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Vernon Kay
Born 28 April 1974 (1974-04-28) (age 35)
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
Residence Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity White British
Citizenship United Kingdom
Occupation Radio DJ, television presenter
Years active 2000–2010
Spouse(s) Tess Daly (2003–2010)
Children Phoebe Elizabeth Kay
Amber Isabella Kay
Parents Norman and Gladys Kay

Vernon Charles Kay (born 28 April 1974) is an English television presenter, radio DJ and former model. He began TV presenting on the BBC children's show FBi, a spin-off of Fully Booked. Since he has presented various shows, most notably T4, Beat the Star and All Star Family Fortunes alongside his weekend show on BBC Radio 1.


Early life

Kay was born and raised in Bolton, Greater Manchester, the son of Norman and Gladys. He has a younger brother, Stephen.[1] He attended St Joseph's R.C. High School in Horwich, near Bolton,[2] and then S St John Rigby College in Orrell, near Wigan. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with an HND in Environmental Science. He received a 2:2 degree.[3]

For years, Kay did factory work. He has also cleaned telephone boxes for a living. He was spotted in the audience of the Clotheshow Live, and subsequently signed up as a model.[citation needed]




Kay is a former host of T4. He also presented Boys and Girls, HeadJam, Celebrities Under Pressure and California Dreaming. He presented Hit Me, Baby, One More Time which first aired on British television in 2005. The show was then picked up by NBC for broadcast in the United States, which Kay also hosted.

In 2005, Kay hosted the annual The Record of the Year competition. Also in 2005, Kay competed with a host of other celebrities in a series titled Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon, in which TV personalities battled each other in a series of well-known game formats that had been featured on ITV over the past 50 years. The series was screened as part of ITV's 50th anniversary celebrations. Kay managed to reach the final of the competition, but ended up losing to Carol Vorderman and her family, in a special edition of Family Fortunes. He met his longterm buddy Mark Boardman whilst recording Pop Beach for T4 for its final year in Great Yarmouth.


Television bosses were reportedly so impressed with Kay's performance on the show that they announced plans to revive Family Fortunes with Kay as the host; the first episode aired on 28 October 2006. The show is now titled All Star Family Fortunes as it features celebrities and their families as well as the contestants. Kay was also selected to host the second series of Gameshow Marathon in 2007.

In 2006, he presented alongside his wife Tess on the BBC One celebrity singing contest Just the Two of Us. In 2006, he hosted a segment on ITV's coverage of The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday Live and a special entitled Duet Impossible, featuring contemporary music stars performing with their deceased pop heroes via technical wizardry.

It was announced on 26 April 2007 that Kay will host a new talent search show called Search for the next Elvis in which Elvis impersonators will compete for a prize. Votes will be cast by a set of judges as well as viewers.

He presented The Paul O'Grady Show as a substitute host on two occasions (23 October 2006 and 9 May 2007).


In 2008 Kay hosted the English language adaption of the German TV show Schlag den Raab. The game — Beat the Star — broadcast on ITV1 in an eight part series, which ran from 20 April 2008 to 22 June 2008. In the final episode, Phillip Schofield surprised Kay by revealing that Kay himself was to be that night's star rather than the presenter. Kay then went on to beat the marine contestant through a series of the seven challenges.


On the Series 14 premiere of Top Gear which aired 15 November 2009, presenter Richard Hammond, while in Romania, calls Kay twice while using the Bluetooth on his 2010 Ferrari California, making Kay agitated. Hammond claims that the calls were intermitent and caused by the poor interface on the California.


In January 2004, Kay joined BBC Radio 1 and presented an entertainment show every Sunday. In April 2004, he was given the 10 am – 1 pm weekend slot, which was previously hosted by Colin Murray and Edith Bowman and previously broadcast on both Saturdays and Sundays on the popular radio network. From October 2007 Dick and Dom took over Sunday mornings; Kay's show now runs between 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday. In 2008 he was one of a team of DJs who filled in for Edith Bowman while she was on maternity leave along with Fearne Cotton and Nihal.

On 11 February 2009 it was announced that Kay would fill in for Chris Moyles while he is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, an act he repeated on 13 July 2009 when Chris took a day off. He also filled-in for Pete Tong's Essential Selection on Radio 1 on 10 April 2008. Kay will again fill in for Chris Moyles from 10 August until 15 August when he has two weeks off. The first week will be covered by the regular cover presenter Scott Mills. From 30 November 2009 Kay will again cover for Chris Moyles on breakfast for a whole week as Moyles, Aled Haydn Jones and Fearne Cotton are away in Uganda handing out malaria nets and seeing how the money raised from the Mount Kilimanjaro climb for Comic Relief is being spent.

Personal life

He married Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Tess Daly, on 12 September 2003, at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Horwich, near Bolton.[4]

They have two daughters together: Phoebe Elizabeth Kay,[5] who was born on 17 October 2004[6] in Westminster, London,[7] and Amber Isabella Kay, born on 30 May 2009[8] in London.[9] They live in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire.[10]

Kay received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton on 9 July 2009, for services to entertainment.

On 9 February 2010 Kay admitted to exchanging 'racy' texts and twitter messages to Page Three model Rhian Sugden. The pair met a nightclub in Kay's home town of Bolton. His spokesman admitted that he had sent the text messages, but insisted: 'They never at any point had a physical sexual relationship.'[11]


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Preceded by
Andy Collins
Host of Family Fortunes

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