Davina McCall

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 (Channel 4. 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 has continued ever since, hosting all nine series of Big Brother (with series 10 starting in June) and all five 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 theUSA. She also host 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.
McCall 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 inEurope). 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 theUK curriculum from 2010 onwards.

McCall has also turned her hand at 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 continues the associate to date.

Together with her personal trainers Mark and Jackie Wren, Davina has created and developed a the UK’s most successful selling fitness DVD franchaise. There are seven titles currently available including Davina Fit, Body Buff and High Energy Five which have sold over 1 million copies! In addition she has her own range of fitness equipment available from Argos.

In 2010 Davina presented the final series of Big Brother and also a brand new prime time show for Sky 1 called Got To Dance.

2011 is shaping up to be a busy year, having presented the second series of Got To Dance, Million Pound Drop, The Biggest Loser and Long Lost Family.