The TV presenter shares her favourite hobbies and reveals her childhood career ambitions

Angela Rippon at the The Importance of Being Earnest play press night in 2015

Angela Rippon loves to play tennis when she’s not working © REX Shutterstock

Angela Rippon’s first taste of the spotlight came in 1966 when she bagged a job at BBC South West.

She went on to become a reporter for BBC TV news and fronted her first national broadcast on BBC2 in 1974.

Since then, Angela has provided coverage for Prince Charles’ wedding to Princess Diana, the general election and hosted quiz show Masterteam.

Angela has also presented programmes including Holiday Hit Squad and Amazing Greys.

How do you take your tea?

I’m lactose intolerant, so I have herbal teas. Fresh mint tea is a particular favourite.

Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?

My dad. He’s sadly no longer with us, and I miss his counsel, his wisdom and his friendship.

How do you spend your spare time?

I really enjoy playing tennis, so I do that whenever I can.

I read a lot and I go to the theatre as often as possible.

I’m also a keen photographer, so I spend a lot of time out and about with my camera.

Tell us about your work with the Alzheimer’s Society…

My late mother, Edna, had vascular dementia, and I began to volunteer for the Society as a result of that.

One in three people knows someone with dementia, but there’s still a real stigma surrounding it.

It’s a huge medical and social problem, which I believe must be tackled.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I always wanted to be a journalist, but I was born in 1944 so I didn’t learn about broadcasting and presenting until much later on.

I was always particularly interested in photojournalism, so in a way I’ve fulfilled my ambition as working in television is the ultimate form of photojournalism!

What would it surprise people to know about you?

I’ve worked in television for almost 40 years now, so I don’t think there’s anything to say that people don’t already know.

But if there is, well, it’s quite nice to keep something private!

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