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Anita Rani revealed her shock after the Countryfile presenter was confronted with an old photo on Twitter. The Bradford-born host was admittledy startled as she questioned a social media user about the throwback snap.

The 42-year-old presenter took the opportunity to respond after being shown a screenshot of her younger self in her early days of presenting.

Anita was seemingly left taken aback as she quizzed the Twitter user about the resurfaced photo.

It comes after the person in question shared a clip of Anita talking to viewers from an armchair.

The former Watchdog presenter looked fresh-faced as she beamed at the camera over 24 years ago.

The Twitter user penned: “I was in Yorkshire Community Television in about 1996. And unless I’m mistaken, this is a very much pre-fame @itsanitarani co-presenting.”

In view of her 93,000 followers, Anita detailed questioned the person as to how they had found it.

The Countryfile presenter penned: “Omg! Where the hell did you dig this out from?”(sic)

They replied jokingly: “Taped it off the telly (this was MY big moment!) You were easily the second best presenter on the day.”

Anita’s first main presenting job on TV came in 2008 when she joined BBC show Watchdog.

She remained a part of the show for two years before she moved onto host Foxes Live: Wild in the City, Britain’s Secret Treasures and Airport Live.

She later landed a role on Four Rooms in 2011 which continued until 2015, before being replaced by Sarah Beeny in 2016.

Since then, Anita has co-presented Countryfile alongside Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison, Adam Henson and Tom Heap.


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Elsewhere, the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant addressed her loss as she credited the recent UK lockdown for helping her find solace in her grief.

Anita spoke candidly about a miscarriage and revealed it is a “difficult” subject for her, but believes it’s important to break the taboo.

“It’s difficult to talk about, because it’s bereavement,” she explained.

“It’s a loss, and that will never change. But it’s too exhausting not living truthfully and I also thought it was too important not to use my voice.”

The small-screen star explained that not many people feel comfortable talking about the issues surrounding miscarriages despite “many women going through it”.

Both men and women have reached out to her since she first shared the tragic news.

“Lockdown has given me space to be more thoughtful,” she added to The Sun.

Meanwhile, the Countryfile star will be taking on one of The Chase quizmasters in tonight’s episode.

The Chase Celebrity Special airs tonight on ITV at 8pm.

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