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Donna Air
Donna Air, London, 2013 (crop).jpg
Donna Air in 2013
Born (1979-08-02) 2 August 1979 (age 39)
Wallsend, England
OccupationMedia personality, singer, actress

Donna Air (born 2 August 1979) is an English media personality, singer, and actress.


  • 1 Early life, education and career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Early life, education and career[edit]

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.

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[3] 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[citation needed].

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 life[edit]

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 in a ritual Aspinall's older children had already taken part in.[8]

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