Anita West

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Anita West
Born 1935 (age 78–79)
Occupation Actress
television presenter (former)
Spouse(s) Ray Ellington (1956–1962) (divorced)
Children Lance
Nina

Anita West is a British actress and former television presenter.

Personal Life[edit]

Anita was married to Ray Ellington for six years. They had a son, Lance, and a daughter, Nina. They divorced in 1962 due largely to his constant touring.[1]

Blue Peter[edit]

On 7 May 1962, she joined the British children's television show Blue Peter as co-host, following the departure of Leila Williams. She remained with the programme for only sixteen editions, the last being shown on 3 September 1962, later that same year, making her one of the programme's shortest-serving presenters (other than stand-ins Ann Taylor, Tony Hart and Sandra Michaels). She voluntarily resigned from the series because of her imminent divorce from the musician Ray Ellington and her own worries of the inappropriateness for a presenter of a children's programme in this era. West never divulged her reasons for leaving to the producers, who deemed her "unprofessional" for simply walking out on the show.[2]

The length of time West presented Blue Peter was so short that, for many years, she was not officially recognised as a Blue Peter presenter, only being added to the official list of presenters upon the show's fortieth anniversary in 1998. In contrast, her replacement, Valerie Singleton, ahead of whom West had come in earlier auditions, became the show's longest-serving female presenter until Konnie Huq.

Later career[edit]

After leaving Blue Peter, West appeared in such shows as Space: 1999, Crossroads as Doctor Hilary Maddox, The Saint, and Lovejoy. She also briefly returned to Blue Peter in 1998 to appear in its pantomime.

For a period in the 1970s, she was employed as a PR hostess at the Palm Beach Casino Club in Mayfair when it was owned by the Barnett family.

She appeared in the films Impact, Shadow of Fear, Ring of Spies, and Joey Boy. [3]

She is currently listed as a commercials actress at Galloway's agency. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rees, Gwyneth. "Meet the forgotten Blue Peter presenter who quit over divorce shame". Daily Mail. 
  2. ^ Marson, Richard (21 September 2008). "Blue Peter" 50th Anniversary Book: The Story of Television's Longest-running Children's Programme. Hamlyn. ISBN 978-0-600-61793-8. 
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/bluepeter/presenters/west.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.gallowaysagency.com/clientdetailc.asp?id=90&CurPage=78

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Preceded by
Leila Williams
Blue Peter Presenter No. 3
1962
Succeeded by
Valerie Singleton