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20 May 1959 |
|Occupation||Presenter, actress, panellist, comedienne, novelist, former model|
|Spouse(s)||Midge Ure (?-1989; divorced)|
|Children||Molly Ure (b. March 1987)
Ted Giles (b. February 1998)
Annabel Claire Giles (born 20 May 1959) is a British television and radio presenter, actress, comedian, panelist, novelist and former model.
Early life and career
Giles was born in Griffithstown, near Pontypool, Torfaen, the eldest of three sisters. She was expelled from boarding school aged 16 for going to see Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel play in Bristol, wearing mufti. Between 1977 and 1982, she trained and worked as a secretary, mostly for advertising agencies. Royal make-up artist Barbara Daly suggested trying makeup on her, to which she agreed. The ad agency used the shot for their Boots No7 make-up campaign. She was then signed up by top agency Models One, and became the only British model to be contracted to a major make-up house Max Factor.
Giles has had a varied career in television and radio. Having started her career in the 1990s on 'Razzmatazz' and 'Night Network', she was best known as co-presenter of ITV's Posh Frocks and New Trousers with Sarah Greene. She has been a panelist on many game shows ranging from Have I Got News for You to Shooting Stars, was a regular on Through the Keyhole and has appeared twice on BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute. On Noel Edmonds' House Party she guessed a Gotcha! before it had even started.
Her one-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival, called Looking for Mr.Giles, was in 1995. She followed this up the following year with "Anyone Can Be A TV Presenter" in which she foolishly proved that yes, anyone can.
She is also a Penguin author; her first novel, Birthday Girls reached No 6 in The Sunday Times Best Seller List of October 2001. She later released Crossing the Paradise Line in 2003 and followed this up with, The Defrosting of Charlotte Small, in Spring 2006.
On 21 November 2013, it was announced that Giles and Vincent Simone would enter the Australian Jungle as late arrivals. Giles was the first celebrity to leave the jungle on 1 December. She was the first to suggest that 'Amy Willerton was "playing a game".
Giles married the lead singer of Ultravox, Midge Ure, a pioneer of Band Aid and Live Aid. Their daughter, Molly McQueen, was born in March 1987. Molly became the lead singer of pop punk group The Faders. Giles and Ure split up in 1989 but remain good friends. Giles had a second child, a son named Tedd Giles, in February 1998. She lives with her son in Brighton. In 2008, she published an article about the XYY syndrome, which her son was born with.
- Midge Ure and his daughter Molly The Sunday Times. 16 April 2006
- "Birthdays", The Guardian, 20 May 2014: 39
- I knew I had one last thing to do Daily Telegraph. 2 July 2003
- Didn't you used to be Annabel Giles? Now a single mother on benefits, the former model reveals what went wrong Daily Mail. 19 December 2010
- The XYY Factor: How a rare chromosome disorder brought my son a world of pain Daily Mail. 1 November 2008