15 May 1970 |
Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England
|Occupation||TV presenter, entrepreneur|
The Martin Lewis Money Show
Guess this House
Saira Khan (born 15 May 1970) is a British television personality of Pakistani descent. She was the runner-up on the first UK series of reality television show The Apprentice in 2005. Since then Khan has co-presented The Martin Lewis Money Show, alongside Martin Lewis (2012–present) and in 2015, she presented a new ITV daytime show called Guess this House.
Khan has since become a regular face on British TV. In 2006, she presented on the BBC's Temper Your Temper, a programme dealing with anger management. She has presented several documentaries for the BBC, "Saira Khan's Pakistan Adventure" 2x60mins BBC2 2007 and "Adopting Abroad, Saira's Story" 2x60mins BBC2 Sept 2011, as well as appearing as a guest on a variety of BBC and ITV shows such as Ready Steady Cook and Countdown. She currently presents the CBBC show Trade Your Way to the USA and previously presented Beat the Boss. She presented an edition of the BBC's Money Programme about entrepreneurial mothers.
Khan has also contributed to radio notably to Radio 4's Woman's Hour and Radio 2's The Jeremy Vine Show as well as Radio 4's Any Questions?
In 2006, Khan set up a new campaign called OUR SAY to campaign for local and national referenda on issues of major public interest. Khan also runs her own baby-products business called Miamoo.
She has also written a self-help book, P.U.S.H. For Success. Since 2012, she has co-hosted The Martin Lewis Money Show alongside Martin Lewis. In 2015, she was a guest panellist on an episode of Loose Women. In 2015, she began hosting Guess this House, a new daytime game show for ITV. The first series aired for 25x60 episodes.
Early life and family
In 1965 Saira's parents emigrated from the city of Rawalakot in Azad Kashmir to England. She was born to Muslim parents and brought up in a Muslim culture, but is not herself a practising Muslim: "I like the way I was brought up, my parents taught me about family values, tolerance, generosity and self respect - these are values I hold dearly, but I believe these values are shared by all good people, not just people from one faith. My issue with religion is the way it's practised by the majority of people. I don't like how it can create a divide and lead to hatred - that's not what religion is about. I'd rather say I practise nothing and be a good person than say I'm a Muslim and be ignorant and selfish." Saira had converted to Christianity from Islam. She wrote an article to ban abaya(Muslim women dress) on London Streets. She also supported Israel on many occasions.
Saira went to Brighton Polytechnic and then on to the University of Nottingham, where she gained an MA in Environmental Planning in 2003. She became a Town Planner after graduating and worked for a small private consultancy called Michael Parker Associates based in Lewes in East Sussex.
Her father died from a heart attack in 1998 while visiting relatives in Kashmir – "I was absolutely devastated. For the first time I felt really alone."
She is married to Steven Hyde. In 2008 Khan gave birth to a baby boy, Zachariah. She had been diagnosed with endometriosis. In March 2011, she adopted a baby girl, Amara, from the Edhi Orphanage in Karachi, Pakistan.
- Official Website
- Beat the Boss (BBC Press Office)
- Saira Khan at the Internet Movie Database
- MediaAmbitions : Saira Khan
- Woman's Hour: Saira Khan
- 60 SECONDS: Saira Khan Metro
- Interview in Marie Claire
- Pushy Saira's aiming for business success
- icBerkshire 'I'm an entrepreneur - not an apprentice'