35 Facts About Vernon Kay


Vernon Charles Kay was born on 28 April 1974 and is an English television and radio presenter, and former model.

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In 2020, Vernon Kay appeared on the twentieth series of I'm a Celebrity.

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Vernon Kay was brought up in Bolton, Greater Manchester, the elder son of Norman, a lorry driver, and Gladys; he has a younger brother, Stephen, a primary school teacher.

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Vernon Kay attended St Joseph's RC High School in Horwich, near Bolton.

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Vernon Kay then graduated in environmental science at Manchester Polytechnic.

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Vernon Kay was immediately successful thanks to his unusual looks and would go on to model for several years.

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Vernon Kay was able to use his success in modelling to launch a television career with co-hosting roles on teen-targeted entertainment shows T4 on Channel 4 and The Mag on Channel 5.

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The following year Vernon Kay hosted the third series of Celebrities Under Pressure on ITV.

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From 2006, Vernon Kay presented primetime game show All Star Family Fortunes.

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From 2008 until 2009, Vernon Kay presented two series of Beat the Star, a programme for ITV.

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On 17 April 2010, Vernon Kay began co-presenting a game show for ITV called The Whole 19 Yards with Caroline Flack which lasted for eight episodes and was made at Pinewood Studios.

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In 2010, Vernon Kay was the co-host of Skating with the Stars, a six-part series which was broadcast in the United States.

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In 2011, Vernon Kay was originally going to present ITV game show Sing If You Can with Stacey Solomon but, after filming the pilot episode, he felt that it would be better hosted by a comedian and was replaced by Keith Lemon.

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In December 2011, Vernon Kay presented the Christmas Channel 4 show Home For the Holidays.

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In 2013, after Channel 4 regained the NFL rights from the BBC, Vernon Kay was announced as a presenter of The American Football Show, airing on Saturday mornings.

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In 2015, Vernon Kay began presenting daytime quiz show, 1000 Heartbeats for ITV.

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In 2016, Vernon Kay presented Drive, a five-part entertainment show for ITV.

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Vernon Kay made regular appearances in the second series of The Keith Lemon Sketch Show on ITV2.

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In July 2017, Vernon Kay co-presented The Hero Challenge with Kirsty Gallacher on Sky Sports.

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Vernon Kay hosted the non-broadcast pilot for a revival of Play Your Cards Right, a game show formerly hosted by Bruce Forsyth, but was not commissioned for a series.

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In November 2020, it was announced that Vernon Kay would be taking part in the twentieth series of I'm a Celebrity.

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Vernon Kay reached the final and finished in third place on 4 December 2020.

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In March 2022, Vernon Kay was a last-minute replacement for Joel Dommett as co-host of Red Nose Day's The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon.

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In January 2004, Vernon Kay joined BBC Radio 1 and presented an entertainment show every Sunday.

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On 11 February 2009, it was announced that Vernon Kay would fill in for Chris Moyles while he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, an act he repeated on 13 July 2009 when Moyles took a day off.

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From 30 November 2009 Vernon Kay, again, covered for Chris Moyles on breakfast for a whole week as Moyles, Aled Haydn Jones and Fearne Cotton were away in Uganda handing out malaria nets and seeing how the money raised from the Mount Kilimanjaro climb for Comic Relief was being spent.

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On 9 November 2012, it was announced that Vernon Kay would leave BBC Radio 1 to spend more time with his family.

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In September 2015, Vernon Kay began presenting the weekday morning show from 10am to 1pm.

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Vernon Kay returned to BBC Radio after 9 years away, to cover for Rylan Clark on his BBC Radio 2 show Rylan On Saturday on 6 and 13 February 2021 and again on the 12 and 26 June as well as 3 July.

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Vernon Kay was scheduled to fill in for Wright again from 26 August to 1 September 2021 but only presented on the 26 and 27 August before he began isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by Gethin Jones.

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Vernon Kay has made a number of cameos, showing up in Shaun of the Dead and Keith Lemon: The Film.

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Vernon Kay made an uncredited appearance as a feasting hall guest in Hercules.

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On 12 September 2003, Vernon Kay married Tess Daly at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Horwich, in Bolton.

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Vernon Kay received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton on 9 July 2009 for services to entertainment.

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Vernon Kay is a passionate supporter of Bolton Wanderers FC He is a fan of American football, joining the Manchester Allstars at the age of 13 and reuniting the team in 2011 for a one-off match against the Birmingham Lions.

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