Annabel Croft is a former British Tennis Champion who retired from professional tennis at the age of twenty-one. Her charm and entertaining playing style had made her a great favourite with the crowds, both live at tennis events and on television and these attributes transferred naturally to the world of media.
Immediately after her retirement, Annabel Croft developed, and continues to enjoy, long term relationships with many of the leading broadcasters’ tennis output, both as an anchor, tennis reporter and as an all round sports correspondent.
Annabel Croft developed a successful media career initially as the glamorous face of Channel 4’s Treasure Hunt and ITV’s Interceptor and in recent years has used her vast experience of the tennis circuit to contribute to a number of channel’s coverage of the sport.
Filming continually through 2006, Annabel also hosted her own series The Flying Picnic for ITV and Sky Travel. Travelling around in an original DeHavilland Moth plane, she collected the ingredients from around Britain to recreate the famous household guru’s ‘Mrs Beeton’s Picnic for Forty’ which since airing has received record viewer ratings. Tapping into her passion of healthy and fun eating and cooking for family and friends, The Flying Picnic saw Annabel celebrate the quality of food Britain really has to offer.
Fitter, healthier and more confident than ever, both and on and off screen, Annabel is fast becoming a new favourite with kids and parents alike proving herself serious competition for anyone that would like to take the challenge. She came just 2 points off winning BBC1’s Superstars where she led the woman’s team throughout the whole series. She has also successfully completed the New York marathon and remains committed to a fitness regime that has seen her look better than ever.
Naturally every year sees Annabel continue to play an integral role in the coverage of Wimbledon for the BBC, Radio 5 Live, LBC and GMTV as she keeps her involvement in the game at the highest level both on and off screen. She is also a key member of British Eurosport’s coverage of the French and US Opens and Sky’s coverage of the Australian Open.
She is also frequent guest on lifestyle shows such as The Wright Stuff, The Entertainment Show, GMTV, Out and About and This Morning.
Annabel Croft is a popular choice for a whole raft of corporate functions. Her natural style and charm lend her perfectly to gala dinner evenings and awards ceremonies, which she hosts with ease and understated glamour. Annabel adds a touch of class to any evening event and her genuine enjoyment for hosting such occasions translates fluidly from the stage…
Annabel has a strong and opinionated outlook on modern society making for a great conference host. Suitable for linking and facilitating general company conferences, her natural spark and approachable nature ensure that audiences relate to her easily.
The latest addition to Annabel’s corporate portfolio is her after-dinner speech in which she presents a light-hearted look at her tennis and media experiences over the last 20 years. She begins with growing up on the tennis circuit as one of Britain’s youngest and most successful female players of the era.
Her humorous tales of wide-eyed naivety will entertain, engage and amuse. She moves on to her numerous media experiences, starting with Treasure Hunt and then divulging some of her more unusual, lesser known exploits, all the while incorporating anecdotal tales of some of Britain’s best loved personalities. Annabel culminates with behind the scenes tales of one of our favourite summer fortnights – Wimbledon – where she presents and provides commentary every year. Annabel’s natural style and wit ensure a flowing and amusing low-key after dinner speech that is suitable for numerous audiences.