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Donna Air (born 2 August 1979) is an English actor, television presenter and media personality.

Donna Air
Donna Air, London, 2013 (crop).jpg
Donna Air in 2013
Born (1979-08-02) 2 August 1979 (age 40)
Wallsend, England
OccupationMedia personality, singer, actress

Early life, education and careerEdit

Air was born in Wallsend, North Tyneside. Following St Oswald's Catholic Primary School in Gosforth, she attended Sacred Heart Convent School on Fenham Hall Drive, in Newcastle upon Tyne.[1] Air then graduated from Gosforth Academy, also in Newcastle upon Tyne, where, as a former pupil,[2] she attended the drama school at First Act Theatre. Her fellow students at First Act included Jill Halfpenny and Anthony McPartlin.

Air started her career age 10 on the CBBC series Byker Grove. She then became part of pop duo Crush touring the United States, Japan and South East Asia after which she returned to the United Kingdom and signed to MTV UK to host the daily live show – MTV Select, and later became a presenter of several shows, including, The Big Breakfast for Channel 4, TFI Friday with Huey Morgan (from Fun Lovin' Criminals), Popstars: The Rivals Extra for ITV (the show that created Girls Aloud), to name a few. She has also appeared in many television dramas, most recently Hollyoaks and Hotel Babylon, BBC TV comedy Operation Good Guys, Catherine Cookson's six-parter A Dinner of Herbs, and Lynda La Plante's Supply and Demand. Air appeared in the films Still Crazy (1998), The Mummy Returns, and Bad Day[3] amongst others.

Air presented on Five's early evening, magazine programme Live from Studio Five, alongside regular presenter of the programme, Kate Walsh.

In January 2013, Air came fourth in the ITV programme, Splash! She replaced Jennifer Metcalfe at short notice.[4]

In November 2017, Air announced on Loose Women that she would be taking part in the 10th series of Dancing on Ice.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Air was in a long-term relationship with Damian Aspinall, who is the step-grandson of Sir George Osborne. Damian's father John Aspinall was the owner of Aspers, an entertainment company. Aspinall and Air's daughter, Freya Air Aspinall, was born in Westminster, London in September 2003.[6] [7] Prior to their break-up the couple announced their intention to place their baby daughter in the care of a gorilla, a ritual in which Aspinall's older children had already taken part.[8]

Air supports the Macmillan Cancer Support, Race for Life, Sport Relief and Jeans for Genes charities.[9]


  1. ^ Swann, Yvonne (29 October 2011). "Me & my school photo: Donna Air remembers her love of netball and her first break on TV". UK Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  2. ^ Neil, Beth (7 June 2005). "Geordie girl stars". Chronicle Live. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Donna Air: I'm more confident now". The Belfast Telegraph. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Donna Air replaces Jennifer Metcalfe in Splash! heat three line-up". 9 February 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Byker Groove. Donna Air confirmed for Dancing on Ice". Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Births England and Wales 1984–2006". Findmypast. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Donna Air splits from £40m zoo tycoon". London Evening Standard. 8 July 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  8. ^ "TV star's baby handed to gorillas". UK | Kent. BBC News. 10 November 2003. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  9. ^ Absalom, Eugenie (23 September 2013). "Macmillan De'Longhi Art Auction 2013 raised money for Cancer Support". Demotix. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015.

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