A British bombshell who made her name as a lively presenter on the popular morning series The Big Breakfast, Van Outen also wowed her countrymen with her sexy turn as Roxie the merry murderess in the West End production of Chicago, a part she reprised on Broadway in 2002. While she tackled a handful of small-screen parts, Van Outen was most successful just being herself, which led to numerous hosting gigs. Even when she wasn't working, she stayed in the public eye via the tabloids, which enjoyed shining a spotlight on her active love life and rambunctious antics. (Her exes include nightclub boss Richard Traviss and Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay). In 2007, Van Outen exported her risqué persona to the U.S. as the cohost of the Broadway reality competition Grease: You're the One That I Want
. After that stint ended, she served as a judge on the BBC talent shows I'd Do Anything
and Any Dream Will Do
. A romance followed with Any Dream Will Do
winner Lee Mead, who became her husband. More TV hosting and presenting gigs came to her on talent and variety shows, and she also flexed her acting chops in made-for-TV movies and British dramas like Where the Heart Is
and Hotel Babylon
. In 2010, she gave birth to a daughter, Betsy, and the experience inspired her to design a line of maternity clothes. As her domestic life settled, she returned to the stage, accepting a role in London's West End production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.Denise Van Outen Fast Facts:
- Paid her way through theater school by modeling and acting.
- Made her stage debut at age 11 in a West End production of Les Miserables.
- As a member of the pop duo Those 2 Girls in the mid-'90s, she scored two top-40 hits.
- Reportedly stole an ashtray and flashed her bra at Prince Charles while visiting Buckingham Palace.
- Claimed to have once e-mailed British pop singer George Michael to ask him out on a date, not realizing he was openly gay.
- Served as a judge on the BBC talent series Any Dream Will Do, and eventually romanced and wed the winner, Lee Mead.
- In 2010, announced plans to launch a line of maternity clothes.
- Denise Van Outen Relationships:
- Betsy Mead - Daughter
- Bill Crawley - Grandfather
- Ted Outen - Father
- Jackie - Sister
- Lee Mead - Husband
- Jay Kay - Ex-fiancé
- Richard Traviss - Ex-significant Other
- Terry Outen - Brother
- Mary Matthews - Grandmother
- Andy Miller - Ex-significant Other
- Kathleen Outen - Mother