DAVINA McCall is TV royalty after fronting some of the nation’s biggest programmes – most famously Big Brother.
She has split from her husband of 18 years but returned to TV earlier this year with Long Lost Family…
Who is Davina McCall?
Davina is a 51-year-old TV presenter and personality who shot to fame in the 90s thanks to her work with MTV.
She was born October 16, 1967, in Wimbledon.
Davina was raised by her grandparents after her parents split at the age of three, before moving in with her dad as a teen.
She married Andrew Leggett in 1997 and divorced him in 1999.
She went on to wed Matthew Robertson in 2000.
The star first became a presenter in 1992, and in the 25 years that have passed, she has hosted a number of successful TV shows – most notably Big Brother while it was on Channel 4.
Other shows of note include Streetmate – which has since been rebooted with Scarlett Moffatt – Million Pound Drop, Long Lost Family and The Jump.
She is also a frequent supporter of Comic Relief and Sport Relief, and gets involved in their telethons annually.
In March 2018, Davina made an appearance on ITV’s Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, presenting a segment alongside Declan Donnelly.
Davina hosts This Time Next Year on ITV which sees various people tackle personal challenges.
She is also fronting ITV’s new three-part special A&E Live to mark 70 years of the NHS.
When did she announce her split from husband Matthew Robertson?
The Sun exclusively revealed in November 2017 how Davina’s marriage was over, with the star admitting: “I have made so many mistakes in my life.”
They married in 2000.
Davina shared a motivational quote with her online followers which said: “Every morning we get a chance to be different. A chance to change. A chance to be better.
“Your past is your past. Leave it there. Get on with the future part.”
Davina added on Instagram: “I really know about this one. I have made so many mistakes in my life. But there is always a new day.”
She then confirmed she had split with Matthew, father to her three children, after 17 years of marriage.
She said: “I am very sad to say Matthew and I have separated. Our amazing children are our number one priority.”
The Sun on Sunday revealed there was no third party involved.
Davina previously talked about going to therapy with the former Pet Rescue presenter, which she said last year had been “brilliant”.
Does she have any children and who is she related to?
Davina has three children, Holly, 16, Tilly, 14, and Chester, 11 – who she keeps away from the limelight.
During an appearance on heritage show Who Do You Think You Are? Davina revealed that she was the great-granddaughter of Celestin Hennion, Prefect of Police, who had a role in the French political scandal The Dreyfus affair between 1894 and 1906.
What has Davina said about her drug addiction?
The fitness guru and presenter battled with heroin addiction during her twenties and says her painful past came back to haunt her when she entered the menopause during her mid-forties.
She told Stella magazine: “The first time I noticed something was happening to me was when I got terrible night sweats.
“For me as an ex-junkie, the night sweats were terrible because it reminded me of going through cold turkey at night and waking up in a pool of sweat.”
Even though Davina is now a paradigm of health, she has opened up about her former demons and the importance of talking about it.
She’s said: “I’ll definitely never be recovered. I love going to my AA meetings and don’t think I will ever stop.
“They are very welcoming. All my mates are there, it’s a social thing and they inspire me.”
The TV presenter added: “The drink and drugs were getting serious – not just a party thing any more – and I was a mess.”
Her best friend Sarah confronted her about her drug use – which Davina had been attempting to hide – saying: “I know you’re lying to me and I know you’ve been taking heroin.”
The moment proved to be a turning point for Davina, who said to You magazine: “I explained I knew she was right and I wanted to change. She forgave me and we had a massive cry. I went into the NA meeting that night and my life changed.”
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What is Davina’s net worth?
Davina’s net worth, according to Spears Magazine, is an estimated £3million as of 2017.
She also owns property said to be worth in excess of £8million – with a Georgian mansion worth £4.3million, a £1.5million St Tropez villa and a £1million Surrey manor in her portfolio.
This is taking into account the money she has earned for personal appearances, and the royalties she’s earned from her exercise DVDs.
She also has an app and receives money from endorsement deals with brands such as Garnier Nutrisse – starring in ads opposite Holly Willoughby and Angela Scanlon.