Anna Williamson is an experienced TV and radio broadcaster, No1 best-selling author, counselor, life coach and Master NLP practitioner.
Anna uses this diverse skillset as the dating expert and presenter on Celebs Go Dating (E4), One Night Stand (E4) and Save Well, Spend Better (C4).
She is also the mental health expert on FYI: For Your Info (Sky News and Sky Kids) and reporter on hard-hitting films for Inside Out (BBC One).
Anna Williamson has two very successful podcasts; Breaking Mum & Dad, where Anna brings the no-nonsense conversation about parenting and paternal mental health from her book to life, alongside other celebrity parents and her partner Alex.
Plus LuAnna the Podcast which boasts over 16 million downloads which she co-hosts with Luisa Zissman and is a light-hearted podcast where both debate and talk openly about topical issues.
Anna Williamson is a passionate campaigner for mental health and wellbeing; with her experiences of post-natal depression, she is an excellent speaker on parental mental health issues, having suffered from GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) which is what brought her to write her first book (no 1 on Amazon) Breaking Mad. Anna’s first-hand experience with mental health difficulties and extensive portfolio of broadcasting jobs make her an ideal fit for live event hosting.
Anna Williamson had her first taste of fame at the age of 15 in the girl group Blush, but when she was 17, a chance opportunity to present on the children’s television programme Milkshake! (1997-) on Channel 5, alongside Angelica Bell and Konnie Huq lead her to a role presenting on the Disney Channel. She has since presented for CiTV, Nickelodeon, ITV, Sky, Channel 5, BBC, Channel 4, and MTV, as well as broadcasting on Virgin Radio, Five Live, Radio 1 and Capital FM.
The combination of working for popular networks such as Nickelodeon meant Anna was soon being snapped up to present everything from Scary Sleepover (2004), Toonattik (2005), Jamie and Anna’s Big Weekend (2010), Camp Orange, (2011-2012) and House of Anubis (2011-2013).
In 2011, Anna started appearing as a guest entertainment report for ITV’s Daybreak (2010-2014) followed by This Morning (1988-) in 2013 as their agony aunt. In 2014, Anna became a regular on ITV’s Good Morning Britain (2014-) and Lorraine (2010-), covering everything from celebrities to hard-hitting news and competitions. Alongside her presenting gigs, Anna transferred her skills to the Digital Spy website, writing a column that regularly reached over 100,000 people.
Her increasing fame saw her co-hosting Channel 5’s Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (2011-2018) with Ryan Clark, as their on-screen psychology expert. She was then seen on the second series of ITV reality show Splash! (2013-2014) making it to the semi-final.
Anna Williamson fast became a go-to host for red carpet events such as the Kung Fu Panda (2008) red carpet, backstage at the BAFTAs, the Bounce Festival, Nickelodeon’s Skills Awards, the European Music Awards, and the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in AL where she interviewed big stars such as Jack Black, One Direction and the Kardashians. She was also chosen as the host of the 2015 Gumball 3000, an international motorsports rally, where she was seen in the company of Robbie Fowler, Dolph Lundgren and Lewis Hamilton.
She has worked for a variety of blue-chip companies, advertisement campaigns and charities such as Viacom, Camelot, Elderman, Barnardo’s, Dream Toys and Weetabix. She was also the voiceover for the Smyths Toys’ Christmas campaign, Transport for London and Sony. Other Corporate clients include Nickelodeon, Disney, Land Securities, Argos, Chad Valley, Child Line, Princes Trust, BAFTA’s, BP, Champneys, World Label Awards, TK Maxx, HomeSense and American Express. To book Anna for your voiceover campaign contact our celebrity V/O booking agent Alex at Great British Voices.
Away from public life, Anna suffered from an almost crippling battle with generalised anxiety disorder. She spoke out about her experiences and realised there was still a stigma around having mental health difficulties. To help fight these stigmas, Anna became an ambassador for charity Mind, qualified as a counsellor and life coach, and now runs her own private coaching practice. She is also a proud spokesperson for Childline and The Prince’s Trust, co-hosting the Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards alongside Ant and Dec and HRH The Prince of Wales. Anna can be seen discussing hard-hitting topics such as mental health and family relationships on This Morning, but she also takes her experiences to schools and businesses, whilst fronting awareness campaigns for AOL, The Telegraph and YouTube.
Anna has taken her interest in well-being and used it in a number of popular television shows. She was the behavioural coach for MTV’s Single AF (2017-2018), the dating and relationship expert on E4’s Celebs Go Dating (2016-) the agony aunt for The Anna Williamson Show on Talk Radio and The Mental Health Show on BBC3 Counties Radio. She has been a part of a number of wellbeing awareness campaigns for a number of companies including American Express, YMCA, NHS, TK Maxx & HomeSense, WOMANUP, Derby Homes, Champneys, Nutra Concepts, Viacom, Busy Bees, Argos, Land Securities, Haven and Barnardo’s.
Aware that not everyone can access her sessions, Anna Williamson put pen to paper and has written three very successful books on mental health and wellbeing. Breaking Mad: The Insider’s Guide to Conquering Anxiety (2017) was written with clinical psychologist Dr Reetta Newell and was a national bestseller, Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insider’s Guide to Parenting Anxiety (2018) was published alongside a podcast that can regularly be seen in the #1 spot on the iTunes chart, and finally How Not to Lose It: Mental Health Sorted (2019) aimed predominately at young people. Anna also wrote a short story, Flo & The Funny Feelings (2017) in collaboration with the NHS to help raise awareness of mental health in children. She also co-hosts the popular podcast LuAnna: The Podcast alongside Luisa Zissman, a light-hearted opportunity to discuss topical issues.
Anna’s wealth of experience and versatility means that she can offer a wealth of presenting styles, such as web videos, broadcast, live presenting, narration and voiceovers. She is engaging, thoughtful and experienced and adept in front of live audiences.
“Anna is a passionate speaker, drawing on her own experiences to explain how she has overcome mental health issues to forge a successful career in TV and radio, whilst also providing tips to attendees on how they can improve their own mental health. A post briefing survey of staff concluded that over 95% of those attending felt better informed about mental health, having listened to Anna.”
– Maria Murphy, Managing Director, Derby Homes
“We worked with Anna on the creation of a video for a children’s toy brand, alongside some child models. Anna maintained her energy and positive atitude throughout a long day of filming and our whole crew on site found her a pleasure to work with. She totally understood the messages we were trying to deliver and worked well with the kids on the shoot – a consummate professional whom we would not hesitate to recommend (and have done so to our other clients since!)”
– Lucy Daies, Senior Account Manager, Markettiers4DC
“Anna has successfully hosted the Land Securities Community Employment Awards for several years. She is always very professional but also brings fun and laughter to the awards as we celebrate those individuals who have overcome significant barriers to complete training and sustain employment. Anna is engaging, emotive and witty and we love working with her year on year.”
– Debbie Akehurst, Head of Economy and Community, Land Securities
“Absolutely amazing. I left feeling energised and with the feeling, it’s ok to talk about issues without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. Anna was so relateable and refreshing! More like this please, definitely the best Network event.”
– Employee at Anna’s talk in the American Express Brighton office.