Anneka Rice has become something of a fan favourite on Strictly Come Dancing thanks to her newly found love of dancing and her blossoming friendship with her dance partner, Kevin Clifton. While we're waiting for the pair to dance together once again on Saturday's episode, find out everything you need to know about the TV presenter's family life, from her previous and current relationships to her children...
Is Anneka Rice married?
Anneka was previously married to theatre producer Nick Allott from 1988 until their break-up in 1992, and the couple share two children; Thomas, 30, and Joshua, 29. However, following their split, the pair didn't officially divorce, and were still married in 2014. Speaking to the Daily Mail at the time, Anneka said: "Everyone thinks we’re divorced, but we’re not. It’s no big deal interviewing him because we’re friends." Chatting to the Telegraph, she added: "We will get around to divorcing. Most people get divorced because they are always arguing about money. When Nick and I split up, I was the breadwinner; I was paying the school fees. He had a good job so money was never discussed, therefore what is there to argue about?"
Anneka with her husband, Nick Allott
Nick also previously revealed that he didn't mind that the pair hadn't officially divorced, explaining: "I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business why we’ve taken the decision to stay married after all this time. Maybe people think it’s weird. We have our reasons. It suits us. We are civilized people." After splitting from Nick, Anneka entered a relationship with TV executive Tom Gutteridge, and the pair share one son, 22-year-old Sam. Since 2005, the TV presenter has been in a relationship with the author of Blood Money, Simon Bell. Simon is also close friends with Richard Curtis, and the pair co-wrote the comedy novel, Who's Had Who.
Who are Anneka Rice's children?
Anneka has three sons, Thomas, Joshua and Sam, and the trio were in the live audience for the first show of the competition in September. They became an instant hit with the viewers, who commented that the three young men were a good looking bunch! One person wrote: "Tell me I'm not the only one eyeing up Anneka's sons!" one wrote. Another added: "Wait, why was I not informed about Anneka's three hot sons?"