Annabel Giles

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Annabel Giles
Born (1959-05-20) 20 May 1959 (age 58)
Pontypool, Wales
Residence Brighton, England
Occupation Presenter, actress, panellist, comedian, novelist, former model
Spouse(s) Midge Ure (?-1989; divorced)
Children Molly Ure (b. March 1987)[1]
Ted Giles (b. February 1998)
Website Official website

Annabel Claire Giles (born 20 May 1959)[2] was a television and radio presenter, actress, panelist, novelist and former model; she is now a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist.

Early life and career[edit]

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 and being seen smoking in the street.[3] Between 1977 and 1982, she trained and worked as a secretary, mostly for advertising agencies. During one shoot for Boots No. 7 cosmetics, royal make-up artist Barbara Daly suggested taking a shot of her, to which she agreed. The ad agency used the shot for their campaign. Giles was then signed up by top agency Models 1 and became the official model for Max Factor.[3]

Giles has had a varied career in television and radio. Having started her career in the 1990s on Razzmatazz and Night Network, she is best known as co-presenter of ITV's Posh Frocks and New Trousers with Sarah Greene.[3] She was in numerous entertainment shows, and a panelist on game shows ranging from Have I Got News for You to Shooting Stars; she was a regular panelist on Through the Keyhole and BBC Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' and has also appeared on BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute. On Noel Edmonds' House Party she guessed a Gotcha! before it had even started.

In 1995, Giles wrote and performed a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival, called Looking for Mr.Giles, and a second show the following year, 'Anyone Can be A TV Presenter' in which she proved that yes, they can.[4]

Giles is also a Penguin author; her first novel, Birthday Girls, reached number 6 in the top 10 in the best-seller lists in 2001.[3] She published Crossing the Paradise Line in 2003 and The Defrosting of Charlotte Small in 2006.

In November 2013, Giles and Vincent Simone entered the Australian jungle as late arrivals in the 13th season of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[5] Giles was the first celebrity to leave the jungle, on 1 December.[6][7]

Since early 2014, Giles has regularly guested on the Channel 5 chat show The Wright Stuff hosted by Matthew Wright.[citation needed]

Giles is a patron of the charity Amaze Brighton and The Sussex Beacon.[citation needed]

Having trained for four years, she now works as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in Brighton and London. Please see the Counselling Directory for further details: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/annabel-giles


Personal life[edit]

Giles married the lead singer of Ultravox, Midge Ure, a founder 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 has a second child, a son named Ted Giles, who was born with XYY syndrome and Aspergers Syndrome; in 2011, having written a blog outlining the difficulties in educating a child with these issues, she received help from an anonymous benefactor towards his education.[8][9]


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