Anne Hegerty

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Anne Hegerty
Born (1958-07-14) 14 July 1958 (age 62)
Other namesThe Governess[1]
OccupationTelevision presenter, TV personality, journalist, reporter
Years active1980s–present
Television The Chase (2010–)
Britain's Brightest Family (2018–)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2018)

Anne Solway Hegerty (born 14 July 1958) is an English quizzer, TV presenter and television personality. She is one of the "chasers" on the ITV game show The Chase. She was a contestant in the 2018 ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.


Hegerty is one of the chasers on the ITV game show The Chase, alongside Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace, Paul Sinha, Jenny Ryan and Darragh Ennis. As well as being in the UK version, she is also a chaser on the Australian version of the show on the Seven Network with fellow UK chasers Labbett and Wallace.[2]

Hegerty has made appearances on a number of other quiz shows, including Mastermind, Fifteen to One, Today's the Day, Are You an Egghead? and Brain of Britain.[3] As of October 2016, she was ranked 55th (and second among women) in the World Quizzing Championships.[4] In November 2013 she competed in the Bolton Premier Quiz League to become Brain of Bolton for the second time.[5]

Hegarty appeared as the "phone a friend" for a competitor, Lisa Harman from Ecclesfield, on Who Wants to be A Millionaire in 2010; Harman won £75,000. Hegerty correctly answered the question about the author of Twilight.[6]

In December 2014, Hegerty appeared in the pantomime Cinderella as the wicked stepmother at the Grange Theatre in Northwich.[7] In December 2015 she appeared as Fleshcreep in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at the Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port,[8] which was also booked for performance at Heywood and Radcliffe. At Easter 2016, Hegerty appeared as the Enchantress in the pantomime Beauty and the Beast, alongside Keith Chegwin and Basil Brush, at the Palace Theatre, Redditch, which sold out, and other venues.[9]

From 6 December 2016 to 1 January 2017, she appeared as Blackweed in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth.[10] From 8 to 31 December 2017, she appeared as The Empress of China in the pantomime Aladdin at the Princess Theatre (Torquay).[11] From 18 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, she appeared as Queen Rat in the pantomime Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal (Windsor); Anita Harris played the role until Hegerty returned from I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here.[12][13] From 5 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, she appeared as Carabosse in the pantomime Sleeping Beauty at Middlesbrough Theatre.[14]

On 19 October 2017, Hegerty appeared alongside fellow chaser Mark Labbett on an episode of Celebrity Juice. She also guested on an edition of BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, which was broadcast in December 2017.

Since January 2018, Hegerty has presented Britain's Brightest Family on ITV.[15] Hegerty came in 75th place in the World Quizzing Championship of 2018.[16] and 122nd in 2019.[17]

In November 2018, Hegerty participated in series 18 of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, where she finished in 7th place.[18][19]

In 2018, she joined 26 other celebrities at Metropolis Studios to record an original Christmas song called "Rock With Rudolph" in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. It was released digitally through independent record label Saga Entertainment in November 2018. The music video debuted exclusively with The Sun on 29 November 2018 and had its first TV showing on Good Morning Britain on 30 November 2018. The song peaked at number two on the iTunes pop chart.[20][21]

Outside of TV, she appeared in a special video on YouTube with her whispering fan fiction for an ASMR video. Other celebrities have made ASMR videos for W Magazine.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Hegerty started her journalistic career in the 1980s as a reporter and feature writer at the South Wales Argus, based in Newport, South Wales, before moving to Manchester, England.[19] Hegerty has also worked as a ghostwriter.[23]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Mastermind Contestant 1 episode
2010–present The Chase Chaser / The Governess 14 series (regular)
11 series (celebrity)
2 series (family)
2015–present The Chase Australia Chaser / The Governess 9 series (regular)
1 series (celebrity)
2018–present Britain's Brightest Family Presenter 2 series (regular)
1 series (celebrity)
2018 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant; 7th place
2020–present Beat The Chasers Chaser 2 series
2021 The Chasers Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles Herself


  1. ^ Debnath, Neela (18 July 2016). "The Chase: Viewers amazed as the Governess makes a shocking confession". Daily Express. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. ^ Knox, David (22 May 2017). "Secrets of Anne Hegerty's success". TV Tonight. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  3. ^ "The Chase: Meet the Chasers". Bradley Walsh.
  4. ^ "Results". Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  5. ^ Scoble, Andy (7 November 2013). "TV quiz champion named Brain of Bolton for second time". The Bolton News. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  6. ^ @anne_hegerty (5 June 2019). "Yes, everybody, that was me..." (Tweet) – via Twitter. |date= mismatches calculated date from |number= by two or more days (help)
  7. ^ "Win tickets to Cinderella". Mid-Cheshire Independent. Independent Newspapers. 6 November 2014. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Ellesmere Port Dancers Star in Annual Panto". Chester Chronicle. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Beauty and the Beast at Redditch's Palace Theatre". Redditch and Alcester Advertiser. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Cast climb to the stars in The Kings panto, Jack and the Beanstalk". The News. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Aladdin Pantomime". By The Dart. Retrieved 3 January 2018.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Dick Whittington". Theatre Royal, Windsor. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Dick Whittington". Maidenhead Advertiser. Retrieved 6 January 2018.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "ITV's Anne Hegerty chasing the panto dream in Sleeping Beauty". The Northern Echo. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Britain's Brightest Family Episode 1". ITV Press Centre. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Results – World Quizzing Championships".
  17. ^ World Quizzing Championships 2019
  18. ^ Deen, Sarah (5 December 2018). "Anne Hegerty is the fifth celebrity booted out of I'm A Celebrity jungle". Metro. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  19. ^ a b Povey, Tomos (13 November 2018). "Former Argus journalist Anne Hegerty to appear in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  20. ^ Barker, Faye (30 November 2018). "TV stars sing for Great Ormond Street Christmas charity single". ITV News. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Gail Porter discusses recording a celebrity charity single for Great Ormond Street Hospital". Female First. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  22. ^ Ball, Jake. "The Chase star Anne Hegerty whispers erotic fan fiction written about herself". Plymouth Live. Plymouth live. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  23. ^ @anne_hegerty (5 June 2019). "I actually once wrote two books under the name Richard Scarry. (With his permission, I should add. He couldn't do EVERYTHING himself.) They were a bit rubbish and nobody bought them" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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