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Who was Annabel Giles married to? All about her husband and children

Annabel Giles was a British former television and radio presenter.

Latterly she worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist, and has also worked as a model, actress and novelist.

Annabel Giles

Who was Annabel Giles?

Annabel Claire Giles was born in Griffithstown, near Pontypool, Monmouthshire, in Wales, the eldest of three sisters.

She was expelled from boarding school aged 16 for going to see Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel play in Bristol, where she was seen smoking in the street.

Between 1977 and 1982, she trained and worked as a secretary, mostly employed in advertising agencies.

Whilst attending a shoot for Boots No. 7 cosmetics, royal make-up artist Barbara Daly suggested taking a shot of her.

Giles agreed, and the agency subsequently used the shot for their campaign. Giles was then signed up by top agency Models 1, and became the official model for Max Factor.

She started her media career in the 1990s on Razzmatazz and Night Network, and appeared in the 1993 film Riders. She came to prominence as co-presenter of ITV’s Posh Frocks and New Trousers with Sarah Greene.

She was in numerous entertainment shows, and a panelist on game shows ranging from Have I Got News for You to Shooting Stars; she was a regular panelist on Through the Keyhole and BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute.

Annabel Giles

On Noel Edmonds’ House Party she guessed a Gotcha! before it had even started.

In 1995, Giles wrote and performed a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival, called Looking for Mr.Giles, and a second show the following year, ‘Anyone Can be A TV Presenter’.

Giles’ first novel, Birthday Girls, reached number 6 in the top 10 in the best-seller lists in 2001. She published Crossing the Paradise Line in 2003 and The Defrosting of Charlotte Small in 2006.

In November 2013, Giles and Vincent Simone entered the Australian jungle as late arrivals in the 13th season of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. Giles was the first celebrity to leave the jungle, on 1 December.

From 2014, Giles regularly guested on the Channel 5 chat show The Wright Stuff hosted by Matthew Wright.

In summer 2018 she appeared on ITV2’s “my Shirley Valentine Summer’ and is currently the resident agony aunt on the Eleri Sion show for BBC Radio Wales.

Since retraining, she worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist in Brighton and London. Giles is a patron of the charity for parents of children with special needs, Amaze Brighton.

Annabel Giles


Annabel Giles Husband: Who was Annabel Giles married to? 

Annabel Giles was married to Midge Ure, the lead singer of Ultravox and a founder of Band Aid and Live Aid.

They married in 1985 and divorced in 1989.

Annabel Giles Children: Did Annabel Giles have kids?

Annabel Giles had two children: a daughter and a son.

Her daughter is Molly McQueen, who was born in March 1987.

She is the daughter of Giles’ first husband, Midge Ure, the lead singer of Ultravox and a founder of Band Aid and Live Aid.

Her son is Ted Giles, who was born in February 1998. His father is not publicly known.

Ted was born with XYY syndrome and Asperger syndrome, and Giles wrote a blog about the challenges of educating a child with these conditions.

In July 2023 Annabel was diagnosed with cancer, and died on the 20th of November 2023 at Martlets Hospice in Hove, her children announced in a statement,

Giles’s children, Molly and Tedd, paid tribute to their mother, who had been diagnosed with stage four cancer earlier this year.

“In July, Mum was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Glioblastoma, a fast-growing and highly aggressive malignant brain tumour,” her children wrote.

“In the four months that followed, she displayed remarkable resilience and strength, despite undergoing brain surgery and countless radiotherapies.

“In her final weeks, she was passionate about raising awareness for Glioblastoma, embodying her lifelong commitment to helping others.”

The statement continued: “Mum was truly one of a kind, an enigma to those privileged to share her life. True to her nature, she kept spirits high and maintained her quick wit until the very end.”

Giles’s children added that their mother’s “humour and laughter” will leave them inspired to “live life to the fullest, just as she always did”.

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