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Ant Anstead
Born
Anthony Richard Anstead

28 March 1979 (1979-03-28) (age 42)
Plymouth, Devon, England
Occupation Television presenter, motor specialist, car builder, designer, artist
Known for For the Love of Cars
Wheeler Dealers
Spouse(s)
Louise Anstead
(m. 2005; div. 2017)
Christina Haack
(m. 2018; div. 2021)
Children 3

Anthony Richard Anstead (born 28 March 1979) is an English television presenter, motor specialist, car builder, designer and artist, best known for co-presenting the Channel 4 automotive show For the Love of Cars with Philip Glenister. In 2017 Anstead took over from Edd China as co-host of the show Wheeler Dealers, alongside Mike Brewer.

Early life

Anstead was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, on 28 March 1979. He lived in Ely, Cambridgeshire, until the age of ten, then moved with his family to Hertfordshire. He was schooled at Richard Hale School, Hertford, and then attended the nearby Haileybury School to complete his A-levels.

Early career

Anstead joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in 1999 and became a Police Constable first stationed at Bishop's Stortford. He moved to Cheshunt police station and then became a member of the Tactical Firearms Team (TFU) in Welwyn Garden City. During his police career, Anstead received two commendations for acts of bravery.

In 2005 Anstead resigned from the Police to pursue a career as a car builder. He started building and restoring cars for clients and built recreation cars and one-offs. He also built unique pieces of art and sculpture and many of his works are housed globally in museums and private collections.

Anstead played semi-professional football for over 15 years playing over 700 matches at Ryman level and made the transition from goalkeeper to striker, most notably becoming the only player to win Ryman league promotions in both positions.

Television career

Anstead started his own television production company in 2014, producing his own show The World’s Most Expensive Cars.

In 2014, he was approached to host a new Channel 4 car show with British actor Philip Glenister. Since then Anstead has hosted a number of television shows and in 2015, Anstead hosted BBC Two's live show Building Cars Live, alongside James May and Kate Humble.

Anstead hosts the live stages of some of UK's car shows as well as after dinner speaking and motivational speaking in schools and charities.

In one of Ant's recent shows Ant Anstead Master Mechanic, Ant uses a variety of components, from spare parts to donor cars to hand-build an Alfa Romeo 158. The show sees Anstead work with a variety of automotive personalities and experts in the field.

In addition to Master Mechanic, Ant is also part of the new 'World's Greatest Cars' series. The new show sees a panel of motoring experts cover the 5 greatest sports cars ever made. The cars are evaluated on their iconic designs and game-changing performance.

Wheeler Dealers

In 2017, Anstead replaced Edd China as co-host of Wheeler Dealers. In November 2020, Anstead revealed he would be leaving the show a month after announcing his divorce from wife Christina Anstead.

Personal life

Anstead has a daughter, Amelie, and son, Archie, with his first wife Louise. They divorced in 2017.

He began dating American television personality Christina El Moussa in October 2017. On 22 December 2018, they married at their Newport Beach, California home. Together they have one son, Hudson. They announced their separation on September 18, 2020.

Anstead is patron of Harrison's Fund, a charity that supports research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Channel
2014 For the Love of Cars Presenter Channel 4
2015 Building Cars Live BBC Two
2016 Worlds Most Expensive Cars Channel 4

BBC Worldwide

2016 The One Show BBC One
2016 Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth BBC Two
2016 New York: America's Busiest City Presenter BBC Two
2016 Craft: I Made This Channel 4
2016 The Lost Lotus: Restoring a Race Car Channel 4
2017-2020 Wheeler Dealers Motor Trend
2017 Britain's Greatest Invention Presenter BBC Two
2017 Craft It Yourself Channel 4
2017 Sunday Brunch - Live Channel 4
2018 Barrett-Jackson Live Auto Auction Discovery Channel
2019 Ant Anstead Master Mechanic Motor Trend
2019 Christina On The Coast HGTV
2020 World's Greatest Cars Sky
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