"The fact that I put on so much weight was probably symptomatic of what was going wrong at home."
Anne Margaret Diamond was born in Birmingham on September 8, 1954, the second of three daughters in a conventional middle-class family. Her father James was a radar scientist who had been posted to Malvern during the war, where he met Anne's mother, a local girl called Marguerite, a former nurse. After leaving school, Diamond decided to become a journalist and landed a job on the Bridgewater Mercury.
Her first TV job was as a researcher for BBC Bristol. She then moved to ATV as a reporter and newsreader. She moved to BBC's Nationwide and then to sofa-land of TV-am, which had been struggling after several big-name presenters left. Diamond's partnership with Nick Owen made them both stars as the show soon topped breakfast TV ratings. On leaving in 1989, she worked on radio, hosted TV Weekly, and then re-teamed with Owen for Good Morning with Anne and Nick, which had been designed as the BBC's answer to This Morning. It ran for 600 editions. In 2002, she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. She has been a regular panellist on The Wright Stuff since 2003.
Tuesday 17 Mar, 10:00pm