Steph McGovern to be replaced on Packed Lunch by Motherland star

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The Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch is usually hosted by 40-year-old Steph McGovern who used to be the main business presenter for BBC Breakfast.

However, Motherland’s leading actress Anna Maxwell Martin, 46, will be taking over tomorrow’s (Thursday, May 25) show.

Anna will be joining the Steph’s Packed Lunch team live from the Leeds studio and it will be the Line of Duty actress’ first live daytime television presenting debut.

The legendary actress will be interviewing a range of guests on the show, including Scummy Mummies podcasters Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn about their latest tour.

Anna will also unveil three of the stars from the reboot of Gladiators which is going to be hosted by The Chase star Bradley Walsh and his son Barney.

The show was huge in the 1990s when it was hosted by Ulrika Jonsson and the BBC is behind the gameshow’s revival.

As well as all this, Anna is set to confront her biggest fear in front of Channel 4 viewers – fruit.

Anna previously opened up about her fruit phobia during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show after the producers put a bowl of apples and oranges on the coffee table in front of her.

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Addressing her irrational fear, she said: “This is OK because I can see they are made of plastic, but I do have a phobia of fruit.”

Guest Mo Gilligan found Anna’s admission hilarious and questioned her about it during their interview on the show.

“Yeah, I have a few phobias, they just crop up,” Anna frankly told the comedian.

Anna failed to mention why she was too scared of fruit to eat it on the programme, and she even struggled to say the word fruit.

Will she be able to overcome her phobia on Steph’s Packed Lunch?

Elsewhere on the show, Anna will join John Whaite in the kitchen to learn how to keep her cakes moist.

Steph is set to return to her programme on Friday following her short break from the show.

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs on Channel 4 on weekdays from midday.

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