Anthony Richard Anstead is an English television host who is also an expert in restoration, a car builder, a motor specialist, an artist, and a recognized designer. He is most known for being the host of the hour-long automotive program “For the Love of Cars” on Channel 4 and the co-anchor of the British television program “Wheeler Dealers,” where he took Edd China’s place. He began creating custom automobiles as a young youngster, but instead of continuing in that direction, he joined the Hertfordshire Constabulary as a police constable before later joining the Tactical Firearms Team (TFU). Anstead received two commendations for gallantry while serving as one of the youngest armed officers in UK history. He eventually left the police to start a career in automobile building due to his passion for the automotive industry. A master of automobile building and restoration, he has created for clients a variety of vehicles, including recreation vehicles and one-of-a-kind works of art and sculpture, many of which are housed in international museums and private collections. Beginning with “For the Love of Cars,” he has appeared as a presenter in a number of television programs, including documentaries like “Building Cars Live,” specials like “Craft I Made This,” and series like “Wheeler Dealers.”
Early Childhood & Life
The second of his parents’ four boys, he was born on March 28, 1979, in Plymouth, Devon, England. Anstead resided in the cathedral city of Ely in the English county of Cambridgeshire until he was 10 years old before moving to the county of Hertfordshire in southern England. Little is known about his family background and early years. As a child, Anstead would construct custom vehicles.
After spending some time at the boy’s secondary school Richard Hale School in Hertford, Hertfordshire, he completed his A-Level coursework at the Haileybury School, an independent school close to Hertford.
Career of Ant Anstead
He began working as a Police Constable in 1999 after joining the Hertfordshire Constabulary, the county’s territorial police department. His initial posting was at Bishop’s Stortford, a medieval market town and civil parish in the county.
He was transferred to the Cheshunt police station, where he later joined the Tactical Firearms Team (TFU) in Welwyn Garden City, making him one of the country’s youngest armed officers in history. He received two commendations for bravery during his time with the police department.
In order to pursue a career in automobile making, he resigned from the police in 2005 due to his passion for the automotive industry. He started making one-of-a-kind cars as well as restoring and building vehicles for other customers.
He started up building custom vintage cars to the needs of certain customers. As his clientele and reputation as a true master of automobile building grew over time, so did his clientele. He currently has a waitlist for overseas clients that is longer than two years. Numerous of his one-of-a-kind creations showcasing his art and sculpture can be found in museums and private collections all over the world.
He established his own television production company in 2014, and he created the program “The World’s Most Expensive Cars.” He agreed to appear as a presenter on the brand-new, one-hour automotive program “For the Love of Cars” on Channel 4 that year. Together with actor and auto aficionado Philip Glenister, he hosted the program. Since April 20, 2014, 16 episodes have been broadcast, with the most recent airing on November 20, 2016. It was broadcast on the British public-service TV broadcaster in the UK.
He served as one of the presenters on the BBC Two live program “Building Cars Live,” which also included James May and Kate Humble. On October 20 and 21, 2015, and March 21, 2016, three episodes of the documentary television series were shown.
He continued to host various television programs in 2016. These included the one-off television programs “Craft I Made This” and “The Lost Lotus” from Channel 4, the documentary television program “Worlds Most Expensive Cars” from Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide, and the BBC program “Chinese New Year the Biggest Celebration on Earth.”
The following year, he served as the host of numerous more television programs, including the one-off TV special “Craft It Yourself” on Channel 4, the live broadcast of Britain’s Greatest Inventions on the BBC, and the live broadcasts of SEMA Live Show and Barret Jackson Auctions on Velocity Channel.
Presenting the Mike Brewer-hosted British television show “Wheeler Dealers” is one of Anstead’s most noteworthy TV features. In the fourteenth season of the Discovery Channel program in 2017, Anstead took the role of Edd China, who played the mechanic.
He also hosts the live stages of numerous famous auto exhibitions in the UK. He released a book about the history of the British Police automobile in May 2017 under the title “Cops and Robbers: The Story of the British Police Car.”
He has also appeared in a number of entertainment programs, including the live broadcasts of the British television shows “Sunday Brunch” (Channel 4), “The One Show” (BBC One), and “This Morning” (ITV), which features cooking demonstrations and celebrity interviews on Sunday mornings.
In addition to his work as a TV host and general auto enthusiast, Anstead continued to play semi-professional football for a total of fifteen years. He played more than 700 games over that time, switching from goalie to striker while competing at the Ryman and conference levels. He ended up becoming the lone player to play both positions and win the Ryman League promotion.
Individual Life of Ant Anstead
Amelie was born in 2003, and Archie was born in 2006. He wed Louise Anstead (née Herbert) in 2005, and the two had two children together. However, the pair decided to split and divorced in 2017.
He currently makes his home in Newport Beach, California. In 2018, he began dating American TV personality and real estate investor Christina El Moussa, whom he had been dating since November 2017.
In addition to motivational speaking at charities and in schools, he enjoys post-dinner speeches. Additionally, he supports the Harrisons Fund, a nonprofit that works to help kids with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Net Worth of Ant Anstead
The estimated net worth of Ant Anstead is around $1 million.