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20 May 1959 |
|Residence||Brighton, United Kingdom|
|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. She is the eldest of three sisters. She was expelled from boarding school aged 16. Between 1977 and 1982, she trained and worked as a secretary before being discovered as a model and becoming the face of Max Factor cosmetics. She appeared in the video for Ultravox's Love's Great Adventure".
On I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!, Giles stated that she originally worked as a secretary for an advertising agency, when 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. In the 1990s she was the presenter of ITV's Posh Frocks and New Trousers. 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 is also a Penguin author; her first novel, Birthday Girls reached No 6 in The Sunday Times Best Seller List of October 2001 and sold 120, 000 copies that year. She later released Crossing the Paradise Line in 2003 and followed this up with, The Defrosting of Charlotte Small, in spring 2006.
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
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 Ted 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
- I knew I had one last thing to do Daily Telegraph. 2 July 2003
- Alcoholism almost cost me my family The Times. 15 December 2004
- 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