Forget Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard's true love is his publicity-shy wife of 17 years Annie – here’s their love story

HE WAKES up to some of TV’s most glamorous women on Good Morning Britain, but Ben Shephard only has eyes for one lady.

The presenter has been married to his true love Annie for 17 years after meeting at university.

And while Annie is certainly a permanent fixture in Ben’s life you’ll be forgiven for not knowing her as she rather publicity shy.

As the pair celebrate their 17th anniversary we share their love story, from how they met to happily ever after…

Where did Ben and Annie meet?

The couple met back in 1995 at the University of Birmingham where Annie was studying Philosophy.

Speaking to Kate Thornton on her podcast White Wine Question Time, Ben said: “We met at university and I was sort of a mere puppy when it came to the world of broadcasting media.

"She has been through all this with me – the highs and the lows of all that experience. And she is still here, somehow, still putting up with me to this day."

When did they get married?

Ben and Annie married nine years after they met, tying the knot in 2004 at the Burgh Island Hotel in Devon.

The couple recently revisited the hotel to celebrate Annie’s birthday in August last year.

Sharing a post on Instagram, Ben wrote: “Perfect birthday tea for @mrsannieshephard at the place where it all began and we tied the knot @burghislandhotel so many years ago.

“So lovely to catch up with Gary the barman who’s been here since time began ? Trust me his cocktails are just as good and worth coming back for 17 yrs after we first experienced them! Thanks to all we’ll be back #burghisland #burghislandhotel”

How many kids do they have?

Annie and Ben have two sons together, Sam, 15 and Jack, 13.

Ben has spoken about his pride over how his children have coped with lockdown while presenting Good Morning Britain.

“I've got so much admiration for how they've gone about it,” he said.

“They've kept their spirits up, got on brilliantly, we've had a really good laugh.

"Sam's really embraced his own health and fitness, as well, which as you can imagine is something I'm really proud of.”

What’s Annie’s job?

Annie has built a successful career in interior design.

She previously worked for fashion and interior design magazines such as House and Garden, Glamour, Elle Deco, Elle and Red

Annie now uses her design expertise to help others as The House Editor.

Writing on her website, Annie says: “For the last fifteen years I’ve been raising our boys, knocking down and remodelling houses, building gardens out of mud-pits and running interiors projects.

“After a few mistakes and a few more successes, my friends started to ask for help with their own interiors and gardens.

“My gorgeous girlfriends had absolutely no trouble throwing together a fabulous outfit or rustling up dinner for twelve, but they sometimes lacked confidence to be as free and creative with their homes and gardens.”

She adds: “I help people create stylish, meaningful interiors and gardens that tell their story.”

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