A British bombshell who made her name as a lively presenter on the popular morning series The Big Breakfast, Denise Van Outen also wowed her countrymen, with her sexy turn as Roxie the merry murderess in the West End production of Chicago; a part she reprised on Broadway in 2002.
Being Denise Van Outen
While she tackled a handful of small screen parts, Denise was most successful just being herself; which led to numerous hosting gigs. Even when she wasn’t working, she stayed in the public eye via the tabloids, which enjoyed shining a spotlight on her active love life and rambunctious antics. Her exes include nightclub boss Richard Traviss and Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay.
Denise Van Outen Talent
In 2007, Denise exported her risqué persona to the US, as the co-host of Broadway reality contest ‘Grease: You’re the One That I Want’. After that stint ended, she served as a judge on the BBC talent shows I’d Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do. A romance followed with Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead, who became her husband.
More TV Credits
More TV hosting and presenting gigs came to her on talent and variety shows, and she also flexed her acting chops in made for TV movies and British dramas like Where the Heart Is and Hotel Babylon. In 2010, Denise Van Outen gave birth to a daughter, Betsy, and the experience inspired her to design a line of maternity clothes. As her domestic life settled, she returned to the stage; accepting a role in London’s West End production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.
Denise On Stage
Paying her way through theatre school, by modelling and acting. Denise Van Outen made her stage debut at age 11 in a West End production of Les Miserables. As a member of the pop duo ‘Those 2 Girls’ in the mid 90’s, she scored two top 40 hits. Reportedly stole an ashtray and flashed her bra at Prince Charles while visiting Buckingham Palace.
Denise Van Outen & Pop
Denise Van Outen claims to have once emailed British pop singer George Michael, to ask him out on a date; not realising he was openly gay. She served as a judge on the BBC talent series ‘Any Dream Will Do’; eventually romanced and wed the winner Lee Mead. In 2010, Denise announced plans to launch a line of maternity clothes.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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