Anne Hegerty: The Chase star forced to fight off muggers 'Governess born that day'

She continued: “But their dynamism is thwarted by my insisting they wait till my washing’s dry. Dammit, that’s what I’m here for.

“Eventually I and the police and my trolley case get into the police car and we tour the local estates.

“But he’s a very generic weedy white boy, and though I’ve been trying to commit any details to memory, we don’t see him or his bicycle or his Basement Jaxx jacket.

“So the mystery remains unsolved. But the Governess was born that day.”

Many social media users took to the posts comments to discuss the mugging story.

MisterMedusa said: “Love it. The most surprising thing is to think you broke and on your way to a launderette, and not all that long ago

“Goes to show how none of us know what the future holds, and how quickly things can change. Glad to hear the would-be mugger didn’t get the better of you.”

Jonathancairns commented: “Incredible! I cannot imagine having the guts to dare someone to pull out a weapon like that.”

Anne has been on The Chase since it began, and was named the third chaser on the show.

Shaun Wallace and Mark Labbett were both cast first, but producer Sue Allison wanted a woman on the show.

ITV producer Sue Allison recently explained how Anne secured the coveted role after she received a letter from a quiz champion who insisted she was strong both mentally and physically.

Speaking on TV Show and Tell podcast, Sue said: “When we got a letter from Anne, she wrote into the team and said something like she ‘realised what kind of character you needed to be’ because she’d seen the pilot series.

“And she realised you needed to be quite tough, and she had once chased off a couple of muggers.

“I remember getting this letter and thinking, ‘Come on, be as good as you sound’ and she was.”

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