Donna Air

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Donna Air
Donna Air, London, 2013 (crop).jpg
Donna Air in 2013
Born (1979-08-02) 2 August 1979 (age 35)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress, television presenter

Donna Air (born 2 August 1979) is a British television presenter and actress.

Life and work[edit]

Air was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. As a former pupil of Gosforth High School,[1] Donna attended the Drama School at First Act in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, where she was a pupil alongside Jill Halfpenny and Anthony McPartlin.

Donna started her career age 10 on the hit BBC series CBBC Byker Grove, just over 20 years ago. She then became part of pop duo Crush touring the United States, Japan and South East Asia, returned to the United Kingdom after signing to MTV hosting daily live show - MTV Select, and later became a presenter of several shows, including, The Big Breakfast for Channel 4, TFI Friday with Huey Morgan (from Fun Lovin' Criminals), Popstars: The Rivals Extra for ITV (the show that created Girls Aloud), to name a few. She has also acted in many television dramas, most recently Hollyoaks and Hotel Babylon, BBC TV comedy Operation Good Guys, Catherine Cookson's six parter A Dinner of Herbs, and Lynda La Plante's Supply and Demand. Air appeared in the films Still Crazy (1998), The Mummy Returns, and Bad Day amongst others.

Air presented on Five's early evening, magazine programme Live from Studio Five, alongside regular presenter of the programme, Kate Walsh. Air is also is a brand ambassador for Health Lottery, Burberry, Next, Westfield, Olay, Cadbury's and Triumph[citation needed].

Donna has worked with the Soil Association, promoting organic milk, launching the Nursery Food report at Downing Street, and edited the Grown in Britain cookbook[citation needed].

In January 2013, Air came 4th in the ITV programme Splash! She replaced Jennifer Metcalfe, after Jennifer's recent split from Dancing On Ice pro Sylvain Longchambon.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Air was in a long-term relationship with Damian Aspinall, step-grandson of Sir George Osborne and owner of Aspers, an entertainment company, until July 2007. Their daughter Freya Air Aspinall was born in Westminster, London in September 2003.[3] Air and Aspinall are no longer a couple.[4] Prior to their breakup the couple caused a stir by announcing their intention to place their baby daughter in the care of a gorilla in a ritual Aspinall's older children had already taken part in.[5]

Air supports the Macmillan Cancer Support, Race for Life, Sport Relief and Jeans for Genes charities[citation needed].

In March 2012, Air was acquitted of a charge of obtaining a parking permit by false representation; the case was heard at Isleworth Crown Court.[6]


  1. ^ Geordie girl stars, and Sacred Heart Catholic High School for girls. Chronicle Live, dated June 7, 2005
  2. ^ "donna-air-replaces-jennifer-metcalfe-in-splash-heat-three-line-up". Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Births England and Wales 1984-2006". Findmypast. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  4. ^ Donna Air splits from £40m zoo tycoon, This is London
  5. ^ "UK | England | Kent | TV star's baby handed to gorillas". BBC News. 2003-11-10. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  6. ^ Eleanor Harding (March 29, 2012). "Donna Air cleared of parking permit fraud after she told jurors she was too busy to read terms and conditions". Daily Mail Online. 

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