Davina McCall



A survivor of the "drink 'n drugs" lifestyle that often goes along with showbiz, Davina is a confident presenter, and one of the all too few clan of female game show hosts.

Davina previously worked in a model agency, and once tried to make it as a pop singer. It was with MTV that she first found TV fame.

Presenting God's Gift, the post-pub version of Blind Date, was hardly profound, but it has nevertheless led on to a number of primetime shows. Don't Try This at Home!, saw her perform some eye-popping stunts in the name of entertainment. These days, despite presenting other successful programmes for Channel 4 and Sky 1, she remains best known as the presenter of the now-departed Big Brother. The less said about her flop BBC1 chat show Davina, the better however.

By presenting One Hundred and Eighty in September 2015, she overtook Bob Monkhouse as the person who presented the most game shows; she held the record until overtaken by Vernon Kay in March 2023.


When Davina was trying to crack the pop music world, her demo disc was produced by Eric Clapton.

Davina came in for much criticism in August 2007 when she stood in for Ken Bruce on Radio 2. 156 listeners complained about her 'inane banter' and 'cringeworthy' style of presentation.

She had sold over 800,000 copies of her workout DVDs by the end of 2010. Almost uniquely among celebrity-led fitness vids, hers are generally reckoned to be rather good.

Books / Tapes

The Dating Game (paperback)


c/o John Noel Management, 10A Belmont Street, London, NW1 8HH.

Web links

IMDb entry

Wikipedia entry


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