|Born||Kelly Elaine Hoppen
July 1959 (age 54)
|Spouse(s)||Graham Corrett (m. 1982-1989)
Ed Miller (m. 1989-2003)
Kelly Elaine Hoppen MBE (born July 1959) is a South African-born British interior designer and owner of Kelly Hoppen Interiors. Since 2013, she has been a "Dragon" on the BBC Two show Dragons' Den
Hoppen was born into an Irish-Jewish background. She began her career at the age of 16. She has designed for a number of celebrities including David and Victoria Beckham and Martin Shaw, who was one of her first clients. Kelly puts her design stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients, as well as select commercial projects the world over, including hotels, restaurants, offices and aircraft. One of her most recent projects was a collaboration with Pearl Motor Yachts.
Kelly is the author of seven design books to date. She became famous on the back of her 1997 book. Her most recent book was Kelly Hoppen Ideas.
As well as sharing her knowledge in the Kelly Hoppen Design School, Kelly also designs ranges of home accessories, wall paper, wall art, furniture, taps, lighting, carpets, fabrics, paints, bed linen, candles & scents as well as a highly successful QVC range. In 2011, she presented her own show on Channel 5 called Superior Interiors.
Hoppen is famous for using a neutral colour palette such as taupe and beige. Of her design philosophy she has said, "My philosophy has always remained the same, it's about creating calm balanced environments based on Eastern cultures, ie order and creation of harmony. How people feel in a space is as important as the way it looks, one can't be without the other to succeed."
In 1996, she was awarded the Andrew Martin Interior Design Award by Andrew Martin International. She has subsequently won a number of other awards including European Woman Of Achievement in 2007, ELLE Decoration Award and Grazia Designer of the Year. In March 2009, Kelly was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. The award was given for services to Interior Design. Kelly is an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, the Government’s GREAT campaign and now works with UK Trade & Investment and other parts the government, as an adviser and mentor to small businesses.
- Lorraine (9 August 2013) - Guest
- Through the Keyhole (21 September 2013) - Celebrity Homeowner
- Room 101 (Early 2014) - Guest
Hoppen was born in Durban, South Africa. She moved, with her family, to London when she was two but returned to South Africa every year for Christmas. She was bullied at school because of her dyslexia. Her father worked in the fashion industry and her mother has a gallery in London exhibiting artists and photographers from around the world. Her older brother  Michael Hoppen owns the Michael Hoppen Gallery. Her house was shown in an episode of Through the Keyhole which Keith Lemon visited.
Kelly Hoppen's daughter Natasha Corrett is the author of healthy eating book Honestly Healthy: Eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way.
News of the World legal action
Hoppen lodged a claim against the News of the World and one of its reporters, Dan Evans, for "accessing or attempting to access her voicemail messages between June 2009 and March 2010". Hoppen's case was one of five test cases concerning the hacking of the mobile phones of public figures by the paper due to be brought before the High Court early in 2012. In October 2011, she accepted £60,000 in damages from News International in relation to phone hacking in 05/06. No acceptance of liability was made in relation to the allegations against Evans in respect of 09. Since settlement her test case has been replaced by that of footballer Ashley Cole.
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