18 facts you (probably) didn't know about Anita Rani

From star baking on the Great British Bakeoff to a love of Indiana Jones, learn all about Countryfile’s newest presenter Anita Rani.

25th August 2015
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18 facts you (probably) didn’t know about Countryfile presenter Anita Rani

1. Anita was born and bred in Bradford. 

2. Anita’s favourite place in the UK is Whitby and the wild expanses of North Yorkshire. 

3. Anita’s interest in journalism began when she was young. She hosted her first radio show at the age of 14 on Sunrise Radio in her home town of Bradford.

4. While studying in Leeds and working on Leeds Student Radio, Anita had a part-time job at West Yorkshire Playhouse, working in the box office, and says she loved getting to see all the plays for free.

5. Anita recalls a time when hers would be the only Asian family out in the Yorkshire countryside, but says thankfully that is now changing.

6. Anita credits her parents with encouraging her to be independent, individual and follow her dreams.

7. Anita's now married and lives in Hackney. 

8. Anita helped with the live coverage of the Royal Wedding in 2011, and got a first glimpse of Kate’s wedding dress before she left for Westminster Abbey.

9. In 2012 Anita won the first series of the BBC’s Great Sport Relief Bake Off.

10. Anita's favourite roadtrip was a drive from Shannon to Donegal in Ireland, along the dramatic coastline.

11. Another of Anita’s favourite places is Connemara on the west coast of Ireland. She's also desperate to visit the Highlands.

12. Anita’s Mastermind specialist subject would be all the Indiana Jones films.

13. Anita thinks a great idea for a television programme would be putting the entire government in the Big Brother house, and let the public set the tasks.

14. This October Anita will investigate her family history on Who Do You Think You Are?, exploring the story of the Punjab from World War I through to the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.

15. Anita recently proved herself an excellent shot when she joined the Femmes Fatales ladies clay pigeon shooting team on Countryfile at the CLA game fair.

16. An ideal day for Anita involves walking all day and then spending the evening in a pub with an open fire and a few creaky floorboards.

17. Anita believes that school trips to the countryside should be mandatory, especially for children who grow up in inner cities.

18. Anita’s rural hero is Michael Eavis, dairy farmer and founder of Glastonbury music festival.

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