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Meet the celebrity judges for this year's National Cat Awards

Alan Dedicoat: Host

Alan "Deadly'' Dedicoat has probably the most recognisable voice in Britain! Known as the ‘Voice of God’ and the ‘Voice of the Balls’, thanks to his work on the BBC’s National Lottery programmes, the senior continuity announcer is also famous for voicing the hugely successful Strictly Come Dancing.

Alan was a regular sidekick to Sir Terry Wogan on Radio 2’s popular breakfast show, has hosted his own show on Mellow Magic and across the Atlantic works on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

This is Alan’s seventh time hosting the National Cat Awards.

Deborah Meaden - Outstanding Rescue Cat judge

Businesswoman, mentor and entrepreneur Deborah is best known for her appearances and shrewd investments on the successful BBC show Dragon’s Den.

A keen philanthropist and environmental campaigner she has also appeared as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing and is regularly on TV commenting on business stories.

Deborah is a big animal lover and shares her home with two cats, as well as dogs, horses, sheep and birds! 

Max and Harvey - Furr-ever Friends judges

UK gen Z phenomenon Max and Harvey built their diehard fan base as social media creators and runners-up on the celebrity version of The X Factor. The 19-year-old Berkshire-based twin brothers and musicians have dominated TikTok since its early stages, and have since brought their music to the main stage at Camp Bestival, The Big Feastival and Butlins UK.

In 2018, they took home the Radio Disney Music Award for Favourite Social Music Artist. They’ve recently wrapped their second season of the Spotify Original Podcast, The Max & Harvey Podcast. With millions of followers across digital platforms and millions of streams on their original songs, the duo are currently writing and recording new music due to be released later this year.

Their family cat is called Pingu.

Dr Scott Miller - Cat Colleagues presenter

Dr Scott Miller can be seen on our screens regularly as the resident vet on popular ITV programme This Morning, as well as on Channel 4’s Vet On The Hill.

Dr Scott is a true advocate for animals campaigning for their welfare and regularly appearing in the press to discuss animal topics.

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Dr Scott has over 20 years of veterinary and broadcasting experience and recently published a book on how to raise a puppy.  

Bob Mortimer - Cat Colleagues announcer

One of the UK’s best loved comedians and TV stars Bob Mortimer has been part of double act Reeves and Mortimer for over 25 years, starting with Channel 4’s Vic Reeves’ Big Night In, and continuing with more hit shows including the BBC’s Shooting Stars and House of Fools.

He currently appears with fellow comic Paul Whitehouse in the BBC’s much loved and multi-BAFTA-nominated show Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. Bob’s much-anticipated autobiography was released last year and became a number one bestseller.

He has one cat called Goodmonson.

Frankie and David Seaman - Most Caring Cat judges

Professional skater Frankie made her debut in the hit ITV competition Dancing on Ice in 2007 and went on to star in another eight series.

Former England goalkeeper David played for Leeds, Birmingham City, QPR, Arsenal and Manchester City over a 23-year goalkeeping career with highlights including winning the Premier League three times and starring in England’s run to the semi-finals of the European Championship in 1996.

David, who has a successful podcast Seaman Says, recently appeared on Celebrity Bullseye to raise funds for Cats Protection and Frankie volunteers by fostering kittens, as well as looking after their own cats Smokey and Willow.

Gaynor Faye - overall winner judge

One of our most recognisable actors Gaynor most recently starred on television as Cheryl in the award-winning new series The Syndicate for the BBC. She is also known for playing Megan Macey in Emmerdale and Judy Mallet in Coronation Street.

On screen, Gaynor has also starred in Fat Friends, Playing the Field, The Chase, Between the Sheets and Casualty. On stage, Gaynor made her West End debut and toured in the original cast of Calendar Girls and most recently starred as Kellie Bryce in Looking Good Dead. Gaynor also has a penchant for ice skates and sequins and was the original Queen of Dancing on Ice!

Her cats are called Boo and Messi.

Elizabeth Rizzini - overall winner judge

Elizabeth has been a BBC weather presenter for over 10 years since her training at the Met Office. She presents TV and radio weather broadcasts for both national and regional BBC stations, says ‘sunny spells’ a lot and has also appeared on Newsround, Gogglebox and the Antiques Roadshow.

The glamorous Elizabeth is a massive tennis fan and regularly presents from Wimbledon and also has a special interest in space weather having presented a weekly stargazers forecast on the longest running BBC TV show The Sky at Night.

She lives in London with her family and cats Louie and Mabel.

Riyadh Khalaf - overall winner judge

Riyadh Khalaf is a TV and radio broadcaster, author, online video creator, podcast host, public speaker and LGBTQ+ activist. Riyadh was crowned the Celebrity MasterChef champion in 2020 after impressing the judges with his show-stopping culinary creations.

Best known for fronting the ground-breaking BBC documentary series Queer Britain Riyadh has also worked for The One Show and Radio 1. His debut book titled Yay! You’re Gay! Now What? was released worldwide in May 2019 and became a number one bestseller.

He lives with his beloved cat Clare.

Ginny Lemon - overall winner judge

Ginny is a singer-songwriter, improvisational comedienne, character actor and – thanks to their unique perspective on life – now one of the UK’s most celebrated drag artists.

A breakout star of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2, they have performed to sell-out audiences across the UK, made several television appearances for BBC and ITV and opened for legendary queer director and comedian John Waters.

Ginny is releasing their first studio album, Tonic, this summer and lives in the Midlands with their cat Madge.

Ellen White - overall winner judge

Ellen is one of the most successful English international footballers, playing forward for both the Lionesses and Manchester City. She is the record goal scorer for the England women’s team, has been named International Player of the Year three times and has competed in three FIFA World Cups, winning the Bronze Boot in 2019.

Ellen appeared in the first Women’s FA Cup final to take place at Wembley Stadium and now with 106 caps for England is currently playing in the Euros.

Ellen lives with her husband and cats Chalkie and Oreo. 

 

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