Zoë Ball Biography

Zoë Louise Ball was born in Blackpool in on the 23 November 1970; she is the daughter of Johnny Ball, the famous television and radio presenter from the 70's and 80's.  She first appeared on television as a guest in the audience of the Saturday children’s show Saturday Superstore.  Her father Johnny Ball was also a guest on the show.

She was educated at a Convent school and a sixth form college.  She began her career by working as a runner for Granada television, she also did research work for quiz programs for 2 years with BSkyB.  In 1996, she hosted Channel Four's popular breakfast show The Big Breakfast.  She was also a regular host on the children’s television music show The Ozone.  Other children’s TV shows, which Zoë has hosted include Live and Kicking and Playdays.

Although her television work was well known, it was by presenting the BBC Radio One breakfast show in 1997 that she became a major British celebrity.  She became the first female to host the show independently.  Zoë left BBC Radio One in March 2000 to raise a family with her husband Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim).  The breakfast show was taken over by Zoë’s friend Sara Cox.  In September 2007, she celebrated 40 years of Radio One by hosting a show with Sara Cox.   

Zoë married in 1999 and had a baby boy called Woody in December 2000.  She appeared less on television and radio to spend time raising her family.

In 2009 Zoë Ball, and Simon Mayo, became the main stand-in for radio show presenter Ken Bruce whenever he was unable to host his BBC Radio 2 week-day morning show.

On Saturday 6th June, 2009, Zoë took up the reins of the Saturday breakfast show, aired between 6am and 8am, on Radio 2.