Davina Mccall
Birth Date:
October 16, 1967
Birth Place:
Wimbledon, London, England, UK
5' 7" (1.7 m)
TV Presenter
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British television presenter Davina McCall is best known as the host of Channel 4's reality series “Big Brother” from 2000 to 2010. She is currently presenting “The Million Pound Drop Live” (2010-?), “Got To Dance” (2010-?), “Long Lost Family” (2011-?) and “Stepping Out” (2013-?). Prior to her broadcasting career, McCall took various jobs, including a singer, cabaret performer, restaurant runner and nightclub hostess.   

McCall has been married twice. She and husband Matthew Robertson, presenter of “Pet Rescue,” whom she married in 2010, have three children together. She married first husband Andrew Leggett from 1997 to 1999. McCall  is a fan of the music of Kate Bush. She speaks fluent French because her mother was French.

Mother of 3

Childhood and Family:

Davina Lucy Pascale McCall was born on October 16, 1967, in Wimbledon, London, England, to Andrew McCall, a graphic designer, and Florence Koch (née Hennion, deceased). Following the divorce of her parents, young Davina lived with her paternal grandparents in Surrey, while her mother returned to her native country, France. She visited her mother only on holidays. When she was 13, Davina moved in with her father and his new family. She attended the St Catherine's School, Bramley in Guildford, Surrey and Godolphin and Latymer Girls School, an independent school in Hammersmith, West London.

In 1997, Davina married Andrew Leggett, but the marriage later ended in divorce in 1999. She then married presenter Matthew Robertson on June 29, 2000 at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter Holly Willow Robertosn on September 22, 2001. Her second child, a daughter Tilly Pippy Robertosn, was born on September 23, 2003. Davina and her husband welcomed the new addition of the family, a son Chester Micky Robertson, on September 14, 2006.    

Got to Dance


Starting out as a singer, Davina McCall performed in a band called Foghorn while still in school.  By age 19, she had decided to pursue a career as a solo artist professionally. At the time, she was supported by boyfriend Eric Clapton, who produced her demo music disc. Due to lack of success, McCall quit singing and received a job at Models 1 on the men's desk as a booker. She next worked as a restaurant runner for two years and spent a brief time in Paris as a Moulin Rouge style cabaret performer. After returning to London, McCall worked as a hostess on the nightclub scene, during which time she appeared as a dancer in the music video “Word Is Out” (1991), by Kylie Minogue.

McCall's career in broadcasting began in 1992 when she was recruited as a guest presenter on Ray Cokes' “Most Wanted” on MTV Europe. In 1996, she presented the ITV late night game show “God's Gift,” and from 1998-1999, she co-hosted the Sky TV show  “Prickly Heat,” with Julian Clary. She also presented the cult Channel 4 dating show “Streetmate” (1998-2001) and the ITV game show “Don't Try This at Home!” (1998-2001). McCall was nominated for a National Television Award in the category of Most Popular Entertainment Presenter for her work in the latter show.   

McCall's big break came in 2000 when she was selected as the host of the first series of Channel 4's reality television show “Big Brother,” which premiered on 18 July 2000, and ended when housemate Craig Phillips became the winner of the show after 64 days in the House. She returned to “Big Brother” as presenter until its cancellation by Channel 4 in 2010. McCall was offered the position of host following the show's move to Channel 5, but she decided not to return. For her work on “Big Brother,” McCall won a TRIC Award for TV Personality (2003) and was nominated for the RTS Television Award for Best Presenter in 2001 as well as the National Television Award for Most Popular Entertainment Presenter for five consecutive years between 2002 and 2006. McCall starred on her own chat show on BBC, “Davina,” which premiered on February 15, 2006. The show, however, was canceled after one series due to low ratings.  

McCall also hosted the celebrity version “Celebrity Big Brother” (2001-2010), “Big Brother's Little Brother” (2003-2010) and “Big Brother's Big Mouth” (2004-2010). During her “Big Brother” period, she also presented other shows such as the talent show “Popstars: The Rivals” and game show “The Vault” (1st series) in 2002, the talent/reality series “Reborn in the USA”  in 2003 and the entertainment series “Love on a Saturday Night”  in 2004. She also hosted the “British Academy Television Awards 2004” for ITV, returning in 2006.  

In between the final celebrity and regular editions of “Big Brother” on Channel 4, McCall started presenting the BAFTA winning game show “The Million Pound Drop Live,” which premiered on Channel 4 in may 2010. She has presented the show's eleven series to date.  

In April 2011, McCall began presenting the ITV series “Long Lost Family” with Nicky Campbell. The show     will be return for a fourth series of 8 episodes in 2014.

Since 2012, McCall has co-hosted the Channel 4 charity telethon “Stand Up to Cancer,” with Alan Carr.

McCall hosted the Channel 4 game show “Five Minutes to a Fortune,” which aired from April 6, 2013 to May 5, 2013. In August 2013, she started presenting the ITV dancing show “Stepping Out”

McCall has hosted the Sky1 reality series “Got to Dance” since 2010.

With Alex Brooker, McCall will present a reality television series on Channel 4 called “The Jump.” It will air on January 26, 2014.       


Television and Radio Industries Club: TRIC Award, TV Personality, 2003
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