RANVIR Singh has already been a familiar face on news media as a presenter and political editor for ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Her public prominence ascended to a whole new level onceshe joined BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing last year, which took her all the way to the semi finals.
The 43-year-old left the dance show bathed in a new-found love and respect from her admirers. Paired with professional partner Giovanni Pernice, she wowed both the judges and viewers with her fancy footwork, as she uncovered hitherto undiscovered talents, notably in the ballroom dances.
Her engaging, modest, and down-to-earth personality particularly played a big part in endearing her to millions of viewers.
The show has also put a spotlight on the determination and positivity that this true ‘Lancashire lass’ has been exhibiting since childhood.
Born in Preston into a Sikh family, she lost her father at an early age. She was able to secure a place in a private school in Kirkham, thanks to a government scholarship. Her determination to justify the faith put in her would pave the way for her subsequent success.
Singh’s career as a journalist has already been on an upward trajectory, but the success on Strictly propelled her to become one of the highest paid presenters on ITV, with the channel reportedly offering a deal ‘as good as a golden handcuffs’ to extend her contract, which would see her hosting a variety of programmes across the channel.
Before joining ITV in 2012, Singh spent 12 years at the BBC where she was a producer, reporter and presenter on both regional and national radio and television. She made her name as the anchor of the much-loved regional news programme North West Tonight, alongside the legendary Gordon Burns. She co-presented the show for nearly five years and in