A successful career in front of cameras

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A LEYLAND woman is making a living out of appearing on TV.

Last week, the Leyland Guardian reported how house-proud financial planner Ann-Marie Banks, 35, (pictured) threw open the doors of her home in Little Firs Fold for scrutiny on popular daytime TV show May the Best House Win, and walked away with £1,000.

However she’s no stranger to TV, as she has already appeared on eight game shows including Supermarket Sweep, Wheel of Fortune and Pointless over the past 15 years, scooping £32,000 and a raft of prizes.

Ann-Marie now wants to appear on The Cube and Come Dine With Me and said: “I would recommend it to anybody, it’s really good fun.”

Speaking of her latest TV appearance, she spent two days being filmed by the ITV crew and had to judge three other contestants’ houses.

She said: “It was quite good fun. We’d drank so much champagne by the end of the second day.”

In each episode, four homeowners judge each other’s houses in terms of interior design, homeliness, comfort, hospitality and the overall experience. Ann-Marie lives with her two West Highland terriers Poppy and Rosie, who have their own chaise longue in the four-bedroom, £375,000 barn conversion.

Speaking of her section of the show, she said: “It had a dog theme running through it, it was tongue-in-cheek.

“I’ve got a few big canvas pictures of the dogs and a chaise longue where they sit and watch the world go by.

“I like to think that it was homely and warm, with lots of pictures and personal things around.”

Ann-Marie, a senior chartered financial planner with HW Financial Services in Towngate, has lived in the house for five years, and is soon to be joined by her boyfriend who is moving down from Scotland.

She said: “It’s nerve-wracking, because you have to sit outside as strangers scour your home.

“I actually live in my dream house, and I just wanted people to feel comfortable and at home, to enjoy my hospitality and get on with the dogs.

“I’ve spent the money, much of it on the house, naturally.

“I also bought presents for Poppy and Rosie.”