Dream re­turn

Pop­u­lar Brit Tr­isha God­dard has beaten can­cer and is set to re­launch her ca­reer in New York

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TR­ISHA God­dard has told how it is a dream come true to be re­launch­ing her TV ca­reer in the US with a new show, af­ter be­ing given the all­clear from can­cer.

The Bri­tish pre­sen­ter, who be­gan her ca­reer in Australia in the late 1980s and early ’90s, will host a new show for US net­work NBC, based in New York. It’s her first ma­jor role since her lengthy stint on UK TV ended in 2009 when Chan­nel 5 axed her show.

And in an in­ter­view with Hello! mag­a­zine, she says she can­not be­lieve her luck.

‘‘When I’m run­ning across the fields with the dog back in Eng­land, I will won­der if all of this re­ally hap­pened,’’ she says.

‘‘When I started out back in 1987, I never dreamed I would get a job as a tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter in Australia, that I would be the first black fe­male pre­sen­ter in their his­tory or that I would then be head-hunted back to Eng­land to present there. And then, to be here in the United States – part of me thinks the alarm clock is go­ing to go off in a minute and I will have to wake up and do the school run.’’

God­dard, 54, be­came a house­hold name in the UK af­ter launch­ing her Tr­isha show on ITV. She later moved to Chan­nel 5 and con­tin­ued work­ing de­spite her di­ag­no­sis with breast can­cer.

The se­ries was axed due to cost cuts.

The star has been given a clean bill of health from her an­nual check af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer four years ago and says the dis­ease has had a huge im­pact on her out­look.

‘‘Can­cer has def­i­nitely changed me. I love what I do – I love con­nect­ing with peo­ple, whether it’s in the street or on tele­vi­sion.

‘‘But I’m far more re­laxed about it all now. I’m not some ca­reer-driven beast these days,’’ God­dard says.

‘‘I used to live ev­ery­where but in the here and now. I live in the now these days, I re­ally do.’’

Tr­isha God­dard.

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