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|Born||Mary Christine Holman
10 November 1949
|Occupation||Media personality, public speaker|
Christine Hamilton (born Mary Christine Holman, 10 November 1949 in Bournemouth) is a British media personality and author, and the wife of former Member of Parliament Neil Hamilton, who was Minister for Corporate Affairs between 1992 and 1994.
She is most famous for her defence of the allegations of corruption and 'cash for questions' made against her husband whilst he was an MP. The failure of their attempt to sue Mohamed Al-Fayed led to the former MP going bankrupt.
After many years working as secretary to various MPs, first Wilfred Proudfoot, then Gerald Nabarro and latterly her husband – she came to wider public attention when she confronted her husband's opponent Martin Bell on Knutsford Heath during the 1997 general election campaign. After the election, Christine and Neil Hamilton appeared together on Have I Got News For You, an appearance that established her as a chat-show personality and she subsequently appeared on myriad programmes including her own 'Christine Hamilton Show' on BBC Choice where she interviewed celebrities who had 'been through stormy waters' of some kind, ranging from Jonathan Aitken to James Hewitt, from Bernard Manning to Ivana Trump, and from Paul Merson to John Fashanu. She appeared in the first reality television programme, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2002, coming third. In 1999, she was on the front-page of The Sun when she was snapped kissing young Conservative Will Goodhand at an Oxford University Conservative Association dinner.
Along with her husband, Christine Hamilton was arrested in May 2001 by police investigating an alleged rape that was quickly found to be entirely false. Hamilton described the experience as ".. ghastly and humiliating" and said, "The whole thing is just nonsense on stilts." Their accuser, Nadine Milroy-Sloan, was later imprisoned for attempting to pervert the course of justice. The police made a full apology.
She has published The Book of British Battleaxes and her Autobiography 'For Better For Worse' . She writes many articles for various newspapers and magazines and is active on the public speaking circuit.
Christine was the first woman to take the role of 'Narrator' in the Rocky Horror Show during its 30th Anniversary tour, appeared in pantomime at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford as "Bossy Fair Battleaxe" in Jack & the Beanstalk, as the Fairy Godmotherin Cinderella at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, toured her One-Woman Show 'Share an Evening with Christine Hamilton', and appeared several times in The Vagina Monologues, including in the West End at Wyndhams Theatre. Christine Hamilton and her husband have also had a show at the Edinburgh Festival in recent years. She was the first 'Face of British Sausage Week' and in summer 2010, she appeared in Celebrity Masterchef, reaching the final alongside Dick Strawbridge and eventual winner Lisa Faulkner.
Her autobiography For Better For Worse: Her Own Story was published in 2005. In April 1997 Daily Mail columnist Lynda Lee Potter said of her: "Christine has the courage of the early Christian martyrs. With more women like her Britain would never have lost the Empire." She tweets as @brit_battleaxe.
Selected TV appearances
- GMTV (2001 - 2005) as discussion contributor
- Countdown (2003) as dictionary corner assistant
- Loose Women (2004, 2011) as guest panellist
- This Week (2005 -) as discussion contributor/reporter
- The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007 - 2011) as discussion contributor
- This Morning (2009 -) as occasional newspaper reviewer
- The Wright Stuff (2012 -) as panellist
- Find My Past: England & Wales births 1837 -2006 - Holman, Mary Christine Linked 2013-05-10
- 2001: Hamiltons condemn 'sex assault' arrest at bbc.co.uk/onthisday
- "Actress Lisa Faulkner takes MasterChef title". BBC News. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
- Google Books: For Better, for Worse: Her Own Story (ISBN 1-86105-670-2) Linked 2013-05-10