Who is Miquita Oliver? T4 presenter and Lily Allen’s best mate returns to TV after bankruptcy
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Miquita Oliver is back on our TV screens and we couldn't be happier.
She found fame hosting the beloved hangover Sunday show T4 alongside Simon Amstell, and was also part of London party scene often seen out with her best pals Lily Allen, Nick Grimshaw, Pixie Geldof, and fellowT4 co-host Alexa Chung.
Now after time away from the public eye, including facing bankruptcy back in 2017, Miquita, 36, star has got several TV projects lined up with her famous chef mum Andi Oliver.
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Miquita recently appeared on Steph McGovern's new lunch time show Steph's Packed Lunch, and shared a behind the scenes snap of her appearance
"Feels bloody nice to be home," the presenter wrote in the caption as she stood next to a TV camera.
The slimmed down star also shared another snap of her in a pretty red dress which she wore to appear on the show: "Launch show DONE. Banging job @stephlunch @packedlunchc4 – see you Friday…"
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Miquita Oliver career
Miquita was 16 when she first began her television career hosting Popworld where she met her longtime pal Simon Amstell.
The pair used to co-host the show together and were known for their irreverent banter and humorous interviews with the celebs that appeared.
After presenting together between 2001 to 2006, they both left the show with Miquita saying at the time: "The thing about Popworld is it became such a luxury to be doing this great show every week, and to have people stop you in the street and say it’s good.
"You get really cosy. I was definitely getting too cosy. I would probably have done Popworld until I was 60."
But never fear as Miquita made the move over to T4 hosting alongside Steve Jones and Rick Edwards and she also had her own show at the same time called The Month with Miquita on 4Music.
But Miquita left the show in 2010 after she was reportedly overheard insulting musician Kesha by the singer's management, she was suspended by the channel and her contract was later not renewed.
Miquita also hosted shows for Radio 1 covering for Sarah Cox and has recently recorded documentaries for BBC Three.
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Miquita Oliver bankruptcy
Miquita was left struggling to pay the £174,514.47 bill for unpaid taxes and filed for bankruptcy in 2012 shortly after losing her job on T4.
In 2013 the presenter went on to film a documentary for BBC Three called Young, British and Broke: The Truth about Payday Loans, where she opened up about her own experiences.
She confessed in the programmed that she was so ashamed about her financial problems she kept it secret.
"At 17 I was earning money I didn’t know how to handle and before I knew it I owed thousands to the taxman. I just felt like I couldn’t breathe and that I was sinking. I was so scared about 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 I would never get out of."
She went on to reveal how she burned all of her bankruptcy letters but then the news broke and her mum discovered what had been going on: "My mum calls it 'The Humbling' and it was humbling because it’s true it drags you down to ground zero and makes you look at everything, you have to look at yourself."
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Miquita's famous friends and family
Miquita is the daughter of Andi Oliver, now a successful TV chef, but started out her career as a singer in post-punk band Rip Rig + Panic.
Andi is also best pals with nineties singer Neneh Cherry, who Miquita calls "Auntie", and her godmother is former Holby City actress Amanda Healey.
During lockdown Miquita and her mum launched a cooking series “What’s for Dinner Mummy?” which she directed and produced and now the pair are working on three TV projects together which she is set to announce soon.
And most notably Miquita is best pals with Lily Allen and was the bridesmaid at her first wedding to Sam Cooper, the father of her two children Marnie and Ethel.
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