Long Lost Fam­ily

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 16 OCTOBER -

Sea­son 3 ITV Choice (*123) 19:00 Re­al­ity

It’s tough for an adoptee to find their bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents and vice versa, but on re­al­ity show Long Lost Fam­ily (2011cur­rent), pre­sen­ter Dav­ina McCall lends a help­ing hand, a shoul­der to cry on and a tis­sue when needed. That’s some­thing the 49-year-old is no stranger to…

The ex Celebrity Big Brother UK 1

(2001-cur­rent) host re­vealed that a fight in her 20s with her best friend Sarah forced her to deal with her heroin ad­dic­tion. “The drink and drugs were get­ting se­ri­ous,” says Dav­ina. “It wasn’t a party thing any­more – I was a mess!”

She found love in 1997 af­ter get2

ting clean at Nar­cotics Anony­mous but di­vorced shop man­ager An­drew Leggett in 1999. Dav­ina then mar­ried travel agent Matthew Robert­son in 2000 and they’re still to­gether.

The cou­ple have three kids: daugh3

ters Holly (15) and Tilly (13) and son Ch­ester (10). Un­luck­ily for the kids, they won’t be get­ting a cent of their par­ents’ con­sid­er­able wealth, as Dav­ina says. “I look at my kids and have painstak­ingly told them they won’t be in­her­it­ing any money. Me and Matt plan on spend­ing ev­ery penny. They will have to stand on their own two feet.”

Be­sides her per­sonal wealth of 4

£3 mil­lion (R53 mil­lion), Dav­ina is also good at rais­ing funds for char­i­ties. In 2014, she brought in over £2.2 mil­lion (R39 mil­lion) for Bri­tish charity Sport Re­lief. She ran, swam and cy­cled across the UK and it was turned into an ITV doc­u­men­tary called Dav­ina: Be­yond Break­ing Point (2014).

She ac­tu­ally started her show­biz 5

ca­reer as a singer – she made a demo cas­sette in the ’60s with the help of her then-mu­si­cian boyfriend Eric Clap­ton (most fa­mous for 1992 mega hit song Tears In Heaven).

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