Denise van Outen (born 27 May 1974) is a British actress, singer and television presenter best known for presenting The Big Breakfast, for playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago both inthe West End and on Broadway and for finishing in the runner-up position in the tenth series of the BBC One dancing show Strictly Come Dancing.
- 2 Early career
- 3 Acting career
- 4 Radio
- 5 Fashion
- 6 Television
- 7 Film
- 8 Other work
- 9 Discography
- 10 Personal life
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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 Misérablesalongside 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.Denise van Outen filming onWaterloo Bridge
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, theBBC'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.
On 29 July 2008 she decided to quit the show halfway through her contract owing to juggling her extensive TV commitments with the early mornings
However, in April 2011 Denise revealed that she left the show because relations between her and Vaughan had soured. She says Vaughan has not spoken to her since.
Since Spring 2013, Denise has presented her own Saturday afternoon radio show on London's Magic 105.4, airing between 1pm and 3pm.
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.
|1997–98, 2000–01||The Big Breakfast||Presenter|
|1999||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!||Regular 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||Regular Judge|
|2012||Strictly Come Dancing||Contestant|
|2013||Sunday Brunch||Guest presenter|
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – Celebrity contestant
- Hotel Babylon (2009) – Guest appearance
- Celebrity Juice (18 March 2009, 29 September 2011) – Panellist
- James Corden's World Cup Live (2 July 2010) – Guest
- Magic Numbers (28 August 2010) – Guest
- This Morning (2 March 2011, 10 May 2012) – Guest
- The Alan Titchmarsh Show (8 March 2011, 13 March 2013) – Guest
- Daybreak (22 July 2011, 23 July 2012, 1 November 2012) – Guest
- The Marriage Ref (30 July 2011) – Panellist
- Loose Women (6 September 2011, 1 March 2012, 20 September 2012, 14 January 2013) – Guest
- The British Soap Awards (2 May 2012) – Award presenter
- Mad Mad World (7 July 2012) – Panellist
- Lorraine (18 December 2012) – Guest
- Paddy's 2012 Show and Telly (22 December 2012) - Contestant, alongside Nicky Byrne
- Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years (31 March 2013) – Guest and singer
- Would I Lie to You? (3 May 2013) – Panellist
- Your Face Sounds Familiar (20 July 2013) – Guest judge
- Keith Lemon's Through the Keyhole (7 September 2013) – Panellist
- Gadget Man (16 September 2013) – Guest
- The Chase: Celebrity Special (12 October 2013) – Celebrity contestant, won £1,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
- Show Me the Telly (27 November, 3, 9, 13 December 2013) - Panellist
- Duck Quacks Don't Echo (2013/2014) – Guest
- Catchphrase: Celebrity Special (2013/2014) – Celebrity contestant
For Strictly's tenth series in September 2012, van Outen was partnered by professional dancer James Jordan. Early favourites, they secured the top position of the leaderboard 7 times with Denise, including 4 consecutive top positions. Criticism of her place in the competition arose, as some viewers could not accept her further progressing in the competition, with her 'advantage' of stage and dance experience over other celebrities. However, Outen and Jordan did finish as runners-up with singer Kimberley Walsh and her partner Pasha Kovalev, behind the winner gymnast Louis Smith and professional partner Flavia Cacace. See table below for full results.
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' scores||Result|
|Craig Revel Horwood||Darcey Bussell||Len Goodman||Bruno Tonioli||Total|
|1||Waltz / With You I'm Born Again||6||6||6||7||25||Safe|
|2||Jive / Tutti Frutti||8||8||8||8||32||Safe|
|3||Foxtrot / You've Got a Friend in Me||8||8||8||8||32||Safe|
|4||Cha Cha Cha / Super Freak||7||7||7||7||28||Safe|
|5||Vienesse Waltz / At Last||9||8||9||9||35||Safe|
|6||Paso Doble / Seven Nation Army||9||9||9||9||36||Safe|
|7||Charleston / Walk Like an Egyptian||9||10||10||10||39||Safe|
|8||American Smooth / Imagine||9||9||9||10||37||Safe|
|9||Salsa / Rhythm of the Night||8||8||8||8||32||Safe|
|10||Dance Fusion (Jive/Quickstep) / Reet Petite||8||9||9||9||35||Bottom two|
|11||Tango / Roxanne||9
|12||Jive / Tutti Frutti||9
|1998||Jack and the Beanstalk||Jill||TV Movie|
|1999||Tube Tales||Alex||in segment "Horny"|
|2000||Love, Honour and Obey||Maureen|
|2007||Are You Ready for Love?||Rita|
|2012||Run for Your Wife||Michelle Smith|
All singles, unless otherwise stated:
- 1994: "Wanna Make You Go... Uuh!" (with Those 2 Girls) [UK #74]
- 1995: "All I Want" (with Those 2 Girls) [UK #36]
- 1998: "Especially for You" – shown as Denise & Johnny (a cover of the Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan song of the same name) [UK #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 #23]
- 2003: "Tell Me on a Sunday" (Original cast recording) [UK Album Charts #34]
- 2007: "Baby It's Cold" – duet with Russell Watson on his 2007 album Outside In
Van Outen's personal life has always been well-documented by the tabloid media. From 1998 to 2001, she dated Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay. They were engaged and reported to be on the verge of marriage, but split up in 2001; his album A Funk Odyssey is mostly about their break-up, with the song "Little L" expressing his fight against cocaine addiction during that period.
From 2003, she dated 'Brown's' club owner Richard Traviss, but split up with him in May 2005, moving out of the Marylebone home they shared and back into her own garden flat in North London. After appearing on Channel 4's The Friday Night Project and describing her first real kiss with fellow Sylvia Young student James Lance, subsequently they dated for a few weeks in 2007. In November 2007, she began dating Any Dream Will Do winner, Lee Mead. She married Mead in April 2009 in the Seychelles. They have a daughter, Betsy, who was born on 1 May 2010. In July 2013 the couple released a joint statement stating that they had split but remained good friends. On 28 November 2013 she stated on ITVs hit show I'm a celebrity she was "dating" ex-king of the jungle Joe Swash
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 andGreat 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 2013, van Outen organised and took part in a trek across the Great Wall of China, walking for 6–10 hours per day to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.