Denise van Outen
|Denise van Outen|
van Outen filming on Waterloo Bridge, 2007
|Born||Denise Kathleen Outen
(1974-05-27) 27 May 1974
Stanford le Hope, Essex, England
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Television||The Big Breakfast
Babes in the Wood
Any Dream Will Do
Who Dares, Sings!
Born to Shine
Strictly Come Dancing
Ireland’s Got Talent
|Spouse(s)||Lee Mead (m. 2009–13) (divorced) (1 child)|
|Partner(s)||Eddie Boxshall (2014—)|
Denise van Outen (born Denise Kathleen Outen; 27 May 1974) is an English actress, singer, dancer and presenter. She is best known for presenting The Big Breakfast, for playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago both in the West End and on Broadway and for finishing as runner-up in the tenth series of the BBC One dancing show Strictly Come Dancing.
She was a judge on Any Dream Will Do in 2007, Born to Shine in 2011 and since 2018 she has been a judge on Ireland’s Got Talent which is currently in its first season. van Outen also narrates the ITVBe reality television series The Only Way Is Essex.
Born Denise Kathleen Outen in Basildon, Essex, she is the youngest of Ted and Kathleen Outen’s three children and was brought up a Catholic. She has a brother Terry and sister Jackie. At the age of seven, she began modelling for knitting patterns, and showed an early flair for performing. This resulted in her attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School. In 1986, at the age of 12, she played Éponine in Les Misérables alongside fellow Sylvia Young student Melanie Blatt (the role paid her school fees), the Anthony Newley directed production of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
As a teenager she had brief roles on a number of television dramas including Kappatoo and The Bill. She also sang with Cathy Warwick in “girl group” Those2Girls, by which time she had become Denise van Outen. She also did backing vocals with Melanie Blatt for the band Dreadzone. Van Outen was voted Rear of the Year in 1999, and was top of a poll to find the most desired “bikini body” in a 2007 poll of readers of Grazia magazine.
During her first stint on the Big Breakfast show, she appeared as Jill in ITV1’s version of the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk alongside Julie Walters and Neil Morrissey. Wanting to further develop her acting career, she left The Big Breakfast at the end of 1998. In 1999, she appeared on several episodes of The Bill and The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rock Star, the BBC‘s Murder in Mind short series of crime dramas, and on 2 series of Babes in the Wood with Karl Howman and Samantha Janus.
Van Outen has also appeared in film, initially as Maureen in the crime comedy Love, Honour and Obey. In the anthology film Tube Tales, set on the London Underground, she played the lead character of Alex in the “Horny” segment, directed by Stephen Hopkins. Van Outen has played a small role in the romantic comedy Are You Ready For Love?
She first played Roxie Hart on the stage in the hit musical Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End in April 2001. Her run proved a hit with theatre-goers, selling out for the entire 20 weeks. Unknown in the United States, she reprised her role on Broadway in the spring of 2002, before returning to the show’s London version in late April 2002. Late the same year, Van Outen appeared as one of many special guest stars in a performance of The Play What I Wrote once again in London’s West End.
In 2003, she returned to the London stage at the Gielgud Theatre in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s one-woman show Tell Me on a Sunday, which he reworked for her. She was a huge success and the show ran for nearly a year. She then joined the cast of the established ITV sentimental drama Where the Heart Is as one of the lead characters, playing single mother Kim Blakeney, continuing for two series.
Van Outen played Maureen in the 2007 London revival of Rent Remixed directed by William Baker until 22 December. She was forced to cancel some performances owing to a throat infection. In July 2009, van Outen played Mary in Hotel Babylon for the BBC. Her character was at the hotel for a science convention. In August 2009, van Outen made her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in Blondes, a show by Jackie Clune.
Van Outen took over the role of Paulette Bonafonté from Jill Halfpenny in the West End production of Legally Blonde on 25 October 2010. She continued in the role for 6 months. In 2012, Van Outen was cast in the film of the Ray Cooney farce Run for Your Wife alongside Danny Dyer, Sarah Harding and Neil Morrissey. In 2013 she co-wrote the one-woman musical play Some Girl I Used To Know with Terry Ronald, which she will tour in from January 2014.
In February 2015, it was announced that Van Outen would be joining the cast of EastEnders. Van Outen plays intelligent businesswoman Karin Smart who gets involved with Max Branning (Jake Wood), and has business history with Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden). In August 2015 Van Outen performs the title role in a concert performance of the musical Sweet Charity at Cadogan Hall, with actor/singer Michael Xavier, ex-Girls Aloud band member Kimberley Walsh and West End star Kerry Ellis.
Van Outen guest presented This Morning in 2005, The Friday Night Project in 2006, The 5 O’Clock Show in 2010, Lorraine in 2010 and 2012 and Sunday Brunch in 2013. She was a judge on the 2011 series Born to Shine.
She was a guest panellist on an episode of Loose Women in 2014 and became a regular panellist on the show in September 2017.
On 4 February 2008 van Outen reunited with Vaughan as co-host of Capital Breakfast on Capital Radio. On 29 July 2008 she quit the show, halfway through her contract, because of TV commitments and the early mornings. However, in April 2011 van Outen said that she left the show because relations between her and Vaughan had soured. She claims Vaughan has not spoken to her since. In spring 2013, van Outen started presenting her own Saturday afternoon radio show on London’s Magic 105.4, airing between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
Van Outen has designed two collections thus far for the website, Very, part of the Shop Direct Group. The first collection was a maternity range launched in March 2010 and the second an autumn/winter collection.
Strictly Come Dancing
In September 2012, van Outen was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. She partnered with professional dancer James Jordan. The couple secured top of the leaderboard seven times. However, controversy arose when viewers criticised her participation in the competition because of the advantage of having had previous stage experience. On 20 December 2012, van Outen and Jordan finished as the runners-up alongside Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev, behind Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace.
- Strictly Come Dancing performances
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges’ scores||Result|
|1||Waltz / “With You I’m Born Again“||6||6||6||7||Safe|
|2||Jive / “Tutti Frutti“||8||8||8||8||Safe|
|3||Foxtrot / “You’ve Got a Friend in Me“||8||8||8||8||Safe|
|4||Cha-Cha-Cha / “Super Freak“||7||7||7||7||Safe|
|5||Viennese Waltz / “At Last“||9||8||9||9||Safe|
|6||Paso Doble / “Seven Nation Army“||9||9||9||9||Safe|
|7||Charleston / “Walk Like an Egyptian“||9||10||10||10||Safe|
|8||American Smooth / “Imagine“||9||9||9||10||Safe|
|9||Salsa / “Rhythm of the Night“||8||8||8||8||Safe|
|10||Jive & Quickstep Fusion / “Reet Petite“||8||9||9||9||Bottom two|
|11||Tango / “Roxanne”
Rumba / “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face“
|12||Jive / “Tutti Frutti”
Showdance / “What a Feeling”
Charleston / “Walk Like an Egyptian“
|1998||Jack and the Beanstalk||Jill||Televised pantomime|
|1999||Tube Tales||Alex||in segment “Horny”|
|2000||Love, Honour and Obey||Maureen|
|2007||Are You Ready for Love?||Rita|
|2012||Keith Lemon: The Film||Herself||Cameo|
|2012||Run for Your Wife||Michelle Smith|
|1997–1998, 2000–2001||The Big Breakfast||Presenter|
|1998–2000||The Record of the Year||Presenter|
|1998–1999||Babes in the Wood||Leigh Jackson|
|1999–2000||Something for the Weekend||Presenter|
|2004||Passport to Paradise||Presenter|
|2005||This Morning||Guest presenter|
|2006||The National Lottery: Christmas Special||Presenter|
|2007||Any Dream Will Do!||Judge|
|Grease: You’re the One that I Want!||Presenter|
|The Friday Night Project||Guest presenter|
|2008||Backstage at the Brits||Presenter|
|Who Dares, Sings!||Co-presenter|
|Hairspray: The School Musical||Presenter|
|2010||The 5 O’Clock Show||Guest presenter|
|2010, 2012||Lorraine||Guest presenter|
|2010—||The Only Way Is Essex||Narrator|
|2011||Born to Shine||Judge|
|2012||Strictly Come Dancing||Contestant|
|2013||Sunday Brunch||Guest presenter|
|2014, 2017—||Loose Women||Guest panellist (2014)
Regular panellist (2017–)
|2016—||Matalan Presents: The Show||Presenter|
|2018||Ireland’s Got Talent||Judge|
- Guest appearances
- Top Gear (2004)
- The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2005)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
- Hotel Babylon (2009)
- Celebrity Juice ( 2009, 2011)
- James Corden’s World Cup Live (2010)
- Magic Numbers (2010)
- This Morning (2011, 2012, 2014, 2014, 2015)
- The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2011, 2013, 2014)
- Daybreak (2011, 2012)
- The Marriage Ref (2011)
- Loose Women (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- The British Soap Awards (2012)
- Mad Mad World (2012)
- Lorraine (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- Paddy’s 2012 Show and Telly (2012)
- Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years (2013)
- Would I Lie to You? (2013)
- Your Face Sounds Familiar (2013)
- Through the Keyhole (2013)
- Gadget Man (2013)
- The Chase: Celebrity Special (2013)
- Show Me the Telly (2013)
- Britain’s Got More Talent (2014)
- Catchphrase: Celebrity Special (2014)
- Draw It! (2014)
- Weekend (2014)
- Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (2014)
- Reality Bites (2015)
- Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (2016)
- Sunday Brunch (2016)
- Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (2016)
All singles, unless otherwise stated:
- 1994: “Wanna Make You Go… Uuh!” (with Those 2 Girls) [UK No. 74]
- 1995: “All I Want” (with Those 2 Girls) [UK No. 36]
- 1998: “Especially for You” – shown as Denise & Johnny (a cover of the Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan song of the same name) [UK No. 3]
- 1999: “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” – from the ABBAMania compilation album
- 2002: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (With Andy Williams) [UK No. 23]
- 2003: “Tell Me on a Sunday” (Original cast recording) [UK Album Charts No. 34]
- 2007: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – duet with Russell Watson on his 2007 album Outside In