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Annabel Giles, Actor and TV Host, Dead at 64

Annabel Giles, Actor and TV Host, Dead at 64

Annabel Giles, who was best known for her roles on the children’s show Razzmatazz and the 1993 film Riders, reportedly passed away. She was 64 years old at the time of her death.  

Giles’ children, Molly and Ted, announced on X (formerly known as Twitter) the unfortunate news on Tuesday (Nov. 21). “It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our investible mother, Annabel Giles, who passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at Martlets Hospice in Hove.” 

Molly and Ted then revealed that Giles was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma in July 2023. They described the disease as being a fast-growing and highly aggressive malignant brain tumor. 

However, despite the situation, the duo said their mother displayed resilience and strength. “In her final weeks, she was passionate about raising awareness for Glioblastoma, embodying her lifelong commitment to helping others,” they continued. 

Annabel Giles’ children also described her as being truly one of a kind and an enigma to those privileged to share her life. “True to her nature, she kept spirits high and maintained her quick wit until the very end. Her humor and laughter will leave us inspired to live life to the fullest, just as she always did.”

Giles’ children further thanked their mother’s supporters and kindly requested that everyone respect their privacy at this challenging time. “In lieu of flowers or other gifts, we would be grateful for donations to Martlets Hospital, whose exceptional care was a great source of comfort throughout this journey.”

BBC reports that along with Razzmatazz, Giles also appeared on the TV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Posh Fronks and New Trousers.

Annabel Giles Once Reflected On How Her Life Changed After She Became a Single Mom and Lived on Benefits

In 2010 opt-ed for the DailyMail, Annabel Giles wrote about how things had changed for her after she divorced her husband Midge Ure, and became a single mom to Molly. Her son Ted hadn’t been born at this time. 

“At one time, I owned 17 cares,” Giles explained. “Including three Porches and an Aston Martin as well as a Morris Minor – and I hadn’t even passed my driving test!” 

However, things quickly changed after her split from Ure. She admitted her “financial life” has always been up and down. “But this is the worst it’s ever been,” she continued. “The truth is, I’ve been on benefits for the past year. I’ve deliberately not said ‘living’ on benefits because it’s not a life, it’s an existence.”

Giles then explained that the benefits system in the UK is obscure and confusing at the best of times. “But suffice it to say that I don’t have a penny to spare by the end of the week.”

Annabel Giles then said she wants to change how the system is run to help all single parents in the UK. “I don’t begrudge anybody trying to get by on government handouts because for most of them, it’s not a lifestyle choice. If you know a struggling single parent, then why not offer them a bit of seasonal help?”