Daly at the 2008 BAFTA Television Awards
|Born||Helen Elizabeth Daly
Stockport, Cheshire, England, UK
|Education||New Mills Secondary School|
|Occupation||Model, television presenter, novellist|
|Television||Strictly Come Dancing|
|Spouse(s)||Vernon Kay (m. 2003)|
|Parents||Vivian Daly (deceased)
Sylvia Daly (née Bradley)
Helen Elizabeth "Tess" Daly is an English model and television presenter, best known for co-presenting the BBC One celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing. She is married to fellow presenter Vernon Kay.
Daly was born in Stockport, Cheshire to Vivian (1932–2003), who died of emphysema, and Sylvia Daly  and grew up in Birch Vale near New Mills, Derbyshire. She attended Hayfield Primary School and New Mills Secondary School. She has a younger sister, Karen.
Scouted outside a McDonald's restaurant while waiting for her sister in Manchester, six weeks after she turned 18 she undertook her first professional modelling job in Tokyo. After a series of work assignments across Asia and Europe while based in London, she was based in Paris for five years. She then returned to London for six months, before moving to New York for work for five years. In 1990, Daly appeared in two Duran Duran videos for the songs "Serious" and "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)", both from the album Liberty. She also appeared in the video for The Beloved's 1993 song "Sweet Harmony".
Whilst living on the Lower East Side, a friend who arranged red carpet events suggested that she interview the celebrities who attended the events. After buying a video camera, Daly's first interview was with New York-based Quentin Crisp, author of The Naked Civil Servant, who became a lifelong friend until his death. After a few red carpet interviews, in 2000 she sent a show reel to the producers of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, who immediately contracted her to host the Find Me a Model competition. Since then, she has presented shows including Get Your Kit Off, Singled Out, Smash Hits TV, SMTV Live, Back To Reality, the first series of Make Me a Supermodel (with Dave Berry) and Strictly Come Dancing, which she has co-hosted with Bruce Forsyth in all eleven series to date. Daly missed a couple of episodes in the second series because she was pregnant with her first daughter. Natasha Kaplinsky, the first series winner, took her place. Daly has also hosted This Time Tomorrow, the National Lottery show broadcast on BBC One. On 14 November 2008, she presented Children in Need with Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton. Daly won the special version of Strictly Come Dancing against Wogan, where she was partnered with Anton du Beke. She co-hosted the Royal Variety Performance 2008 on 11 December, broadcast on 17 December 2008.
Her first novel, The Camera Never Lies, a tale of love behind the scenes, was published by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton in 2011. It's Up to You New York, Daly's second book was released in 2013.
Daly married Vernon Kay on 12 September 2003, at St Mary's Catholic Church in Horwich, near Bolton. The couple have two daughters, the first born in Westminster, London, on 17 October 2004, the second born on 30 May 2009, also in London. In January 2007, Kay and Daly co-presented the second series of Just the Two of Us on BBC One. They live in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire.
- Births 1761-2006
- I laughed on the TV - but inside I was so broken up
- Elizabeth Day (26 September 2010). "Tess Daly: the interview". The Observer. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
- Tess Daly videos
- Tess Daly steals the show at La Senza, Bras.co.uk, 2 November 2009
- "The sun shone, the bride wore white ....and so did the groom", Bolton Evening News, 13 September 2003
- Perfect country life a short hop from the M25