"I hope to continue bringing the fun and friendship to Create and Craft with a bit of cheekiness thrown in! It's a lovely world to be a part of, the guests are so creative and talented. I'm so lucky I get to witness it close-hand every day!"
Rachel has presented hundreds of hours of live and pre-recorded television for all the major broadcasters in the UK, including Sky, Channel 4, ITV, ITV2 and the BBC. She can currently be seen in her most recent roles as a reporter on the show Inside Out for BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Over the last 15 years, Rachel has hosted live daytime shows for five (Brainteaser and Memorybank), presented live outside broadcasts for Richard and Judy on Channel 4, reported for ITV's entertainment show Preview and interviewed famous film and pop celebrities, such as Kristin Scott-Thomas, Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis to name a few!
Rachel is also an experienced voice-over artist and as well as recording regular commercials and infomercials (many from her home studio), she was also the voice of the Quiz Mistress on ITV ’s teatime quiz show Divided hosted by Andrew Castle and produced by Endemol. Not only did she provide the contestants with questions and answers, but she also improvised, offering witty responses to contestant successes and failures during the game, a role she relished due to its tongue-in-cheek naughtiness!
In the corporate world, she has worked with clients such as RBS , Audi, Santander, Prudential and Cunard, the latter allowed her to go on board the Queen Victoria for 5 days and sail around the Med... It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!
Working for Create and Craft means Rachel has the chance to inject her personality into proceedings, have fun, learn and shop, a hobby she loves!
What did you do before Create and Craft?
I was a presenter on Ideal World!
Most embarrassing on-screen moment?
Recently picking up a squirrel and referring to it as ‘the fox in front of me’ when it was quite clearly a squirrel! The guest was new, and she didn't have the heart to tell me!
Tell us a secret
I'm 76, but have an excellent skincare regime.
What's your idea of the perfect Sunday (when you're not working)?
Pancakes, coffee, walk on beach, Sunday roast, wine - in that order!
Which living person do you most admire and why?
Anyone who gets back up in life.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself and others?
Self-pity and negativity.
Aside from property, what's the most expensive thing you've bought?
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Watching really bad TV and eating a mountain of chocolate.
How would you like to be remembered?
To be remembered would be enough!
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Get back up.
Favourite Create and Craft product?
Accuquilt! Just Brilliant!
do you overuse? See above!
If you could travel back in time, which period would you visit?
1920s...For the dresses, and sheer elegance!
Share your best crafty tip:
Let your imagination go wild, know no bounds, and relax!