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Trisha is probably best remembered for her popular talk show Trisha. In late 2004 Trisha left ITV and the successful The Trisha Show and set up her own production company Town House TV. She went on to present Britain's Psychic Challenge and a prime time series called Families at War, both for Channel Five. Trisha also has a great sense of humour and has enjoyed various TV appearances including hosting The Friday Night Project, guesting on 8 out of 10 cats, Celebrity Ding Dong and Have I Got News For You among others. She has also presented the RTS Programme Awards and chaired the RTS workshop on Diversity in Television.
Trisha is currently based in the US and the American version of her eponymous show aired on NBC from 2012 - 2014.
A previously unknown face to British viewers, Trisha arrived at Anglia Television in September 1998 to become ITV's new “Queen of Chat”. She was immediately plunged into a hectic round of studio recordings five days a week for The Trisha Show. The British public took her to their hearts and her show became a ratings winner from the outset. Trisha was ideally qualified for her new role. – she had lived and worked in Australia for 13 years as a TV reporter, presenter and government advisor on mental health. She is also trained in conflict resolution, a distinct asset when dealing with guests on her show who were at loggerheads.
Trisha has huge sensitivity and a genuine caring nature, meaning she was a perfect host for Home for Christmas, an ITV special in which she reunited long lost friends and families, and Celebrity Heartbreak, an hour-long primetime programme also for ITV in which celebrities including George Best, Coleen Nolan and Patsy Palmer revealed how they coped with very public breakups.
Despite being diagnosed with breast cancer early in 2008, Trisha continued filming and keeping up with her other work commitments throughout chemotherapy and radiotherapy and was given the all clear in March 2009. At the time she was writing her autobiography As I am in which she made the discovery that her Dad was not actually her biological father and spoke about her battle with cancer.
Trisha was working in public relations in Australia when her television career took off as a guest presenter for Channel Ten's children's show, Off the Dish. She then went on to become a news and current affairs reporter for SBS TV in 1986, and in the following year became a popular presenter with Australia's Play School for ten years. During this time, she also landed the prestigious job of presenter on ABC's primetime current affairs programme, 7.30 Report - becoming the first black anchorwoman on Australian TV.
Following personal experience of mental illness within her family, Trisha became a mental health activist, wanting to get better services for Australian people with mental illness. As a result the Australian government made her chair of arguably the most powerful mental health body: The National Consumer Advisory Group on Mental Health.
Over the next 10 years in this role, she was to instigate and chair many high profile national projects. Trisha is currently actively involved in a number of charities in the UK including Home-Start and Mind.