Davina McCall was born on 16 October 1967 in London. She attended the Godolphin and Latymer Girls School, an independent school in Hammersmith, London.
Davina's earliest passion was music; at the age of 15 while studying for her nine O levels and later two A levels, McCall sang professionally with a band, went solo at the age of 19, produced demo music discs, ran many successful nightclubs in London and even appeared in Kylie Minogue's music video 'Word is Out'!!
Davina got her first TV break in 1992 when she landed a job presenting her own show on MTV. In 1995 she went on to host the ITV game show God's Gift which she presented for 3 years, before becoming the anchor presenter on Streetmate (Channel 4. 1998-2000) and prime-time cult show Don't Try This at Home on ITV1 in 1998.
In 2000, Davina was chosen to present the hugely popular Channel 4 reality show Big Brother, which she has continued ever since, hosting all nine series of Big Brother (with series 10 starting in June) and all five of Celebrity Big Brother. The same year, Davina married Matthew Robertson and went on to have three children: Holly, Tilly and Chester.
Following her success in the cult reality show, Davina went on to present the Brit Awards in 2001, as well as BBC charity show Comic Relief. 2002 saw her hosting Popstars: The Rivals (ITV1) followed by The Vault and in 2003, Oblivious (both ITV1) and the reality TV show Reborn in the USA. She also host The Brit Awards for a second time in 2003.
In 2004 she hosted the new ITV1 prime time show Love on a Saturday Night and later that year, Davina was chosen to present the prestigious BAFTA television awards.
In December 2005 it was announced that she would be hosting her own BBC One prime-time chat show called Davina which aired in early 2006. Shortly afterwards, ITV1 signed up McCall to host the BAFTA Television Awards for the second time. Soon after, Davina became the main presenter on Sport Relief on BBC One alongside friend Chris Evans. She continues to host both Sport Relief and Comic Relief for BBC One.
McCall went on to star in BBC documentary Let's Talk Sex, looking at how sex education is taught in Britain (one of the countries of Europe with the highest teenage pregnancy levels), compared with The Netherlands (which has one of the lowest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe). She has also published a book under the same title. Such was the power of her work on this topic, sex and relationship education will now be on the UK curriculum from 2010 onwards.
McCall has also turned her hand at acting, appearing in Sam's Game(2001), a Friends-style TV sitcom, as well as 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.
2010 kicked off the year with the final Celebrity Big Brother, whilst also seeking out the UK's top dance acts in Sky 1's smash primetime hit, Got To Dance. In May she hosted the first series of ground breaking and Award WinningThe Million Pound Drop Live for Channel 4 and the eleventh and final series of Big Brother. A second series of The Million Pound Drop Live followed in the Autumn, with a best-selling board game shortly after.
With the continued massive successes of Million Pound Drop (which has had 100 shows since its launch in 2010) and Got to Dance (3 Series!), Davina has also been the host of ITVs hit primetime shows The Biggest Loser & Long Lost Family since 2011. The highly anticipated second series of Long Lost Family hit TV screens in April 2012. Get your tissue's ready- Series 3 is returning in the New Year along with Got to Dance series 4!
Davina has been the face (and hair) for the L'Oreal brands Garnier and Nutrisse for the past ten years & is, without doubt, the UKs Number 1 fitness DVD franchise having produced & sold over 1.5million copies of her NINE top selling exercise DVDs including the most recent, Davina Intense and most recently, entering the digital world with her App, "Davina Fitness" (available on iTunes and Android). Since 2010 she has had her own line of fitness equipment with Argos and in 2011, joined up with the high street giants, Next to design a bespoke range of FIT shoes (with ground-breaking toning technology) as well as technical fitness clothing & "comfy" wear that has flown off the shelves (Davina by Next). In October 2012, Davina, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Carr, Dr Christian and Cancer Research UK launched the UKs version of the epic US charity fundraising show Stand Up to Cancer, hosting over 6 hours of TV for Channel4 and raising £7million.and counting!