Fans of The Chase are always wondering what the stars of the show are up to in their lives outside of being quizzers.
Whether it’s a bit about The Dark Destroyer’s life off the hot seat as a lecturer and lawyer, or The Vixen’s time on University Challenge when she was a student – we love to hear about it.
One of the toughest Chasers to get any change from is Anne Hegerty, who continues to be one of the most favoured characters on the show.
On the show, she’s a ruthless quizzer and off it, she rarely divulges too much about her private life, My London reports.
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But a while back when she appeared on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, she showed a more personal side to her and that she wasn’t always under the guise of the stern Governess.
Anne burst onto the scene in 2010 and is now the fearsome quiz master we know today.
She started her life as a reporter in the mid-80s at the South Wales Argus in Wales and photos of her 40 years ago show her to have long brunette hair and a shy smile.
She moved to Manchester to become a ghostwriter, then her quizzing career took off.
With her insane memory, she began touring around the country participating in low budget quizzes all the while keeping her brain sharp and facts accumulating.
Her first TV appearance was on Mastermind in 1980s, then Are You An Egghead?
She said: “I didn’t actually become an Egghead but I was third on that competition, and that sort of put me on the map. I didn’t realise, but the quizzing community is a little incestuous community and everyone knows everybody.”
Anne’s love life has been largely kept under wraps but at one point the Internet was claiming she was married to this anonymous man called Jake Hester.
The rumour was quickly debunked by Anne herself responding to a fan on Twitter. She said: “Is it (Wikipedia) still claiming I’m married to someone called Jake Hester? I’ve given up trying to correct it.”
Another time back in 2014 she replied to a fan that she wasn’t a lesbian.
A few years back she told fans: “I did use to have a Californian boyfriend whose mother was a DAR. Naturally, he was pro-immigration!”
Anne mentioned that if she were to get a man, he would have to be a clever clogs and a fan of literature.
She also said that if he wasn’t a quizzer it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but the guy would have to take into consideration her quiz career.
She was always into older men, and expressed her love for Tommy Lee Jones, although she is known to have a crush on boxer David Haye.
Anne doesn’t have any kids but doesn’t mind that at all.
She expressed that she ‘dodged a bullet’ by not having a family, saying that children are not only ‘chaotic’ but also incredibly expensive.
Aside from this, Anne is on the autism spectrum and was diagnosed in 2005.
She added: “You don’t miss what you haven’t had and I just think I love the peace and quiet of my life. I would like more of it.
“I’d had all my life what they call executive dysfunction, which sounds very much like laziness but it’s like where you really want to get things done and you just simply can’t see your way to doing it, you can’t get the brain cells lined up without getting distracted.
“I lived in a flat that’s owned by a housing association, it’s called shared ownership. You own half the flat, you pay rent on the other half.
“I had essentially not been paying my rent and one of the housing association’s officers sort of knocked on my door and she charged right in and said ‘right we will fix this, we will sort this out.”
Now she is an ambassador for the National Autistic Society.
While facing the Governess is one of the most daunting tasks ever, off-screen Anne is as likeable as ever.