Fearne Cotton

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For her radio show, see Fearne Cotton (radio show). Fearne Cotton_sentence_0

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Fearne CottonFearne Cotton_header_cell_0_0_0
BornFearne Cotton_header_cell_0_1_0 (1981-09-03) 3 September 1981 (age 39)

Northwood, Greater London, EnglandFearne Cotton_cell_0_1_1

Other namesFearne Cotton_header_cell_0_2_0 Fearne WoodFearne Cotton_cell_0_2_1
EducationFearne Cotton_header_cell_0_3_0 Haydon SchoolFearne Cotton_cell_0_3_1
OccupationFearne Cotton_header_cell_0_4_0 Fearne Cotton_cell_0_4_1
Years activeFearne Cotton_header_cell_0_5_0 1996–presentFearne Cotton_cell_0_5_1
Spouse(s)Fearne Cotton_header_cell_0_6_0 Jesse Wood (m. 2014)Fearne Cotton_cell_0_6_1
ChildrenFearne Cotton_header_cell_0_7_0 2Fearne Cotton_cell_0_7_1
RelativesFearne Cotton_header_cell_0_8_0 Ronnie Wood (father-in-law)
Billy Cotton (great-granduncle) 
Sir Bill Cotton, CBE (second cousin, twice removed)Fearne Cotton_cell_0_8_1
WebsiteFearne Cotton_header_cell_0_9_0 Fearne Cotton_cell_0_9_1

Fearne Cotton-Wood (born 3 September 1981) is an English television and radio presenter. Fearne Cotton_sentence_1

She has presented television programmes such as Top of the Pops and the Red Nose Day telethons. Fearne Cotton_sentence_2

In 2007, she became the first regular female presenter of the Radio 1 Chart Show, which she co-hosted with Reggie Yates for two years. Fearne Cotton_sentence_3

She went on to present her own Radio 1 show, airing every weekday morning from 2009 to 2015. Fearne Cotton_sentence_4

She joined BBC Radio 2 in 2016. Fearne Cotton_sentence_5

In 2007, Cotton presented The Xtra Factor, an ITV2 spin-off from the main show. Fearne Cotton_sentence_6

She hosted the show for one year before being replaced by Holly Willoughby for the following series. Fearne Cotton_sentence_7

From 2008 to 2018, Cotton appeared as a team captain on the ITV2 comedy panel show Celebrity Juice alongside host Keith Lemon and fellow team captain Holly Willoughby. Fearne Cotton_sentence_8

She quit the series in December 2018 to pursue other projects. Fearne Cotton_sentence_9

In 2018, Cotton began presenting Happy Place, a podcast available to online streaming platforms. Fearne Cotton_sentence_10

Early life Fearne Cotton_section_0

Cotton was born in Northwood, London Borough of Hillingdon to Mick and Lyn Cotton; she has a younger brother, Jamie Cotton. Fearne Cotton_sentence_11

Her father was a signwriter for events such as Live Aid and her mother worked in alternative therapy. Fearne Cotton_sentence_12

She grew up in nearby Eastcote, and was educated at Haydon School. Fearne Cotton_sentence_13

She is a pescetarian and an animal lover. Fearne Cotton_sentence_14

She has participated in several half marathons for charity. Fearne Cotton_sentence_15

Former BBC executive Bill Cotton (1928–2008) was her paternal grandfather's cousin. Fearne Cotton_sentence_16

He was the son of the well-known entertainer and band leader Billy Cotton. Fearne Cotton_sentence_17

Cotton studied art at A level, a skill she made use of whilst presenting the series Draw Your Own Toons. Fearne Cotton_sentence_18

In August 2017, Cotton's ancestry was explored in the UK BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are? Fearne Cotton_sentence_19

The accounts of her ancestors' lives revealed some mixed fortunes, but Cotton was pleased to have discovered family history tales that she would be able to pass on to her own children. Fearne Cotton_sentence_20

The programme revealed that one of her paternal great-grandfathers, Evan Meredith, had been a Welsh coalminer who had endured prison as a conscientious objector to military service in WW1 and in later life became a respected pharmacist. Fearne Cotton_sentence_21

On her maternal line, the episode found her ancestor, William Gilmour, from Northern Ireland. Fearne Cotton_sentence_22

Television Fearne Cotton_section_1

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Cotton began her presenting career in 1996, at the age of 15, with early morning GMTV children's programme The Disney Club, after winning a competition for young talent to present the show. Fearne Cotton_sentence_23

Cotton later continued with the show and with its replacement Diggit. Fearne Cotton_sentence_24

She left in 1998, to concentrate on her other projects with CITV, including Draw Your Own Toons and Mouse, aimed at encouraging children to use computers. Fearne Cotton_sentence_25

Cotton joined CBBC in 2001 to present children's science programme Eureka TV. Fearne Cotton_sentence_26

From 2001 until 2003, she presented Finger Tips, an arts and crafts programme for children, which she co-presented with Stephen Mulhern. Fearne Cotton_sentence_27

She later co-presented on CBBC's Sunday morning show, Smile and on The Saturday Show. Fearne Cotton_sentence_28

She has also made appearances in the CBBC show Only in America, alongside her good friend and fellow presenter Reggie Yates. Fearne Cotton_sentence_29

Cotton returned to children’s television in 2015 by voicing one of the Voice Trumpets in the reboot of the classic British children’s television series Teletubbies. Fearne Cotton_sentence_30

ITV Fearne Cotton_section_3

In 2006, Cotton presented the second series of ITV's Love Island with Patrick Kielty. Fearne Cotton_sentence_31

In 2007, she took over from Ben Shephard as host of The X Factor spin-off programme, The Xtra Factor on ITV2, presenting the programme for one series before resigning to work in America; she was replaced in the following series by Holly Willoughby. Fearne Cotton_sentence_32

Starting on 5 September 2007, Cotton co-hosted with Holly Willoughby the ITV2 dating programme Holly & Fearne Go Dating, which saw the pair try to find dates for lonely singletons. Fearne Cotton_sentence_33

Beginning in 2008, Cotton appeared as a team captain on the ITV2 comedy panel show Celebrity Juice alongside host Keith Lemon and fellow team captain Holly Willoughby. Fearne Cotton_sentence_34

Cotton took a short break from the programme in 2013 whilst on maternity leave, and Kelly Brook stood in for her during the ninth series. Fearne Cotton_sentence_35

She quit the series in 2018. Fearne Cotton_sentence_36

Cotton has also presented the Isle of Wight Festival 2009 on ITV2 alongside Rufus Hound. Fearne Cotton_sentence_37

Since 2009, Cotton has hosted Fearne and... on ITV2. Fearne Cotton_sentence_38

In 2012, Cotton hosted The Nation's Favourite Number One Single, a three-part series, revealing Britain's Favourite No. Fearne Cotton_sentence_39

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Since 2016, Cotton has co-presented Fearne & Gok: Off The Rails, alongside Gok Wan for ITVBe. Fearne Cotton_sentence_41

In March 2017, Cotton guest presented five episodes of ITV Breakfast's Lorraine programme. Fearne Cotton_sentence_42

BBC Fearne Cotton_section_4

In 2003, Cotton moved over to mainstream broadcasting. Fearne Cotton_sentence_43

She along with Simon Grant (her co-presenter from The Saturday Show) presented the spin-off show Top of the Pops: Saturday (later renamed Top of the Pops: Reloaded) that year. Fearne Cotton_sentence_44

In 2004, she moved up to work alongside Reggie Yates on the main programme, Top of the Pops (the then flagship chartshow for the BBC) becoming one of the last regular presenters for that programme, which ended in July 2006. Fearne Cotton_sentence_45

Due to other commitments, she was unable to present the final show itself, appearing instead in a short film shown at the head of that show, in which she made her personal farewells. Fearne Cotton_sentence_46

Cotton and Yates presented the one-off Christmas and New Year specials in both 2008 and 2009, as well as the Comic Relief special in 2009. Fearne Cotton_sentence_47

She has hosted parts of the Red Nose Day telethon for Comic Relief (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011) presenting several strands alongside Jonathan Ross and Lenny Henry. Fearne Cotton_sentence_48

Cotton has also presented many charity telethons for both Comic Relief and Children in Need on BBC One and BBC Two. Fearne Cotton_sentence_49

In July 2005 she co-presented the BBC's coverage of Live 8 in Hyde Park. Fearne Cotton_sentence_50

During the event, British pop star and former Take That member Robbie Williams flirted with her in front of the cameras, causing much speculation in the media at the time, but which was later repudiated by the pair. Fearne Cotton_sentence_51

In 2008, she hosted a Strictly Come Dancing special as part of Children in Need. Fearne Cotton_sentence_52

In June 2012, Cotton was one of the BBC's presenters for its coverage of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Fearne Cotton_sentence_53

Following more than 4,000 complaints made about the BBC's coverage of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and in particular criticism of Cotton's role, she responded on Twitter by stating, "Grown men who slag me off in articles/online are huge bullies. Fearne Cotton_sentence_54

I love my job and wouldn't be doing it if I wasn't any good at it." Fearne Cotton_sentence_55

Cotton guest presented The One Show on BBC One for two nights in November 2013, two nights in February 2014, one night in March 2014 and one night in March 2016. Fearne Cotton_sentence_56

Other channels Fearne Cotton_section_5

She also presented the Friday night live eviction programme that year for the Channel 5 reality television series Make Me a Supermodel. Fearne Cotton_sentence_57

Cotton hosted Sky1's talent search Must Be The Music for one series in 2010. Fearne Cotton_sentence_58

USA Fearne Cotton_section_6

In 2008, Cotton moved to the USA to host The Guinness Book of Records – Live. Fearne Cotton_sentence_59

Cotton later co-hosted the NBC reality show Last Comic Standing. Fearne Cotton_sentence_60

Eurovision Song Contest Fearne Cotton_section_7

Cotton has presented parts of the BBC's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest. Fearne Cotton_sentence_61

On 20 May 2006, she read the United Kingdom's votes at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, held in Athens, Greece. Fearne Cotton_sentence_62

On 17 March 2007, she, along with Terry Wogan, hosted Making Your Mind Up 2007, the show to decide which song the UK sent to the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. Fearne Cotton_sentence_63

On the night, after the final "sing-off" between the two remaining acts, Wogan and Cotton simultaneously announced different winners. Fearne Cotton_sentence_64

Since Wogan was the more experienced presenter, it was assumed that he was right. Fearne Cotton_sentence_65

In fact, Wogan had accidentally announced the wrong artist, Cyndi, as the winner. Fearne Cotton_sentence_66

Cotton had to persist in repeating the correct name until the confusion was resolved. Fearne Cotton_sentence_67

The group Scooch was quickly proclaimed as the correct winner but came only second from bottom in the main competition, just avoiding Nil Points. Fearne Cotton_sentence_68

Cotton also presented the United Kingdom's votes at the show itself, held in Helsinki, Finland, on 12 May 2007. Fearne Cotton_sentence_69

Radio Fearne Cotton_section_8

BBC Radio 1 Fearne Cotton_section_9

In September 2005, she joined BBC Radio 1 to present the Friday early morning slot with Reggie Yates, with whom she had previously worked on CBBC, Only in America and Top of the Pops. Fearne Cotton_sentence_70

Since 14 October 2007, Cotton and Yates presented BBC Radio 1's Chart Show, taking over from JK & Joel, who had left the station. Fearne Cotton_sentence_71

Cotton then became the first ever permanent female presenter of a BBC radio chart show. Fearne Cotton_sentence_72

(Jo Whiley had preceded her as the first female presenter of The Official UK Top 40, as it was then called, but presented it only once, on 24 November 2002.) Fearne Cotton_sentence_73

On 16 July 2009, it was announced that Cotton would become the new presenter of BBC Radio 1's weekday mid-morning show, taking over from Jo Whiley (who moves to weekends). Fearne Cotton_sentence_74

Her new programme began on 21 September 2009. Fearne Cotton_sentence_75

On 27 February 2015, she announced that she was pregnant with her second child and that she would be leaving BBC Radio 1. Fearne Cotton_sentence_76

Clara Amfo replaced Cotton in on 25 May 2015, taking over the mid-morning show. Fearne Cotton_sentence_77

Cotton's final show was broadcast on 22 May 2015. Fearne Cotton_sentence_78

Coldplay recorded a song, Gone But Not F. Cotton, to mark the occasion. Fearne Cotton_sentence_79

BBC Radio 2 Fearne Cotton_section_10

Cotton joined BBC Radio 2 in July 2016 standing in for Graham Norton with former Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp on Saturday mornings (10 am –1 pm) while Norton took his annual summer break. Fearne Cotton_sentence_80

Fearne covered for Ken Bruce 24–28 October 2016, in 2017 on 13–17 February, 3–7 and 10–14 April, 11 May, 29 May – 2 June and 23–27 October, and in 2018 on 14–16 February. Fearne Cotton_sentence_81

Fearne has also covered for Chris Evans on the Breakfast Show from 9–13 April 2018. Fearne Cotton_sentence_82

In late 2018, Cotton sat in for Claudia Winkleman on Sundays. Fearne Cotton_sentence_83

In 2019, Cotton was the cover host for Zoe Ball during the holidays. Fearne Cotton_sentence_84

On 19 March 2020 Cotton launched BBC Radio 2's fourth music decades show, Sounds of the 90s. Fearne Cotton_sentence_85

Other work Fearne Cotton_section_11

In August 2017, Cotton collaborated with Mini Club, a children's clothing company that sells through Boots stores and their website, to produce her own clothing range. Fearne Cotton_sentence_86

She publicised the range across her various social media accounts, posting pictures of herself and her daughter wearing lines from the collection. Fearne Cotton_sentence_87

She also has clothing and homeware ranges with online retailer Very. Fearne Cotton_sentence_88

In 2018, Cotton began presenting Happy Place, a podcast available to streaming platforms. Fearne Cotton_sentence_89

The podcast features Cotton interviewing different celebrities. Fearne Cotton_sentence_90

Personal life Fearne Cotton_section_12

Cotton said on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross that she has eleven tattoos over her body, the most notable of which is a fern leaf, covering her right hip up to her rib cage. Fearne Cotton_sentence_91

Cotton dated skateboarder Jesse Jenkins who proposed on her 29th birthday. Fearne Cotton_sentence_92

However, the engagement was called off and the couple split nine months later. Fearne Cotton_sentence_93

Cotton starting dating Jesse Wood, the son of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. Fearne Cotton_sentence_94

On 8 August 2012, Cotton announced she was pregnant with her first child, and on 21 February 2013, she announced on Twitter that she had given birth that morning to a son, Rex Rayne Wood. Fearne Cotton_sentence_95

Wood and Cotton got married in July 2014. Fearne Cotton_sentence_96

On 27 February 2015, Cotton announced that she was expecting her second child as part of her announcement that she was leaving BBC Radio 1, to start a new chapter. Fearne Cotton_sentence_97

On 9 September 2015, she announced on Twitter that she had given birth that morning to a daughter, Honey Krissy Wood. Fearne Cotton_sentence_98

Cotton is a friend of fellow TV presenter Holly Willoughby, with whom she has co-presented several shows. Fearne Cotton_sentence_99

Cotton and Sarah Cawood acted as two of the bridesmaids at Willoughby's wedding to Dan Baldwin on 4 August 2007. Fearne Cotton_sentence_100

Cotton is a pescatarian. Fearne Cotton_sentence_101

Cotton is not vegan but in 2019 authored a vegan cookbook. Fearne Cotton_sentence_102

Charity Fearne Cotton_section_13

Cotton supports a number of charities including CoppaFeel! Fearne Cotton_sentence_103 , Post Pals, Macmillan Cancer Support, Children in Need and Red Nose Day. Fearne Cotton_sentence_104

In 2009, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, alongside Ben Shephard, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Ronan Keating, Denise Van Outen and Chris Moyles, and Girls Aloud members Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh. Fearne Cotton_sentence_105

Cotton and others collapsed from altitude sickness during the five-day climb. Fearne Cotton_sentence_106

She was in the first group (with Van Outen, Shephard and Cole) to reach the summit and helped raise £3.3m. Fearne Cotton_sentence_107

Cotton filmed a video piece for Comic Relief about malaria. Fearne Cotton_sentence_108

She visited a children's hospital in Uganda where she witnessed a young child in pain through malaria. Fearne Cotton_sentence_109

Cotton had to walk out the room and collapsed as she did so but was able to continue shortly after. Fearne Cotton_sentence_110

The child died later. Fearne Cotton_sentence_111

Cotton also recorded her voice for the BT Speaking Clock to raise funds for Comic Relief. Fearne Cotton_sentence_112

Writing Fearne Cotton_section_14

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  • The Best Friends' Guide to Life (14 October 2010) – with Holly WilloughbyFearne Cotton_item_0_0
  • Cook Happy, Cook Healthy (2 June 2016)Fearne Cotton_item_0_1
  • Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect (9 February 2017)Fearne Cotton_item_0_2
  • Yoga Babies (31 May 2017)Fearne Cotton_item_0_3
  • Cook. Eat. Love (1 June 2017)Fearne Cotton_item_0_4
  • Calm: Working through life's daily stresses to find a peaceful centre (28 December 2017)Fearne Cotton_item_0_5
  • Hungry Babies (6 September 2018)Fearne Cotton_item_0_6
  • Quiet: Silencing The brain chatter and believing you are good enough (13 December 2018)Fearne Cotton_item_0_7
  • Happy Vegan: Easy plant-based recipes to make the whole family happy (3 October 2019)Fearne Cotton_item_0_8

Filmography Fearne Cotton_section_15

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