Kelly Hoppen joins Dragons' Den

Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen

Interior designer and businesswoman Kelly Hoppen has joined the panel of BBC Two's hit show 'Dragons' Den', filling one of the seats vacated by Hilary Devey and Theo Paphitis.

Kelly Hoppen has joined 'Dragons' Den'.

The interior design guru and businesswoman will join the panel of the BBC Two show for its 11th series, replacing Hilary Devey, who departed the show last year after inking a deal with Channel 4.

She said: "I have always been passionate about championing entrepreneurs, so being able to take it to the next level by investing my money in innovative new businesses is very exciting.

"Having started my design business as a teenager, building a global brand through two recessions, I understand the reality of running a creative business. I'm looking forward to bringing a different perspective into the Den and to hopefully finding an undiscovered gem or two."

Executive producer Ceri Aston added: "Kelly is an exciting addition to the 'Dragons' Den' line-up. With her creative energy, business acumen and acute sense of style, she embodies everything that's great about British design. I'm thrilled to have her on board."

Producers are still searching for a replacement for Theo Paphitis, who announced he is quitting the show after nine years earlier this month.

Long-time stars Duncan Bannatyne and Peter Jones - who have been with the series since its launch in 2005 - will return for the 11th series, along with Deborah Meaden, who has been on the show since its third series.


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