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15 April 1971 |
Poole, Dorset, England
|Known for||Blue Peter|
Andrew Frampton (m. 1999–2001)
Katy Hill (born 15 April 1971) is an English television presenter who has worked in TV and radio in the UK since 1995.
Born in Poole, Dorset, her father, Chris Hill, was the local vicar. Hill has two siblings, an elder brother Simon and a younger sister Naomi. She gained 9 'O' levels and 4 'A' Levels at St. Edward's Church of England School in Romford, London and worked in a record shop before she started presenting. Hill worked for free at the local radio station BBC Essex, to gain the experience required to become a presenter.
Hill began her media career with voluntary work in Essex at EastWard Hospital Television, and presented Katy's Capers on BBC Essex, before transferring to Nickelodeon. While working for BBC channel controllers and the Head of Children's Television, as a secretary she bombarded the editor of Blue Peter with showreels, which resulted in an audition.
On 23 June 1995, Hill joined the CBBC TV programme Blue Peter and left on 19 June 2000. Her assignments included living in Mongolia with a family for a week, training with the England football squad for a World Cup special, joining the Cirque du Soleil and, of course, making things from yoghurt pots and sticky-backed plastic. She won the 2000 Children's BAFTA Award for Best Presenter, for her time on Blue Peter. She returned to Blue Peter for one episode on 30 March 2010 for the final programme to feature the dog Mabel.
As a result of her work on Blue Peter, Hill also presented Live & Kicking, Top of the Pops, Football Fever (she supports Newcastle United) and The Millennium Quiz Show with Michael Parkinson. She also presented the BBC's Holiday and went on to present the weekend breakfast show on 95.8 Capital FM. Hill has written for numerous magazines including a regular column for Cosmopolitan Hair & Beauty, Hello! and Closer. In both 2000 and 2001, she presented the final of Song for Europe, the competition to select the United Kingdom's entry for the annual Eurovision Song Contest.
In 2004, she appeared on the Channel 4 reality TV show, The Games, in which she came overall second in the female contenders, winning 5 out of the 7 required disciplines. After Neil Fox quit as the long-running host of the networked Hit40UK (also in 2004), Hill - previously one of his stand-ins - was recruited, initially to co-host with Simon Hirst aka "Hirsty", each Sunday, from the studios of Capital Radio in London. Hill chose to leave after a year due to other commitments, and Hirsty eventually went on to host the programme alone. She co-presented the concert held in Trafalgar Square where the host of the 2012 Olympics was announced, for which London was a candidate. When London was announced as the victor, Hill was seen cheering and shouting with joy with Olympian Kelly Holmes. She is the face of Arm & Hammer and has already done three campaigns for the company.
In May 2010, Hill joined women's lifestyle website iVillage.co.uk as a weekly blogger. Her blog, ""Here Are Two We Made Earlier"", explored her day to day experiences of motherhood from a 'refreshingly honest' angle. Katy now hosts her own lifestyle and parenting blog at www.katyhill.com
Hill married childhood sweetheart and record producer Andrew Frampton in 1999. The marriage lasted two years before they divorced. Hill then began dating fellow Live & Kicking TV presenter Trey Farley. Hill became engaged to Farley after he proposed to her whilst on holiday in Venice, and the couple married in Tuscany on 4 July 2004. The couple lived in Los Angeles, and have a daughter called Kaya Sky, born on 17 July 2006. They have a son, Akira, and currently live in Oxfordshire.
- BBC Cult: I love Blue Peter http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/bluepeter/presenters/hill.shtml
- Katy Hill - A Glittering CV
- iVillage Blogs - Katy Hill
- the mighty crumb
- [GMTV Interview 31 July 2008]
- Edd Parsons - Biography
- Katy Hill at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website
- EastWard Hospital Television
- Hill's iVillage Blog
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