Annie has never had any desire to be on TV. Up until recently she was happy working as a personal trainer, helping clients to achieve their fitness goals. Then a friend introduced her to an agent, which then led to a meeting with a production company to discuss making documentaries. But it still took three years to find an idea strong enough to convince Annie to take the plunge.
Annie’s honest BBC Three documentaries tell stories close to her heart, exploring her childhood experience as a burns survivor and her road to motherhood with her young baby, Sonny. She also travelled to South Korea for an enlightening programme on cosmetic surgery. Funnily enough, Annie says her favourite part of making documentaries is the same thing she enjoyed about personal training – communicating and building relationships with other people, hearing their stories and trying to understand them. She also loves the research process and the fast pace of her work, bringing stories to the screen.
Annie hopes to keep making the sort of TV she would like to watch herself and is looking forward to gaining some mentoring through the Breakthrough Brits scheme. And she hasn’t turned her back on fitness altogether – Annie still owns a gym, but doesn’t get there as much as she’d like to at the moment as her son is still very young.