Davina McCall
English television presenter
Davina McCall
Davina Lucy Pascale McCall is an English television presenter. She currently hosts the Channel 4 game show The Million Pound Drop Live, Sky1's reality talent show Got to Dance, and ITV shows The Biggest Loser and Long Lost Family. McCall is best known as the presenter of reality series Big Brother during its run on Channel 4 between 2000 and 2010.
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Davina McCall's personal information overview.
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Superman's Dean Cain and Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding join C4's The Jump
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
Towie’s James ‘Arg’ Argent and Made in Chelsea’s Mark-Francis Vandelli also in lineup, with coaches to include 1988 Olympic star Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards Former Superman star Dean Cain is one of 12 celebrities including Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and Olympian Linford Christie who will take to the air in the next series of Channel 4’s winter sports series The Jump. Channel 4 has signed up 12 stars, six men and six women, to appear in the third series of the Davina McCall-fronted show. Continue reading...
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Alice Pyne, Inspiring 'Bucket List' Teen, Loses Battle With Cancer
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Alice Pyne, the British teenager who captured the world's heart with her bravery and inspiring "bucket list," lost her battle with terminal cancer over the weekend. As the Daily Mail notes, the 17-year-old died on Saturday. Her mother, Vicky, made the announcement on Pyne's blog: Our darling girl, Alice, gained her angel wings today. She passed away peacefully with [dad] Simon, [sister] Milly and myself by her side. We are devastated and know that our lives will never again be the same. Pyne, who had been fighting Hodgkin's lymphoma for many years, became something of a viral sensation a few years ago after she published a bucket list of things she wanted to achieve before she died. In August, thanks to the help of supporters around the world, she completed her list after going on a whale watching trip in Canada. “It was really amazing because in the beginning I didn’t even know it was going to get published, and so I didn’t expect half the things to get done, ...
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Davina McCall to Nell McAndrew: They're cheaper than a gym membership, but which celebrity workout DVD gets results?
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
PETA BEE asked trainers Graeme Marsh and Steve Barrett to give their verdict. We then rated each DVD.
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Davina McCall opens up the death of half-sister Caroline
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
In August Davina McCall has took to Twitter account to post a touching tribute to her half-sister Caroline Baday.
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Daily Mail (UK) article
Get Ahead of the Games with The Giving Card
Yahoo News - over 4 years
London is the only city in the United Kingdom to have hosted the Olympics as well as being the first city to have held the modern games of three Olympiads. The Giving Card; discount card with a difference, has some interesting information about the Olympics to share with.(PRWEB UK) 25 July 2012 TeamGB have announced a number of celebrity ambassadors including Dermot O’Leary, Davina McCall and Alesha Dixon. The celebrities are part of a campaign to create the biggest support for the British Olympic team ever. ...
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Davina McCall persuaded to buy guinea pig by twitter followers
STV - over 4 years
Biggest Loser host Davina McCall has been persuaded to buy a guinea pig by her followers on twitter.
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Tony on TV - 25th April
Chad - almost 5 years
THE facial gurnings that always accompanied Davina McCall on ‘Big Brother’ always made me thank that radio had been invented.
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Emsworth antiques expert takes on TV favourite
Chichester Observer - almost 5 years
An antiques expert from the Emsworth area is taking on TV favourite Eric Knowles in a clash of the titans next week. Cash in the Attic valuer John Cameron, from Warblington, will be competing in BBC2’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, a show which involves antiques experts trying to make a profit on items they’ve bought at antique venues with the profit going to charity. John, who said the televised face-off was ‘intimidating’, will be raising money for Action Medical Research, a West Sussex-based charity which has invested more than £100m into research for sick babies and children. He became aware of the charity’s good work after doing a charity auction for Davina McCall, who is a patron of the charity. Scooter enthusiast John (pictured on his Lambretta SX 150) admits the series was a challenge he relished, and he was proud to have held his own working with the former Going for a Song star. “It was great working with Eric Knowles. It was an achievement but also slightly inti ...
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The electrifying power of game show hosts
The Independent - almost 5 years
It seems there's almost nothing we won't do – up to and including torturing someone – as long as a game-show host says it is all right, according to a new scientific study. TV personalities such as Davina McCall and Ant and Dec are now such powerful influences on our lives that game-show participants are prepared to inflict cruelty and pain on each other for the cameras.
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Davina McCall: I felt so relieved when my mother died
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
The former Big Brother presenter has spoken out about the death of the mother who virtually abandoned her as a child, leading to a troubled relationship between them.
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Beam me up, Davina's inkling for tattoos is quite alien to me
Belfast Telegraph - almost 5 years
How distressing to read that Davina McCall (right), a Channel 4 television presenter, has an alien on her bottom. Not only that but she has horns on her loins. Related Stories These pound shops just make me want to spend a penny Why Cheryl's life is not music to my ears
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DAVINA MCCALL - DAVINA MCCALL SALTUES JOHN BISHOP FOR 'AMAZING JOURNEY'
Contact Music - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-398086" href="/Davina+Mccall+1">Davina McCall</a> is gearing up for a night of presenting duties for tonight's televised Sport Relief coverage. She will be joined by the former footballer-turned-Tv-pundit <a class="fplink fp-93681" href="/Gary+Lineker+1">Gary Lineker</a>, Claudia Winkleman, Fearne Cotton, Dermot Oleary and Patrick...
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Davina McCall in charity cycle ride from Cowdray Park
West Sussex Gazette - almost 5 years
TV’s <a class="fplink fp-398086" href="/Davina+Mccall+1">Davina McCall</a> will once again take to the saddle when she joins riders for the second women-only DIVA100 Sussex bike ride, setting out from Cowdray Park in Midhurst on Sunday May 13.
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Davina McCall shows off her abs of steel
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
She says that she prides herself on being 'quite fit' - but most people would consider her modest.
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Davina McCall put through her paces as she joins The Biggest Loser contestants for a gruelling workout
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
After being put through her paces on the second episode of the programme, which airs tonight, Davina admitted she was so sore that she couldn't even pick up the phone for the next two days.
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Fitness queen Davina McCall tops DVD charts again
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
In a market that was once dominated by <a class="fplink fp-131397" href="/jane+fonda">Jane Fonda</a> and <a class="fplink fp-241690" href="/rosemary+conley">Rosemary Conley</a>, now it is the former presenter, pictured, and her tough regimes that people are using to fight the flab.
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Angie Dowds: Davina McCall Leads Tributes To Fitness Trainer Feared Dead At Beachy Head
The Huffington Post - over 5 years
TV presenter <a class="fplink fp-398086" href="/davina+mccall">Davina McCall</a> has led tributes to a television fitness trainer who is feared to have died at Beachy Head. A body believed to be that of Angie Dowds, 42, was retrieved from the base of the notorious suicide spot on Sunday. More...
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Davina McCall and Pippa Middleton high in 'friends with benefits' poll - London24
Google News - over 5 years
Londoners Davina McCall, Pippa Middleton and Jeesie J all rank highly in a poll to find who the public would love to have as &#39;friends with benefits&#39;. To send a link to this page to a friend, simply enter their email address below
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Davina McCall
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    In 2016, Davina presented a 4-part series for ITV called Davina McCall: Life at the Extreme.
    More Details Hide Details She will also host This Time Next Year for the channel. During 2005, McCall presented He's Having a Baby, where she followed and advised eight young men who were to become first-time fathers at various stages during the show's ten-week run. It received poor ratings. McCall has been one of the co-presenters of the annual British charity telethons that are organised by Comic Relief on BBC One. Organised on an alternating comedy/sport theme and televised live in March, Red Nose Day has been co-hosted by McCall since 2005. She had previously presented or appeared on various related Comic Relief shows, including: The Record Breaker (1999), Naked Red Nose Ground Force in Practice and Say Pants to Poverty (2001), The Big Hair Do (2003) and Comic Relief Does Fame Academy (2005). From early 2006, McCall fronted her own prime-time chat show, Davina. Receiving scathing reviews and with viewing figures falling to below half of the six million watching The Bill on ITV at the same time, the show was axed in April for not reaching expectations.
    In 2016, McCall presented Make My Body Better on Channel 4.
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  • 2015
    Age 47
    Beginning in September 2015, McCall has presented One Hundred and Eighty, a darts-based game show for Sky1.
    More Details Hide Details McCall co-presented four series of Don't Try This at Home for ITV. Her co-presenters were Kate Thornton, Paul Hendy and Darren Day. When Don't Try This at Home ended in 2001, McCall continued with the channel, presenting series such as Popstars: The Rivals and The Vault (1st series) in 2002, Reborn in the USA in 2003 and Love on a Saturday Night in 2004. She also hosted the British Academy Television Awards 2004 for ITV and again in 2006. In 2011, McCall began hosting The Biggest Loser and Long Lost Family. After just two series, it was announced that The Biggest Loser had been axed by ITV in September 2012. Long Lost Family, however, is still being broadcast on the channel, with McCall and Nicky Campbell as hosts.
  • 2014
    Age 46
    In August 2014, McCall was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
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    During the live telethon, it was announced that McCall had raised over £2,239,931 for Sport Relief 2014.
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    In February 2014, McCall undertook a BT Sport Relief challenge called 'Davina – Beyond Breaking Point', seven days of either running, swimming or cycling across the UK to raise money for the UK charity Sport Relief.
    More Details Hide Details This challenge was filmed by the BBC for a one-off 60-minute documentary called Davina: Beyond Breaking Point which aired on 20 March 2014 at 21:00 on BBC One.
    As part of the 2014 telethon, McCall and Carr also hosted a companion series Stars at Your Service.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    In 2013, McCall presented Stepping Out which was seen as a rival to BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.
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    In April 2013, McCall presented one series of Five Minutes to a Fortune.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2014, McCall has presented reality competition The Jump which is broadcast live over ten nights from a mountainside in Austria.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    In 2012 and 2014, McCall co-hosted charity telethon Stand Up to Cancer with Alan Carr.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    Having made the decision to leave the show after Ultimate Big Brother, McCall confirmed she would not be returning as host when Channel 5 announced in April 2011 that they had secured the rights to relaunch Big Brother in Summer 2011.
    More Details Hide Details She gave her backing to Emma Willis as her replacement, stating she still believed the show had potential. Big Brother 2 and Ultimate Big Brother winner Brian Dowling was ultimately chosen to take over McCall's role as presenter of the Channel 5 version, though in 2013 Emma Willis became his successor as the new presenter. In between the final celebrity and regular editions of Big Brother on Channel 4, McCall began presenting a new game show, The Million Pound Drop.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    After presenting the seventh and final series of Celebrity Big Brother in January 2010, she fronted her eleventh and final regular edition over the summer.
    More Details Hide Details As a finale to the series on Channel 4, McCall also presented the Ultimate Big Brother show, which started immediately after the main series, and featured selected past celebrity and non-celebrity housemates.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    By the ninth series of Big Brother in 2008, McCall was earning a reported £85,000 per episode.
    More Details Hide Details Responding to tabloid claims before the series that she was about to quit Big Brother she said, "I'm not leaving... They would have to kill me before I'd stop doing it". The ninth series proved to be a low point however, becoming the least watched summer series in the show's history. McCall became the regular presenter of the live Big Brother companion show Big Brother's Big Mouth for the tenth and eleventh series, after it was re-formatted into an hour-long show after the weekly live eviction show, having previously occupied the slot after each daily highlights show. With audience figures falling, Channel 4 decided that the eleventh series in Summer 2010 would be the last Big Brother broadcast on their channel, although the show's future was in the hands of the rights holder Endemol.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    In December 2007, McCall presented a New Year's edition of The Friday Night Project, entitled The Friday Night New Year Project 2007.
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  • 2005
    Age 37
    McCall's performance on the final night of the sixth series in 2005 attracted press attention and some complaints for her treatment of housemate Makosi Musambasi.
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  • 2001
    Age 33
    McCall also hosted the celebrity version Celebrity Big Brother, whose first series ran for eight days in March 2001.
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  • 2000
    Age 32
    McCall is married to Matthew Robertson, presenter of Pet Rescue, with whom she has three children – two daughters, Holly & Tilly and a son, Chester. Robertson is McCall's second husband; they were married in June 2000 at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    Her first marriage was to Andrew Leggett in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details McCall's previous relationships included old family friend Eric Clapton. He also helped her when in her early 20s she developed a drug problem; it was only after overcoming this that she gained her own television show on MTV. She quit smoking when she was 24. McCall's ancestry was examined for a 2009 episode of Who Do You Think You Are? With the help of historians Jean-Marc Berliere and Simon Kitson, McCall learned that she is the great-granddaughter of onetime Prefect of Police Célestin Hennion (1862–1915), and the great-great-great-granddaughter, on her father's side, of James Thomas Bedborough (1787–1860), a stonemason, councillor, Mayor, property developer and entrepreneur, who worked on Windsor Castle and Upton Park in Slough. Bedborough was said to be an illegitimate son of George IV according to a story told by McCall's grandmother, but this was neither proved or disproved on the show.
  • 1995
    Age 27
    In 1995, she went on to host the ITV late night game show God's Gift and in 1998 to present the cult Channel 4 dating show Streetmate.
    More Details Hide Details McCall was chosen as the presenter of the inaugural series of Big Brother, in which 10 housemates entered a sealed house for up to nine weeks and their every move would be filmed and then broadcast as a daily highlights show. McCall hosted the weekly live eviction show, where one contestant would be removed from the house, until the last housemate became the winner.
  • 1992
    Age 24
    In 1992, McCall was hired as a presenter on Ray Cokes' Most Wanted on MTV Europe.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    McCall was born on 16 October 1967 in Wimbledon, London to a French mother, Florence (née Hennion) and an English father, Andrew McCall.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of three she went to live with her paternal grandparents in Surrey after the break-up of her parents' marriage. Her mother Florence – whom McCall has described as something of a "wild child" and later, specifically as "an alcoholic" – returned to Paris, and McCall saw her only when on holidays. Her relationship with her mother was a difficult one and she has said that her mother "should never have had kids" describing how she once left her, at the age of 12, in a nightclub on her own. She continued to see her father Andrew, a graphic designer, at weekends before moving in with him and his new wife Gaby when she was 13 years old. McCall attended St Catherine's School, Bramley near Guildford, Surrey and Godolphin and Latymer Girls School, an independent school in Hammersmith, West London. At secondary level, McCall studied for nine O levels and two A levels.
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