Anjula Mutanda is a British broadcaster, social scientist, counselling and relationship psychologist, life coach and therapist. Anjula received her training from Durham University. In 2006, she served as a judge at the Royal Society for Science.
She has appeared on and presented many prime time popular television programmes providing psychological analysis, such as the Bafta award-winning first series of Big Brother, as well as popular day time shows: Daybreak, BBC Breakfast, Loose Women, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and The Wright Stuff. She was the resident psychologist on This Morning for five years.
Anjula wrote and presented a programme on Radio 4 called Diversity Works. This was an in-depth examination on mixed-race marriages, and how people overcome barriers in order to make them work successfully. This made the pick of the week. Anjula was the phobia expert on ITV’s Feel the Fear, where she supported the show’s two presenters: Holly Willoughby and Steve Wilson, to overcome their fears. This 12-part series was a hit with its target audience of 7-to-12-year-olds. She was also featured on the programme Generation X: Cess. She continues to be invited to regularly appear on daytime shows and is also a regular expert on Tonight, ITV’s flagship current affairs documentary series. She has also contributed to BBC1’s The One Show. She has appeared as specialist expert on DNA stories with Lorraine Kelly for Sky Real Lives. She has worked with Martine McCutcheon on The Truth about Beauty for UKTV style.
Many of the series that Anjula has fronted or contributed to have been aired around the globe and seen by a huge international audience. Anjula hosted Family Contract, a six-part prime time series for BBC One. In this show Anjula helped families live more harmoniously. Anjula presented a prime time eight-part series for Channel 5 in 2008 called How to Have Sex After Marriage. In this show Anjula led a team of experts to help couples re-ignite the passion in their relationships. She counselled the couples and set them challenges to help them improve their self-esteem, body confidence and communication. Anjula co-hosted Body Language Secrets, a prime time eight-part series on Sky 1, in 2010. She presented My Naked Secret 2011, a series about people living with physical abnormalities that were heavily impacting on their emotional lives, relationships and working lives. This 12-part series is part-observational documentary and part-emotional transformation.
She has written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers on a wide range of topics. She has been invited to be agony aunt for several magazines during her career so far including: Mizz, Reveal, More and Top Sante magazines. She regularly contributes to Closer, Heat, Glamour and Psychologies magazines. Her first self-help book, Celebrity Life Laundry, was published in 2007. Her psychological expertise is also regularly sought by a wide range of corporate brands where she has the role of specialist consultant, spokesperson and adviser.
Anjula accepted the invitation to be an Ambassador for BME cancer voice – cancer does not discriminate 2012 – and spoke to an invited audience at the House of Commons. Anjula’s second self-help book How to Do Relationships was published in July 2013. Extracts from the book were featured in The Times, Mirror and Irish Independent. She wrote a piece for The Guardian newspaper on how a cancer diagnosis can affect relationships. Anjula was appointed as an Ambassador for the charity RELATE in September 2013
Anjula’s ten-part series Man-Up aired in 2014 in the UK and worldwide. Anjula was specialist psychology expert on 50 Ways to Kill your Lover, an eight-part series where she gave her forensic relationship analysis on complex cases. This series aired in the UK and US in 2014 on CI and ID channels. It was the top-rated show on the ID channel. Anjula appeared on Woman’s Hour with Jeni Murray in June 2014. Anjula contributed as expert psychologist on the series Autopsy, seasons 2 and 3, which has aired on channel 5 UK, Channel 7 Australia, and E! in the US giving her analysis on celebrity case studies. Anjula appeared on Radio 4 and 5 live simulcasts discussing friendships. Anjula in her capacity as Relate Ambassador, attended the launch of the “The Relationship Alliance” manifesto at The House of Commons on October 2014.
Published: 30 December 2014
Last updated: 09 December 2016