Miquita Oliver is the TV presenter best known for her time hosting T4.
She began presenting alongside Simon Amstell on Channel 4’s Popworld in 2001.
The 37-year-old had a career that spanned the noughties and has since worked in radio, hosting shows on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
There are many surprising details about her personal life, including famous family members and an ordeal that saw her forced to file for bankruptcy when she was just 27 years old.
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Miquita’s godmother is none other than actress Amanda Mealing.
The 54-year-old actress is best known for playing Connie Beauchamp on Casualty, although she recently revealed she’s taking an “extended hiatus” from the show.
In 2011, shortly after losing her job as a presenter of T4, Miquita had to file for bankruptcy.
She was unable to pay the £174,514.47 bill for unpaid taxes.
At the time, Baker Tilly Restructuring and Recovery said: “HMRC had requested that Miss Oliver be declared bankrupt on £174,514.47 in unpaid taxes.
“Due to the fact that this amount had not been collected by the due date set by HMRC, bankruptcy proceedings in respect of the said amount were issued to Miss Oliver on 11 November 2011.”
Miquita said of the experience, “I went broke and I didn’t tell anyone. I had a drawer that I hadn’t opened that was just like this one with bankruptcy letters. I remember taking all the letters, putting them on this balcony and just setting them on fire.
“Like a really crazy person, I just thought this isn’t happening at all. just do that Because I thought I’d been through it and no one would know and no one would know and I would just get back on my feet.
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“Of course when it came out in the papers I was more upset with my mother because I felt really bad that it was all really public and I felt like it must have been a really horrible thing to have your daughter in the Having newspapers doing that is a big mistake.”
She has since presented Young, British and Broke: The Truth about Payday Loans on BBC Three in December 2013, in which she spoke about her ordeal.
She said: “At 17 I was making money I couldn’t handle and before I knew it I owed the IRS thousands. I just felt like I couldn’t breathe and was sinking. I was so afraid of my future and I didn’t tell anyone for two years.
“When I was declared bankrupt, it felt like I was in a financial mess that I would never get out of.”
After her mum found out what happened, she said: “My mum calls it ‘The Humbling’ and it was humbling because it’s true it takes you to zero and makes you look at everything you have to.” look at yourself.”
Miquita and mother Andi Oliver will appear together in a new BBC show: The Caribbean with Andi and Miquita. You will meet relatives and talk about the colonial era.
The show airs tonight (Sunday 23 January) at 9pm.
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