Being Davina: The Biography of Britain’s Best-Loved TV Star

Published in 2006 by John Blake Publishing, updated in 2007.

Davina McCall is the nation’s favourite TV celebrity. Over the last few years, her warmth and humour and charm have endeared her to millions of viewers and made her the first lady of reality television. Now embarking on her 7th series of Big Brother, and the first woman to be given her own peak-time chat show on BBC1, the much-loved Davina has proven she’s here to stay.

Yet behind this amazing woman is an incredible story of triumph over personal mountains that for years were impossible to climb. A tragic and turbulent past, beginning with a fractured childhood and difficult teens, meant Davina had to grow up fast, but the adult world did not sit easily with her. The price of this was a retreat into drugs and alcohol, as well as a string of difficult relationships that threatened to ruin her.

Facing crisis, Davina took control and bounced back in style, facing her demons and moving on to achieve incredible successes that made her the envy and role model of many a would-be TV presenter. A happy marriage, children, amazing weight loss and a high-profile celebrity lifestyle followed. Davina has never looked back.

Yet behind this bubby personality, who has played host to such shows as Don’t Try This Home, Streetmate, Love On A Saturday Night, God’s Gift and He’s Having A Baby is a story of one woman’s determination to succeed despite all the odds. Containing much exclusive material and 16 pages of photographs, Being Davina is the first in-depth biography of a survivor and a fitting testament to a true individual.