Denise Lewis OBE is a presenter, broadcaster and Gold medal winning heptathlete.
Denise won gold in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and is one of the “golden girls” of British athletics. Denise holds the British record of 6831 points, set in 2000. She was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. Since her retirement, Denise has undertaken various television and media work, appearing on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, reaching the final of the competition. Denise also appeared on ITV1’s The Cube, All Star Family Fortunes and BBC One’s Pointless from 2009 to 2012.
In 2011/2012, Denise presented 2 series of Camp Orange for Nickelodeon, and also joined Dame Mary Peters for her BBC NI documentary, The Run of Her Life. In spring 2012, Denise undertook the challenge of rowing the channel with John Bishop, Davina McCall and Andrew Flintoff for Bishop’s Week of Hell for Sport Relief. Later that year, she anchored the Woman of the Year awards for ITV1’s Lorraine. 2012 was also hugely significant for Denise in that she joined the BBC’s London 2012 Olympic broadcasting team, reporting daily from the Olympic Park throughout both the trials and the main competition.
In 2014, Denise covered many key athletic events for the BBC, including the Commonwealth Games, the European Diamond League and the London Marathon. Denise joined Davina McCall for another grueling challenge for Sport Relief in the same year, alongside competing in the wheelchair basketball event at the 2014 Invictus Games, with the match broadcast live on BBC1’s The One Show.
In the same year, Denise was included as a presenter on BBC1’s Seven Wonders of the Commonwealth, in which she travelled to Zambia to report on the spectacular sight of Victoria Falls. She also took on the ambassadorial role for the Investec Epsom Derby and QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot, along with a similar ambassadorial role for 2014’s Telegraph Be: Fit event, a female health and fitness convention, which Denise has carried through to 2015.
2015 saw Denise undertake a number of presenting roles, including fronting the BBC daytime programme Right on the Money which broadcast live from Salford, with co-host Dom Littlewood. Denise also completed a stint on the red sofas, co-presenting BBC’s The One Show, following the huge success of her episode of BBC’s Operation Meet the Street, and featured as a contributor on ITV’s Give A Pet a Home, ending the series by adopting a dog of her own. Other guest slots have included Sky Sportswomen and Celebrity Squares.
2016 saw Denise reprise her role presenting series 2 of Right on the Money, and she also made her debut as a presenter on prime-time BBC1 series, Secret Britain. Denise also presented Winners for BBC2, BBC World and News, which saw her uncover the incredible stories of 6 female athletes from around the world and the challenges they face simply because they’re female.
In November 2016, Denise joined other exceptional figures in politics, business, sport and science to share her insights into being black and British in the BBC Two Series, ‘Black is the New Black’. Denise has also worked to promote ‘women in work’ – covering the International Women’s Day in 2016.
2017 has seen Denise return as host for series 3 of BBC1 series Right on the Money. Denise also continues to be an integral member of the BBC commentary team, covering annual sporting highlights including the IAAF Championships, the most highly anticipated Athletics competition of the year.
As one of the BBC’s most credible commentators, Denise has also covered the European Team Championships, the 2015 World Athletics Championships, the London Marathon and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Alongside this, Denise continues her work as the president of Commonwealth Games England.
Charitable work is close to Denise’s heart and she works closely with the Jaguar Academy of Sport Sparks, Breast Cancer Care, Unicef as both Patron and Ambassador. She lives with her husband and 3 children in Buckinghamshire.