Anna Ryder Richardson

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For the British presenter, journalist and broadcaster, see Anna Richardson.

Anna Caroline Ryder Richardson (born 29 January 1964[1]), is a British interior designer and television presenter. She is known for being a designer on the BBC shows Changing Rooms, House Invaders and Staying Put and runs a wildlife park in Pembrokeshire. She is however arguably most famous for her role in CBBC's Hider In The House along with Cameron Biswas.


Anna Ryder Richardson was born in Swansea in 1964. Her father was a Malaysian student, and her mother Welsh. At six weeks of age, she was adopted by Colin and Jill Ryder Richardson, and raised in Surrey with her adopted sister Sarah. Her adoptive father, Colin, was a wartime Evacuee who survived the sinking of the SS City of Benares by a German U-Boat.

After an early career in modeling, she became a fitness instructor. She then managed children's interior shop Squidy Things, where she started designing and decorating children's bedrooms, which launched a career as an interior designer.

In 2008 she purchased Manor House Wildlife Park, St Florence, near Tenby, Pembrokeshire, and kept a video diary of its redevelopment which was made into the 2008 TV movie Chaos at the Zoo.[2]

In March 2012, it was announced that Richardson and her husband were to be prosecuted over alleged breaches of health and safety legislation following an accident at their zoo in which a mother and child were injured by a falling branch.[3] Subsequently charges against her were dropped but her husband and the zoo pleaded guilty to 4 charges and were fined a total of £74,000.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Richardson married her longtime partner, Glasgow restaurateur Colin MacDougall, on 22 March 2005[1] in a small private ceremony in Glasgow attended by close family and friends. Prior to the wedding, she had her ears pierced for the very first time especially to be able to wear a pair of antique diamond earrings that originally belonged to her grandmother, and that her mother had worn on her wedding day.[5]

Richardson, her husband and their two daughters, Bibi-Belle (born 2002) and Dixie-Dot (born 2003), currently live in St. Florence, Pembrokeshire, having relocated from Glasgow. In January 2001, following a number of miscarriages, she gave birth prematurely to a son, nicknamed 'Bean', who only lived for 74 minutes. Her second daughter, Dixie-Dot, was born several weeks prematurely, weighing just 3 lbs 3ozs. She has stated she wants to adopt a Chinese baby and that people should do this rather than get pets or buy Ferraris.

She is sometimes mistakenly linked with a lawsuit involving Arnold Schwarzenegger. The presenter involved was in fact Anna Richardson of movie review show Big Screen.


Richardson has sometimes been criticised for her interior design style, which often features the use of bold colours, especially blues, strong geometric shapes, and other unusual items. On one notable episode of Changing Rooms, she designed a room featuring framed erotic French underwear in place of pictures. When the couple who owned the house saw the completed room, the woman objected strongly to the framed underwear on the grounds that it was completely inappropriate decor for a house containing children, and then burst into tears.

Her personal style usually features a strong emphasis on dark shades, especially black, and includes such garments as very tight leather trousers. When she heard that Anna had finally pierced her ears, fellow Changing Rooms designer Linda Barker gave her a pair of large silver hoop earrings. This style has now become her favourite, and she's rarely seen without them.[5]



  1. ^ a b "IMDb - Anna Ryder Richardson". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "IMDb - Chaos at the Zoo (2008)". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Anna Ryder Richardson to be prosecuted after a toddler and mother crushed by falling tree at her zoo Daily Mail, 20 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  4. ^ Stone, Antony (22 November 2012). "Anna Ryder Richardson wildlife park fined after falling tree bough hospitalised three-year-old boy". The Independent (London). Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Anna's Happiness, News of the World Sunday magazine, 17 April 2005.

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