Kim Woodburn

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Kim Woodburn
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Woodburn in 2017
Patricia Mary McKenzie[1]

(1942-03-25) 25 March 1942 (age 78)
Eastney, England[1]
  • Television personality
  • writer
Years active2002–present
Known for
Kenneth Davies
(m. 1971; div. 1975)

Peter Woodburn (m. 1979)

Patricia Mary Woodburn (née McKenzie; born 25 March 1942),[1] known professionally as Kim Woodburn, is an English television personality, writer, and former cleaner. She is known for co-presenting the Channel 4 series How Clean Is Your House? (2002–2009), and also starred in the Canadian series Kim's Rude Awakenings (2007–2009). In 2017, Woodburn participated in the nineteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother, finishing in third place.


How Clean is Your House?[edit]

In 2002, Woodburn was hired as a co-presenter of new show How Clean Is Your House? with Aggie MacKenzie, which began airing in May 2003.[2] From August to September 2009, the sixth and final series of How Clean is Your House? was aired. From 2007 to 2009, Woodburn filmed a version of How Clean is Your House in Canada, called Kim's Rude Awakenings. In August 2009, Woodburn announced to Now magazine that she would not be making any further series of How Clean Is Your House?[3] and Channel 4 announced soon afterwards that the series had been cancelled.[4]

Reality television[edit]

In November 2009, Woodburn was announced as a contestant for the ninth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. She finished as runner-up to Gino D'Acampo.

In 2011, Woodburn became a regular panellist on the Big Brother spin-off series, Big Brother's Bit on the Side. In November 2011, she entered the house to set a shopping task which she also judged, while berating the housemates for their hygiene.[5]

On 13 January 2017, Woodburn entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to participate as a housemate in its nineteenth series, entering on Day 11. After entering the house, she clashed with fellow new housemates Jessica Cunningham and Chloe Ferry after Ferry accidentally splashed her with water.[6] She had arguments with James Jordan who mocked her for being a cleaner,[7] as well as multiple arguments with Nicola McLean. On Day 15, Jamie O'Hara intervened in an argument between Woodburn and McLean after Kim called him a "chicken-livered bugger", Woodburn and O'Hara argued themselves and Kim told Jamie "you're an adulterer that two-timed his wife and has got three kids", this referring to Jamie cheating which was widely reported in the media. This resulted in security entering the house and Woodburn was ordered to sleep in a separate room for the night.[8] Woodburn was immune from nominations during her first week in the house but was eventually nominated to face every eviction by her housemates.[9][10][11] In the final, Woodburn was evicted and finished in third place with 14.52% of the final vote. Despite this, she left to a chorus of boos from the crowd, some of her former housemates could be seen jeering her on a screen behind her.[12][13]

On 6 February 2017, Woodburn appeared on This Morning where she was chastised by presenter Philip Schofield over her behaviour in the house. Woodburn scolded him for not being impartial; she also criticized ex-housemate Coleen Nolan (a friend of Schofield's) and disagreed with her winning the series.[14]

Other television appearances[edit]

In March 2010, she appeared on Celebrity Come Dine with Me on Channel 4 alongside Claire Sweeney, Darren Day and Tom O'Connor.

In February 2013, Woodburn teamed up with chef, Rosemary Shrager, and the pair appeared on the fifth series of Let's Dance for Comic Relief as contestants. They danced to "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" by Marilyn Monroe. They were eliminated by the panel of judges.

In 2014, Woodburn appeared as a contestant on an episode of The Chase Celebrity Specials.

In March 2016, Woodburn took part in the second series of Famous, Rich and Homeless for BBC One. Her controversial comments on the lives of rough sleepers and some of them that she met led to a dispute between her, the public and the other volunteers on the show.[15]

In April 2016, Woodburn and her husband, Pete, appeared on Channel 4's A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun in order to find a holiday home in Costa del Sol, which was to be their home during the winter months. Their budget was £320,000 and they were shown five two-three bedroom penthouses.[citation needed]

Woodburn appeared on ITV's Loose Women in August 2018. She was asked if she would make amends with Coleen Nolan, but left after arguing with the other panellists.[16]

In May 2019, Woodburn appeared on Tenable All Stars alongside Christopher Biggins, Joe Pasquale, Martin Roberts and Tony Blackburn.

Other ventures[edit]

In 2006, Woodburn wrote an autobiography, Unbeaten, which detailed her early life. She used this book to reveal that in February 1966, when she was 23 years old, she gave birth to a baby, three months prematurely, who was a stillborn.[1] This revelation led to a police investigation, which she readily assisted with.[17]

She has appeared in various pantomimes in theatres all over the UK. Her first pantomime performance was in the Cinderella as an Ugly Sister, alongside television co-star Aggie MacKenzie, at the Theatre Royal in Brighton – it ran from 7 December 2007 to 6 January 2008.

From 15 December 2010 to 3 January 2011, she made her second appearance in pantomime in Cinderella at the Woodville Halls Theatre in Gravesend – but this time, she played the Fairy Godmother. From 11 December 2012 to 26 December, she played the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella at the Grimsby Auditorium.

She performed in pantomime for the fourth time at the Southport Theatre in Jack and the Beanstalk – she played Fairy Starlight. The season ran from 13 December 2013 to 31 December 2013. Her fifth appearance in pantomime ran from 12 December 2014 to 11 January 2015 – she played Fairy Liquid in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Brindley in Runcorn. From 7 December 2018 to 2 January 2019 at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool - she played the Wicked Queen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - this was her sixth appearance in pantomime.

In 2019, she toured theatres all over the UK with her chat-show style stage show, An Audience with Kim Woodburn, where she was interviewed to speak about her life and career and also took questions from the audience.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Eastney, Woodburn left home and moved to Liverpool at the age of 18.[18] Woodburn says that she was constantly beaten by her mother throughout her childhood and neglected by her father, who she said later attempted to molest her as a teenager.[1] Woodburn has a sister and a brother, and several half-siblings born to her mother and various men. Her mother died in 2000.[1]


  • How Clean Is Your House? with Aggie MacKenzie (2003) ISBN 0-7181-4699-9
  • Too Posh to Wash: The Complete Guide to Cleaning Up Your Life with Aggie MacKenzie (2004) ISBN 0-7181-4769-3
  • The Cleaning Bible: Kim & Aggie's Complete Guide to Modern Household Management with Aggie MacKenzie (2006) ISBN 0-7181-4906-8
  • Unbeaten: The Story of My Brutal Childhood (2006) ISBN 0-340-92221-4


  1. ^ a b c d e f Woodburn, Kim (7 September 2006). Unbeaten: The Story of My Brutal Childhood. Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. ISBN 0-340-92221-4.
  2. ^ Williams, Andrew (1 September 2006). "60 SECONDS: Kim Woodburn". Metro. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  3. ^ Slobodian, Claire (20 August 2009). "Kim Woodburn to Leave "How Clean is Your House?"". Now Magazine. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  4. ^ Plunkett, John (12 November 2008). "Channel 4 axes Wife Swap and How Clean is Your House?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  5. ^ Fletcher, Alex (11 February 2011). "Kim Woodburn enters Big Brother house". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  6. ^ Earnshaw, Jessica (14 January 2017). "Celebrity Big Brother 2017: Kim LOSES IT at Chloe and Jessica as newcomers spark nasty row".
  7. ^, Rebecca Lewis for (19 January 2017). "CBB star James Jordan is still goading Kim Woodburn from outside from the house".
  8. ^ Buckland, Lucy (18 January 2017). "Why Kim Woodburn was REMOVED from CBB REVEALED".
  9. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (20 January 2017). "Chloe Ferry evicted from Celebrity Big Brother house".
  10. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (30 January 2017). "Ninth CBB housemate leaves in handcuffs in secret eviction".
  11. ^ Tutton, Charlotte (31 January 2017). "Celebrity Big Brother: Calum Best evicted as finalists CONFIRMED".
  12. ^ "Kim Woodburn is booed by housemates as she brands them 'cowardly' and 'disgusting'". 3 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Did Nicola McLean flip off Kim during CBB interview?". 4 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Viewers are FURIOUS over Coleen's surprise CBB win". 3 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Kim Woodburn slammed by BBC viewers for her cruel words to the homeless". 10 March 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Loose Women faces complaints over Kim Woodburn interview". BBC News. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  17. ^ "TV star questioned over dead baby". BBC News Online. 23 August 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  18. ^ Browne, Amy (19 January 2017). "Kim Woodburn's secret past as a Liverpool model". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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