Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly’s real name is not Tess [Wenn]
Tess Daly started her TV presenting career in 2001, and has since hosted hit show from Sport Relief to SMTV Live to Strictly Come Dancing.
Vernon Kay’s wife – who recently spoke out about Bruce Forsyth’s tragic death – has been known as Tess since her career began.
Which makes it even more shocking to fans to find out that the mum-of-two isn’t actually called Tess.
In 1969, Tess Daly was actually born Helen Elizabeth Daly.
The Strictly Come Dancing host was in fact born Helen Elizabeth [BBC]
Tess Daly will be returning in September for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing [Getty]
But why did the star change her name to Tess?
Tess is short for names such as Theresa, Esther or Tessainne, not Helen – which makes the idea behind the name change even more confusing.
Claudia Winkleman’s co-host has never spoken out about changing her name, however, many stars create stage names when they go into show buissness.
Another star who has changed their name for fame is actress Meghan Markle.
It is not clear why Tess changed her name, however, it is not uncommon for celebrities to create stage names [Getty]
Prince Harry’s girlfriend was actually named Rachel by her parents when she was born.
Like his girlfriend, Prince Harry was also not born Harry, with his real name shocking his fans.