DENISE VAN OUTEN

 

Denise Van OutenDenise Van Outen is an English actress, singer and television presenter.

She attended the Sylvia Young Stage School and in 1986 at the age  of 12 played Eponine in Les Misérables  followed by the Anthony Newley production of Stop the World - I Want to Get Off and A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

During her teenage years she had small roles in a number of television dramas and sang in the group Those2Girls - by which time she had become Denise Van Outen.

In 1995 Van Outen began her television career on the Saturday morning ITV show Scratchy and Co's mini youth programme Massive! She joined The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 as a weather and travel reporter in 1996 and took over the main co-presenting role with Johnny Vaughan in 1997.

Van Outen returned to television continuing her relationship with Johnny Vaughan in 2004 for the BBC's family show Passport to Paradise.  In 2005 she co-presented ITV's This Morning with Richard Bacon.

In 2007 she joined the panel for BBC’s Any Dream Will Do. Looking for a Joseph to wear the multi-coloured dreamcoat in London's West End.  She title was won by Lee Mead who she married in April 2009 in the Seychelles. They now have baby Betsy who was born 1st May 2010.

She was also a judge on I’d Do Anything in 2008 which was “live casting” another BBC TV show looking for someone to play Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Oliver! at the London Palladium.  The role was won by Jodie Prenger.

In June of this year Denise presented a week's run of The 5 o'clock show with Melanie Sykes.

Recent television credits include: Where the Heart Is as single mother Kim Blakeney for two series. Mary in Hotel Babylon for the BBC.

Her theatre credits include: Roxie Hart in Chicago in London's West End in April 2001 and she reprised her role on Broadway in the spring of 2002, before returning to the show's London version in late April 2002. In 2003 she appeared at the Gielgud Theatre for almost a year in Andrew Lloyd Webber's one-woman show Tell Me On A Sunday, which he reworked for her. Van Outen played Maureen in the 2007 London revival of Rent Remixed.  In August 2009 she made her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in Blondes by Jackie Clune.

Denise Van Outen has just finished playing Paulette the beautician in the West End production of of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre.