Zoë Ball

Zoë Louise Ball

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.

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 Zoë Ball's Early life

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.

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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 .

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

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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.


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.

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1994–1996 SMart Co-presenter
1996–1998 Top of the Pops Co-presenter
2006 Extinct Co-presenter
2007 Soapstar Superstar 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

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 Zoë Ball's References

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  3. Plunkett, John (27 May 2009). "Zoe Ball to host Saturday early breakfast show on Radio 2". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  4. "BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans loses voice on air". BBC. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBPjfI-i2_4
  6. Hannah Stephenson , "Johnny Ball: Children's TV and the lost years of daughter Zoe Ball", Chester Chronicle, 29 June 2009
  7. Births registered in March 1971, starting with B, ref: 1971B1-B-0071, via freeBMD.org.uk
  8. Sale, Jonathan (18 December 1997). "Education: Passed/Failed Zoe Ball". The Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  9. Williams, Gill (6 February 2005). "Holidays: Bed and bawd". Sunday Mirror. 
  10. "Zoe Ball admits to new love". "BBC News". 28 January 2003. 
  11. "Zoe Ball regrets her 'mad period'". Daily Mail (London). 26 June 2006. 
  12. "BBC Presenter Ball is pregnant". "BBC News". 11 July 2009. 
  13. "Zoë Ball, Cook 'welcome second daughter'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  14. Petridis, Alexis (4 September 2010). "How the Fatboy grew up". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  15. "Zoe Ball launches subscription YouTube channel". The Argus. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 

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