Ant Anstead (birth name – Anthony Richard Anstead) is an English television presenter, restoration expert, renowned designer, artist, motor specialist, and car builder, who is best known for hosting the shows For the Love of Cars, Ant Anstead Master Mechanic, and Wheeler Dealers.
Anstead was born on March 28, 1979, in Plymouth, Devon, England, UK.
He went to Richard Hale School, Hertford. Since he was young, Ant was a ”car nut.” He said for Influx:
”As a kid, I always had Lego and Mecchano, model sets.”
Anstead went on to say:
”I built Go-Karts when I was 10 or 11, and threw my brothers down the hill in them. I built my first car at 16.”
In 1999, he joined Hertfordshire Constabulary (the territorial police force that is responsible for policing the county of Hertfordshire in England) and became a Police Constable first stationed at Bishop’s Stortford.
Later, Ant became a member of the Tactical Firearms Team in Welwyn Garden City, one of the force’s most elite units.
In 2005, he resigned from the Police.
The World’s Most Expensive Cars
In 2014, he started his own TV production company, producing his own show – The World’s Most Expensive Cars.
In 2015, Ant started to host BBC Two’s live show Building Cars Live, alongside Kate Humble and James May.
He was also part of ”For the Love of Cars,” an automotive show that was broadcasted on Channel 4 in the UK.
In 2017, he started to co-host Wheeler Dealers, a British TV series originally produced for the Discovery Channel.
On May 17, 2018, Anstead published a book, titled – ”Cops and Robbers: The Story of the British Police Car.”
In the book, he takes a look at the classic cars that were part of the British Police Car.
In 2005, Ant Anstead married Louise Herbert. The couple dated for nine years before tying the knot. They divorced in 2017.
In October 2017, Ant Anstead began dating Christina El Moussa (now Christina Anstead), an American television personality who is best known for co-hosting the HGTV series Flip or Flop. In 2017, she presented at the Daytime Emmys.
The pair first met in late 2017, about a year after her split from ex-husband Tarek El Moussa. Ant and Christina met through a mutual friend. She said:
”At the end of 2017, I was lucky enough to be introduced to this guy through a mutual friend.”
The two married on December 22, 2018.
In an interview, Christina confessed:
”We have a very similar job so we understand each other’s work hours and everything that goes into that.”
He has two children with his first wife, a daughter named Amelie Anstead (born in 2003) and a son named Archie Anstead (born in 2006).
With his second wife, he has a son (Hudson London Anstead) who was born on September 6, 2019. Christina has two children from her marriage with Tarek El Moussa. Christina wrote on Ant’s birthday:
”He’s an amazing dad to his children and also great with mine, driven and talented, humble and kind, patient and a great listener, fun and hilarious, spiritual and to top it all off he’s hot AF.”
Tarek El Moussa said:
”I am actually happy for her. I think it’s a great thing, I think they get along well.”
El Moussa continued:
”And most importantly it’s good for my children.”
At the end of 2019, Christina revealed she is done having kids. She said for US Magazine:
”Oh, no. We’re done. We’re done. We’re done. We’re definitely done!”
Anstead is 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) tall.
”It’s all about perspective. And tea. Actually it’s mostly about tea.”
”Craft allows expression, experimenting, and mistakes. It covers such a wide range of skills that it can spark a hidden passion.”
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”Watching super bowl nodding and pretending I know exactly what’s going on!”
Ant said about his first car:
”My first car was an MG Midget. Called Bridget… I loved that car! Vermillion orange with a tatty, ripped black hood and tons of rust!”
The English television presenter also said:
”All my friends were rolling around in Astras and Metros, but I had a classic 70’s sports car.”
He played semi-professional football for more than 15 years playing over 700 matches at the conference level.
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He is a patron of the Harrisons fund, a charity that fights for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy – a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and wasting. Most adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will not live beyond their 40s.
During his police career, he received two commendations for acts of bravery.
Ant Anstead – Net Worth
Anstead earned most of his wealth from his work on Discovery Channel show Wheeler Dealers as well as on the Channel 4 motor show with actor Philip Glenister. Therefore, Ant Anstead has an estimated net worth of $5.5 million.
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