We're so glad he's doing ok today! After battling private health issues for years, TV star Dale Winton — the former host of Dale’s Supermarket Sweep, the British version of the American game show Supermarket Sweep — is making a comeback. Until 2015, Dale, 62, was all over British television, but when he disappeared (and even missed the funeral of his best friend and fellow TV presenter Cilla Black) fans understandably grew concerned. At one point, his spokesperson even had to assure the public that Dale was alive. “Dale is fine,” his rep told the Daily Mirror in 2016. "There is something exciting planned for him in 2017."
Dale in 2016. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Until recently, Dale's last on-screen appearance was a 2016 episode of the British talk show Loose Women, during which he revealed his battle with depression and alluded to other health issues. He said a recent, bad breakup only made his mental health worse. "I should have taken myself off the TV, but I didn't. Listen, there are worse things in the world, but I had depression and I didn't realize. I always thought, 'Get over yourself.' But my mum died of it. It exists, and anybody out there who has had it knows it exists. I didn't want to put one foot in front of the other but for a couple of really good friends… I wanted to withdraw but you know what this business is like. I didn't look great."
Dale’s life has been particularly hard, even before these rough last few years. His father, Gary Winton, died when he was just 13 years old and as he said, his mother, actress Sheree Winton, died by suicide after her own battle with clinical depression. But the star hasn't let those personal tragedies hinder his showbiz ambitions. In addition to his job hosting Dale’s Supermarket Sweep, he has also presented game shows In It to Win It and Hole in the Wall. And now he’s finally back on TV on the travelogue Florida Fly Drive, visiting tourist attractions in the Sunshine State. We're so glad you're back in the spotlight, Dale!