As the current and first female host of the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, the UK’s most listened to radio programme – Zoe Ball needs little introduction. After presenting the much-lauded Live & Kicking on the BBC, she was also the first woman to front the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.
An avid film buff, Zoe interviews all the top stars for BAFTA’s Red Carpet and presents SKY’s exclusive coverage of the OSCARs.
Zoe can also be seen providing the nation with behind the scenes Strictly gossip on her weekday show, It Takes Two on BBC2.
Daughter of the children’s TV presenter Johnny Ball, Zoe was born in Blackpool growing up in Buckinghamshire.
Starting out as a runner and researcher she was soon given the opportunity to get in front of the TV camera and has never looked back.
The mid-nineties saw her fronting Top of The Pops alongside Jayne Middlemiss and Jo Whiley.
At the turn of the millennium, long-standing friend and colleague Chris Evans production company Ginger Productions teamed her up with Jamie Theakston in the music and chat show The Priory.
She then co-hosted the 2002 Brit Awards with Frank Skinner.
In 2005, she started her involvement with the talent show Strictly Come Dancing became a contestant on the third series partnered by Ian Waite
In 2009 she was then reunited with Jamie Theakston, co-presenting Channel 5’s quiz series Britain’s Best Brain.
n 2011, she took over from Claudia Winkleman as the host of Strictly Come Dancing’s sister show It Takes Two, then becoming a co-presenter in 2014
In 2013 she made one of many charitable appearances co-hosting BBC’s One Children in Need telethon, alongside Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Tess Daly.
In March 2018, Ball took part in the ‘Hardest Ride Home’ challenge, cycling from Blackpool to her then home town of Brighton to raise money for Sport Relief. As a result of her efforts she raised a total of nearly £1.2m
In October 2018, she was announced by Chris Evans as new host of The Radio 2 Breakfast Show, which she still presents today.
Recently, Zoe appeared with her son Woody on Celebrity Gogglebox.