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Anita Rani
Born 25 October 1977 (1977-10-25) (age 32)
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Occupation Journalist, Broadcaster

Anita Rani (real name Anita Nazran, born 25 October 1977 in Bradford) is an English radio and television presenter and journalist in the United Kingdom.[1]



Rani was born and raised in Bradford to a mother of Sikh origins and Hindu father.[2] She developed an early interest in journalism, hosting her first show at the age of 14 on Sunrise Radio in Bradford. Later she studied Broadcasting at the University of Leeds.[1] After leaving university she worked as a researcher for the BBC and other organisations.


In 2002 she presented The Edit a live news and entertainment programme on Channel Five. She has also presented a number of pop shows on Five including Spring Break Live, Party in the Park and Pop City Live, as well as being a freelance journalist for Five News.[1] In Spring 2003 she fronted The State We're In, a satirical current affairs programme on BBC Three. She also presented the first Poetry Slam on the same channel. She was nominated as Best On Screen Personality at the Royal Television Society Midlands awards in 2005.[1]

Rani joined the BBC Asian Network radio station in March 2005, and became presenter of the weekend Hot Breakfast show. From April 2006 to March 2007 she presented the weekday morning talkback programme Anita Rani on the BBC Asian Network on the station.[3][4]

Since 20 May 2006, Rani has been a co-presenter of Desi DNA, an Arts programme on BBC Two. She was also part of the launch team that presented Destination Three, a late night entertainment zone on BBC Three.[1] In 2006 she was also a regular reporter on The Cricket Show' on Channel 4. In May 2006 she joined Sky Sports where she became co-presenter with Simon Thomas on the Cricket AM show each Saturday morning.[1]

She presented My Generation Next, shown on BBC News 24 between 2 December and 9 December 2006. She covered for Anita Anand on the late evening weekday show on BBC Radio Five Live in March and September 2007 and has presented World Have Your Say on the BBC World Service and Weekend Breakfast on Five Live. She has also covered on various shows for BBC 6 Music.

Since 2 August 2008, she is the co-presenter of Rogue Restaurants on BBC1, and has joined the team of roving reporters on The One Show.

From Monday, 2 March 2009 Anita appeared on BBC1's Watchdog as a new co-presenter, replacing Julia Bradbury, who had last appeared on the programme on Monday, 16 February 2009.

Away from the studio, she has undertaken commercial projects and is the face of Kingswood Educational Centres for Primary Schools in Anita Rani visits Kingswood where she spends a day at a Kingswood Educational Activity Centre.


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