Anneka Rice young: Pictures of the TV star from the start of her career

ANNEKA RICE, a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2019, found fame in the early 1980s. Take a look at pictures of the TV star from her heyday including her time on Treasure Hunt and Challenge Anneka.

Anneka Rice young: Pictures of the TV star from the start of her career

Anneka Rice young: Pictures of the TV star from the start of her career (Image: Getty Images)

Anneka Rice, 60, is a celebrity contestant on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing 2019.

The beautiful blonde, who has been partnered with last year’s champion Kevin Clifton on the show, is no stranger to the world of TV having shot to fame as a television presenter in the early 1980s.

The Welsh-born star began her broadcasting career on children’s TV in 1982, presenting a show called CBTV and then went on to star in Channel 4 programme Treasure Hunt.

The success of the BAFTA-nominated show led Anneka to create her own - and arguably her most famous programme - Challenge Anneka.

The reality game show, which saw the jumpsuit-clad star complete a task in a short period time in aid of a charitable cause or local community, launched on BBC One in 1989 and ran for five years.

Following the series, the television personality went on to present shows such as Wish You Were Here…? and Good Morning Britain but took a break from the limelight to spend time with her young children.

The mother-of-three, who shares two sons with her first husband Nick Allott, 65, and one son with TV executive Tom Gutteridge, 67, has also produced books about skiing and scuba diving and studied painting at Chelsea College of Art.

She later presented BBC’s Holiday and made guest appearances on several cookery shows including Hell’s Kitchen and Come Dine with Me.

Take a look back at pictures of Strictly 2019 contestant Anneka Rice from the start of her career.

Anneka Rice found fame in the early 1980s

Anneka Rice found fame in the early 1980s (Image: Getty Images)

A fresh-faced Anneka Rice photographed in 1983

A fresh-faced Anneka Rice photographed in 1983 (Image: Getty Images)

Anneka Rice is a celebrity contestant on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing 2019

Anneka Rice is a celebrity contestant on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing 2019 (Image: Getty Images)

Anneka Rice pictured in 1983

Anneka Rice pictured in 1983 (Image: Getty Images)

Anneka Rice appeared in popular Channel 4 show Treasure Hunt

Anneka Rice appeared in popular Channel 4 show Treasure Hunt (Image: Getty Images)

Anneka Rice makes a phone call on Challenge Anneka

Anneka Rice makes a phone call on Challenge Anneka (Image: BBC)

Anneka Rice filming scenes at the Sydney Oper House in 1987

Anneka Rice filming scenes for Treasure Hunt at the Sydney Oper House in 1987 (Image: Getty Images)

Anneka Rice won 'Rear of the Year' in 1986

Anneka Rice won 'Rear of the Year' in 1986 (Image: Getty Images)

Anneka Rice presented Holiday in 2001

Anneka Rice presented Holiday in 2001 (Image: BBC)

Anneka Rice presented children’s TV in 1982

Anneka Rice presented children’s TV in 1982 (Image: Getty Images)

Anneka Rice and her husband Nick Allott in 1988

Anneka Rice and her husband Nick Allott in 1988 (Image: Getty Images)