Fearne Cotton is one of the UK’s most popular and in demand TV and radio presenters. Her natural charm and warm presenting style has made her a firm favourite with viewers and listeners alike, seeing her crowned TV Personality Of The Year across numerous titles year on year.
At the age of 30, Fearne has a wealth of live and pre-recorded presenting experience under her belt, having been spotted at the age of 15 by ITV’s Disney Club. This opportunity led to a three-year contract as co-presenter for GMTV’s live weekend youth series Diggit.
Following this, Fearne made a strong name for herself as a children’s TV presenter hosting Finger Tips, Pet Swap and Mouse for CITV, Granada’s youth activity gameshow Pump It Up and Disney’s art animation series Draw You Own Toons, which saw her put her art A Level to good use.
In 2002, she co-hosted the 30th and final series of Record Breakers and presented the one off special Prom In the Park. She also presented a package of programmes for CBBC, including two series of the youth science show Eureka and Call The Shots – a show that went behind the scenes at the movies.
September 2002 saw Fearne sign an exclusive two year deal with the BBC, becoming the first presenter to host their flagship Saturday morning programme The Saturday Show (BBC1) alongside Sunday morning show Smile (BBC2).
In 2003, Fearne took part in Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, and in her own words “murdered” Driftwood by Travis. In September that year she began hosting her own show – the all new Top Of The Pops Saturday – a successful show that became a firm favourite on Saturday morning with pop fans.
In 2005 Fearne began hosting the main Top Of The Pops show alongside Top Of The Pops Reloaded on Saturday mornings. Throughout the summer, she filmed a show in America with Reggie Yates for CBBC – Only In America was screened in autumn on the CBBC channel, and later on BBC1.
Summer 2005 saw Fearne awarded one of the biggest breaks in her career when she got the chance to co-present the live coverage of the historic concert Live8. This was closely followed in November by Fearne being chosen as one of the presenting team for Children In Need alongside Terry Wogan and Natasha Kaplinski.
2006 witnessed Fearne sign her first radio deal with Radio 1, hosting a Friday morning show with fellow presenter, Reggie Yates. The show was a huge success and quickly both Fearne and Reggie were signed up to host the weekend breakfast show every Saturday and Sunday morning from 7am till 10am. October 2007 saw the duo move their Radio 1 slot to a Saturday afternoon, as well as hosting the prestigious UK Top 40 on a Sunday afternoon.
During the summer of 2006, Fearne co-presented ITV1’s reality series Love Island alongside Patrick Kielty in Fiji for two months – an experience she regards as one of the best of her life. She then returned to UK screens at the end of October to host four live shows of Make Me A Super Model for Channel 5.
2007 got off to an amazing start with Fearne presenting the backstage coverage for ITV1 at The BRITS, followed by a trip to LA to host The Oscars Red Carpet coverage at the 79th Annual Academy Awards for Sky One. Fearne then opened Comic Relief with Lenny Henry and Jonathan Ross.
Later in 2007, Fearne was honoured to be asked to carry out the only UK interview with Prince William and Prince Harry in lead up to the Concert For Diana. The concert was a huge success and Fearne co-presented the day for the BBC, which was broadcast across the globe.
The remainder of 2007 saw a busy Fearne co-host Eurovision show Making Your Mind Up alongside Terry Wogan on BBC1, and launch her own prime time dating show with pal Holly Willoughby for ITV1, Holly & Fearne Go Dating. Alongside this, Fearne also took over the reigns at ITV2’s massively successful show The Xtra Factor – the spin-off to ITV’s huge entertainment hit The X Factor.
The following year saw a packed diary of shows, again presenting the backstage coverage at The BRITS and hosting the ITV1 special Guilty Pleasures, a music show based on the successful club night of the same name. Fearne also caught the eye of US television, flying to LA to host her own one-off prime time special for NBC, Guinness World Records – Live. On the back of this, Fearne was then offered the co-host role on NBC’s successful reality show Last Comic Standing, which saw her travel across the US looking for comedy’s next big thing.
Over the last few years Fearne has come into her own combining her love for broadcasting and some of her own more personal passions as she continues to be one of the most sought-after names in entertainment. Fearne can be heard weekday mornings from 10am – 12.45pm on BBC Radio 1, where she mixes big celebrity interviews with exclusive acoustic performances with the biggest names in music, attracting over 5 million listeners. She has also recently won a Sony Gold Award for her show. Her love of music has extended into her anchoring both the iTunes Festival for ITV2 and the major music festivals over the summer of 2012 for BBC3. Fearne was also chosen to host the huge Sky1 hit show Must Be The Music, which saw acts plucked from obscurity and given the chance to enter the UK charts right in front of viewers’ eyes.
September 2010 saw a new series of the popular interview show Fearne And… which has featured stellar names including Paris Hilton, Beth Ditto, Mischa Barton and Craig David up close and personal as Fearne looks at the fascinating lives of the famous. Celebrity Juice, now into its seventh series, sees Fearne as a team captain. The show continues to be a ratings winner for ITV2, shocking and enthralling audiences with its close to the bone humour.
Away from our screens and radios, Fearne has been even more busy. Fulfilling a lifelong dream Fearne designed her own clothing range Fearne Cotton For Very.co.uk, now in its third hugely successful year, the range has gone from strength to strength incorporating everything from high street chic, dinner party glam through to must have winter items. Fearne also embarked on another passion with her own brand of makeup launching into Boots stores nationwide, outselling high profile brands like Ted Baker, and now extending into toiletries and other categories. Fearne’s presence online continues to grow too, with over 3 million Twitter followers and a fanbase spanning Facebook, her official site and other social media.
Fearne continues to find time to support a range of charities with seemingly no challenge too big for her. As well as being an ambassador for Post Pals, Fearne has climbed Kilimanjaro (Comic Relief), trekked the Inca Trail (Breast Cancer Care) and even cycled the length of the UK with fellow celebs (Sport Relief) to throw her energies behind some truly important causes. She can be seen co-hosting the Children In Need Rocks concert on BBC1 in November and co-hosting the main event the following evening.
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