- Catherine Elizabeth
- Birmingham England
- United Kingdom
- Actress Model Host
- Taking Off Shoes During Interviews
- Her Smoking Hot Looks LONG SLENDER LEGS
- Being The British Version Of Ryan Seacrest; Flat As A Runway
Rated in FHM’s Top 100 Sexiest Women polls in 2001 and 2002, Cat Deeley is a popular English disc jockey, TV personality, and former fashion model. She rose to fame in the UK co-hosting the children’s series SMTV Live. She has also hosted Stars in their Eyes since 2004, and So You Think You Can Dance beginning in 2006. After seeing the cross-over fame of fellow insanely hot Brits-turned-American-movie-stars Sienna Miller and Kiera Knightley, Cat decided to move to LA and pursue a career in acting, but with less success.
Cat was born in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, UK, and attended Grove Vale Infant School in Great Barr, Birmingham, followed by Dartmouth High School. She was a straight A student, and played the clarinet. It was during high school that Cat was spotted by the Storm modeling agency, which also represents Kate Moss, and was signed. Long-legged and tiny-titted Cat Deeley modeled for two years, before moving on to become a presenter. Being one of the rare models that actually had a good grades, and could actually speak extemporaneously probably help with this segue.
Cat started hosting with MTV UK in 1997, and then went on to work on SMTV Live and its spin off shows CD:UK and CD:UK Hotshots from 1998-2002. On SMTV Live, in addition to presenting and acting in various sketches, she also acted as assistant to visiting guest magicians, who often used to saw her in half. Her crossover to America came in 2006 when Cat began hosting the reality show, So You Think You Can Dance. During that same year, she also interviewed Kylie Minogue about her comeback, for a television special that was huge in the UK and in Australia.
Since that time, Cat has been a guest reporter on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and has been an entertainment contributor for ABC News. She said she hoped to focus less on hosting and reporting duties, and more on acting in the future. Pursuing her career, Cat broke off long-term relationship with PR executive Mark Whelan due to her move to Los Angeles. Fitting into the Hollywood scene, in April 2009, Cat announced she was involved with Jack Huston, grandson of acclaimed director and actor John Huston. That did not translate into acting opportunities, but shortly thereafter Deeley returned for another season hosting the American version of So You Think You Can Dance.
Tottering around on three- and four-inch heels, Cat Deeley continued to charm American television audiences with her Midlands accent and long, unmuscled legs. While she has stayed upright so far, Cat has described herself as "the clumsiest person in the world." She admitted her trademark footwear can be challenging, especially when she's presenting lithe, athletic dancers. Deeley told one website that "every time I walk on stage I hold my breath."
But her modeling background prepared her for the task. Meanwhile, Cat also received favorable comment for her colorful but stylish fashion choices. Offscreen, Deeley seldom wears a bra _ still struggling to fill more than an AA-cup, she admits there's no point _ and that has allowed photographers to catch her occasional wardrobe malfunctions at public appearances.
Returning to the UK in May 2010 for the Brit edition of So You Think You Can Dance, Cat told The Daily Mail that "this to me is still my home." Perhaps reflecting her difficulty finding acting roles, Deeley told the newspaper she has no intention of relocating to Hollywood full-time.
The Mail was critical of the "scruffy," "greasy-haired" Huston, but applauded Cat's glamorous look and her attitude toward success.
"I don't think there is a secret really - I just work hard," she said. "I'm really passionate about what I do and I've tried to remain as normal as possible."
Shortly thereafter, though, Cat split from Huston. The Mail's one from column A, one from column B explanation was both "work commitments" and that the relationship "had run its course." Nevertheless, Deeley was increasingly busy as a presenter in the US, filing in occasionally on news chat shows like Today.
Moreover, she was nominated for an Emmy for best presenter for her work on SYTYCD. Cat eventually lost to perennial winner Jeff Probst. Before that, though, she told the Los Angeles Times that she was having "an amazing time" and pledged to keep doing the American version of the show. She also won plaudits for her stylish look at the awards show.
Aside from launching a line of vintage-look jewelry, Cat told the Mail she has been eating healthier in LA than at home, because of the weather.
"In England all you want to do is curl up with a glass of wine and a plate of sausage and mash," she told the newspaper. "I eat more salads and fish here because anything else feels too heavy, but I will still have chocolate or ice cream occasionally."
In 2011, her unofficial press agents at the Mail declared Cat a "Californian girl" for her beach style. She told Self magazine that her "secret to beach-body confidence is yoga, moderation and above all, death walks," long hikes in the Hollywood Hills.
In 2012, Cat will host a new talk show called The Choice.
Cat Deeley on the Web
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