For her radio show, see Fearne Cotton (radio show).
|Born||(1981-09-03) 3 September 1981 (age 39)
Northwood, Greater London, England
|Other names||Fearne Wood|
|Spouse(s)||Jesse Wood (m. 2014)|
|Relatives||Ronnie Wood (father-in-law)
Billy Cotton (great-granduncle) Sir Bill Cotton, CBE (second cousin, twice removed)
Fearne Cotton-Wood (born 3 September 1981) is an English television and radio presenter.
She went on to present her own Radio 1 show, airing every weekday morning from 2009 to 2015.
She joined BBC Radio 2 in 2016.
She hosted the show for one year before being replaced by Holly Willoughby for the following series.
She quit the series in December 2018 to pursue other projects.
In 2018, Cotton began presenting Happy Place, a podcast available to online streaming platforms.
She is a pescetarian and an animal lover.
She has participated in several half marathons for charity.
Former BBC executive Bill Cotton (1928–2008) was her paternal grandfather's cousin.
He was the son of the well-known entertainer and band leader Billy Cotton.
Cotton studied art at A level, a skill she made use of whilst presenting the series Draw Your Own Toons.
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.
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.
On her maternal line, the episode found her ancestor, William Gilmour, from Northern Ireland.
Cotton later continued with the show and with its replacement Diggit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She quit the series in 2018.
Since 2009, Cotton has hosted Fearne and... on ITV2.
In 2012, Cotton hosted The Nation's Favourite Number One Single, a three-part series, revealing Britain's Favourite No.
In 2003, Cotton moved over to mainstream broadcasting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2008, she hosted a Strictly Come Dancing special as part of Children in Need.
In June 2012, Cotton was one of the BBC's presenters for its coverage of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
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.
I love my job and wouldn't be doing it if I wasn't any good at it."
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.
In 2008, Cotton moved to the USA to host The Guinness Book of Records – Live.
Eurovision Song Contest
Cotton has presented parts of the BBC's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest.
On the night, after the final "sing-off" between the two remaining acts, Wogan and Cotton simultaneously announced different winners.
Since Wogan was the more experienced presenter, it was assumed that he was right.
In fact, Wogan had accidentally announced the wrong artist, Cyndi, as the winner.
Cotton had to persist in repeating the correct name until the confusion was resolved.
Cotton also presented the United Kingdom's votes at the show itself, held in Helsinki, Finland, on 12 May 2007.
BBC Radio 1
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.
Cotton then became the first ever permanent female presenter of a BBC radio chart show.
(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.)
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).
Her new programme began on 21 September 2009.
On 27 February 2015, she announced that she was pregnant with her second child and that she would be leaving BBC Radio 1.
Clara Amfo replaced Cotton in on 25 May 2015, taking over the mid-morning show.
Cotton's final show was broadcast on 22 May 2015.
Coldplay recorded a song, Gone But Not F. Cotton, to mark the occasion.
BBC Radio 2
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 has also covered for Chris Evans on the Breakfast Show from 9–13 April 2018.
In late 2018, Cotton sat in for Claudia Winkleman on Sundays.
In 2019, Cotton was the cover host for Zoe Ball during the holidays.
On 19 March 2020 Cotton launched BBC Radio 2's fourth music decades show, Sounds of the 90s.
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.
She publicised the range across her various social media accounts, posting pictures of herself and her daughter wearing lines from the collection.
She also has clothing and homeware ranges with online retailer Very.
The podcast features Cotton interviewing different celebrities.
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.
Cotton dated skateboarder Jesse Jenkins who proposed on her 29th birthday.
However, the engagement was called off and the couple split nine months later.
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.
Wood and Cotton got married in July 2014.
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.
On 9 September 2015, she announced on Twitter that she had given birth that morning to a daughter, Honey Krissy Wood.
Cotton is a friend of fellow TV presenter Holly Willoughby, with whom she has co-presented several shows.
Cotton and Sarah Cawood acted as two of the bridesmaids at Willoughby's wedding to Dan Baldwin on 4 August 2007.
Cotton is a pescatarian.
Cotton is not vegan but in 2019 authored a vegan cookbook.
Cotton and others collapsed from altitude sickness during the five-day climb.
She was in the first group (with Van Outen, Shephard and Cole) to reach the summit and helped raise £3.3m.
Cotton filmed a video piece for Comic Relief about malaria.
She visited a children's hospital in Uganda where she witnessed a young child in pain through malaria.
Cotton had to walk out the room and collapsed as she did so but was able to continue shortly after.
The child died later.
- The Best Friends' Guide to Life (14 October 2010) – with Holly Willoughby
- Cook Happy, Cook Healthy (2 June 2016)
- Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect (9 February 2017)
- Yoga Babies (31 May 2017)
- Cook. Eat. Love (1 June 2017)
- Calm: Working through life's daily stresses to find a peaceful centre (28 December 2017)
- Hungry Babies (6 September 2018)
- Quiet: Silencing The brain chatter and believing you are good enough (13 December 2018)
- Happy Vegan: Easy plant-based recipes to make the whole family happy (3 October 2019)
- Diggit (1998–2001) – Presenter
- Pump It Up (2000) – Co-presenter, with Andy Collins
- Petswap (2001) – Presenter
- Finger Tips (2001–03) – Co-presenter, with Stephen Mulhern
- The Saturday Show (2002–03) – Presenter
- Smile (2002–04) – Presenter
- Serious... (2002) – Presenter
- Top of the Pops Reloaded (2003–05) – Presenter
- Top of the Pops (2004–present) – Co-presenter, with Reggie Yates
- Live 8 (2005) – Co-presenter, with Jonathan Ross, Jo Whiley and Graham Norton
- Only in America (2005) – Presenter, with Reggie Yates
- Children in Need (2005–15) – Co-presenter
- Love Island (2006) – Presenter
- Make Me a Supermodel (2006) – Presenter
- Eurovision Song Contest (2006–07)
- Brit Awards (2007, 2009–10)
- Oscars (2007)
- Making Your Mind Up (2007)
- Concert for Diana (2007)
- Comic Relief (2007, 2009, 2011) – Co-presenter
- Last Comic Standing (2008)
- Nelson Mandela: Happy 90th Birthday (2008)
- The Xtra Factor (2007) – Presenter
- Holly & Fearne Go Dating (2007)
- Guilty Pleasures (2008)
- Everybody Dance Now! (2008)
- Celebrity Juice (2008–2018) – Team Captain
- Guinness World Records Smashed (2008) – Presenter
- 2009 Golden Globes (2009)
- Baftas 2009 (2009)
- Oscars 2009: Live from the Red Carpet (2009)
- The Truth about Online Anorexia (2009)
- Isle of Wight Festival (2009, 2010)
- iTunes Live Festival (2009–10)
- Fearne and.... (2009–10) – Presenter
- Children in Need Rocks (2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018—present) – Co-presenter
- Must Be The Music (2010) – Presenter
- 2011 Brit Awards Nominations (2011) – Presenter
- BBC Royal Wedding Coverage (2011) – Reporter
- The Nation's Favourite Number One Single (2012) – Presenter
- BBC Thames Jubilee Pageant Coverage (2012) – Reporter
- The One Show (2013, 2014, 2016) – Guest presenter
- Baftas 2014: Live from the Red Carpet (2014)
- BBC Music Awards (2014–16) – Co-presenter
- Teletubbies (2015–present) – Voice of the Voice Trumpets
- Fearne & Gok: Off The Rails (2016) – Co-presenter
- Lorraine (2017) – Guest presenter
- Sam Smith at the BBC (2017) – Presenter
- Interior Design Masters (2019) – Presenter
- A Night in Paris (2003)
- Backseat Bangers (2004)
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2003, 2004, 2005, 2009)
- Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow (2006)
- Through the Keyhole (2014, 2017)
- 2017 Brit Awards (2017)
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