Donna Air in 2013
2 August 1979 |
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
|Occupation||Actress, television presenter|
Donna Air (born 2 August 1979) is an English television presenter and actress.
Life and work
Air was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. As a former pupil of Gosforth High School, 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 America, Japan and South East Asia, returned to England 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.
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. She also wrote a series of funny dating blogs for eHarmony, which are to be made into a series.
On 13 January 2013, Donna was revealed as one of the celebrity contestants to compete in Olympic diver Tom Daley's new diving show Splash! She replaced Jennifer Metcalfe, after Jennifer's recent split from Dancing On Ice pro Sylvain Longchambon. Donna also revealed during the show, she was scared of heights and eventually placed 4th and eliminated.
She had 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. Air and Aspinall are no longer a couple. 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.
Her charity work is ongoing and supports Macmillan Cancer Support, Race for Life, Sport Relief, Jeans for Genes to name a few. Donna always talks about benefits of organic food, is an advocate for Bikram Yoga, and Pilates.
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. She had obtained a second parking permit for the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea whilst already having one for the borough of Westminster. She had claimed not to realise that it was against council regulations to hold permits for two London boroughs at the same time. The jury accepted her account that her home help had completed the forms on her behalf, and that Air had simply signed them being too busy to read all of the terms and conditions.
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- Donna Air splits from £40m zoo tycoon, This is London
- "UK | England | Kent | TV star's baby handed to gorillas". BBC News. 2003-11-10. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- Jones, Toni (April 5, 2013). "The Duchess of Cambridge is a real Cambridge boffin: New details of Kate's family tree reveal that she is descended from university academics". Daily Mail. Daily Mail and General Trust. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "It's official: James Middleton, brother of the more famous Kate and Pippa, is dating millionaire TV presenter Donna Air". Evening Standard.
- 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.