Tess Daly (born 27 April 1969) is an English model and television presenter, best known for co-presenting the BBC One celebrity dancing show Strictly Come Dancing since 2004.
She is married to television and radio presenter Vernon Kay.Daly was born on 27 April 1969 in Stockport, Cheshire to Vivian (1932–2003), who died of emphysema, and Sylvia Daly and grew up in Birch Vale near New Mills, Derbyshire. She attended Hayfield Primary School and New Mills Secondary School, where she gained 9 O-levels. She has a younger sister, Karen.
Scouted outside a McDonald’s restaurant while waiting for her sister in Manchester, six weeks after she turned 18 she undertook her first professional modelling job in Tokyo. After a series of work assignments across Asia and Europe while based in London, she was based in Paris for five years. She then returned to London for six months, before moving to New York for work for five years.
In 1990, Daly appeared in two Duran Duran videos for the songs “Serious” and “Violence of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)”, both from the album Liberty. She also appeared nude in the video for The Beloved’s 1993 song “Sweet Harmony”.