Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley

Deeley in October 2011
Born Catherine Elizabeth Deeley
(1976-10-23) 23 October 1976
West Bromwich, West Midlands, England
Occupation Actress, model, TV presenter, singer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Patrick Kielty (m. 2012)
Children 1

Catherine Elizabeth "Cat" Deeley (born 23 October 1976) is an English television presenter, actress, singer and model, based in the UK and the United States. From 1998 to 2002 she hosted the children's programme SMTV Live and its spin-off chart show CD:UK. In 2001 she won a children's BAFTA. She has also hosted Fame Academy on the BBC, and the 2004 Brit Awards. Cat became the presenter of Stars In Their Eyes from 2003 to 2006, taking over from Matthew Kelly. Since 2006, Deeley has been the host of So You Think You Can Dance in the US, for which she has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.[1]

Since 2003, Deeley has been a patron of London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children. In December 2009, she was made a UNICEF UK ambassador. She is married to Northern Irish comedian and television personality Patrick Kielty.

Early life

Deeley was born at Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, England and grew up in Sutton Coldfield and Great Barr.[2][3] She attended Grove Vale Junior School followed by Dartmouth High School in Great Barr, where she played the clarinet in the Sandwell Youth Concert Band.[4] She then joined the sixth form at Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield.[5]

At age 14, Deeley entered a regional edition of a BBC competition for The Clothes Show, in which she reached the national finals.[5] Spotted by an agent for Storm modeling agency at age 16,[2] she was quickly signed as a model under her nickname of Cat to make it easier for clients to re-book her.[6]


Deeley became a full-time fashion model. She left full-time modelling in 1997, following changes in her contract with Storm. She moved on to co-present the MTV chart show, Hitlist UK, with close friend Edith Bowman. From 1998 until 2002, she was co-host with Ant & Dec on the Saturday morning children's programme SMTV Live and hosted its spin-off programmes CD:UK (1998–2005) and CD:UK Hotshots. On SM:TV Live she often acted as an apparently slightly unwilling assistant whenever the show featured a guest appearance by a magician, participating in a number of different illusions including being sawed in half in a version of the illusion called Clearly Impossible.

In 2001, she won a Children's BAFTA award and appeared in an episode of the BBC's Happiness. In 2002, Deeley appeared in a television advert for Marks and Spencer. Other programmes she hosted include The Record of the Year, Fame Academy, The 2004 Brit Awards and Stars in Their Eyes, as well as a weekly broadcast on London's Capital FM and BBC Choice series Roadtripping, both with former MTV colleague Edith Bowman. In 2005 she played herself in an episode of Little Britain and provided the voice of "Loretta Geargrinder" in the UK version of the film Robots, replacing Natasha Lyonne.

In 2006, she began hosting the second season of American reality show So You Think You Can Dance, replacing Lauren Sánchez, who was pregnant. Deeley interviewed Kylie Minogue for a television special which was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sky One on 16 July 2006, in Australia on Channel Nine on 17 July 2006 and BBC America on 9 September 2006.[7][8][9] Deeley was a guest reporter on NBC's The Tonight Show. She presented Fox's New Year's Eve special from Times Square in 2006 and 2007.[10]

On 1 July 2007, Deeley was one of many speakers at the Concert for Diana, a tribute concert to the late Princess Diana, with proceeds from the concert going to Diana's charities, as well as to charities of which her sons Prince William and Harry are patrons.[11] The event, watched by an estimated 500 million people, was at the new Wembley Stadium. In September 2007, Deeley presented Soundtrack to My Life, a music series produced by Hamma & Glamma Productions for ITV London that looks at the work and influences of an eclectic band of musicians. In January 2006, a new season of So You Think You Can Dance started its auditions, with Deeley in the role of host. She has been the host of the show ever since. In 2011, Deeley was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Programme.[12]

Other projects of Deeley's include presenting the third season of Soundtrack to My Life, playing herself as host of Peter Kay's Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, guest hosting the United States syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (for Meredith Vieira), and appearing on BBC America's broadcast of Gordon Ramsay's F Word. In 2009, Deeley added hosting duties for the television version of the electronic game 20Q for GSN. In January and February 2010, Deeley hosted So You Think You Can Dance in the UK. Also, in February 2010, Cat filled in for a holidaying Meredith Vieira as host on the morning TV show Today. On 31 March 2010, Deeley filled in for Kelly Ripa on the morning talk show Live with Regis and Kelly.

On 9 January 2011, Deeley made a small guest appearance in the Disney Channel sitcom, Shake It Up where she portrayed a vice principal who is, in secret, a dancer or a host.

In April 2011, Deeley appeared on CNN's Icon[13] and spoke to Nancy Cartwright. Together they did The Bartman.[14] In the same month, she also co-hosted the CNN coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.[15][16]

In June 2011, Deeley launched her own "behind-the-scenes" web series, produced by Deeley, Yahoo! and Collective Digital Studio.[17][18][19] A 20-episode twice-weekly short form series entitled "In the Dressing Room", the show follows Cat as she shares her inspiration for her "look" and gets ready before she goes live on So You Think You Can Dance. The show is promoted on OMG! and throughout the Yahoo! network.

On 18 August 2011, she appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly, as a fill-in for Kelly.

Deeley also appeared as a guest star in the 6th episode of Life's Too Short, playing herself. She also appeared in the second episode of House of Lies as herself on 15 January 2012. On 26 January 2012 she co-hosted Live! with Kelly with Kelly Ripa. On 14 March 2012 she appeared as a guest judge on Tyra Banks' show America's Next Top Model (Cycle 18).

She hosted Fox's celebrity dating game show The Choice, which premiered on 7 June 2012 in the United States.[20]

In 2012, Cat presented the launch show for ITV's Soccer Aid appeal on the Friday before the Soccer Aid match. In June 2014, she once again presented the launch show for Soccer Aid that year.[21]

Beginning in 2014, Deeley starred as Camomile White in Deadbeat, an original comedy series produced and featured exclusively by Hulu. She was cast as a supernatural medium and rival to the show's main character, Kevin Pacalioglu, played by Tyler Labine, who sees and interacts with dead people.[22]

In March 2015, Deeley guest starred as herself on The Simpsons. Her appearance was in the season 26 episode, "Waiting for Duffman."[23]

Charity work

Since 2003, Deeley has been a patron of London's Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is also an active supporter of UNICEF. In 2007, she took part in a UNICEF benefit show in Los Angeles during which magician David Copperfield sawed her in half using his antique Buzz Saw illusion. In 2008, she visited a number of UNICEF projects in the Philippines, including their Soccer Aid 2 project in Manila. In December 2009, she was made a UNICEF UK ambassador.[24]

Personal life

Deeley describes her religious affiliation as Anglican, although she was not christened.[25]

Between 2001 and 2006, Deeley dated businessman Mark Whelan.[26][27][28] She had a two-year relationship with Jack Huston.[28] In 2011, she had a brief relationship with True Blood actor Michael McMillian, which ended after four months.[26][28]

In early 2012, Patrick Kielty revealed that he and Deeley were in a relationship.[28][29] They were married 30 September 2012 in Rome.[30] On 4 September 2015, the couple revealed they were expecting their first child. On 19 January 2016, they announced the birth of their son, Milo (a reference to An American in Paris).[31]


  1. "Emmys: Cat Deeley is having an 'absolutely amazing' time". 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  2. 1 2 Lina Das (10 November 2008). "Cool for Cat: Ms. Deeley gets the cream". Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  3. Roz Laws (7 February 2010). "7 things you never knew about Cat Deeley". birminghammail.
  4. Jenn Selby (14 July 2011). "Glamour Inquisitor: Cat Deeley". Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  5. 1 2 Kat Keogh (21 February 2012). "Birmingham's Cat Deeley may have found her Prince Charming in Patrick Kielty". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  6. "Cat Deeley". Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  7. "Sky to show first Kylie interview". BBC News. 19 June 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  8. Statham, Larine. "Breaking News | Latest news from The Australian | The Australian". Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  9. "BBC America". BBC America. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  10. "Cat Deeley Does New Year's"
  11. "What is the Concert for Diana?". BBC. 13 August 2015.
  12. Beard, Lanford (14 July 2011). "Emmy nominations 2011: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones' score drama series nods". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  13. "Icon: Style, design, culture and visual arts on CNN". 2 June 2011.
  14. "Cat Deeley – So you think you can rap". YouTube. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  15. Cat Deeley on presenting the royal wedding for CNN. Newsbeat. BBC Radio 1. 18 April 2011. Archived from the original (Flash Video) on 23 April 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  16. "Welcome back Cat! Miss Deeley leads the British television personalities taking part in US Royal Wedding coverage". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  17. "Cat Deeley to Appear in Yahoo! Reality Series (Exclusive); The Hollywood Reporter". 22 June 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  18. "Global Fashion Icon Cat Deeley Goes Behind the Scenes With Original Web Series on Yahoo!". 29 July 2011.
  19. "In The Dressing Room with Cat Deeley". Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  20. Goodacre, Kate (3 May 2012). "Cat Deeley to host new Fox celebrity dating show 'The Choice'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  21. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (6 June 2014). "Soccer Aid 2014: The Countdown Episode 1 | presscentre". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  23. "Cat Deeley makes guest appearance on The Simpsons starring as herself". 16 March 2015.
  24. "People – National". UNICEF. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  25. Craig Ferguson Show, 10 May 2013
  26. 1 2 "Cat Deeley splits from actor boyfriend". Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  27. Cat Deeley US Magazine. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  28. 1 2 3 4 It's getting serious... Cat Deeley and comedian Patrick Kielty buy furniture together The Mirror, 12 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  29. Sarah Bull (21 February 2012). "'She's a special lady in my life': Patrick Kielty confirms his relationship with Cat Deeley". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  30. "Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley in Rome wedding". 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  31. "Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley announce birth of baby boy". Belfast Telegraph. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
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