Denise Van Outen
- Princess of Basildon
- Denise Kathleen Outen
- Basildon Essex England
- United Kingdom
- Actress TV Presenter Singer.
- Reading Theatre Travel
- Great Body Gorgeous Face
- Sounds As Common As Muck
Denise van Outen aka Denise Kathleen Outen (born 27 May 1974, Basildon, Essex) is an English actress and television presenter. Her most notable roles to date are as a presenter on The Big Breakfast, and as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago on both the West End and on Broadway.
She is the youngest of three siblings. Her sister is a mother and housewife and her brother is a suit tailor.
As a teenager she had brief roles on a number of television dramas including Kappatoo, when her stage name was Denise Douglas. She also sang in a "girl group", by which time she had become Denise van Outen, with the van added reputedly to give her name an interesting twist and to acknowledge her Dutch roots. She also did backing vocals with Melanie Blatt for the band Dreadzone.
Success was not forthcoming, and she turned to being a glamour model (which included one topless shoot for a lads mag). Van Outen has retained her distinct looks, being voted both Rear of the Year in 1999, and top of a poll to find the most desired "bikini body" in a 2007 poll of readers of Grazia magazine.
Van Outen's personal life has been subjected to the sharp glare of the British tabloid media. In 1991, aged 17, she had a relationship with shamed popstar Gary Glitter. In 1996 Van Outen dated Dodgy guitarist Andy Miller. From 1998 to 2001, she dated Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay. They were engaged and reported to be on the verge of marriage, but split up in 2001; his album "A Funk Odyssey" is mostly about their break-up, with the song "Little L" expressing his fight against cocaine addiction during their break up.
From 2003 she dated 'Brown's' club owner Richard Traviss, but split up with him in May 2005, moving out of the Marylebone home they shared and back into her own garden flat in North London. After appearing on Channel 4's The Friday Night Project and describing her first real kiss with fellow Sylvia Young student James Lance, he got in touch and they shared a short romance in 2007. In November 2007, she began dating Any Dream Will Do winner, Lee Mead. Van Outen married Mead in April 2009 in the Seychelles.
She is expecting her first child with Mead, due in May 2010.