Davina McCall | Presenter | Host
Events and Awards Host, Davina McCall is best known for her witty presenting skills on the hugely successful reality show ‘Big Brother’. She is always a fantastic asset for any event.
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Davina McCall was born on 16 October 1967 in London. She attended the Godolphin and Latymer Girls School, an independent school in Hammersmith, London.
Davina’s earliest passion was music; at the age of 15 while studying for her nine O levels and later two A levels, McCall sang professionally with a band, went solo at the age of 19, produced demo music discs, ran many successful nightclubs in London and even appeared in Kylie Minogue’s music video ‘Word is Out’!!
Davina got her first TV break in 1992 when she landed a job presenting her own show on MTV. In 1995 she went on to host the ITV game show ‘God's Gift’ which she presented for 3 years, before becoming the anchor presenter on ‘Streetmate’ (C4) between 1998-2000, and prime-time cult show ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ on ITV1 in 1998.
In 2000, Davina was chosen to present the hugely popular Channel 4 reality show ‘Big Brother’, which she continued to do until the eleventh and last series in 2011 as well as all seven of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. The same year, Davina married Matthew Robertson and went on to have three children: Holly, Tilly and Chester.
Following her success in the cult reality show, Davina went on to present the ‘Brit Awards’ in 2001, as well as BBC charity show ‘Comic Relief’. 2002 saw her hosting ‘Popstars: The Rivals’ (ITV1) followed by ‘The Vault’ and in 2003, ‘Oblivious’ (both ITV1) and the reality TV show ‘Reborn in the USA’. She also hosted ‘The Brit Awards’ for a second time in 2003.
In 2004 she hosted the new ITV1 prime time show ‘Love on a Saturday Night’ and later that year, Davina was chosen to present the prestigious ‘BAFTA Television Awards’.
In December 2005 it was announced that she would be hosting her own BBC One prime-time chat show called ‘Davina’ which aired in early 2006. Shortly afterwards, ITV1 signed up McCall to host the ‘BAFTA Television Awards’ for the second time. Soon after, Davina became the main presenter on ‘Sport Relief’ on BBC One alongside friend Chris Evans. She continues to host both ‘Sport Relief’ and ‘Comic Relief’ for BBC One.
Davina went on to star in BBC documentary ‘Let's Talk Sex’, looking at how sex education is taught in Britain (one of the countries of Europe with the highest teenage pregnancy levels), compared with The Netherlands (which has one of the lowest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe). She has also published a book under the same title. Such was the power of her work on this topic, sex and relationship education will now be on the UK curriculum from 2010 onwards.
Davinal has also turned her hand to acting, appearing in ‘Sam's Game’ (2001), a Friends-style TV sitcom, as well as Leigh Francis comedy sketch shows ‘Bo Selecta’ and ‘A Bear's Tail’. McCall provided the voice of an android version of herself for the ‘Doctor Who’ episode "Bad Wolf" in 2005, and played herself as a human and subsequently as a bloodthirsty zombie in ‘Dead Set’ in 2008.
Davina became the face of Garnier in 2007, and has produced several exercise DVDs alongside her personal trainers, Mark and Jackie Wren, including Superbody Workout, High Energy Five, The Power of Three and My Three 30-Minute Workouts. Her DVDs have sold nearly a million copies to date! Number six, ‘Davina Fit’ was released in December 2009 to rare reviews.
She returned to our screens in 2010 with the brand new prime time entertainment show ‘Just Dance’ for Sky 1 and for the final series of ‘Big Brother’ and Celebrity Big Brother’ on C4. Davina is now the host of the ever popular dance talent show, ‘Got to Dance’. ‘Million Pound Drop Live’ is also back for another series in December 2010.
In 2011 Davina will become the host of the UK version of ‘The Biggest Loser’ replacing Kate Garraway.