Catherine Elizabeth 'Cat' Deeley (born 23 October 1976) is an English television presenter, actress, singer, and model. Since 2006, Deeley has been the host of So You Think You Can Dance in the United States, for which she received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. Deeley was born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. She attended Grove Vale Junior School in Great Barr Sandwell, followed by Dartmouth High School in Great Barr, where she played the clarinet in the Sandwell Youth Concert Band. She then joined the sixth form at Bishop Vesey's Grammar School. At age 14, Deeley entered a regional edition of a BBC competition for The Clothes Show, in which she reached the national finals. Spotted by an agent for Storm modeling agency at age 16, she was quickly signed as a model under her nickname of Cat to make it easier for clients to re-book her. In 1994, at age 18, Deeley became a full-time fashion model.
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