stable mates Angellica Bell, Konnie Huq and Naomi Wilkinson, she was offered a role in the presenting on Disney Channel and presented Studio Disney weekdays, aswell as the massive Disney Channel Kids Awards which saw her on stage in front of 10,000 people at the Dockalnds Arena.
After a year at Disney, Anna was snapped up by TransWorld International (TWI) to solely host a daily live technology show, Gamer, where she completed over 200 live shows.
Other credits include, The Tech Guide for G-Cap Media, Channel 5′s popular pre-school show, Milkshake and it’s teen strands The Core and Shake, co-hosting the Channel 5 Summer Roadshows and Robot Wars. For ITV, Rescue Robots, Scary Sleepover, Skillicious and CiTV live presentation where she was one of the last presenters to host the daily afternoon show for CiTV. She has also worked in the USA fronting various ‘behind the scenes’ shows, the most memorable for At It Productions on the smash hit movie starring Amy Adams, Enchanted.
Anna joined GMTV in 2005 and is perhaps best known for her weekend morning antics along with co-presenter Jamie Rickers, on the consistently number 1 rating kids show, Toonattik. Jamie and Anna spent a whopping 6 years bringing their ITV1 anarchic ‘boys vs girls’ fun and games to kids front rooms all round the country.
In addition to her role on Toonattik, Anna was taken on by the network to host various strands on it’s main show, GMTV, most notably the holiday competitions and strands which saw her travelling the world all in the name of work!
After a successful run on ITV1, Jamie and Anna debuted on kids network, Nickelodeon. The due were snapped up by the number 1 rated channel to host Jamie and Anna’s U Pick Summer which saw them racing against the clock to complete 40 shows in only 4 weeks! Due to the success of the show, ‘Jamie and Anna’s Big Weekend’ was it’s natural successor and the duo once again dominated the weekend schedule with the celeb-packed, slime infested series.
For two years running, Anna has also taken charge of the ‘orange’ carpet for the world famous, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, which has seen get up close and personal with Snoop Dog, Jack Black, Will Smith and One Direction.
Along with Jamie, Anna has completed over seven separate series for Nickelodeon, including popular fanzine show ‘Anubis Unlocked’ and they have just finished their second season of hit series, ‘Camp Orange’, of which they are hoping will be back next year to score the hat trick.
Last year Anna joined ITV’s flagship breakfast show, Daybreak as entertainment correspondent. The role included covering everything from film premieres, television reviews, celeb interviews to current affairs on the famous red sofa.
Due to her natural interest, tenacity and passion to bring the latest showbiz news to the masses; considered a highly credible source within the industry, Anna was delighted to join entertainment news mecca, Digital Spy, as entertainment columnist. This new role allows Anna to do what she loves most, stalking the red carpets, chatting up A list stars and reporting straight back to her legions of fans.
Anna is also a versatile voice over artist and credits include Sony, GMTV, ITV, Channel 4, Nickelodeon, MTV and Living TV.
You also can’t mention Anna without mentioning pantomime! Anna is a huge fan of the theatre genre and has played every role going from Cinderella to Aladdin to Jack. This year is her 10th year treading the panto boards and to say she loves the camp-ness of it all is an understatement.
In addition to the television and stage career, Anna gained a Diploma in Counselling in 2009. She is a keen charity supporter and volunteer and is very proud of her ambassador role for The Princes Trust and The Young Variety Club. Her gritty determination saw her complete the London Marathon in 4 hrs 45mins all in the name of charity – a achievement she is particularly proud of as she was still recovering from a recently broken ankle.
In January this year Anna joined Childline, her biggest challenge to date. A qualified and practicing volunteer counsellor, Anna is thrilled to have joined helpline founder Esther Rantzen on her crusade in the charity’s 25th year. A cause she is most committed and passionate about, it’s fair to say that young people are Anna’s ‘achilles heel’ and she is determined to make a difference. With her dedication and fresh ‘child centred’ approach, you can be sure she will.