Michelle Ranicar, 53, allegedly followed Wright after he had filmed his TV show to find out where he lived, and sent messages about his family and pleading with him to contact her.
It is said she pursued the star and his wife Amelia between November last year and May, causing them “alarm or distress” by turning up at their home in Primrose Hill on several occasions.
Highbury Corner magistrates’ court heard Ranicar, a dedicated fan of the presenter’s Channel 5 show The Wright Stuff, is accused of stalking the couple when they were welcoming their first child, Cassady, in January.
“The defendant became aware of the home address having followed Mr Wright home from the television studio,” prosecutor Fiona Martin told the court.
Ranicar’s alleged stalking “had an adverse effect on Matthew and Amelia Wright’s day-to-day activities”, the court heard, and she “knew or ought to have known her course of conduct would cause alarm or distress”.
According to the criminal charge, Ranicar “repeatedly attended the address of Mr and Mrs Wright, attended filming of his television show, sent messages of a personal nature and discussed his family and children with him, requesting contact from him”.
Ranicar was supported by a friend as she entered the dock yesterday to face the charge for the first time. She did not given an indication of her plea, as magistrates sent the case to be dealt with at the crown court. Ranicar, of Uxbridge, was banned from contacting Wright or his wife as a condition of her bail, and must stay away from their home.
Wright, a former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here contestant who now presents a weekday TalkRadio show, ended The Wright Stuff in June last year after 18 years as a Channel 5 staple. In a 2016 interview, Ranicar described herself as a “superfan” of the show and said she had been a regular audience member.
She was freed on bail until a plea hearing at Wood Green crown court on September 16. She is accused of stalking involving serious alarm or distress and has not yet entered a plea.