Amazing grey with an illustrious broadcasting career. Gloria trailblazed as the first regular female news reader, inspiring a generation.
Angela Rippon presented radio and television news programmes in South West England before moving to BBC One’s Nine O’Clock News, becoming a regular presenter in 1975. She was a presenter on, and co-founder of, breakfast television franchisee TV-am.
Rippon first presented a national news programme on BBC2 in 1974. For a fortnight, she replaced newsreader Richard Baker – who was on holiday – on BBC One’s Nine O’Clock News, and was offered a permanent newsreading role on that programme in 1975.
She was the first presenter of BBC television’s Top Gear, presenting the motoring programme from 1977 to 1979 and appeared briefly on TV-am following its launch in 1983.
In 2007, she became a presenter on Cash in the Attic, a BBC One daytime television programme broadcast where presenters meet members of the general public, who seek out valuables and antiques to be sold at auction, in their homes.
In 2011 she joined the One Show, presenting a 5 minute slot called Rippon’s Britain. Also in that year, Rippon appeared on Children in Need, performing alongside BBC newsreaders Sian Williams, Susanna Reid, Sophie Raworth, and Emily Maitlis in a special one-off edition of Stricly Come Dancing.
Since 2014, she has co-hosted the ITV entertainment series Amazing Greys alongside Paddy McGuinness. The show proposes to pair a duo, an ‘older star with a younger partner’. The challenger can win £10,000, but in order to win this, the challenger must defeat the ‘greys’ on two games out of the three played.
Other Work & Recognition
Rippon is patron of the Old Time Dance Society, and in 2010, she attended the society’s 25th Anniversary Ball of the Year.
Angela was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004.
Angela Rippon has written fourteen books, toured with a production of Anything Goes and presented a segment of BBC One’s The One Show.