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Denise van Outen

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Denise van Outen
Denise van Outen Waterloo bridge.jpg

van Outen filming on Waterloo Bridge, 2007
Born Denise Kathleen Outen
(1974-05-27) 27 May 1974 (age 43)
Stanford le Hope, Essex, England
Nationality British
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
  • presenter
Years active 1986–present
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
Loose Women
Ireland’s Got Talent
Spouse(s) Lee Mead (m. 2009–13) (divorced) (1 child)
Partner(s) Eddie Boxshall (2014—)
Children 1

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] She has a brother Terry and sister Jackie.[2][3] At the age of seven, she began modelling for knitting patterns,[2] and showed an early flair for performing. This resulted in her attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School. In 1986, at the age of 12,[1] she played Éponine in Les Misérables alongside fellow Sylvia Young student Melanie Blatt[4] (the role paid her school fees[5]), 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.[2]


Early career[edit]

As a teenager she had brief roles on a number of television dramas including Kappatoo[6] and The Bill.[7] 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.[4] 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.[8]


During her first stint on the Big Breakfast show, she appeared as Jill in ITV1’s version of the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk[9] 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,[10] and on 2 series of Babes in the Wood with Karl Howman and Samantha Janus.[9]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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,[14][15] which he reworked for her. She was a huge success and the show ran for nearly a year.[16] 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.[17]

Van Outen played Maureen in the 2007 London revival of Rent Remixed directed by William Baker until 22 December.[18] She was forced to cancel some performances owing to a throat infection.[19] In July 2009, van Outen played Mary in Hotel Babylon for the BBC. Her character was at the hotel for a science convention.[20] In August 2009, van Outen made her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut[21] in Blondes,[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] In 2013 she co-wrote the one-woman musical play Some Girl I Used To Know with Terry Ronald,[25] which she will tour in from January 2014.[26]

In February 2015, it was announced that Van Outen would be joining the cast of EastEnders.[27] 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,[28] with actor/singer Michael Xavier, ex-Girls Aloud band member Kimberley Walsh and West End star Kerry Ellis.


In 2007, Van Outen co-presented Who Dares, Sings! with Ben Shephard and in 2008 she fronted Sky1‘s Hairspray: The School Musical. She currently narrates the ITVBe series The Only Way Is Essex.

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.

Van Outen has been the presenter of Matalan Presents: The Show since 2016. On 30 August 2017, she was announced as one of the four judges on the first season of Ireland’s Got Talent in 2018.[29]


On 4 February 2008 van Outen reunited with Vaughan as co-host of Capital Breakfast on Capital Radio.[30] On 29 July 2008 she quit the show, halfway through her contract, because of TV commitments and the early mornings.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

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.[34] On 20 December 2012, van Outen and Jordan finished as the runners-up alongside Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev, behind Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace.[35]

Strictly Come Dancing performances
Week # Dance/Song Judges’ scores Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
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
Bottom two
12 Jive / “Tutti Frutti
Showdance / “What a Feeling
Charleston / “Walk Like an Egyptian

Other work[edit]

On 29 June 2010, whilst co-hosting The 5 O’Clock Show on Channel 4, Denise broke the Guinness World Record for eating 250g of jelly in 60 seconds with a blindfold on.[36]

Personal life[edit]

From 1998 to 2001, she dated Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay. Engaged,[37] they split up in 2001. His album A Funk Odyssey is mostly about their break-up.[38]

From 2009 to 2015 she was married to Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead.[39]


Van Outen actively supports Breast Cancer Care[40][41] and Great Ormond Street Hospital.[42]

In 2009 she climbed Mt Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, and in 2013 took part in a trek across the Great Wall of China for the Royal Marsden Hospital.[43]



Year Title Role Notes
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


Year Title Role
1995–1996 Massive! Presenter
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
2001 Prickly Heat 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–)
2015 EastEnders Karin Smart
2016— Matalan Presents: The Show[44] Presenter
2018 Ireland’s Got Talent Judge
Guest appearances


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