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Who is Anna Richardson, the new dressing room host?

Anna Richardson is best known as the host of the controversial Channel 4 dating show Naked Attraction

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Changing Rooms was a popular do-it-yourself show that ran on the BBC from 1996 to 2004 – and is now being revived by Channel 4 in 2021.

Anna Richardson follows in the footsteps of Carol Smillie, who hosted the show’s original run from 1996 to 2003, and appears alongside co-host and designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

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The presenter is already well known to audiences, having worked in television for the past two decades and having romantic connections with stand-up comedian and ex-Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins.

Here’s everything you need to know about Anna Richardson.

Who is Anna Richardson?

Richardson is a producer, presenter and journalist with over 20 years’ experience in UK broadcasting.

She began her career as a journalist on Big Breakfast, Channel 4’s breakfast show.

From then on, she began appearing regularly on TV shows such as Love Bites, Love Bites Back, Dream Ticket, Des Res and Big Screen, where she interviewed a number of well-known Hollywood stars.

She has also hosted shows such as Secret Eaters, How Not to Get Old, Supershoppers, How to Retire at 40 and How to Save a Grand in 24 Hours.

Richardson was a panelist on six episodes of ITV’s Loose Women in 2018 and in 2019 she presented the Channel 4 documentary Thomas Cook: The Rise and Fall of Britain’s Oldest Travel Agent which explored the collapse of the Thomas Cook Group.

One of the shows she is best known for is the controversial Channel 4 dating show Naked Attraction, which first began in 2016.

In addition to his television work, Richardson has also published two diet books – Mind Over Fatter and Summer Body Blitz Diet.

Are Anna Richardson and Sue Perkins still together?

Richardson and comedian and ex-Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins have been in a relationship since 2014, after reportedly meeting at a Halloween party in 2013.

Anna told The Telegraph in 2015: “When I was invited to the party I was told Sue was going and I felt, what, a chill? A spark of interest? And I thought, “Hmm, that’s interesting”. Something was in the air.

“It was an extraordinary night. I danced on the table. It felt like a pivotal moment in my life.”

Sue herself commented on the meeting between the two future partners, saying: “There was something magical in the air, absolutely there.”

Unfortunately for the couple, however, their relationship ended in June 2021 after seven years together.

Speaking to The Mirror, Anna opened up about the difficult decision to betray, saying: “No one can ever prepare you for this. Even if it happens a few times in your life, you never quite get used to it.

“I guess I don’t know if you get more resilient as you get older, but heartbreak is definitely still the puzzle to solve and how to get over it and get stronger.”

Prior to his relationship with Perkins, Richardson was in an 18-year relationship with television producer Charles Martin.

Regarding her sexuality, Richardson told The Guardian in 2020: “I don’t identify as straight, lesbian, bisexual, bizarre, I’m just me, I happened to fall in love with a woman.”

Does Anna Richardson have tattoos?

The topic of Richardson’s tattoos recently surfaced when she revealed her inking during the premiere of the Channel 4 show Changing Rooms reboot.

Richardson is hosting the new dressing room program and will be joined by designers Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Jordan Cluroe and Russel Whitehead, and joiner and cabinetmaker Tibby Singh.

In the first episode of the reboot, Llewelyn-Bowen announced that a theme for one of the rooms to be renovated would be “Forever Peacocky”.

This prompted Richardson to reveal a peacock feather tattoo on her lower back.

When is Dressing Rooms on TV?

The first episode of Dressing Rooms aired on Channel 4 on Wednesday 18 August at 8pm.

Those who missed the show when it aired can catch up on All 4.

The other episodes of the new series will also be broadcast on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Changing Rooms follows two homeowner couples from the same neighborhood who work against the clock to renovate a room in each other’s homes. They will work with Llewe-lyn Bowen or Jordan and Russell to breathe new life into the chosen space.

Speaking of her involvement in the programme, Richardson said: “What an honor to be part of the Dressing Room Crew, one of my favorite shows since I first started on TV!

“This range is an absolute classic and I can’t wait to see how the designs of the legendary Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and the brilliant Jordan and Russell from 2LG come to mind for our homeowners.

“Let’s start the home swap!”

Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, 2LG, commented: “The childhood versions of ourselves are blown away to be part of the new dressing rooms and as designers we are thrilled to take on this challenge.

“Our design style is about empowerment, kindness and pride – about creating homes that lift your spirits and enable your best life. Creativity is powerful, so we love that Changing Rooms is back because in many ways it was the start of our own creative journey. How incredible that we are getting to be part of the next step.”

Tibby Singh said: “I’m honored to be a part of Changing Rooms, such an iconic TV show! I feel privileged to be working with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and 2LG to create some amazing revisions and bring their designs to life. Touch Wood everything is going according to plan!”

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen added: “Let the games begin!”

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