Zoe Ball Bio, Age, Height, BBC Radio, Breakfast Show, Net Worth, Parents, and Husband

Zoe Ball Bio, Wiki

Zoe Ball born Zoe Louise Ball is a British presenter and broadcaster and the first female host of breakfast show on BBC Radio 1 and 2. She presented the children’s show Live & Kicking with Jamie Theakston from 1996 to 1999.

Zoe Ball Age

Ball was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England on November 23rd, 1970. She is 53 years old as of 2024 and she celebrates her birthday on 23rd November every year.

Zoe Ball Height/Measurements

Ball stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 10 inches.

Zoe Ball Education

Ball attended Heston Junior School which is located in the district of Hounslow from 1975 to 1978. After her family relocated to Farnham Common in Buckinghamshire, she went to Farnham Common First School then Farnham Common Middle School. She later attended Holy Cross Convent School located in Chalfont St Peter. Ball also attended Amersham College of Art and Technology to pursue radio and journalism.

Zoe Ball
Zoe Ball

Zoe Ball Career

Ball started her television career at Granada Television as a runner and a researcher for Cool Cube, a children’s Saturday afternoon magazine show from 1990 to 1994. The show was lensed at Granada’s studio in Manchester which was produced by Clear Idea Television. She later worked as a researcher for quiz shows for 2 years. Ball presented SMart in 1994 with Jay Burridge and Mark Speight for two years. In 1995, she was the host of the first season of Fully Booked. She was a regular presenter from 1996 to 1998 on Top of the Pops where she alternated with DJs Jo Whiley and Jayne Middlemiss, and fellow presenters. She co-hosted with Jamie Theakston from 1999 to 2001 on The Priory, the Wednesday night chat/music show commissioned by Ginger Productions company which then belonged to Chris Evans.

Ball’s presenting jobs also include hosting The Priory and The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 and the pre-school program Playdays. She was the co-host of the 2002 Brit Awards alongside Frank Skinner and in 2005, she was the co-host of Strictly Dance Fever, a BBC reality show. Ball was the co-host of the ITV program Extinct in 2006 alongside Trevor McDonald. She presented the second season of Grease Is the Word, an ITV’s Soapstar Superstar series in March 2007. She took over from Ben Shephard and Fern Britton who were the hosts of the first season. Ball also presented Britain’s Best Brain, a Channel 5’s quiz series in 2009 alongside Jamie Theakston. Additionally, she has guest presented a number of episodes of The One Show standing in for Alex Jones.

On August 4th, 2013, while hosting a special called Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, Ball revealed Peter Capaldi as the next Twelfth Doctor and she also hosted his 1st interview in the same capacity. She co-hosted the BBC One Children in Need telethon in November 2013 alongside Sir Terry Wogan, Nick Grimshaw, Fearne Cotton, and Tess Daly. In 2014, she presented The Voice: Louder on Two, a BBC Two spin-off from The Voice UK. The show aired for 1 season of 10 episodes. Ball was the host of the spin-off show during the EastEnders live week called EastEnders: Backstage Live in 2015. She co-presented the BBC 2 competition called BBC Young Dancers alongside Darcey Bussell in 2015.

Ball narrated 2 ITV Specials, The Nation’s Favourite ’80s Number One and The Nation’s Favourite ’70s Number One and also Don’t Tell the Bride, a BBC One series. In 2016, she co-presented a Saturday night game show called Can’t Touch This, for BBC One with Ashley Banjo. Additionally, she narrated The Nation’s Favorite Carpenters Song. In 2016, Ball guest-presented an episode in Film 2016. The following year, she co-presented The Big Family Cooking Showdown alongside Nadiya Hussain on BBC Two. She has appeared alongside Woody Fred Cook, her son on Celebrity Gogglebox since 2020.

In the year 2021, she appeared on The Masked Dancer, where she was masked as Llama and was the sixth celebrity to be unmasked. Ball appeared as herself in the first episode of Queen of Oz, a BBC One comedy on 16th June 2023. She is heard and seen on her radio program where she questions the outrageous antics of spoiled spare to Princess Georgiana, the British crown portrayed by Catherine Tate. Ball appeared as herself in 2024 in the episode Taskmaster of the New Year’s Treat.

In October 2005, she was a contestant on season three of Strictly Come Dancing, a BBC One talent show where she was partners with Ian White. Ian and Ball were ranked in 3rd place and they also scored 38/40 for 3 dances in the series and 1 in the Christmas special. She took over from Claudia Winkleman in 2011 as the host of It Takes Two, a sister show of Strictly Come Dancing which aired on BBC Two during weeknights. Ball co-hosted the main show in 2014, when Winkleman was on leave following her daughter’s serious burn injuries. On May 17th, 2021, she announced that she was leaving her role as presenter.

Although Ball is primarily known for her television work, she initially worked in radio, after she co-hosted Radio 1 Breakfast show on BBC Radio 1 alongside Kevin Greening in October 1997. She became the 1st sole host and female DJ to do so. Currently, her hard-partying and hard-drinking lifestyle led to the identification of ladette culture of the late 1990s. BBC warned her twice, for swearing on the Radio. Ball departed from BBC Radio 1 in March 2000 so she could start a family and start a new life. Her last show was on March 10th, 2000 and she was succeeded by Sara Cox. She came back to radio in 2002 when she started working at the London radio station, Xfm. Ball presented the weekday show until December 2003. She took over a Friday evening music show in January 2004 for the same station. She also took Ricky Gervais’ place as he was filming the second season of The Office. Ball left the station at the end of the year 2004. She returned to BBC Radio in September 2007, and co-hosted a show alongside Sara Cox celebrating  BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2’s 40 years.

Zoe Ball Net Worth

Throughout her career as a presenter and broadcaster, Ball has been able to accumulate an estimated net worth of around $5 Million.

Zoe Ball Parents and Siblings

Ball was born in Blackpool, Lancashire to her parents, Johnny Ball and Julia Anderson, and raised in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire. Her father is television presenter, and the couple divorced when Ball was two years old. She was brought up by her dad alongside her brother, Jamie Clark.

Zoe Ball Husband

Ball started dating DJ and musician Norman Cook while working at BBC Radio 1. The two tied the knot in August 1999 at Babington House in Somerset. However, in 2003, the couple separated after Ball confessed that she had an affair, but they later reconciled. They were blessed with a son named Woody Fred Cook who was born in 2000 and a daughter named Nelly born in 2012. The couple later announced on September 24, 2016, that they had separated after being together for 18 years, and then divorced in 2020. Ball met her long-term partner Michael Reed who is a carpenter and a fashion model, through a mutual friend in 2017. However, the two separated in March 2023.

Zoe Ball Twitter and Instagram

She is vocal on her social media accounts where she posts frequently. On her Twitter account, she has about 402.9K followers and about 692K followers on her Instagram account.