Carole Caplin

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Carole Caplin
Born (1962-01-08) 8 January 1962 (age 52)
Residence London
Occupation Health and wellbeing consultant[1]
Website
bowskillclinic.com/carole/

Carole Caplin (born 8 January 1962)[2] was the style adviser to Cherie Blair and a fitness adviser to Tony Blair, when he was the British Prime Minister.[3][4] She was controversial because of her relationship with the convicted conman Peter Foster.[3]

Early life[edit]

Caplin and her elder sister were brought up by her mother, Sylvia, of Jewish descent,[3] who was a ballet dancer with the Festival Ballet until a car crash ended her dancing career.[5] Her mother divorced her father, a furrier, when Carole was a toddler.[3][1] Caplin was educated at Glendower, a private school in South Kensington, Lillsden School for Girls, a boarding school in Kent, and Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School.[5]

She was as a child actor in the film Accident (1967), which has a screenplay by Harold Pinter,[6] and in television advertisements.[1] In 1980 she became a member of the burlesque pop band Shock.[1]

Career[edit]

According to The Observer, during the 1980s Caplin worked for the telemarketing company Programmes Ltd, and became involved in the related Exegesis alternative therapy programme. Later Caplin set up a series of health and well-being companies.[7]

Caplin has written a number of health and well-being books,[8] and appeared in several television programmes, including presenting her own Channel 4 programme The Carole Caplin Treatment.[6]

Cheriegate[edit]

In 2002, Caplin hit the newspaper headlines in the scandal referred to as "Cheriegate"[9] because of her involvement with Peter Foster, an Australian with criminal convictions,[10][11][12] who assisted the Prime Minister's wife, Cherie Blair, in the purchase of two flats in Bristol. Cherie Blair tried to distance herself from Foster and briefed the press office at 10 Downing Street to make a public statement claiming that Foster was not involved with the deal. She was caught out when Foster provided evidence that she had lied.[13] She then made a public apology, tearfully reading a prepared statement blaming her "misfortune" on the pressures of running a family and being a mother.[3] She again tried to distance herself from Foster, but it was later revealed that she and Tony Blair had agreed to be godparents to the yet-to-be born child of Carole Caplin (Caplin later miscarried).[14]

Daily Mail libel case[edit]

In 2010 Caplin started libel proceedings against the Daily Mail for a newspaper article that suggested that Caplin might have been considering selling the story of her time with the Blairs and to "blow the lid on Tony and Cherie Blair’s sex secrets".[15] It was announced on 1 November 2011 that Caplin has accepted "substantial" damages from the newspaper for the false claims the Mail had made.[16]

News of the World phone-hacking target[edit]

On 1 November 2011 Caplin announced that the Metropolitan Police had told her that her mobile phone was probably hacked on the instructions of the News of the World. Caplin's spokesman stated "Dating from 2002, Ms Caplin's is one of the earliest cases so far discovered and the police investigation has yet to uncover all the available evidence. Once she is able to establish the extent of this invasion of her privacy, Ms Caplin will decide what further action to take."[17]

Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former communications director, told the Leveson inquiry that it was "at least possible" that press stories about Cherie Blair had been obtained by hacking Caplin's phone, and he had apologised to Caplin that he had earlier accused her of tipping off newspapers.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d David Vincent (13 May 2012). "Carole Caplin interview: "I'm a survivor"". The Observer. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Curtis, Nick (9 January 2004). "So who really is who?". Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 September 2004. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Brockes, Emma (9 January 2006). "Gym'll fix it". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  4. ^ Helen Pidd (1 September 2010). "Tony Blair admits error of judgment over Carole Caplin". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Annabel Rivkin (27 April 2009). "Carry on Carole". Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Carole Caplin at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Jamie Doward and Ben Whitford (21 September 2003). "Cult taught Cherie's guru to confront demons". The Observer. Archived from the original on 23 September 2003. 
  8. ^ Carole Caplin, Google Books]
  9. ^ Assinder, Nick (10 December 2002). "Can Blair end "Cheriegate"?". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  10. ^ Brown, Malcolm (6 January 2007). "A few inconvenient untruths". The Age (Melbourne). 
  11. ^ Serial fraudster who keeps bouncing back, Jeevan Vasagar, The Guardian, 6 December 2002, Retrieved 27 May 2009
  12. ^ The man behind Cherie's 'regret', BBC News, 14 December 2002, Retrieved 25 May 2009
  13. ^ Lucy Cockcroft, Andy Bloxham (13 May 2008). "Cherie Blair: My rift with Alistair Campbell". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  14. ^ "Cherie says 'sorry' for Foster dealings", BBC News, 10 December 2002
  15. ^ Steven Swinford (26 May 2011). "Carole Caplin: I didn't sleep with Tony Blair". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Blair adviser Carole Caplin wins Daily Mail libel damages", BBC News, 1 November 2011
  17. ^ James Robinson (1 November 2011). "Phone hacking: Carole Caplin told she was target". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  18. ^ Lisa O'Carroll (30 November 2011). "Alastair Campbell: phone hacking 'possibly' revealed Cherie Blair's pregnancy". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2012.