Dame Denise Lewis DBE is an accomplished presenter, broadcaster, former Olympic gold medal athlete and President of Commonwealth Games England. The former Gold Medal winning heptathlete, who holds the second highest number of points scored by a British heptathlete, has gone on to secure a successful broadcast career. Denise is one of the ‘golden girls’ of British athletics, winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and subsequently being inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. Denise has twice been runner-up in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards (in 1998 and 2000) and was honoured with an OBE in 2000, a Damehood in 2023 and a Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University in the same year.
Since her retirement from Athletics, Denise has undertaken an array of television work including commentating on high profile athletics events and fronting shows such as BBC’s Secret Britain and Right on the Money. She is considered one of the BBC’s most credible commentators, which has seen her cover many key athletics events both at home and abroad, from the Commonwealth Games to the London Olympics. She took part in ITV’s Don’t Rock the Boat in November 2020 and The Masked Dancer, reaching the semi-final in 2022. She has been an activewear and Golf brand ambassador for Next since 2021, and has worked with multiple other brands including L’Oréal, Google, Haven and Purple Bricks.