Tess Daly's Biography

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Television presenter Tess Daly was born in Stockport in 1971.

Daly, who became the co-presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, initially with Bruce Forsyth, and then with Claudia Winkleman, is married to presenter Vernon Kay.

Their wedding as described by CBBC was refreshingly unceleb-like.

Tess Daly and Vernon Kay were chosen to co-present the BBC's Just The Two Of Us, which is like Strictly Come Dancing with singing instead of dancing.

Tess Daly did her 'O' Levels at New Mills school, 8 miles from Stockport, but 9 months into her 'A' Levels she started modelling and appeared both in magazines and in pop videos.

She also interviewed characters for a documentary Brits Abroad - but her real television break came in 1999 when rather like Zoe Ball, she was given a break by The Big Breakfast - Tess Daly roamed the country for the show's Find Me A Model Competition.

Further presenting credits followed including SM:tv. Tess and Brian Dowling hosted the show after Ant & Dec's departure. In an interview with the Sunday Mirror's 'celeb' magazine, Tess said she enjoyed those days but sometimes the interviews were like pulling teeth:

"Hugh Grant was the worst. I thought he'd be charming, but he couldn't be bothered ..."

Tess Daly was also one of the top Yummy Mummies

The Daily Mirror had an interesting interview with Tess Daly in which she described her family background. Her father Vivian and mother Sylvia did shifts in textile factories to keep the family afloat. Particularly interesting is how the Strictly Come Dancing job helped her, after her father's death:

"The show that turned things round for me was Strictly Come Dancing, but no one had any idea how torn up I was when I did that very first show ..."

In the summer of 2008, Tess Daly was made the presenter of BBC1's The National Lottery: This Time Tomorrow.

In May 2009, Tess Daly and Vernon Kay's second daughter Amber Isabella was born, a sister for Phoebe Elizabeth.

In July 2017, the BBC revealed that Tess Daly earned over £350,000 from licence fee revenue in their financial year 2016/7.

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