DJ and pre­sen­ter, 44

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - Upfront - In­ter­view by Han­nah Nathanson

Filling in for Clau­dia [Win­kle­man] on Strictly was very last-minute. I ran into Har­vey Ni­chols think­ing, ‘Se­quins, it’s got to be se­quins.’ I ended up grab­bing a long black dress. Clau­dia started the trend for wear­ing amaz­ingly high heels on It Takes Two [ Strictly’s sis­ter show, which Zoe presents] and I’m now ob­sessed. I’m 5ft 10in, so I tower above most of the dancers; if I stand next to Janette, it’s hys­ter­i­cal — she looks like a doll and I look like a drag queen. For most of the year my Strictly shoes get for­got­ten, apart from when Nelly, my four-year-old, gets them out: her favourite look is py­ja­mas and a pair of Giuseppe Zan­ot­tis. Any­one who looked in my wardrobe would think I had a split per­son­al­ity: one half is big jumpers and jeans and the other half looks like a mag­pie has at­tacked a se­quin shop. As I’ve got older I’ve be­come fussier about what I wear — I like to cover my arms and wear higher neck­lines. Darcey [Bus­sell], Tess [Daly] and Clau­dia all have dif­fer­ent styles, but they do co-or­di­nate their out­fits for the show. You wouldn’t want them turn­ing up in the same frock. My favourite item of cloth­ing is an Ashish se­quined sil­ver biker jacket. I wore it at Glas­ton­bury last year, along with a bear hat and sunglasses. Ev­ery­one wanted to talk to me be­cause I looked like a bear. My sta­ple raver’s out­fit is com­fort on the bot­tom and bling on top: jeans, Con­verse and a cou­ture cape. I like hav­ing a hood and spin­ning around. The first flash bit of cloth­ing I bought was a pur­ple vel­vet suit with big black but­tons from Miss Sel­fridge for my 17th birth­day party. I looked hideous, but it was the 1980s and we were all a bit con­fused. I once permed my hair to look like Kelly McGil­lis in Top Gun, but ended up look­ing like Mar­garet Thatcher. I’ve made some ter­ri­ble faux pas. In my The Big Break­fast days, I thought it was OK to wear leather trousers and orange jumpers with big prints on. When I fin­ish film­ing I’m so tired I can’t even take my clothes off, so my hus­band Nor­man [Cook, aka Fat­boy Slim] un­dresses me and I fall asleep with my make-up on. He some­times wakes up cov­ered in eye­lashes. Watch Zoe on her YouTube chan­nel Zoe Ball Off Air (youtube.com/Of­fAirChan­nel)

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