Strictly Come Danc­ing

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 14 FE­BRU­ARY -

Sea­son 13 BBC Lifestyle 18:00 Tess Daly made a good call in her early 30s when the 47-year-old de­cided to find a job out­side of mod­el­ling to pay the bills. Her CV of in­ter­view­ing celebs on the red car­pet earned her a gig pre­sent­ing on Bri­tain’s Chan­nel 4 and the rest is his­tory, with Tess cel­e­brat­ing her 13th sea­son host­ing Strictly Come Danc­ing (2004-cur­rent) this year.

1 Born He­len Louise Daly, Tess grew up in Der­byshire with her fac­tory worker dad Vi­vian, mom Sylvia who worked at a paper mill and younger sis­ter Karen who now lives in New Zealand with her fam­ily.

2 Teenage Tess worked in pubs and shops be­fore be­ing spot­ted in a Manch­ester McDon­ald’s by a mod­el­ling scout at 17. Six weeks af­ter she turned 18, she jet­ted off to her first mod­el­ling gig in Ja­pan, where she also picked up her love for sushi. She hasn’t eaten red meat since then.

3 In 1990, she ap­peared in two mu­sic videos for English pop band Du­ran Du­ran, for their songs Se­ri­ous and Vi­o­lence Of Sum­mer.

4 Tess mar­ried Ver­non Kay (42) in 2003 – he’s also a Bri­tish TV pre­sen­ter. They have two daugh­ters, Phoebe (12) and Amber (7). In 2014, their mar­riage was rocked by Ver­non ad­mit­ting to send­ing racy SMSes to sev­eral women. Tess said that she for­gave him be­cause their mar­riage is “worth fight­ing for”.

5 Her dad Vi­vian was a huge ball­room danc­ing fan but died from lung dis­ease em­phy­sema just months be­fore she got the pre­sent­ing job on Strictly Come Danc­ing. “He would have loved to have seen me on it,” she beams. The work­ing

6 mom’s ul­ti­mate dream is to “run a tea shop in the Der­byshire hills and serve home­made Vic­to­ria sponge cake”.

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