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|Born|| Davina Lucy Pascale McCall|
16 October 1967
|Spouse(s)|| Andrew Leggett|
Matthew Robertson (2000—)
Davina Lucy Pascale McCall (born 16 October 1967) is an English actress and television presenter, most notable for her work on Channel 4's Big Brother reality TV series.
McCall was born in London, and at the age of three went to live with her grandparents in Surrey after the break-up of her parents' marriage. Her French mother Florence – whom McCall has described as something of a "wild child" – returned to Paris, and McCall saw her only when on holidays. 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. 
McCall attended the Godolphin and Latymer Girls School, a famous independent school in Hammersmith, London, whose alumni include celebrity students Nigella Lawson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Kate Beckinsale. During her teens Davina developed the eating disorder anorexia, which she has attributed to her fractured childhood and a desperate need for attention. At the age of 15, while studying for her nine O levels and later two more A levels, McCall sang professionally with a band; however when she was 19 she decided to go solo.
During this time she dated old family friend Eric Clapton, who also produced her demo music disc and helped her to try to crack the pop music world. Dissatisfied with her near misses in the record industry, she gave up singing and took a job at Models One on the men's desk as a booker. She also appeared in a Kylie Minogue pop video, Word Is Out, in a striped sweater and beret, in a nod to her French ancestry.
Later, she ran a restaurant for two years and worked as a singing waitress in Paris. However, after a failed Moulin Rouge cabaret audition, she returned to London where she quickly became a fixture on the club scene, which eventually led to her becoming a nightclub hostess. It was at this time (during her early 20s) that McCall became addicted to alcohol and drugs, heavily using cocaine, ecstasy and heroin.
After difficult times, Eric Clapton helped Davina turn things around. In 1992 she landed a job presenting her own show on MTV but a little known fact is that she was the Female Voice Dubber on the first series of Channel 4's Eurotrash in 1993. In 1995 she went on to host the ITV game show God's Gift (transmitted very late at night, around 3am usually, after weekend football highlights) and in 1998 to present the cult dating show Streetmate. Since 2000 Davina has presented Big Brother (see below for more information). She presented the BRIT Awards in 2000, as well as the BBC charity show Comic Relief on several occasions. She presented the ITV show Don't Try This at Home from 1998-2001, Popstars: The Rivals (ITV1) in 2002, The Vault (ITV1), Oblivious (ITV1), the reality TV show Reborn in the USA in 2003, as well as an entertainment show on the subject of love and dating called Love on a Saturday Night (ITV1) in 2004. In 2004 she also presented the BAFTA television awards.
McCall has also tried a hand at acting appearances in Sam's Game (2001), a Friends-style TV sitcom (also starring Irish comedian Ed Byrne), which was slammed by the critics and lasted only one series. She has also appeared in the 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.
She has featured as a guest on numerous chat shows, and in 2005 appeared on the BBC Two motoring show Top Gear, participating in the show's "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" segment. She rounded the track in 1:57.1, which earned a lowly 67th place on the score board.
During 2005, McCall presented the BBC series He's Having A Baby, which received poor ratings. In December 2005 it was announced that she would be hosting her own BBC One prime-time chat show called Davina in early 2006. Early reviews were scathing of the show, and viewing figures flirted around the 3 million mark (at one point, dropping as low as 2 million), compared to over 6 million watching The Bill on ITV1 at the same time. In April 2006, BBC One axed the show due to the ratings not reaching expectations.
It was revealed in March 2006 that ITV1 had signed up McCall to host the BAFTA television awards for the second time in May. In April 2006 Davina was confirmed as the main presenter on Sport Relief on BBC One in July of that year, alongside friend Chris Evans. McCall's involvement with ITV had gone back some years earlier as she often appeared on the pre-programme sequences standing on a stage, something done by other ITV starts like Chris Tarrant.
She has since appeared as a host for Red Nose Day 2007 and, in conjunction, appeared in the video for Girls Aloud and Sugababes' cover of "Walk This Way", walking down a catwalk. She resumed presenting Big Brother on 30 May 2007.
McCall has starred in a documentary, Let's Talk Sex, about sex education, and how sex education is taught in Britain (one of the countries of Europe with the highest teenage pregnancy levels). She also has published a book under the same title.
In 2006, BBC Radio 1 DJ, and friend to McCall, Chris Moyles parodied The Feeling's song Love It When You Call to create a song entirely about her. The song, simply titled "The Davina McCall song" is one of the most popular parodies downloaded from website ChrisMoyles.net.
On 5 July 2007 McCall was a panellist on the BBC's Question Time. It was a special 'Schools' edition, partly produced by students.
In December 2007, McCall presented a special Christmas edition of The Friday Night Project with Alan Carr and Justin Lee-Collins.
Davina is currently joint bookies favourite along with Holly Willoughby to present the revived Blind Date.
Despite holding many high profile jobs McCall is best known for hosting all series of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, except Big Brother Celebrity Hijack and Teen Big Brother. Whilst presenting Big Brother she has become known for her catchphrases such as "Big Brother House, this is Davina. You are live on Channel 4. Please do not swear."
During presenting Big Brother series 6, McCall caused controversy when she wore a bikini whilst interviewing contestant Sam Heuston. Shortly after this, McCall attracted some complaints for her hostile interviewing of housemate Makosi Musambasi on the final night, which was much criticised in the British press.
For the 2008 Big Brother series it is reported that McCall will earn £85,000 per episode (one a week)
In May 2008, British tabloid News of the World reported that she would quit Big Brother after the 2008 season to concentrate on an acting career. This was later denied by Davina at the Sex And The City film premiere in London, where she said "I'm not leaving Big Brother. They would have to kill me before I'd stop doing it". This was also proven when Davina appeared as a guest on the Paul O'Grady Show in 2007, clarifying her position with the show and its producers.
In January 2009 she will host the sixth series of Celebrity Big Brother overall this will be the eighteenth series of British Big Brother.
After dating Eric Clapton, McCall married Andrew Leggett in 1997, but was soon divorced.
In 2000 she married Matthew Robertson, presenter of Pet Rescue, and they have three children: Holly (born September 2001), Tilly (born September 2003) and Chester (born 14 September 2006). Coincidentally, they were all born in the same month of different years, and McCall has been heavily pregnant during Big Brothers 2, 4 and 7 and in the early stages of pregnancy of her third child during Celebrity Big Brother 4. She gave birth to all of her children at home, being an advocate of home birth. When Davina was pregnant with her third child, she recorded a DVD/video workout geared towards pregnant women. When hosting the Friday Night Christmas Project, Davina revealed that if she could have any other job besides presenting, she would be a midwife.
Stated on the 31 July 2005, episode of Top Gear that she once had her nipples pierced but removed the rings to breastfeed.
She is the cousin of fashion designer Alice Mccall, who has had a best selling concession in Top Shop.
A sound clip of her daughter Holly saying "International Radio 1" is played on weekdays by Radio 1 presenter Chris Moyles during his breakfast show at the end of the opening link before the first segue.
McCall has a house in Wadhurst, Sussex.
- MTV (1992)
- God's Gift (1995)
- Don't Try This at Home (1998)
- Streetmate (1998)
- A Day in the life of the Shepherds (1999)
- BRIT Awards (2000)
- Big Brother (2000-present)
- Celebrity Big Brother (2001-2007, 2009-present)
- Comic Relief (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007)
- Oblivious (2001)
- The Vault (2002)
- Popstars: The Rivals (2002)
- BRIT Awards (2003)
- Reborn in the USA (2003)
- Love On A Saturday Night (2004)
- BAFTA (2004)
- He's Having a Baby (2005)
- Davina (2006)
- BAFTA (2006)
- Sport Relief (2004, 2006 and 2008)
- Let's Talk Sex (2007)
- Big Brother: On The Couch (2007)
- 4Music's Davina & Steve's 20 Big Ones (2008)
- Big Brother's Big Mouth (2008) - As a guest presenter for one week
- Doctor Who (2005) - Voice of Davinadroid in the episode Bad Wolf
- A Bear's Tail (2005) - Dave Ian McCall.
- Dead Set (2008) - A horror parody of Big Brother with Davina playing an undead version of herself.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "The Real McCall". The Guardian/Observer. 2005-06-12. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,11913,1502976,00.html. Retrieved on 26 June 2007.
- ↑ Hilton, Beth (5 June 2008). "Ten Things You Never Knew About Davina McCall". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/a97294/ten-things-you-never-knew-about-davina-mccall.html. Retrieved on 20 September 2008.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Jones, David (23 June 2007). "Found: Davina McCall's tragic mum". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-463829/Found-Davina-McCalls-tragic-mum.html. Retrieved on 20 September 2008.
- ↑ Davina McCall Profile Biogs.com. URL accessed 3 September 2006
- ↑ Meet the Team - Davina McCall BBC Parenting. URL accessed 3 September 2006.
- ↑ Davina McCall Profile Hello!. URL accessed 3 September 2006
- ↑ "The Sound Vault". ChrisMoyles.net. http://chrismoyles.co.uk/soundvault/pafiledb.php?action=category&id=2. Retrieved on 6 January 2007.
- ↑ "Big Brother 6: Ofcom to investigate over Makosi's treatment"Manchester Evening News, 16 August 2006. URL accessed 3 September 2006
- ↑ "Davina McCall has confidence crisis at 40". Now magazine. http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/tv-news/256052/davina-mccall-has-confidence-crisis-at-40/1/. Retrieved on 19 May 2008.
- ↑ "Davina McCall 'quits Big Brother'". Digital Spy. 6 May 2008. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/bigbrother9/a95313/davina-mccall-quits-big-brother.html. Retrieved on 6 May 2008.
- ↑ "Davina: 'I'm not leaving Big Brother'". Digital Spy. 13 May 2008. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/bigbrother9/a95826/davina-im-not-leaving-big-brother.html. Retrieved on 13 May 2008.
- ↑ http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/article1784812.ece
- ↑ Byrne, Ciar (7 December 2005). "Davina McCall's £1m deal makes her BBC's first female chat-show host". The Independent (Independent News & Media). http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/davina-mccalls-1631m-deal-makes-her-bbcs-first-female-chatshow-host-518499.html. Retrieved on 5 May 2008. "It was Eric Clapton, an ex-boyfriend 24 years her senior, who helped her come off drugs."
- ↑ Sun reports birth of Chester
- ↑ Big Brother's Davina McCall moves to Wadhurst
- ↑ http://www.e4.com/deadset
- Davina McCall at the Internet Movie Database
- Davina McCall interviewed by Ginny Dougary (2006)
- Interview with Davina McCall