Special Guests 2013

Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan is an impressionist, stand-up comic, actor, director and writer best known to British audiences for The Big Impression which was, for four years, one of BBC1's top-rating comedy programmes - winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA and for the much-admired, recent ITV1 sports-comedy 'You Cannot Be Serious'.

He has also worked extensively in theatre and appeared in the West End in Art, Cabaret, The Mikado, Pygmalion and Little Shop of Horrors.

As an actor on television he played the lead role in BBC1's 'Mayo' and, on film, played Nico in 'Driving Aphrodite' alongside Nia Vardalos. He wrote the play 'Timing' Comedy' at the and the book 'A Matter of Life and Death' or 'How To Wean Your Man of Football' with former comedy partner Ronni Ancona. He also provided voices for the iconic 'Spitting Image'.

Alistair will be joining the Ladies Who Rock with his whole new squad of impressions from Roy Hodgson to Wayne Rooney, John Bishop to Eddie Jordan, David Mitchell to Roberto Martinez, Gareth Southgate to Jane McDonald and Louie Spence to Jedward.
Anna Williamson

Anna Williamson

After her first job reporting for Carlton Television alongside Angellica Bell, Konnie Huq and Naomi Wilkinson, she was offered a role on Disney Channel and presented Studio Disney weekdays, as well as the Disney Channel Kids Awards in front of 10,000 people.

After a year at Disney, Anna was snapped up by TransWorld International (TWI) to host a daily live technology show, Gamer, where she completed over 200 live shows. Other credits include, The Tech Guide for G-Cap Media, Channel 5’s shows Milkshake, The Core and Shake and co-hosting the Channel 5 Summer Roadshows and Robot Wars. For ITV, Rescue Robots, Scary Sleepover, Skillicious and CiTV and she has also fronted various shows in the USA, the most memorable for At It Productions on the hit movie starring Amy Adams, Enchanted.

In 2005, Anna joined GMTV where she co-presented with Jamie Rickers on the number 1 rating kids show, Toonattik. After 6 years on the successful show, the duo were snapped up by Nickelodeon to host ‘Jamie and Anna’s U Pick Summer’ and then ‘Jamie and Anna’s Big Weekend’. Together, they have completed over seven separate series for Nickelodeon, including popular fanzine show ‘Anubis Unlocked’. They have just finished their second season of hit series, ‘Camp Orange’ and this summer they are touring their adventure game show ‘Boys v Girls – The Ultimate Challenge’.

For the last two years Anna has taken charge of the ‘orange’ carpet for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, interviewing Snoop Dog, Jack Black, Will Smith and One Direction. She has just hosted the Main Stage at the new Bounce Festival and at the end of the summer, she will host the sold-out Nickelodeon Skills Awards.

Anna is also a regular on ITV's Daybreak and Lorraine, where she has covered everything from celeb interviews to current affairs and she regularly hosts the weekly competitions. Due to her natural interest, tenacity and passion to bring the latest showbiz news to the masses, she is considered a highly credible source within the industry and was delighted when asked to join Digital Spy as an entertainment columnist.

In addition to her television and stage career, Anna is a keen charity supporter and is very proud of her ambassador role for The Princes Trust and The Young Variety Club. In 2009 she gained a Diploma in Counselling and has since joined Childline as a qualified and practicing volunteer counsellor. This year, she was appointed as an official ambassador for the charity Mind, which offers advice and support to those suffering with mental health issues. Anna used to suffer from severe anxiety, which she now talks openly about and she wants to let people know it’s OK to ask for help. She is determined to make a difference and this summer joined ITV’s award winning show This Morning as an agony aunt, where alongside hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, she presented her own weekly strand 'Ask Anna'.

Anna is also a versatile voice over artist and credits include Sony, GMTV, ITV, Channel 4, Nickelodeon, MTV and Living TV.
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