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Michaela Strachan
Born 7 April 1966 (1966-04-07) (age 43)
Ewell, Surrey, England
Occupation Television presenter

Michaela Evelyn Ann Strachan (born 7 April 1966 in Ewell, Surrey) is an English television presenter.

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Personal life

Strachan attended Claremont Fan Court School, Esher, a Christian Science school.[1]. Later, while at college, she briefly held jobs as an Avon lady and as a kissogram.[2] After studying at ArtsEd London, Strachan performed in theatre before moving to children's television.

She is a vegetarian and was married to film-maker Duncan Chard, but they divorced after five years. On 8 June 2005, she gave birth to her son Oliver with Nick Chevalier. The couple live in Cape Town, South Africa with Chevalier's children: daughter Jade and two sons, Tom and Sam.[3].

Career

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Television

Strachan was a prominent personality on British Saturday morning television in the 1980s, being involved in such programmes as TV-am and Wide Awake Club with Timmy Mallett. In 1988 she hosted the pan-European music show Boogie Box on music channel Music Box. In 1993 Strachan joined the team of presenters of the The Really Wild Show, a wildlife programme for children on BBC 1,[4] becoming one of the programme's most prominent presenters and continuing until its cancellation in 2006. Strachan starred as "Her" in the music show The Hitman and Her alongside Pete Waterman. She has also featured in a small acting role in the BBC sitcom Game On.Strachan has also done wildlife shows such as Michaela's zoo babies and Michaela's animal road trip.

Since the 1990s, Strachan has mostly been noted for her appearances on wildlife television. Her approach towards animals is more light-hearted than that of presenters such as David Attenborough, and she is often seen giggling whilst being affectionately mobbed by anything from dolphins to wolves. More recently Strachan has been the principal presenter on the multi-BAFTA-award-winning wildlife series, Michaela's Wild Challenge (Two Hand Productions for Five TV) and a regular presenter for BBC's Countryfile. For the former show she won a BAFTA for Best Presenter in 2006. While filming an item for Countryfile in 2002, Strachan entered the World Gurning competition at Egremont Crab Fair. To her surprise she won the Ladies' World Gurning Crown.[5] She has also been in Orangutan Diary with Steve Leonard. This programme followed the daily routines at a reserve for orphaned orangutans in Borneo.

She now advertises Music CDs For Time Life.

Music

Strachan has also had a brief music career as "Michaela" with two UK singles ; a cover of Edwin Starr's "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio - UK #62" in 1989 and "Take Good Care Of My Heart - UK #66" in 1990.

In 2007, British band Scouting For Girls included a song called "Michaela Strachan (You Broke My Heart)" on their eponymous debut album, as a hidden track.

Other

Strachan is a celebrity supporter of the charity World Vision as a child sponsor. She also supports their Alternative Gifts charity— life-changing gifts for communities in the developing world.[6] She is the author of a book entitled Wild About Baby Animals.

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