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Adele Roberts
Adele Marie Roberts

(1979-03-09) 9 March 1979 (age 41)
OccupationRadio presenter
Years active2001–present
TelevisionBig Brother
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Celebrity Coach Trip

Adele Marie Roberts[1] (born 9 March 1979) is a British broadcaster and English reality TV personality and DJ. She was born in Southport and is of Barbadian and British[2] descent.[3]

Early life

Roberts was born in Southport, Merseyside. She is the eldest of six siblings. She was privately educated at Merchant Taylors' Girls' School in Crosby, Merseyside.[4] Roberts studied pharmacology at University of Leeds, where she joined Leeds Student Radio presenting a weekly mix show.[5]

Big Brother

Roberts was a housemate in Big Brother 3. She came in seventh place after being evicted on 5 July, 2002, seen by 7.1 million viewers.[6]

Adele later returned to the series in 2007, and participated in a task for Big Brother 8 alongside Alex Sibley.[7]



In 2002, she landed her first radio job at Rock FM in Lancashire, presenting the weekly “Smooth Grooves Show”, a self-produced urban specialist show airing Friday 10pm-2am. Roberts also presented shows on The Hits Radio in Manchester. In 2006 she joined Galaxy in Leeds (now Capital).[8][9] In 2012, she moved to BBC Radio 1Xtra.[10] Roberts has stated that presenting on BBC 1Xtra had been a long-term aspiration and that she had attended a development event for the station (then under the working title ‘Network X) in 2002 but had been too nervous to approach anybody and left immediately.[11]

In 2015 it was announced that Roberts would be the new host of the BBC Radio 1 Early Breakfast show from 4:00-6:30am.[12] Previous hosts of the same show include Greg James, Scott Mills, Chris Moyles and Dev.

She is also regular cover for The live lounge show.

In 2020, Roberts became the first black female to host the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show after the regular presenter Greg James failed to make it on air after attending The Brit Awards. It was later revealed that this was a planned stunt in which listeners had to locate the whereabouts of James with the help of on-air clues.[13]


Roberts is a regular presenter for BBC Sport. In 2019 she joined the London Marathon coverage and commentary team alongside Gaby Logan, Steve Cram, Paula Radcliffe and Andrew Cotter.

In November 2019, it was announced that Roberts would be participating in the nineteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[14] She was the first campmate to be voted off the show on 29 November.[15] The show received complaints for the eviction as the voting app used to nominate camp mates had caused confusion due to ambiguous wording on the interface; because of this, no votes from the app were counted and only phone votes were used.[16]

In January 2020, Roberts won the sixth series of Celebrity Coach Trip on E4 alongside her girlfriend, Kate Holderness.

Personal life


Roberts is currently dating actress Kate Holderness.[17] They present a cooking show on YouTube called Friday Night Fakeaway.[18]

Sport and Fitness

Roberts is a keen runner and has completed two London Marathons, finishing both races with a qualifying time for the following year. In 2017 she finished with a time of 03:36:31[19] and in 2018 she finished with a time of 03:30:38.[20]Roberts ran both marathons for the charity Heads Together. In 2017 she received a surprise visit from Prince William and Kate Middleton who head the charity to wish her luck in her race.[21]

Roberts took part in the Sport Relief charity netball match in 2019. She played on the winning the team captained by Oti Mabuse.[22]


Roberts is an active member and campaigner for the LGBTQ community. In 2013 she presented “Coming Out”, a documentary for BBC 1Xtra & BBC Radio 1, sharing her own and others’ personal coming out stories.[23] She was nominated for ‘Broadcaster of the Year’ at the Diva Awards in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and the LGBT Awards in 2018 and 2020.


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Interview: BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts shares her Big Brother coming out story". PinkNews - Gay news, reviews and comment from the world's most read lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans news service. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  3. ^ Big Brother Housemate Profile: Adele,
  4. ^
  5. ^ "What's it like to be a… BBC Radio 1 DJ?". Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  6. ^ "Record numbers watch Big Brother". BBC News. 8 July 2002. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  7. ^ "UK Big Brother Housemate Library". Smeggy's Forums. 30 May 2008. Archived from the original on 24 June 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  8. ^ Secrets of Success: Adele Roberts, Radio 1Xtra DJ, Southport Visitor, 15 March 2012
  9. ^ DJ Adele Roberts, LIMF
  10. ^ Big Brother housemate DJ Adele Roberts lands Radio One dream job, Dawn Collinson, Liverpool Echo, 8 March 2012
  11. ^ "Interview: BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts shares her Big Brother coming out story". PinkNews - Gay news, reviews and comment from the world's most read lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans news service. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  12. ^ "BBC - Adele Roberts becomes new host of Radio 1's Early Breakfast Show - Media Centre". Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  13. ^ "Radio 1 pulls another listener stunt with Greg James being 'kidnapped'". RadioToday. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  14. ^ Harp, Justin (11 November 2019). "I'm a Celebrity cast confirmed as Caitlyn Jenner, Ian Wright and more join". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  15. ^ Bray, Abbie (2019-11-30). "I'm A Celebrity bosses address voting 'shambles' as Adele Roberts booted out". Metro. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  16. ^ "I'm A Celebrity fans convinced Cliff would have left instead of Adele". Metro. 2019-11-30. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  17. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (2019-11-19). "Who is I'm A Celebrity star Adele Roberts' girlfriend Kate Holderness?". Metro. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  18. ^ Holderness, Kate (2018-01-29). "FRIDAY NIGHT FAKEAWAY!". Kate Holderness. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  19. ^ "Virgin Money London Marathon 2017". Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  20. ^ "Virgin Money London Marathon 2018". Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  21. ^ "BBC - What happened when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Radio 1 studios". BBC. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  22. ^ "BBC - All-Star Netball for Sport Relief - Media Centre". Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  23. ^ "Interview: BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts shares her Big Brother coming out story". PinkNews - Gay news, reviews and comment from the world's most read lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans news service. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2020-03-01.

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