Tess Daly Biography, Wiki, Photos and Net Worth

Tess Daly

Tess Daly

Who is Tess Daly?

Tess Daly is a British model, actress, author, and television personality who is renowned for co-hosting the BBC One celebrity dance contest “Strictly Come Dancing”. Additionally, she has been co-presenting the hit reality dance show from 2004 to 2013, and since 2014; she has been the show’s main host.

Profile of Tess Daly

Tess Daly

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Full Name Helen Elizabeth Daly
Popular As Tess Daly
Birthdate 29th March 1969
Place of Birth Birch Vale, New Mills, Derbyshire, England
Gender Female
Profession Model, Novelist, &  Television Presenter
Nationality British
Race / Ethnicity White
Religion Christian
Education High-school Graduate
School Hayfield Primary School & New Mills Secondary School
Sexual Orientation Straight
Age 53 Years Old
Sun-sign Cancer
Eye color Hazel-brown
Hair Color Blonde
Height 5’74” (175 cm)
Marital status Married
Parents Vivian Daly (Father) & Sylvia Daly (Mother)
Siblings Karen Daly
Spouse Vernon Kay
Children 2
Net Worth £3 Million

Tess Daly’s real name is Helen Elizabeth. She is a famous British model and television personality.

Early-life, Education & Family Background

Tess Daly

Tess Daly, originally Helen Elizabeth Daly, was born in Birch Vale, New Mills, Derbyshire, England, on 29th March 1969, to Sylvia and Vivian Daly (1932–2003). Accordingly, she is the eldest kid in a family of two children and belongs of Irish descent. In addition, Karen, her younger sister, is her only sibling. Moreover, her parents both worked in the textile industry, and she was raised in a middle-class household.

Meanwhile, Tess was born and raised in an intermediate family in Derbyshire, England, and her mother wished her to be a nurse. However, Tess’s father was a great fan of ballroom dancing, and she picked up on it when she was a youngster.

In regards to her education, Daly studied at Hayfield Primary School as well as New Mills Secondary School. Moreover, she started modeling when she was in high school, which occurred by chance. Apparently, Tess was recruited by a modeling scout while waiting for her sister in front of a McDonald’s restaurant in Manchester when she was 17 years old. Subsequently, she accepted the offer, and her career took off .ever since.

The reason behind her Name Change

Tess Daly

Since there was a well-known model named Helen when she initially signed the contractual agreements, she was advised to change her name for her modeling assignments to avoid confusion. Eventually, Helen consented to alter her modeling name to Tess following the suggestion of her agent, who was a fan of German actress/model Nastassja Kinski and her film “Tess”.

However, she didn’t officially rename herself because she didn’t want to disrespect her parents by doing so.

Tess Daly’s Modeling & Media Career

Tess Daly

Tess began her modeling career after being discovered by the modeling scout. She commenced her career as a model when she was merely 18 years old, and her jobs took her to Tokyo, Paris, and New York.

She was eager in extending her horizons and work on broadcasting by the late 2000s. Soon after, she made her debut as a co-presenter of television programs such as ‘Find Me a Model,’ ‘Back to Reality,’ and ‘SMTV Live’ after working as a model for more than a decade. Also, she began co-presenting ‘Strictly Come Dancing,’ a British dancing reality show, in 2004.

Tess Daly

Eventually, Tess became a household name as a result of the show, which became one of the most successful reality shows in British history. Accordingly, she went on to host several shows, including ‘This Time Tomorrow’ and ‘Just the Two of Us’. She has been on series such as ‘The One Show’ and ‘Being Mum’ in recent years. She also had an acting role as a television host in the series ‘Almost Never.

Besides, Tess has also been the face of many national and international brands, including L’Oreal, Vitabiotics Wellwoman supplement brand, Danone yogurt, and lingerie brand La Senza, in addition to her television appearances.

Furthermore, she has also modeled for a few local companies and written two novels, ‘The Camera Never Lies (2011) and ‘It’s Up to You, New York’ (2013).

Personal-life & Relationships of Tess Daly

Tess Daly

In the year 2000, Tess Daly encountered Vernon Kay while working as a television host. Vernon works as a DJ and a television host. Nevertheless, on September 12, 2003, the couple wedded in St Mary’s Catholic Church in Horwich, near Bolton. Currently, they are the parents of two children. Moreover, Tess, her husband, and their two daughters currently reside in Buckinghamshire.

Besides, Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, as well as celebrities such as Bruce Forsyth and Kate Hudson, are close acquaintances of hers. Despite working in a job that necessitates frequent travel, she is terrified of flying. Based on her personal statement, while in the air, she drinks alcohol to help her cope with her anxieties.


Tess Daly

Tess stands at the height of 5 feet and 7.4 inches (175 cm). Despite turning 53, the stunning TV personality as of 2022, she has a relatively young and fresh appearance. Additionally, she has hazel-brown eyes and blonde hair to compliment her already gorgeous physique.

Social Media Handles of Tess Daly

The TV star can be accessed on her personal Instagram handle where she has more than 801k followers. Likewise, Tess is active on Twitter and has amassed over 261k fan-following.

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Net Worth of Tess Daly

Daly is estimated to have a personal net worth of £3 million. As per reports, Tess is paid £350k to £399k for appearing in the hit TV show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. In addition, it has been revealed that her modeling as well as brand endorsements generates Tess around £750,000 annually.