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Davina McCall
Davina
Presenter Profile
Born October 16, 1967 (1967-10-16) (age 56)
Hometown London, England
Known For Host Big Brother UK
Years Active 2000 - 2010; 2020
Social Media
Twitter ThisisDavina
Instagram davinamccall
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Davina McCall was the presenter of Big Brother UK from 2000-2010.

Her most infamous quote is "Big Brother house, this is Davina. You are live on Channel 4; please do not swear." This quote became synonymous with the series throughout British pop culture. After hosting the show numerous times whilst pregnant, her nickname amongst fans was 'Big Muvva'.

Davina presented all series broadcast on Channel 4, declining to return as host when the show moved to Channel 5, ending her run with the series with Big Brother 11 (UK) and Ultimate Big Brother.[1] When the show was cancelled by Channel 5 in 2018, McCall appeared on the final episode of Big Brother's Bit on the Side through a pre-recorded video message.

In 2020, she co-presented Big Brother: Best Shows Ever with Rylan Clark-Neal on Channel 4.

Post Big Brother[]

  • In 2010, Davina began presenting The Million Pound Drop. The series ran in prime time on Channel 4 until 2016. She also hosted a revived daytime version in 2018 called The 100K Drop, which only lasted a year.
  • In 2014, Davina presented The Jump on Channel 4, which featured past and future Big Brother housemates. These included Josie Gibson, Anthea Turner, Louie Spence, Sarah Harding and Gareth Thomas among others.
  • In 2020, she became a panelist on The Masked Singer (UK), and on The Masked Dancer (UK) spin-off in 2021.
  • In 2023, ahead of Big Brother 20 (UK), Davina revealed that she had hoped to be asked to return to her hosting duties, and would have accepted an offer. She was not asked, later considering herself a bad fit for the new direction of the show.[2]

Trivia[]

  • Davina played a fictionalised version of herself in Charlie Brooker's Dead Set series, which imagines Big Brother (UK) during a zombie outbreak. She is killed in the first episode, and later appears as a zombie herself.
  • Davina plays an android version of herself in an episode of Doctor Who entitled Bad Wolf. Set in the year 200,100, "Davinadroid" hosts the sixty Big Brother series taking place simultaneously, in which evicted housemates are disintegrated. The show is part of a larger conspiracy carried out by the villainous Daleks.
  • During the launch of Big Brother 20 (UK), AJ Odudu and Will Best paid tribute to Davina by referencing one of her popular quotes: "Fancy another one?"

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