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Denise Van Outen: Age, Early Life, Illustrious Career, Children And Love

  • Denise Van Outen, 49, is a renowned actress, singer, dancer and presenter
  • She was dating Jimmy Barba for 18 months before they split

How old is Denise Van Outen

Denise Van Outen (born on May 27, 1974) in Basildon, Essex, England, is many things in one-an actress, singer, presenter and dancer. 

WoK delves into the life of this multi-talented woman, delving into her career, rocky relationships and the special bond she shares with her daughter, Betsy.

Early Life and Career

Her journey in the highly competitive entertainment world commenced at age seven when she joined the Sylvia Young Theatre School. 

Denise’s meteoric rise has not slowed down since 1986 when her career officially kicked off. She has gone to grace both the small and big screens. 

Her stature as a presenter grew when she hosted “The Big Breakfast” on Channel 4. This, and her portrayal of Roxie Hart in the musical  “Chicago” on both the West End and Broadway, further cemented her name as a bonafide star. 

For four decades, Denise has been on audiences’ lips thanks to her remarkable talents. 


Denise Van Outen’s relationships have been as captivating as her professional life. The woman of many hats was married to Lee Mead from 2009 to 2013. Their daughter, Betsy, was born in 2010. 

Although their marriage ended, the two have remained connected through a shared bond-their daughter. 

After the divorce, Denise got into a relationship that lasted for seven years with Eddie Boxshall. The love story ended in 2022.

According to multiple-sources, the break-up was triggered when Denise found explicit messages exchanged by Eddie with other women. 

Denise Van Outen: Age, Early Life, Illustrious Career, Children And Love
Denise van Outen and ex-lover Jimmy Barba Photocredit/liverpoolecho.co.uk

Dating Jimmy Barba

She opened her heart to Jimmy Barba, a property developer and model. Denise’s relationship with the property developer and model lasted for 18 months before going separate ways in November 2023. 

Reason for the split has not been revealed but Denise insists that they are close friends, ensuring that both families and their children stay connected.


The child she shares with ex-husband Lee Mead was born in 2010. Betsy is now 13 years old as of November 14, 2023. She has occasionally shared their mother daughter on social media platforms and during public appearances. 

Denise has always protected the privacy of Betsy by separating her public persona and her daughters right to have a normal childhood.