Bradford born and bred, Anita Rani is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV.
An RTS Award winning presenter, she’s one of the lead presenters on BBC One’s Countryfile and is a regular part of the One Show team- whether it’s interviewing Tom Cruise for his latest feature film or co-hosting the show. Anita is also well known for her work on Channel 4’s Four Rooms. Having wowed the audience of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 (making the semi-finals) with her hard work and total fearlessness, Anita returned to the dance floor as host of the Strictly Live Tour in early 2017.
Anita’s projects have taken her all over the world. Her infectious enthusiasm and wide-ranging interests mean she is equally happy presenting live TV, or filming international documentaries. Always ensuring she gets the best out of her interviewees, whether it’s a farmer in Yorkshire, or a tribal leader in Papua New Guinea.
Back in 2015 Anita visited India for BBC 2 documentary The World’s Busiest Railway, which featured as part of the BBC’s major India season. Getting stuck into the traditional Indian culture, she experienced a day in the life of a commuter, travelling from CST station in Mumbai in rush hour!..read more
The following year Anita dived into the Big Apple for BBC 2’s three-part series New York: America’s Busiest City. Joining co-presenters Ade Adepitan and Dan Snow, they investigated the many transport links, local delicacies and the beautiful landscapes behind the city that never sleeps. Following the success of the show, the series was re-commissioned as World's Busiest Cities. Anita and the team visited Hong Kong, Mexico City, Delhi and Moscow for the extended four-part series.
Delving into her family tree, Anita took part in the popular genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? The programme proved to be a journey of discovery, both physically and emotionally. Anita travelled from Bradford to the Punjab, and was visibly moved by the discoveries she made about her grandparents and the bigger story it told for many other families. It was an episode that resonated widely with the audience and changed her life. The impact of this lead her to create the award winning BBC One documentary My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947. Anita explored the human impact of the Partition of India through the intimate stories of four British families, including her own. Using compelling first-hand testimony from British Partition survivors, their children and grandchildren to retrace the dramatic journeys they were forced to make during Partition.
She’s also experienced in live television. Co-hosting ITV’s This Morning with James Martin in the summer of 2016 and presenting Kate and William’s Royal Wedding ceremony back in 2011, broadcast live to millions worldwide on BBC One. A hit with the viewers- Anita was invited back by the BBC to provide live coverage amongst the crowds for Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding this year. She also produced daily content in the lead up to the prestigious event for American channel PBS.
Anita supports numerous charities close to her heart and continues to show her support for the Refugee Crisis and relevant charities carrying out valuable work. In 2016 she visited the Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan, listening to the refugee’s moving stories and catching a glimpse of real life in the camp. The two-part documentary The Refugee Camp: Our Desert Home featured in a prime time slot on BBC Two.
She also hosted the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Awards 2017 in Geneva- an evening to celebrate the individuals and organisations providing outstanding service to refugees, displaced and stateless people. A fellow lover of the outdoors, she’s also a proud ambassador of the Scouts Super Group.
Anita has hosted a plethora of corporate and live events including the Olivier Awards Red Carpet 2017 & 18’ - providing live backstage coverage and interviewing the likes of Tim Minchin, Glenda Jackson and the cast of Hamilton amongst other stars.
She has recently joined partnership with luxury travel brand Kuoni, hosting various events around the country throughout the year.