Strictly Come Dancing 2023: Meet contestant Angela Rippon - how old is she and what is her height?

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With Strictly Come Dancing 2023 soon to be underway, meet one of the contestants, Angela Rippon

The class of Strictly Come Dancing 2023 are gearing up for this year’s season, as multiple celebrities from a wide variety of backgrounds will also battle for the coveted glitterball trophy.

One of those celebrities is Angela Rippon CBE, who is an English television journalist, newsreader, writer and presenter. She made history as she was the first female journalist permanently to present the BBC national television news.

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Prior to that, she presented radio and television news programmes in South West England before moving to BBC One’s Nine O’Clock News, becoming a regular presenter in 1975 when she was 31-years-old.

Aside from the news, Rippon appeared on a Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show in 1976, presented the first two series of Top Gear and also presented Come Dancing whilst also hosting the Eurovision song contest in 1977.

Overall, she has written 14 books too. More of her recent work includes co-presenting the BBC One consumer show Rip Off Britain with Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville in 2009 and hosting Holiday Hit Squad alongside Helen Skelton and Joe Crowley in 2013 and 2014.

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Arguably one of her most notable moments presenting roles was when she co-presented the BBC’s coverage of the wedding of King Charles, the then Prince of Wales to Princess Diana, the then Lady Diana Spencer on July 29 1981 and the 1979 UK general election results. She is 78 years and her height is 5 foot 5 inches.

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