Vanessa Feltz is an English television personality, broadcaster and columnist. She currently presents an early morning radio show on BBC Radio 2 and a mid morning phone-in show on BBC London 94.9.
After graduating from Cambridge University with a First Class Honours degree, Feltz moved from temping work to writing for The Jewish Chronicle then the Daily Mirror. She replaced Paula Yates on Channel 4 morning TV show The Big Breakfast, presenting a regular item where she interviewed celebrities. She also presented a show called Value for Money.
She presented the ITV daytime television chat show Vanessa, made by independent TV company Anglia Television. She moved to the BBC to host a similar show, The Vanessa Show, in 1998 in a reported £2.7 million deal.
Vanessa Feltz was a contestant on the first British version of Celebrity Big Brother in 2001. She has appeared on its spin-off shows Big Brother’s Big Mouth and Big Brother’s Little Brother on numerous occasions.
Feltz has been a regular guest on The Wright Stuff. From late 2002 she has presented phone-in shows on BBC London 94.9. After presenting a Saturday afternoon phone-in show, she moved to a weekday afternoon slot until late 2005. She then replaced Jon Gaunt on the morning show, 9am to noon. The show is a phone-in on current topics, with occasional studio guests. She also presented a Saturday morning show until January 2011 with more emphasis on interviews, and some music. She also writes a weekly column on her views on topical subjects, published in the Daily Express newspaper.
In 2006 Feltz met her current partner & fiance, singer Ben Ofoedu. They became engaged in December 2006 and Feltz & Ofoedu have taken part in a number of television programmes as a couple: in April 2007 they participated in an episode of Channel 4’s Celebrity Wife Swap, in which she moved in with magician Paul Daniels for one week, while his wife Debbie McGee moved in with Ofoedu. On 22 September 2007, Feltz and Ofoedu won £150,000 for a cancer charity on the celebrity version of ITV’s Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. In 2008 Feltz won £10,000 for Cancer Care as a victorious member of Anton Du Beke’s team on BBC One gameshow Hole in the Wall.
On 11 May 2009, Feltz was named Speech Radio Personality of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. Vanessa has also appeared on three different episode of The Weakest Link. On two episodes, she made it to the final round. The third episode she appeared on was the Special 1,000 Celebratory episode to celebrate 1,000 episodes of Weakest Link made.
Feltz returned to the Big Brother house on 3 September 2010 during Ultimate Big Brother, the last series to be broadcast on Channel 4.
Feltz took on a greater workload of radio and TV presenting in January. She took over the BBC Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show in January starting at 05:00 until 06:30 each weekday in the slot formerly occupied by Sarah Kennedy. She also continued her morning phone-in programme on BBC London 94.9, now at 07:00 until 10:00 each weekday.