‘I’m Do­ing It For The Red­heads!’


TV pre­sen­ter An­gela Scan­lon talks to Look’s Lucy Devine about par­ty­ing with Prince Harry, so­cial me­dia haters and the dif­fi­cul­ties of live TV…

Hang out with An­gela Scan­lon for longer than five min­utes and you’ll come away with three things: beauty tips for life, sto­ries to make you belly laugh and a feel­ing you’ve known her for way longer. Stand­ing next to us in a Stella Mccart­ney leop­ard print coat (which she says she nabbed on sale), she’s ex­plain­ing what makes the per­fect pair of jeans (more on that later) and de­mon­strat­ing her flaw­less hair-curl­ing tech­nique.

The Ir­ish-born jour­nal­ist, fash­ion guru, and TV pre­sen­ter, 33, has had an im­pres­sive ca­reer. An­gela’s first big TV gig was on­line for The Voice UK in 2015 and last year she co-hosted BBC Two’s Ro­bot Wars. Now, not only is she hold­ing the fort over on The One Show, stand­ing in for Alex Jones who’s on ma­ter­nity leave, she’s just been re­vealed as Garnier Nutrisse’s new brand am­bas­sador. An­gela is one to watch…

Hi An­gela, con­grat­u­la­tions on be­com­ing the new face of Garnier Nutrisse! Do you ever have bad hair days? Thanks! I feel like I’m do­ing it for the red­heads. Peo­ple used to say: ‘Do you like blondes or brunettes?’ Red hair was never even a con­sid­er­a­tion. We’ve got our own emoji now! Yes, I have bad hair days. I have a lit­tle fish­er­man’s cap I of­ten hide in. Some peo­ple find it quite ques­tion­able, but I love it. You’re join­ing Dav­ina Mccall and Holly Willoughby, who are also am­bas­sadors. Dav­ina ac­ci­den­tally re­vealed the news a lit­tle early… We all got a bit ex­cited. We were very giddy [on set] and Dav­ina up­loaded a pic­ture of us hav­ing a ball and sud­denly we just thought: ‘Oops!’ What’s your num­ber one beauty tip? SPF. I don’t spend much on make-up, but I’m very fair and my skin burns eas­ily. I just put it on un­der my make-up ev­ery day. What’s your favourite item of cloth­ing? Jeans. They’re my uni­form. I love Top­shop ones. I have a pair I’ve worn so much they have a rip in the bum. I still wear them, but only with long tops – it can get a bit draughty [laughs]! Also, Marks & Spencer’s men’s cash­mere jumpers are the best – a bit more boy­ish and cheaper than women’s ones. Will you be at Lon­don Fash­ion Week? I like to dab­ble. I used to do Fash­ion Week hard­core, but now it’s mainly about friends who are de­sign­ers or if there’s a fun party. I think it’s bril­liant that every­body can be in­volved and feel en­ti­tled to an opin­ion. What’s the best celebrity party you’ve been to? I don’t go to many fab­u­lous things, but there’s the Audi Polo Chal­lenge at Coworth Park in As­cot and Princes Wil­liam and Harry are al­ways there – shar­ing the air with Hazza is quite the thrill for me. We don’t re­ally do polo in Ire­land, so it’s quite fan­tas­tic. You’ve had great feed­back from fans since you’ve been on The One Show, but how do you han­dle the haters? I try to ig­nore it and take it with a pinch of salt. I think: ‘Head down, do your best.’ What’s been your ca­reer high­light to date? Host­ing Ro­bot Wars. Ob­vi­ously I’m sit­ting in for Alex on The One Show – that’s very much her pro­gramme – but Ro­bot Wars is very spe­cial to me. It’s just an ab­so­lute cel­e­bra­tion of bril­liant peo­ple who have an in­tense pas­sion for some­thing. Do you have any quirky hob­bies? I col­lect crys­tals. I’m quite into it, so I burn sage and in­cense – my flat is like a lit­tle cav­ern. It’s so re­lax­ing. I usu­ally carry things in my bag, so if some­body needs it I whip out a bit of sage![laughs] Has any­thing re­ally awk­ward ever hap­pened on TV? Last year, I hosted the BAFTAS for BBC Three. I was on the red car­pet and heard Michael Fass­ben­der was en route. I have quite a soft spot for him, so I got prep­ping. Any­way, I turned around and there was this lovely grey-haired gentle­man stand­ing be­hind me[an­gela falls about laugh­ing] – I’m just so em­bar­rassed about this! I was imag­in­ing he was my dad and had some­how stum­bled on to the red car­pet. I said: ‘Is this your first time at the BAFTAS?’ I found out later it was Steven Spiel­berg. Which three peo­ple would you in­vite to a din­ner party? Meryl Streep – I think she’d be re­ally good fun. Michael Ball – I co-hosted The One Show with him and he’s a hoot. And Mary Berry. You al­ways see Mary in her lit­tle flo­ral bomber be­ing so de­mure, but my favourite mo­ment was when she punched the air at the NTAS. So yeah, Mary Bezza. I’ll chuck a bit of sage around the room, too.

Shar­ing the air with Prince Harry is quite the thrill

An­gela is the new am­bas­sador for Garnier Nutrisse and Garnier Ul­ti­mate Blends in the UK & Ire­land*

Red hot: An­gela’s cur­rently host­ing The One Show

With fel­low Garnier am­bas­sadors Dav­ina Mccall and Holly Willoughby

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