In 1996 Anderton appeared in the Gossard Glossies and Gossard Wonderbra "Girl in the grass" national advertising campaign shot by Herb Ritts, which included the strapline "Who said a woman couldn't get pleasure from something soft?" The campaign attracted a record number of complaints (321) to the Advertising Standards Authority, none of which were upheld.
At Intimate Body and Beach fashion show, London, 30 July 2007
From 2004 until 2007, Anderton was a Patron of the original Action on Addiction in London, a charity and addiction research center investigating drug and alcohol dependence.
In 2006, she was diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder. "I was wrongly diagnosed," she told the Belfast Telegraph in 2011. "I had depression. They wrongly diagnosed me and put me on a bucket load of blood pills. It was absolutely bonkers."
In June 2009, Anderton complained to police about dozens of text messages left on her mobile phone. A man was soon charged with harassment and, in March 2010, convicted.
In an August 2013 interview, conducted just before she entered the house for her participation in Celebrity Big Brother 12, Anderton acknowledged past difficulties with substance abuse.