A charismatic, energetic and engaging presenter, Denise Van Outen has become a household name in Britain, thanks to roles on mainstream terrestrial shows such as The Big Breakfast and more recently BBC’s Any Dream Will Do, I’d Do Anything and ITV’s Who Dares Sings! Not content with being a star of the small screen alone, Denise also showed exceptional talent on the stage, appearing in several productions in the West End and on Broadway. Leaving no stone unturned Denise has extended her talent to dramas, feature films, and radio, and is well established as one of the UK’s most respected all round female entertainers.
In 1996, Denise Van Outen saw her television career flourish. She joined the Big Breakfast as a weather girl and travel reporter and she quickly landed the main co-presenting role. This proved to be Denise’s big breakthrough, with her cheeky charm, direct approach and playful personality bouncing off the quick wit of Johnny Vaughan. Together they recovered audience figures to record levels. Following this huge success she took some time out from the early mornings to star in the ITV sitcom Babes In The Wood. Enjoying two successful seasons she returned to The Big Breakfast in 2000 for a further year-long stint in an attempt to boost the ratings, which had tailed off following her departure.
Denise Van Outen went on to present Something For The Weekend on Channel 4 in 1999 and in 2001, along with Julian Clary she co-hosted Prickly Heat for Sky TV. Stage success soon followed for Denise, first playing Roxie Hart in the hit musical Chicago in the Adelphi Theatre in the West End of London in 2001. The marriage of the classy, stylised show with the equally sophisticated performance of Denise proved a hit with theatre-goers, selling out for the entirety of the lengthy run. Unknown to the United States, she received rave reviews when she reprised her role on Broadway the following year, before returning once again to the West End to satisfy the unending demand.
In 2012, Denise Van Outen and partner James Jordan came runner up in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. 2013 sees Denise Van Outen working with Terry Ronald and Steve Anderson to write and star in her own one woman show, Some Girl I Used To Know, which will be opening in the West End next year after a nationwide tour. Denise can be currently heard every Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm on the airways of Magic 105.4 fm.
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