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Debbie McGee

Debra Ann McGee
Born (1958-10-31) 31 October 1958
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
Nationality English
Occupation Radio presenter and magician's assistant
Spouse(s) Paul Daniels (1988–present)

Debra "Debbie" Ann McGee (born 31 October 1958) is an English television, radio and stage performer who is best known as the wife and assistant of magician Paul Daniels. McGee is a former ballet dancer and, for three years, she was artistic director of her own ballet company. She presents a Sunday morning show for BBC Radio Berkshire.


  • Early life and magic career 1
  • Other work 2
    • Dance company 2.1
    • Radio 2.2
    • Television and film 2.3
    • Other activities 2.4
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and magic career

McGee was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, to an English mother, Lillian 'Bubbles' Howes, and a Northern Irish father, Patrick McGee.[1] Her sister is a banker in the City of London and her brother is an accountant. When McGee was young her parents ran a corner shop. Later, her father worked for a large gold manufacturing firm making rings and other jewellery.[2]

McGee enjoyed music and dressing up from an early age, so her mother enrolled her in a dance school when she was seven. She attended Our Lady Immaculate RC Primary School in

  • Official website
  • Debbie McGee at BBC Programmes (BBC Radio Berkshire)
  • IMDb

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See also

On 21 August 2013, McGee took part in the Dead Air Podcast, a show hosted by Nick Lee and Rob Oldfield.[21]

In February 2009, McGee and Daniels appeared in Closer magazine in a picture recreating an image from an Armani advert that featured footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria.[19] Later in the summer of that year, she appeared in a fringe theatre show in London called Frank's Closet.[20]

In 2006 she and her friend Sue Simons started a modelling and casting agency called Debbie McGee Models. The firm was criticised in several British newspapers for taking fees from prospective models but not being able to find them work.[18] Sue Simons later resigned as a director and in December 2007 a one-line statement appeared on the agency's website saying the firm had been taken over. The website closed down soon afterwards. McGee has said she left the business to concentrate on life with her husband.

In 2005, she was appointed brand ambassador for 'Good Boy' chocolates.[17]

McGee continues to work alongside her husband in venues around the world. Also, according to the biography on her personal website, she has been writing a book for a long time. A cookery and party book written by McGee has appeared on WH Smith and Amazon websites called Dine with Debbie, although it is no longer in print.[4]

Other activities

In 2012, McGee made a cameo appearance as herself in an episode of the UK TV comedy drama Stella.

On 1 April 2007, McGee appeared along with her husband, Vanessa Feltz and her fiancé Ben Ofoedu in a celebrity edition of Channel 4's hit reality television show Wife Swap. In 2008 McGee appeared on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. On 14 September 2010, McGee appeared on the celebrity version of Come Dine With Me.

In October 2004, McGee and her husband appeared on The Farm, Five's version of the RTÉ show Celebrity Farm. In May 2006, she appeared on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars with her husband singing Let Me Entertain You by Robbie Williams. Debbie and Paul were knocked out in the first round of the talent show.

McGee was a guest on The Mrs Merton Show when she was asked, "So, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"[16]

In 2001, McGee appeared in a documentary, that challenged Daniels to be recognised as a famed magician in the United States within one week, called Paul Daniels in a Black Hole.

In 2000, McGee and Daniels were the subjects of an episode of a documentary filmed by Louis Theroux. The episode, titled When Louis Met... Paul and Debbie, was broadcast on BBC Two. It resulted in a boost in their profile and has led to other TV work for them.

Television and film

In 2004 McGee presented Box Jumpers, a two-part radio documentary about magician's assistants for BBC Radio 4.[8][14] She works as a presenter for BBC Radio Berkshire, where, since 8 June 2008, she has hosted a regular Sunday morning show from 9 am to noon.[15]


In 2000, McGee and Daniels set up Ballet Imaginaire to produce ballet shows and tour them around the country.[5] Ticket sales were reportedly poor. Preparations were recorded by Louis Theroux but were not broadcast until well after the company had stopped touring.

Dance company

Other work

Debbie McGee's pastimes include golf and she has played in celebrity charity events.[2] She has collaborated with novelist Susan Wilson on a number of books,[11] and she is known for her work with dogs.[12][13]

McGee has performed some magic herself, usually on the corporate cabaret circuit.

McGee achieved national and international fame through television appearances with Daniels. After seeing her on stage in the West End, BBC producer John Fisher asked Debbie to appear in the BBC One series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which had begun in 1979. That series continued until 1994 and regularly attracted audiences of 15 million in the UK and was sold to 43 countries.[7] Daniels regularly referred to McGee on his TV shows as "The lovely Debbie McGee", a phrase that entered popular culture as a stereotype for magicians' assistants.[8] Daniels and McGee were married in Buckinghamshire[9] in April 1988.[5][10]

She later joined Dougie Squires's Second Generation troupe as a dancer, which involved touring Europe with acts including Chris de Burgh and James Last. After winter work in pantomime, McGee joined Daniels again for his 1980 summer season in Bournemouth. She then performed in his London stage show It's Magic, which opened on 10 December 1980 and which, by the time it closed 14 months later, had become one of the longest running magic shows ever to play in the West End.[3]

Delfont found her a job performing on stage with magician Paul Daniels in his 1979 summer show in Great Yarmouth. She met Daniels on 23 May 1979 at rehearsals for the show, which were held at a church hall in London.[2][5][6]


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