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Annabel Giles
Born (1959-05-20)20 May 1959
Died 20 November 2023(2023-11-20) (aged 64)
Occupation Presenter, actress, novelist, model
Spouse(s) Midge Ure (divorced 1989)
Children Molly Lorenne (b. March 1987)
Ted Giles (b. February 1998)

Annabel Claire Giles (20 May 1959 – 20 November 2023) was a British television and radio presenter. She also worked as a counsellor, psychotherapist, model, actress, and novelist.

Early life and career

Giles was born in Griffithstown, near Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales, the eldest of three sisters. She was expelled from boarding school at age 16 for going to see Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel play in Bristol, where she was seen smoking in the street.

Career

Between 1977 and 1982, she trained and worked as a secretary, mostly employed in advertising agencies. Whilst attending a shoot for Boots No. 7 cosmetics, royal make-up artist Barbara Daly suggested taking a shot of her. Giles agreed, and the agency subsequently used the shot for their campaign. Giles was then signed up by top agency Models 1, and became the official model for Max Factor.

She started her media career in the 1990s on Razzmatazz and Night Network, and appeared in the 1993 film Riders. She came to prominence as co-presenter of ITV's Posh Frocks and New Trousers with Sarah Greene. She was in numerous entertainment shows, and a panelist on game shows ranging from Have I Got News for You to Shooting Stars. She was a regular panelist on Through the Keyhole and BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends and also appeared on BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute, and On Noel Edmonds' House Party.

In 1995, Giles wrote and performed a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival called Looking for Mr.Giles, and a second show the following year, Anyone Can be A TV Presenter.

Giles' first novel, Birthday Girls, reached number six in the top ten on the best-seller lists in 2001. She published Crossing the Paradise Line in 2003 and The Defrosting of Charlotte Small in 2006.

In November 2013, Giles and Vincent Simone entered the Australian jungle as late arrivals in the 13th season of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Giles was the first celebrity to leave the jungle, on 1 December.

From 2014, Giles regularly guested on the Channel 5 chat show The Wright Stuff hosted by Matthew Wright. In summer 2018 she appeared on ITV2's My Shirley Valentine Summer and was the resident agony aunt on the Eleri Sion show for BBC Radio Wales.

After retraining, she worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Brighton and London. Giles was a patron of the charity for parents of children with special needs, Amaze Brighton.

Personal life

In 1985, Giles married the lead singer of Ultravox, Midge Ure. Their daughter, Molly Lorenne, was born in March 1987. Molly became the lead singer of pop punk group The Faders. Giles and Ure separated in 1989. Giles had a son named Ted Giles, who was born with XYY syndrome and Asperger syndrome; in 2011, having written a blog outlining the difficulties in educating a child with these issues, she received help from an anonymous benefactor towards his education.

In July 2023, Giles was diagnosed with a brain tumour. On 20 November 2023, she died at the age of 64 at Martlets Hospice in Hove.

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