Who is Anita Manning? Bargain Hunt's star is an antiques veteran!

If you’re a fan of antique programming, then there’s no doubt that you’ve come across Antia Manning. 

Anita Manning is memorable for a number of reasons. Her sharp eye for antiques, her thick Glaswegian accent and, of course, her iconic black bob! She has been one of the stars on BBC’s top antiques programmes from Flog It! to Antiques Road Trip. However, it is her work on Bargain Hunt for which she is best known.

Bargain Hunt has been one of the BBC’s biggest and best antiques shows since it started in 2000 and it is currently in its 54th series to date. The current lineup of presenters includes Eric Knowles, Anita Manning, Natasha Raskin and Charlie Ross. And although they are all brilliant in their own right, there is one stand-out presenter and that has to be Anita.

So, let’s get to know the Bargain Hunt presenter better here.

Screenshot: Anita in Bargain Hunt S54, Ardingly 18 – iPlayer

Meet Anita Manning

Anita Manning is a 71-year-old antiques expert and television presenter from Glasgow, Scotland.

Although she has always been passionate about antiques, artwork and history, she did not start out wanting to be an auctioneer and antiques expert.

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Anita first got into the antiques business in the 1970s after she bought a bed from an Irish dealer. He then offered her a job as a buyer and it all went from there.

It was only in 1989, when Anita set up Great Western Auctions in Glasgow with her daughter Lala that she really got involved in the industry. Venturing into this industry, Anita became one of Scotland’s first female auctioneers. Great Western Auctions has grown massively since they were founded. You can read more about them here.

Anita also has another child, a son called Luke.

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Anita on Bargain Hunt

Anita joined the Bargain Hunt team back in 2010. This was the same year she joined both Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip.

She continues to present on all three shows and has become one of the most recognisable antiques experts on television.

Anita has said that out of all antiques, she loves collecting art the most. She has a particular interest in Scottish Art.

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Does Anita have social media?

Unfortunately not! It may not come as a surprise that Anita is off the grid.

She has neither Twitter nor Instagram.

If you want to keep up to date with all the latest on Anita Manning, then the best place for new information is to follow Bargain Hunt on Twitter. You can find them @BBCBargainHunt.



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