Donna Air is an English media personality, singer, and actress. 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. Air then graduated from Gosforth Academy, also in Newcastle upon Tyne, where, as a former pupil, she attended the drama school at First Act Theatre. Her fellow students at First Act included Jill Halfpenny and Anthony McPartlin.
Donna 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 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 amongst others.
Air presented on Five’s early evening, magazine programme Live from Studio Five, alongside regular presenter of the programme, Kate Walsh. Donna has worked with the Soil Association, promoting organic milk, launching the Nursery Food report at Downing Street, and edited the Grown in Britain cookbook. In January 2013, Air came fourth in the ITV programme, Splash! She replaced Jennifer Metcalfe at short notice. In November 2017, Air announced on Loose Women that she would be taking part in the 10th series of Dancing on Ice.
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