What­ever Hap­pened To… Miq­uita Oliver

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Sun­day blues

Hun­gover Sun­day morn­ings were never the same when Pop­world ended. To­gether, pre­sen­ters Miq­uita Oliver and Si­mon Am­stell cheered us up from the depths of our de­spair by meet­ing pop stars, an­noy­ing pop stars and rip­ping the p**s out of pop stars, to be quite hon­est. But where’s Miq­uita and her trade­mark sar­cas­tic hu­mour 11 years after she left the show?

Mu­sic in the blood

Miq­uita’s mum, An­drea Oliver, was a singer in 80s post-punk band Rip Rig + Panic along­side Neneh Cherry. So it’s quite fit­ting that Miq­uita went into the world of mu­sic telly. After at­tend­ing Hol­land Park High School in West London, Miq­uita got the job on Pop­world – at the tender age of 16. The show fea­tured (and ter­rorised) pop stars from Brit­ney Spears to Bee­nie Man and Gwen Ste­fani and was a week­end staple.

Mov­ing on

Miq­uita and Si­mon left the show after five years in 2006, with Miq­uita re­veal­ing, ‘The thing about Pop­world is it be­came such a lux­ury to be do­ing this great show ev­ery week, and to have peo­ple stop you in the street and say it’s good. You get re­ally cosy. I was def­i­nitely get­ting too cosy. I would prob­a­bly have done Pop­world un­til I was 60.’ We wish you had, Miq­uita…


Miq­uita took a job on T4 in 2007, but lost her job three years later when she was over­heard in­sult­ing Ke­sha – with Ke­sha’s man­age­ment lis­ten­ing in. And things didn’t get much bet­ter when Miq­uita had to file for bank­ruptcy in 2011 after an un­paid tax bill. She went on to make a BBC Three doc­u­men­tary about debt called Young, Bri­tish and Broke in 2013.

Where is she now?

Miq­uita re­cently fin­ished mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary for BBC Three on graf­fiti and street art, which is avail­able to view now on­line. And in case you’re won­der­ing, Miq­uita and Si­mon are still very close. She re­vealed, ‘Si­mon and I are still best friends and he is some­one I def­i­nitely wouldn’t have met un­less I was asked to host a pop mu­sic show with him.’ Aww! But we still want Pop­world to come back…

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Miq­uita has a laugh with her mate Nick Grimshaw

The former Pop­world pre­sen­ters are still close

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