Denise Van Outen is one of Britain’s foremost TV presenters and stage actresses. In 1995 Denise joined Channel 4’s flagship daily live show, The Big Breakfast, and two years later became its highly successful co-presenter with Johnny Vaughan.
At the age of seven, Denise 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 age 12, she played Eponine 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, she also did backing vocals with Melanie Blatt for the band Dreadzone.
After focusing on her television career, Denise returned to her first love, the theatre, for the first time in ten years playing Roxie Hart in Chicago in the West End and then going on to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s one-woman show Tell Me On A Sunday.
As well as I’d Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do, numerous other TV credits include co-presenting ITV1’s This Morning and hosting Channel 4’s The Friday Night Project. Denise also starred in Where the Heart Is and co-presented the hit show You’re The One That I Want for US television.
Van Outen has also appeared in film, initially as Maureen in the crime comedy Love, Honour and Obey. She had a cameo tease as red head Alex, in the low-key Tube Tales in one of the four separate short films, based on the London Underground. Other directors included Ewan McGregor, Jude Law and Jarvis Cocker; while her part in “Horny” was directed by Lost In Space director Stephen Hopkins. Van Outen has played a small role in the romantic comedy Are You Ready For Love?.
Van Outen has lent her support to design limited edition T-shirts or vests for the ‘Little Tee Campaign’ for Breast Cancer Care which donates money for breast cancer research. She continues to support Breast Cancer Charities and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
In 2009 van Outen climbed Mt Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief. Joining her on the climb were Girls Aloud members Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh, Fearne Cotton, Ben Shephard, Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating, Alesha Dixon and Chris Moyles.
In 2010, van Outen along with Fearne Cotton and Alexandra Burke did the Inca Trek in Peru for Breast Cancer Care.
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.
A charismatic, energetic and engaging presenter, Denise Van Outen has become a household name in Britain, thanks to roles on mainstream terrestrial shows.