Zoë Louise Ball(born 23 November 1970)is an English television and radio personality, best known as the first female host ofThe Radio 1 Breakfast Show, as well as for presenting the 1990s children's showLive & Kicking.Ball was a contestant in the third series ofStrictly Come Dancing. Following this she replaced Claudia Winkleman hosting the BBC Two spin-off showStrictly Come Dancing: It Takes Twoand has been since 2011. Ball also hosted theStrictly Come Dancing Live Tourin 2011 and 2015.
Ball was born in Blackpool , Lancashire . She joined the Young Theatre at Beaconsfield where she trained as an actress. Her first TV appearance was as a child in the studio audience of the 1980s Saturday morning children's show,Saturday Superstore, on which her father, Johnny Ball , was appearing as a guest.
|This section of a biography of a living persondoes not include any references or sources.Please help by adding reliable sources . Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourcedmust be removed immediately.|
She began her television career as a runner at Granada Television and researcher on BSkyB . She worked as a researcher for quiz shows for two years. Her presenting jobs have included hostingThe Big BreakfastandThe Prioryon Channel 4 , BBC One 's Saturday morning children's programmeLive & Kickingand the pre-school programmePlaydays. In 1994 Zoë Ball presentedSMartwith Mark Speight and Jay Burridge until she left in 1996. Between 1996 and 1998, she was a regular presenter onTop of the Pops, usually alternating with fellow presenters and DJs Jayne Middlemiss and Jo Whiley . The three only ever presented together once, on Christmas Day 1997.
Between 1999 and 2001, she was a co-host with Jamie Theakston on the Wednesday night chat/music showThe Priory, which was commissioned by Chris Evans 's then production company Ginger Productions . Despite initial strong ratings, the show failed to capitalise on this despite the demise ofTFI Friday(also a Ginger production) and figures slowly dropped. A fourth series was never commissioned. Despite the show's relative failure, fans of the former UK Play spoof interviews showRock Profile, often recall the creators and future stars ofLittle Britain, Matt Lucas and David Walliams 's, appearance on the show as Danny and Noel from Hear'Say , in which they constantly sang " Monday, Monday " after Theakston asked them a question. As Theakston was the interviewer onRock Profile, he as a result reprised his role from that show.
Ball co-hosted the 2002 BRIT Awards with Frank Skinner , following which motherhood meant that she took less television work. In 2005, she co-hosted the BBC reality showStrictly Dance Fever.
At the end of 2006, Ball co-hosted the ITV programmeExtinct, alongside Trevor McDonald .
In January 2007, she presented the second series of ITV'sSoapstar Superstar, taking over from Fern Britton and Ben Shephard , who hosted the first series. In March 2007, she hosted the ITV talent searchGrease Is the Word.
Alongside Jamie Theakston , Ball presented Channel 5 's quiz seriesBritain's Best Brainin 2009. Ball has guest presented five episodes ofThe One Showas a stand-in for Alex Jones .
On 4 August 2013, as hostess of a special entitledDoctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, she revealed Peter Capaldi as the incoming Twelfth Doctor and hosted his first interview in that capacity.
In November 2013, she co-hosted the BBC One Children in Need telethon, alongside Terry Wogan , Fearne Cotton , Nick Grimshaw and Tess Daly .
In 2014, Ball presented a BBC Two spin-off forThe Voice UKcalledThe Voice: Louder on Two. The show aired for one series lasting for ten episodes.
In 2015, Ball hosted theEastEnders: Backstage Live, a spin-off show during theEastEnderslive week. She co-presented theBBC Young Dancercompetition with Darcey Bussell on BBC Two .
The Nation's Favourite '70s Number OneandThe Nation's Favourite '80s Number Oneas well as the BBC One series ofDon't Tell the Bride. Since 2016, Ball has co-presentedCan't Touch This, a Saturday night game show for BBC One , alongside Ashley Banjo .
Ball became a contestant on the third series of the BBC One talent showStrictly Come Dancing, where she was partnered by Ian Waite . Ball and Waite were ranked in third place; they also scored 38/40 (including two tens) for three dances in the series and one in the Christmas special.
In 2011, she took over from Claudia Winkleman as the host ofStrictly Come Dancing's sister showIt Takes Two, airing every week night on BBC Two and in 2014 co-hosted the main show whilst Claudia Winkleman was on leave following serious burn injuries to her daughter.
|This section of a biography of a living personneeds additional citations for verification.Please help by adding reliable sources . Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourcedmust be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.(September 2013)|
Although known primarily for her TV work, Ball first worked in radio, after she became co-host ofThe Radio 1 Breakfast Showon BBC Radio 1 in October 1997 with Kevin Greening . She became the sole host, the first female DJ to do so. At this time, her hard-drinking, hard-partying antics contributed to the identification of the so-called " ladette culture " of the late 1990s. She later re-created the naked pose on a backturned chair made famous by Christine Keeler when doing an interview and spread withSKYmagazine.
Ball left BBC Radio 1 in March 2000 to bring up a family. Her final breakfast show was on 30 March 2000, and she was succeeded by Sara Cox .
Ball was twice warned by the BBC for swearing on the radio – first when she used the word "bastard" while being interviewed by Chris Evans during his stint on the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show (she was publicising her appointment toThe Big Breakfastat the time); then, as host of the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show, for using the expression "fucking brilliant" to describe a night out she had.
She returned to radio in mid-2002 when she joined London rock station XFM , where she presented the weekday drivetime show until December 2003, and then in January 2004 took over a Friday evening music show for the station. She also stood in for Ricky Gervais while he filmed the second series ofThe Office. She left XFM at the end of 2004.
In September 2007 she hosted a show with Sara Cox celebrating 40 years of Radio 1.
Since 2006, she provided relief presenting duties for BBC Radio 2 , fronted specialist documentaries, sat in for Dermot O'Leary for three weeks in February 2006 and co-presented with Danny Baker the hastily conceived replacement for Jonathan Ross ' Saturday morning show, in the wake of Ross's suspension due to Sachsgate in 2008.
On 14 April 2016, Ball appeared on BBC Radio 1's Innuendo Bingo.
|1996–1998||Top of the Pops||Co-presenter|
|2009||Britain's Best Brain||Co-presenter|
|2011—||Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two||Presenter|
|2012, 2013, 2016||The One Show||Guest presenter||5 episodes|
|2013||Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor||Presenter|
|Children in Need||Co-presenter|
|The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song||Narrator||One-off episode|
|2014||The Voice: Louder on Two||Presenter|
|2014||Strictly Come Dancing||Guest presenter||Three episodes|
|2015||EastEnders: Backstage Live||Presenter||One-off episode|
|The Nation's Favourite '70s Number One||Narrator||One-off episode|
|BBC Young Dancer||Co-presenter||Grand Final|
|Don't Tell the Bride||Narrator|
|The Nation's Favourite '80s Number One||Narrator||One-off episode|
|2016—||Can't Touch This||Co-presenter||BBC Onegame show|
We welcome your comments, but please be civil, DO NOT SPAM ON TOPIC. Comments deemed inappropriate will be removed and repeat will banned. Commention is a provilege that will be revoked for violations od our Comment Policy .
Comments from our old comments platform are still in the process of moving over. If you notice any comments missing they will likely re-appear soon. Thnk you for your patience.
Just Looking At The …'s Album
I Yah's Album
Lie Lie Lie's Album
1004 (Angel)'s Album
Watch Video | by
|With laughter or with tears|
|Man In Love|
|The Day We Broke Up|
|Sarangnori (사랑놀이; Love Play)|
|Pieona (피어나; Bloom)|