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Donna Air
Born 2 August 1979 (1979-08-02) (age 30)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Occupation Actress, Television presenter, Singer
[ Official website]

Donna Air (born 2 August 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne) is an English television presenter, singer and actress.


Early life

As a former student of Gosforth High School[1], Donna attended the Drama School at First Act in Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where she was a pupil alongside Jill Halfpenny, Ant & Dec and Dale Meeks.



She became famous as an actress on the CBBC series Byker Grove and later became a presenter of several shows, including for a time, The Big Breakfast. She has also acted in an episode of BBC TV comedy Operation Good Guys. Her only major tv acting role was as Maggie Rostan in the final two episodes of Catherine Cooksons six parter A Dinner of Herbs. She has a reputation of being a vacuous blonde, not helped by her memorably asking Irish family group The Corrs how they met. She poked fun at this image by founding Airhead Productions. Air appeared in the movies Still Crazy (1998), The Mummy Returns and has presented on MTV. Air is currently filming a British independent movie called Bad Day[citation needed]. Air was also a main presenter on the 2001 newly relaunched 'The Big Breakfast' sharing presenting roles with Paul Tonkinson and Amanda Byram. Air was quickly removed from the role and 'sent upstairs to bed' to present short sections of the show from the bedroom, interviewing minor celebrities, Air was not present at the final axing of the programme in 2002.


Byker Grove! were a female vocal group spun off from BBC 1's teen soap series Byker Grove featuring Donna Air, Jayni Hoy and Vicky Taylor. They released one single, entitled "Love Your Sexy...!!", which reached number 48 in the UK Singles Chart in 1994.[2]

Crush (or Crush UK) were a female pop duo from England, and which was a development of the Byker Grooove band. It was founded with Donna Air and Jayni Hoy as members. They were signed to Telstar Records. The group released their first single "Jellyhead" in February 1996, wriiten by Danny de Matos, Jonny Male and Pete Smith, which reached number 50 in the UK Charts. The second and final single became "Luv'd Up" later that year, also witten by Danny de Matos , Jonny Male and Pete Smith, reaching 45 in the chart.[3] Hoy later quit the duo after the first album, Teenage Kicks, was shelved in the UK by their record company, although it was released overseas. Luciana Caporaso was drafted as Hoy's replacement. Crush's second album, Crush was essentially a dance remixed version of the first album, retaining vocals from Hoy on 8 of the 12 tracks. It was released in May 1997 with a remix of "Jellyhead", entitled "Jellyhead [Motiv8 Mix]", issued as the lead single instead of the original due to the popularity of the remix. The album achieved low sales and became the duo's only release.[4]

Personal life

She was engaged to Damian Aspinall, owner of Aspers, an entertainment company, until July 2007. Their daughter Freya Air Aspinall was born in Westminster, London in 2003.[5] Air and Aspinall are no longer a couple.[6]


  1. ^ Geordie girl stars, and Sacred Heart Catholic High School for girls. Chronicle Live, dated June 7, 2005
  2. ^ Byker Groove! - Love Your Sexy...!! Chart Stats
  3. ^ Crush Chart Stats
  4. ^ IMdB
  5. ^ Births England and Wales 1984-2006
  6. ^ Donna Air splits from £40m zoo tycoon, This is London

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