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The Chase: Anne Hegerty on 'changing' her Governess character

Anne, 62, plays up to the formidable and intimidating personality of The Governess on The Chase, taking down opponents one-by-one. The former I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! campmate is just one of six quizmasters who star on the programme and five of them now take part in ITV spin-off show, Beat The Chasers, where contestants get to see even more of the ruthless general knowledge gurus. However, it seems Anne’s character could have been a lot more terrifying than the one she portrays on-screen today.

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Appearing on Wednesday’s edition of Loose Women, the quizmaster explained the input she had when creating her alter-ego.

Asked if it was “tough” to be The Governess, Anne said: “Originally, the character was going to be more sort of creepy.

“I remember saying I wanted her to be a cross between Caroline Aherne’s Mrs Merton and Daphne Fowler on EggHeads.

“I wanted everyone to think in terms of Dolores Umbridge and how the creepiest thing about her was those damn kittens.

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“And then a friend of mine said that’s a bit too different from what I’m like and I wouldn’t be able to maintain that.”

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The Chase star Anne Hegerty change to The GovernessThe Chase star Anne Hegerty explains why she changed original Governess character (Image: ITV)

The Chase: Anne Hegerty on Loose WomenThe Chase: Anne Hegerty appeared as a guest on Loose Women (Image: ITV)

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The Governess star continued: “So, I went and based her more on my grandmother who I did mention earlier and she was formidable.

“Also, one of my aunts and just this generically scary character [formed]. Americans have compared her to

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