Dame Esther Rantzen, DBE – Presenter, Campaigner & Journalist
For more than 50 years, Esther has been a familiar figure on our television screens, most notably as the host of the consumer and entertainment programme “That’s Life”.
For 21 years, it became one of the most popular programmes drawing audiences of more than 18 years.
Esther, who now lives in the New Forest, is returning to Oxford where studied English at Somerville College. She performed with the Oxford University Dramatic Society.
Charity has been at the forefront of Esther’s work. In 1986, she set up Childline to promote child protection, and in 2012, Silverline was set up in a bid to combat loneliness among the elderly.
Esther was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in 1991, a CBE for services to children in 2006, and in the 2016 New Year’s Honours, she was made a Dame for services to children and older people through her two charities.
Esther is an honorary Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.