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Denise Van Outen


Denise van Outen is a famous British actress, singer, dancer, and presenter. Denise van Outen is widely known for presenting “The Big Breakfast.” As well as she is popular for playing Roxie Hart in the musical “Chicago” both in the “West End” and on Broadway and finished as runner-up in the tenth series of the BBC One dancing show “Strictly Come Dancing.”

Early Life

Born as Denise Kathleen Outen, better known as Denise van Outen was born in Basildon, Essex, England. She was born on the 27th of May 1974 and is currently 49 years old. Her birth sign is Gemini and has her believes in Christianity religion. She holds British nationality and her ethnic background is mixed.

Additionally, she was born to her father Ted, and her mother Kathleen Outen. She is the youngest among her two siblings; named Terry and Jackie. From her childhood days, she was interested in modeling.

Denise Van Outen – Education

Meanwhile, she attended Sylvia Young Theater School when she was just 12 years old. As a result, she landed a role in a major drama. The details about her education are currently not available. However, she is an educated person and might have finished her graduation from a local university.

Professional Career

Denise van Outen made her stage debut as Eponine in the Palace Theatre production of the West End musical Les Misérables in 1986. She also played Mustardseed in the Barbican Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987. Moreover, she appeared in Anthony Newley’s 1989 musical Stop the World – I Want to Get Off at London’s Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

She began her television career in her teens, appearing in dramas such as “Kappatoo.” Meanwhile, she also sang with Cathy Warwick in the band Those2Girls and Melanie Blatt in the band Dreadzone. She appeared in a government campaign against drunk driving in 1992, portraying a car accident victim. Moreover, she hosted the brief-lived morning youth program “Massive!” from 1995 to 1996.

She made her Channel 4 debut as a weather and travel reporter on the light entertainment morning show “The Big Breakfast” in 1996. In 1998, she left the show. Moreover, she appeared on several other TV shows in addition to hosting “The Big Breakfast.”

In the ITV1 adaptation of the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, she played Jill. She was also seen in the ITV sitcom “Babes in the Wood” as Leigh Jackson. She went on to host The Record of the Year (1998-2000) and the Channel 4 game show “Something for the Weekend” (1999-2000).

Film debut and other works

Meanwhile, she made her film debut as Alex in “Horny,” a short film in the 1999 collection Tube Tales. She also appeared in the ITV police drama “The Bill” and the Channel 4 comedy series “The Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star.” Moreover, she returned to “The Big Breakfast” after Liza Tarbuck left the show in 2000. The show’s ratings were high while she was on it.

However, after she left the show in 2001, the ratings plummeted. In 2002, she returned to the stage as Roxie Hart in the musical “Chicago,” first at the Adelphi Theatre and then at the Shubert Theatre in New York City.

She portrayed Maureen in the satire gangster film, “Love, Honour, and Obey” (2000) and Debra Squires in the BBC One anthology “Murder in Mind” (2001). “Prickly Heat, The 100 Greatest Musicals” (2003), “Passport to Paradise” (2004), “The National Lottery: Christmas Special” (2006), “Backstage at the Brits” (2008), “Who Dares, Sings!” (co-presented), and “Hairspray: The School Musical” (2008) were among the shows she hosted.

She played single mother Kim Blakeney in the ITV drama “Where the Heart Is” for two seasons. Outen co-hosted the ITV show “This Morning with Richard Bacon” in 2005. She was approached the following year to judge a BBC reality show aimed at casting a young girl as Maria in “The Sound of Music.”

Continued her successful career

She had to decline the offer, however, because she was in the United States at the time, hosting the NBC show “Grease: You’re the One That I Want! ” Moreover, she returned to London and began to relaunch her television career. She hosted “The Friday Night Project” the following year, judged the Miss World pageant in Warsaw (Poland), and appeared as a guest on “The Charlotte Church Show.”

Outen appeared on the panel of the BBC talent show “Any Dream Will Do!” and the BBC One spinoff “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria” in 2007. She made a cameo in the romantic comedy “Are You Ready for Love?”

She played Maureen in the William Baker-directed London revival of “Rent Remixed” in October. Moreover, she also came out on top in a reader poll conducted by Grazia magazine.

Additionally, she was to co-host the Capital Radio breakfast show with her former “The Big Breakfast” colleague Johnny Vaughan, as announced on January 10, 2008. Due to her hectic schedule, she left the show in July.

Later Career

In 2009, she starred as Mary in the BBC One drama “Hotel Babylon,” made her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in Blondes, and hosted “The 5 O’Clock” Show for a week. In 2010, she began narrating the ITVBe reality series “The Only Way Is Essex” and played Paulette Bonafonte in the Savoy Theatre’s West End production of Legally Blonde.

Outen launched a maternity wear collection for the Shop Direct Group’s website Very in March 2010. Her second collection for the website was a line of fall/winter clothing. She appeared on the tenth season of “Strictly Come Dancing” with her dance partner James Jordan in 2012. The duo came in second place.

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Caption: Denise Van Outen appeared as a contestant in the dancing reality show, Strictly Come Dancing (Source: Ballet News)

After appearing as a guest presenter on Channel 4’s live broadcast show “Sunday Brunch” in 2013, Outen made her ITV debut as a panelist on Loose Women. She was cast as a regular on the show in 2017 and stayed for a year.

In the BBC soap opera “EastEnders,” she portrayed Karin Smart. She hosted “Ireland’s Got Talent” from 2018 to 2019. Outen appeared in 19 episodes of the Australian soap opera Neighbours in 2019. She appeared on the reality show “The Masked Singer” in 2020. Since 2016, Outen has hosted “Matalan Presents: The Show.” Outen writes the entertainment gossip column Denise the Menace for the weekly newspaper The Sun’s supplement The Source.


Although she has not received any awards for her work, she is one of several people who have had their names entered into the Guinness World Records. She holds the record for eating 250 g of jelly in 60 seconds while wearing a blindfold.

Net Worth 2024

As of 2024, this multi-talented actress’s net worth is estimated at around $5 million. She earns $400 thousand as her yearly income through salary, bonuses, and also from movie fees.

Relationship Status

Currently, Denise Van Outen is single. In the past, she was once married and dated several men. She was dating controversial pop star Gary Glitter in 1991. Moreover, she dated guitarist Andy Miller in 1996. She was in a relationship with Jay Kay, the lead singer of Jamiroquai, from 1998 to 2001. They also got married. However, they split up before their wedding time.

From 2003 to May 2005, Outen was in a live-in relationship with nightclub owner Richard Traviss. They reconciled briefly in 2007. She married Lee Mead in Seychelles in April 2009. Lee Mead is widely recognized as the winner of Any Dream Will Do. On May 1, 2010, they welcomed a daughter, Betsy. Due to their hectic professional lives, the two divorced in 2013. Later, she started dating the commodities trader Eddie Boxshall in July 2014. However, their relationship ended in January 2022.

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Caption: Denise Van Outen with her daughter (Source: RSVP)

Outen has volunteered for charity. She actively supports Breast Cancer Care and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Moreover, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief in 2009, and in 2013, she took part in a trek across the Great Wall of China for the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Body Measurements

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Caption: Denise Van Outen posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

This actress stands 5 feet 6 inches tall (1.68 m) and weighs around 57 kg (126 lbs). Meanwhile, she has a pair of green eyes with blonde hair color. Additionally, her body measurement measures 33-24-32 inches, wears a shoe size of 8.5 US and a dress size of 4 US.

Denise Van Outen – Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@vanouten_denise’ there are over 706k followers. Likewise, there are over 669.4k followers on her Twitter page ‘@denise_vanouten’ and she is not present on Facebook.