You know her as the hard nosed Governess and brain box on ITV’s hit quiz show The Chase – but Anne Hegerty will soon be showing us her real side on I’m A Celebrity.
The 60-year-old was one of the first names to be confirmed – alongside legendary football manager Harry Redknapp and Coronation Street actress Sair Khan.
Anne has been firmly private ever since she burst onto our screens in 2010 as a quiz master on The Chase. Although there have been some controversies along the way, battling rumours about her sexuality to a gender pay gap row we don’t really know too much about but what the fierce Governess.
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Contrary to Google and Wikipedia Anne is NOT married to a man called Jake Hester. A quick search on the Governess reveals she is in a "happy marriage" with Hester.
Anne dispelled this rumour herself August by replying to a fan on Twitter .
In response to a query asking of she supported QPR, she said: ""Not particularly. Is it still claiming I’m married to someone called Jake Hester? I’ve given up trying to correct it."
Another time back in 2014 she replied to a fan that she wasn’t a lesbian and on August 12 last year she told fans: "I did use to have a Californian boyfriend whose mother was a DAR. Naturally he was pro-immigration!"
Former journalist and editor Anne hails from London and, contrary to belief, is a keen quizzer and tours the country taking part in various low budget quizzes to keep her cracking brain in gear.
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She started off in TV by appearing on Mastermind in 1980s then Are You An Egghead?
"I didn’t actually become an Egghead but I was third on that competition, and that sort of put me on the map. I didn’t realise, but the quizzing community is a little incestuous community and everyone knows everybody.
"Just about that time they had been looking for their female chaser, hadn’t found one, had gone ahead with the pilot series without one, and that went out in June 2009 and by July 2009 people were talking about me as a potential chaser and I got the job the following year."
She is on the autism spectrum and was diagnosed in 2005.
"I’d had all my life what they call executive dysfunction, which sounds very much like laziness but it’s like where you really want to get things done and you just simply can’t see your way to doing it, you can’t get the brain cells lined up without getting distracted.
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She just loves to quiz
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"I lived in a flat that’s owned by a housing association, it’s called shared ownership. You own half the flat, you pay rent on the other half.
"I had essentially not been paying my rent and one of the housing association’s officers sort of knocked on my door and she charged right in and said ‘right we will fix this, we will sort this out’."
Anne later got a social worker and now is an ambassador for the National Autistic Society.
Grey suited Anne, who also hosts the Australian version of The Chase so will be used to the outback, is known for making controversial comments.
Most recently she said that she personally isn’t ‘bothered’ about whether men are paid more than women over all.
But what she does want to see is people paid for the hours they actually work.
Anne Hegerty delighted fans with her colourful fashion choice
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"It’s to do with whether or not you have kids and whether you take time off to look after them," she told The Sun when asked about men being paid more than women.
"You’re not doing the same job if you’re not putting in the same hours, so I rather hope she is only getting two or three fifths of what the men get because she isn’t putting in the hours," she continued.
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Anne, who also hosts game show Britain’s Brightest Family, has no children of her own.
Insisting she ‘dodged a bullet’ by not having a family, she argued that children are not only ‘chaotic’ but also incredibly expensive.
"You don’t miss what you haven’t had and I just think I love the peace and quiet of my life. I would like more of it," she added.
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