Anstis, Toby

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British television presenter

Anstis began broadcasting while still a comprehensive school-boy in Northampton, where he was born (also representing his county in rugby and cricket). He got a degree in marketing and psychology and a job in advertising, but went into television in 1992, starting in BBC children's programs, moving later to present the National Lottery, Bright Sparks and other programs on television and radio. He also appears in pantomime.

He has a twin sister, Kate. Their birth mother was a 19-year old single woman. Both were adopted when only days old by the same family, which also includes an older born-to son. They always knew they were adopted, and when they were 25 they traced and met their birth mother, with their adoptive parents' support. They are glad they met her but have no plans to stay in contact, although they recognize that they might see her again some day.


"Interview with the Stars: Toby Anstis: Coping with Tracing His Natural Mother." [Includes portrait]. Available at:
James Grant Media Group Ltd. "Toby Anstis." [Includes portrait]. Available at:
"Toby Anstis." [Includes portrait]. Available at:


Uk/great Britain
20th Century
21st Century
Theater, Broadcasting, Cinema
Formal, American/European-Type Adoption
Birth or Infancy
Unmarried Mother, Single Parent (Mother or Father) Unable to Cope
Others ("Strangers")
Adoptive/Foster Family Included Birth Child(ren)
Unmarried Mother
Birth Siblings Placed Together
Twins and Triplets
Adoptee/Fosteree Traced Family
Contact Suspended or Stopped
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