Who is British TV star Ant Anstead as he starts dating Hollywood actress Renée Zellweger

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Renée Zellweger has a new man in her life – and he’s a face you may recognise if you’ve ever watched Wheeler Dealers.

Bridget Jones star and two-time Academy Award winner Renée is enjoying a summer romance with British presenter Ant Anstead, PEOPLE confirmed. The news comes shortly after Ant's divorce from his wife Christina Haack, who he shares a son named Hudson, one, with.

And while he car-loving presenter now resides in Hollywood, his career began on UK shores as he presented a whole host of shows for broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4.

Here’s everything you need to know about Renée’s new flame…

Who is Ant Anstead?

Ant Anstead is a 42 year old British presenter who hails from Plymouth. He met Renée, 52, when she appeared on the Discovery+ series, Celebrity IOU: Joyride.


Ant began his career as a police officer in England when he was 18, making him one of the UK’s youngest armed police officers.

Discussing his early career, he told Influx: “I knew I didn’t want to go down the education route with University etc., so ended up a copper, and I can honestly say, it’s the best decision I have ever made.

“I loved being in the police … I received two commendations for bravery and have faced a number of life-threatening incidents – really opening my eyes to what humans are capable of. When you’re standing in front of someone armed – that’s real fear – it kind of makes standing on stage or in front of a camera easy."

As well as being a police officer, Ant was also a semi-professional footballer for 15 years.

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He played over 700 games in the Ryman League, in positions including goalkeeper and striker.

Ant starred in the UK series of For the Love of Cars as a restoration expert in 2014, and he’s also the charismatic mechanic you see on Wheeler Dealers.

The star moved to California and in December 2018, he married Flip or Flop co-star Christina Haack, who he has a son with.


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The pair have now divorced, after announcing their decision to part ways in September 2020.

Discussing the split at the time, Ant told PEOPLE: “It really hit me hard. The impact on me, my sleep, my diet, my stress, it showed.

“But I reached this turning point where I was either going to dwell in the darkness or I was just going to slap myself around the face a few times and say, ‘Wake up; you’re incredibly blessed. Focus on all the great things.”

Ant was also previously married to Louise Anstead, with whom he shares two teenage children, Amelie and Archie.

Ant can be found posting on Instagram to his 371,000 followers where he shares saps of his kids and his life in America, where he lives in a gorgeous home.

He describes himself in his Instagram bio as a “British Boy with Beautiful Blended Baggage.”

Renée has been married once before to Kenny Chesney, but they split in 2005.

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