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Anita Rani

Presenter, world traveller, Strictly Come Dancer

Anita is one of the lead presenters on BBC One’s Countryfile and is a regular part of the One Show team.
Having wowed the audience of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 with her hard work, enthusiasm and total fearlessness, Anita returned to the dance floor as host of the Live Tour in 2017.
With a back-to-back diary since her dancing days, 2016 was a busy year for Anita. At the beginning of the year, 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 Refugee Camp: Our Desert Home featured as a prime time two part series on BBC One.
In January 2016, Anita also travelled to the U.S to explore New York: America’s Busiest City for a three part BBC 2 series. Anita and co-presenters, Ade Adepitan and Dan Snow, investigated the transport links, local delicacies and the beautiful landscapes of the Big Apple.
Delving into her family tree, Anita featured in the popular BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? In an episode that resonated widely, 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.
Turning her hand to live TV, Anita joined the team at ITV’s This Morning for 5 shows across the summer, co-hosting alongside TV chef James Martin. She has also hosted the One Show on a number of occasions.
During another trip to India, Anita got stuck into experiencing the daily life of a commuter, enduring a hectic commute from CST station in Mumbai and exploring the complex food delivery system in the city. The World’s Busiest Railway Station featured as part of the BBC’s major India season in 2015.
Anita has presented a wide-range of factual programmes, for both the This World strand, and the Four Wheels series, both on BBC Two.
Her resume also includes Escape To the Continent, as well as the RTS award-winning Four Rooms on Channel 4. In 2012, Anita turned her hand to baking and was crowned Comic Relief’s Great British Bake Off’s inaugural winner. A highlight of Anita’s earlier career was presenting the monumental Royal Wedding ceremony back in 2011, broadcast live to millions worldwide on BBC One.
Summer 2016 saw the first ever Countryfile Live event held at Blenheim Palace. An interactive four day festival including food and gift markets, live talks and numerous outdoor activates saw more than 125,000 pass through the famous grounds.
Much in demand, Anita’s expeditions have taken her all over the world. Anita’s infectious enthusiasm, passion and wide-ranging interests mean she is equally happy at home 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!

How To Fall In Love With A City

I travel all the time - mainly for work and chances are a city will feature - even if I am going to the countryside or some far-flung destination - because cities are portals to lots of different places.
10/10/2017 10:16 BST

India's Supersize Kids

India is a food nation; the one thing you don't deny people is food. My mum taught me, if someone comes to your house you always offer them something to eat. Traditional Indian food is full of vegetables, lentils, rice, wholemeal bread; recipes taught and passed down from generation to generation, but it's hardly a high fat diet. So how was I now back in India to make to make a programme for the BBC about the emerging crisis of obesity, or 'dia-besity' that's unfolding there?
13/08/2013 00:25 BST