After graduating with a 2.1 Anstey went on to dance professionally for West Life, S club 7 and Geri Halliwell. She also became in demand as a plus size model and appeared in adverts for clients such as Coca-Cola and Bodyform.
Anstey kept up with her fitness and dance teaching in-between assignments. Her passion for people, and her inspirational teaching methods soon got her headhunted, and she went on to teach to packed dance and fitness classes in top London gyms, a youth dance school and world renowned professional dance studio “DanceWorks”
In 2005 Anstey won the hearts of the Nickelodeon viewers and won the “Nick Pick” new presenter competition that saw her join the team and present “4 till 8″ on Nickelodeon. She was then be head hunted to go on to present her own cooking show “Bites” on rival channel Discovery Kids. Her presenting debut actually happened a few years previous on a GMTV fitness segment. She was then invited back and became a regular model for GMTV and This Morning all whilst studying for her BA (Hons) degree in Dance Performance.
In 2006, Anstey became the face of Virgin mobile. This made her the first ever presenter to host shows via this medium in Europe. For 6 years Anstey presented for Virgin Media and Virgin on demand hosting the backstage interviews at the V festivals and various special entertainment features and shows.
Her honesty and warmness shines through allowing viewers and guests to feel like they’re having a chat with their best friend. This gives her the ability to control even the toughest of interviews. Her celebrity list includes, Mark Wahlberg, Richard Branson, Kelly Osborne, Danny Dyer, Matt Lucas, David Tennant, Jody Kidd, Gareth Gates, Tara TP and the late Jade Goody. Previous assignments include: Virgin Media: Mark Wahlberg Film Special, Virgin Media: V festival backstage interviews (2006-09), BBC3: How famous are you? Virgin Media: Snogbox (Game show), Nickelodeon: Studio presenter, Discovery Kids: “Bites” cooking show.
Her presenting led her into voiceover work and she has voiced indents and adverts for MTV, ITV, Sky, Boots, Nintendo, New Look, BBC Radio 1 and many other major brands. Anstey is still in high demand with her voiceovers and is proud to be with one of Londons top agencies Lipservice.
In 2008 Claire was involved with a pilot that was looking for actors and performers that were dissatisfied with their careers and fed up of struggling to make it. This was her introduction to techniques that improved her life, her thoughts and her emotions. The pilot didn’t go anywhere but Claire Anstey did. This new knowledge blew her away. She would stay up late reading and searching for more information absorbing it all like a sponge. This stuff made her feel good enough and content for the first time in her life. What she read made her feel invincible. It caused her life to steer into a whole new direction as she just knew she had to share it. Every rock star has a heart and Claire believes we all need to connect with it otherwise what’s the point.
She has been studying metaphysics, philosophy and everything that gets her creative juices excited with various teachers and schools since. Everything and anything is being investigated.
She travels as much as she can. She has been overwhelmed with Nepal, Thailand, India, Africa and chased new dreams in cities such as New York, Madrid and Barcelona. It is this new found wisdom and excitement that has inspired her to write. Claire writes about how she has overcome her own life experiences through learning these new methods and the adventures she creates by following her heart.
Her debut novel “Sort Out Your Crap Life” was released in 2010. 2012 saw the release of her second book MendMaker: The Survival Guide For Break Ups and Broken Hearts and the release of her magazine Affirmations – a monthly digital magazine full of her inspiration and tips on keeping fabulous. This magazine relaunched in 2014 under her new coaching brand Operation Goddess by Claire Anstey. The magazine was stopped in 2015 as Claire decided to focus on her chat show "The Anstey show"
Anstey writes & presents with honestly, warmth and a freshness that enables people to feel like they are chatting to a best friend. Her books & shows are about her lifestyle, her personality and her philosophy for living. She creates to connect with her generation.
Anstey discovered burlesque & the beautiful world of "pin up" many many years ago. Her body issues melted away as she fell in love with this art form & its vintage fashion. Within weeks of her discovery she was working for Proud Cabaret - one of London's best burlesque & cabaret venues. She then trained as a burlesque dancer & performer.
Claire is proud to be an ambassador for CALM, a unique mental health charity for young men in the UK. Her frankness with her own life experience of losing her childhood sweetheart through suicide has enabled her to connect with others and gather together some of the world’s best musicians and comedians for events such as “Stand Up To Stop Suicide”. More can be found out about her role on the CALM page on this website and at www.thecalmzone.net.
Her knowledge as a mental health ambassador, the content of her books and her sassy attitude make her a great asset to topical programming. Her extensive live experience also enables her to control a live studio audience in an instant. With an exquisite sense of style and energy that is perfect for entertainment, she multitasks a auto-cue on a multi camera shoot with a elegance that puts most to shame. And elegance is Anstey all over her glamorous vintage style is copied by many and her constantly changing hair and nails have become her signature.
2013/14 saw Claire take her businesses and experiences to the next level. She published her first series of authors & teachers with the publishing sector of her company Vintage Wisdom. She also began her journey as a motivational speaker & launched her fashion collection.
2014 was a whirlwind for Anstey. She has been a co-host on The DKW Show & has been published by Mindvalley, appearing on both their TV channel & their no1 MBS app "Omvana". Her Vintage Wisdom authors are hitting the top 10 in the book charts & she was awarded the white ribbon award for the domestic abuse support series she created with Sammie Thurlow-Baker. This year also saw her fuse together her dance training, speaker work & burlesque love into her acclaimed "Burlesque Empowerment Workshop", its success has led her to be asked to write the self development training programme for a professionally accredited burlesque teacher training certification.
On a personal note 2014 saw Claire become God-mother to her much loved niece Aurora & to Lana - the daughter of one of her best friends Rachel. Anstey feels that this is the greatest honour she has ever achieved and is very interesting in developing inspirational products for children in honour of her god-daughters in the future. Family & friends continue to be the biggest love for Anstey & she feels so thankful to be able to organise her work life around the people & memories that matter.
April 2015 saw her achieve another one of her dreams “The Transformational Tease” Show, the UK’s (and possibly the worlds) 1st motivational burlesque show which debuted in London.
2015 also saw her start the development of her chat show and podcast. She aims to use these platforms to share with the world the many teachers and experts that like her are game changing in the world and creating a powerful positive impact.
2016 - 2017 Saw Claire take a slightly different direction as she took time out from her TV and motivational work to develop 3 business ideas with investors.
2018 - Gamechanger Casting is launched and had rave reviews with Pods & Partners currently in its pre-launch phase as Claire looks for the right team to take it forward.
2018 - Claire decided to go back to her motivational calling this year and study as a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist. This certification and revived passion for mental health enabled her to finally create her podcast and membership platform “Claire Anstey’s Wisdom Gym”. These will be launched on 30th November 2018.
Voiceover Management: Lipservice (UK) www.lipservice.co.uk
The Transformational Tease Show: www.thetransformationaltease.com