Laura Hamilton

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Laura Hamilton
Laura Hamilton - Dancing on Ice 2011.jpg
Hamilton on the Dancing on Ice tour in 2011
Born (1982-04-24) 24 April 1982 (age 32)
Greenwich, London, UK[citation needed]
Residence Surrey
Nationality British
Education Dartford Grammar School for Girls
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 2005–present
Height 5 feet 2 inches (1. 57 m)
Television Fun Song Factory
Nickheads
Nickelodeon UK Kids' Awards
Toonattik
Wake Up World on Nick Jr
Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge
A Place in the Sun
Beat My Build
Spouse(s) Alex Goward (2012–present)
Website
Official website

Laura Hamilton (born 24 April 1982) is a British television presenter who participated in Dancing on Ice 2011, finishing in second place. She currently presents A Place in the Sun (since 2012) and new show Beat My Build (2013) for Channel 4 and Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge for ITV.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

After gaining A-Levels at Dartford Grammar School for Girls, she turned down an offer to study Law and Psychology at university, for a one-year contract at Channel 4 television as a runner making tea for Dermot O'Leary. She gained enough experience to leave and left Channel 4 after her contract ended.

She then began working as a freelance Assistant Floor Manager, in doing so, she worked on a variety of productions including Top of the Pops, The Buckingham Palace Jubilee Celebrations, The Games, T4, Party in the Park, Robbie Williams at Knebworth and Big Brother. Hamilton then went on to work as a 2nd/3rd Assistant Director on TV shows such as Family Affairs, The Bill, and films including Harry Potter and Stardust with the skills she acquired previously. Overall, she worked "behind the camera lens" for 4 years in assistant roles before her first on-screen TV debut.

She has also worked for many production companies and broadcasters including ITV, Channel 5, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Disney XD (Disney Channel in some countries).

Television and film career[edit]

Her first break in front of the camera came as ‘Melody’ in the popular pre-school show Fun Song Factory for CITV, which she played for two and a half years until the show ended in 2006. She had appeared alongside Aston Merrygold from JLS on Fun Song Factory. She also appeared in the films Dead Man's Cards in 2006 and Magicians in 2007. She was also the face of Citibank for their European campaign.[1]

In 2006, Hamilton became the female face of kids' TV channel Nickelodeon, and has presented Nickheads, Slime Across the UK in summer 2007, and ME:TV (LIVE) for the channel. She has also presented the Nickelodeon UK Kids' Awards on MTV, with McFly in 2007, and Dannii Minogue in 2008.

In March 2008, Hamilton started guest presenting on GMTV’s Toonattik. She was involved in the Endemol-produced The Bratz Design Academy in late 2008 where children got to become fashion designers and design a dress that she wore to an awards ceremony. In 2009, Hamilton co-hosted the UK version of Staraoke on Boomerang with Nigel Clarke.[2]

On 18 December 2010, Hamilton was revealed as one of the 16 celebrities to participate in ITV1's flagship show, Dancing on Ice in 2011.[3]

In early 2011, amongst a few others, she was in discussions with Simon Cowell to present The Xtra Factor 2011. She decided to quit her job with Nickelodeon to move away from children's television.

On 4 October 2011, Hamilton appeared on the Channel 5 show Real Food Family Cook Off as a guest judge alongside chef Ainsley Harriott.[4]

On 17 February 2012, Hamilton appeared in Series 11 of The Real Hustle, as a participant.[5]

On 24 March 2012, Hamilton appeared on Winter Wipeout's first celebrity special.[6][7] She failed to progress to the "Wipeout Zone" final, after being eliminated in 4th place at the 'Winter Blunderland' stage.

On 13 December 2012, Hamilton appeared on Celebrity Eggheads alongside Alistair Appleton, Simon O'Brien, Ed Hall and Angus Purden in the "house and home experts" team.

In 2014, she participated in the first series of The Jump and left the competition on day 5, after narrowly losing the ski jump-off against Donal MacIntyre.

Current work[edit]

Since January 2012, she presents the revived series of Fort Boyard for CITV now called Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge, which has also aired on Disney XD in the USA since October 2011.[8] She co-hosted alongside American actor, Geno Segers in series 1 & 2 and former Blue Peter presenter, Andy Akinwolere from series 3.

On 24 August 2011, it was announced in Hello Magazine that Laura is a new presenter, joining the team of Channel 4's award-winning show, A Place in the Sun.[9] Her first episode aired on 6 February 2012.

Her new show Beat my Build aired on Channel 4 in November 2013.

She occasionally presents outside broadcasts and viewer competitions; currently for ITV's weekday breakfast programme, Daybreak. As a keen writer, Laura regularly writes for A Place in the Sun magazine and also reviews hotels for national publications.

From the end of June 2013, she joined Hello Magazine as a 'Celebrity Blogger'.

Dancing on Ice[edit]

Hamilton took part and came second place in the 2011 series of popular ITV show Dancing on Ice with Canadian professional Colin Ratushniak. They were top of the leaderboard four times during the competition; Qualifier 1 with a score of 19.5 out of 30, week 4 with a score of 25.5 out of 30, week 5 with a score of 25.5 out of 30 and week 7 with a score of 28.5 out of 30/57.0 out of 60.

In week 7 of the competition, Laura captained a team in the 'team challenge'. The judges decided her group's performance was the better of the two and thus, every skater in her team had their points doubled, therefore Laura and Colin's score for that week was 57.0 out of a possible 60.

They were only the fourth couple in Dancing on Ice history to achieve a perfect score of 30.0 out of 30.0 when they performed their favourite routine to "I'm So Excited" in the Final. They came second place overall. She also took part in Dancing on Ice: The Tour 2011 along with Ratushniak.

Performances & results[edit]

Key TC = Team Challenge SO = Skate-Off DP = Double Points
Week Song Artist Score Leaderboard
Qualifier 1 "My Life Would Suck Without You" Kelly Clarkson 16 1st (SO)
1 "All the Lovers" Kylie Minogue 19.5 =2nd
2 "Whenever Wherever" Shakira 20 2nd
3 "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Celine Dion 24 2nd
4 "You Can't Stop the Beat" Cast of Hairspray 25.5 1st
5 "Stop" Sam Brown 25.5 1st
6 "Upside Down" Paloma Faith 24.5 =2nd (SO)
7 "I'm So Excited" Pointer Sisters 28.5 1st
TC "Rockin' All Over the World" Status Quo 57 (DP) 1st
8 "Rolling in the Deep" The Overtones 25.5 2nd
Semi Final "The Last Dance" Clare Maguire 28.0 2nd
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" Jessica Simpson 26.5 2nd
Final "Express Yourself" Madonna 26 Runner Up
"I'm So Excited" Pointer Sisters 30
Boléro Ravel N/A

Charity work[edit]

Hamilton is an ambassador for the charities Wellchild and REACH: The Association for Children with Hand or Arm Deficiency. She also raises money for Arthritis Care and supports When you Wish Upon a Star and the Children's Trust, Tadworth.

Personal life[edit]

Laura is the elder of two children. She grew up in Dartford, Kent and now lives in Surrey with her husband Alex Goward whom she married on 22 September 2012.[10] A keen skier and snowboarder, she also enjoys travelling and going to the theatre. She has visited many countries around the world including India, North Africa, Cuba, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Fiji, Iceland and parts of America. Laura has been developing properties since the age of 19 when she completed her first project which was entirely self funded.[11] It was announced on Twitter that Laura had given birth to a baby boy called Rocco on 13 November 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dead Man's Cards". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. ]
  2. ^ "Staraoke". UKGameshows. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Full 'Dancing On Ice' lineup revealed - Dancing on Ice News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Episode 3 | Real Food Family Cook Off". Channel 5. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  5. ^ "BBC Three - The Real Hustle, Series 11: Celebrity Chancers, Episode 4". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  6. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  7. ^ "BBC One - Winter Wipeout, Celebrity Special 1". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  8. ^ "Zodiak Rights". Zodiakkids.com. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  9. ^ "TV presenter Laura Hamilton announces that she is engaged to boyfriend Alex Goward". hellomagazine.com. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  10. ^ "Dancing on Ice's Laura Hamilton: 'Bullies said my boobs were too big.. now Jason says my legs are stumpy' - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. 2011-02-05. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]

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