Christine Bleakley

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Christine Bleakley
Born Christine Louise Bleakley
(1979-02-02) 2 February 1979 (age 37)
Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland
Residence New York City, United States
Education Queen's University of Belfast
Occupation Television and radio presenter
Years active 1997–present
Employer Radio Aire 2 (2015)
ITV (2010—)
BBC (2004–2010)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Television The One Show (2007–2010)
Daybreak (2010–2011)
ITV Specials (2010–2014)
Text Santa (2011–2015)
Dancing on Ice (2012–2014)
This Morning (2013–2015)
Wild Ireland (2015)
Spouse(s) Frank Lampard (m. 2015)
Parent(s) Frederick and Mina Bleakley
Website Official Twitter

Christine Louise Bleakley (Born 2 February 1979) is a Northern Irish broadcaster, best known for her television work with the BBC and ITV.

She has presented various shows with Adrian Chiles such as The One Show (2007–2010) and Daybreak (2010–2011) and more recently Dancing on Ice (2012–2014) and This Morning (2013–2015) with Phillip Schofield.[1][2] More recently, Bleakley has presented factual series for ITV including Off The Beaten Track (2013) and Wild Ireland (2015).

Early life[edit]

Bleakley was born in Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Northern Ireland, to mother Mina and father Frederic, and grew up in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland.[3] She has a younger sister, Nicola.[4]

Bleakley started her television career as a runner and then trained to become a floor manager while studying for her A-Levels at Bloomfield Collegiate School in Ballyhackamore, Belfast. She continued to work at BBC NI while studying for a politics degree at Queen's University, Belfast. Bleakley did not complete her degree course, however, instead moving into television work full-time.[5]

Career[edit]

BBC[edit]

Bleakley moved into television with BBC Northern Ireland hosting a wide variety of shows. One of her programmes was called Sky High which saw her flying around Northern Ireland in a helicopter in 2004. A weekly entertainment show called First Stop followed, and she also hosted Would You Pass The 11+[6][7] and BBC NI coverage of Children in Need.[8] She also took part in cookery show, Spill the Beans.[9]

Outside Northern Ireland, Bleakley co-hosted the BBC Two's Let Me Entertain You with Brian Conley.[10] In July 2007, she became co-host of The One Show on BBC One, replacing Myleene Klass as the female co-host. Bleakley and Adrian Chiles hosted the show for three years.[10] On 20 January 2010, comedian Patrick Kielty was a guest on The One Show, when he revealed Bleakley's mobile number to the camera, to prove that he had her number to celebrate their double birthday celebrations. Within five minutes of Kielty's mistake, Bleakley was bombarded with calls and text messages. She has since changed her number.[11]

In October 2009, Christine co-presented The Teaching Awards alongside Jeremy Vine on BBC Two.[12] In 2009, Bleakley occasionally hosted The National Lottery Draws on BBC One. Bleakley co-hosted a segment of the Sport Relief telethon with Gary Lineker in March 2010.

When Chiles left the BBC in 2010, there was a great deal of speculation on whether Bleakley would extend her BBC contract or move to ITV.[13] After the speculation, Bleakley also left The One Show to join ITV as the co-host of Daybreak following Adrian Chiles' departure from the BBC to ITV. Questions were raised in Parliament over the size and scale of the proposed £900,000 per year two-year BBC contract.[14] Shortly after she fired her long-term manager and signed with Chiles' management company, on 20 June 2010, the BBC announced that it had withdrawn an offer to extend her current contract.[14] Later that day ITV (owners of GMTV) announced she would again partner Chiles by co-hosting the revamped breakfast show with him, and also hosting other entertainment programmes.[1] On 8 July 2010, the BBC confirmed that Bleakley was not returning to The One Show after the programme returned from the World Cup break on 12 July.[15]

ITV[edit]

Bleakley moved to ITV less than three hours after the BBC had withdrawn their £1 million offer for her to remain on the channel. She joined ITV on a four-year contract worth £4 million.

On 6 September 2010, Bleakley joined Chiles to host ITV Breakfast's Daybreak. The programme suffered mixed reviews and poor viewing figures in its first weeks on air,[16][17] and Bleakley herself was the subject of criticism.[18] On 18 November 2011, Bleakley and co-presenter Chiles were replaced by Dan Lobb and Kate Garraway who presented on an interim basis. In September 2012, they were replaced by Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly.[19]

From 2011 until 2015, Bleakley co-hosted ITV's Christmas telethon Text Santa. In 2011, 2014 and 2015, she co-hosted the charity appeal with Phillip Schofield and with Paddy McGuinness in 2012 and 2013.[20]

Bleakley has hosted a number of ITV Specials, including Simply Red: For the Last Time in 2010,[21] Duran Duran: One Night Only in 2011[22] and Michael Flatley: A Night to Remember in 2014.[23]

On Boxing Day 2012, Bleakley hosted That Dog Can Dance.[24]

In 2011, Bleakley became Phillip Schofield's co-presenter on Dancing on Ice, replacing Holly Willoughby who joined The Voice UK. She presented three series of the show between 2012 and 2014 when it came to an end after the ninth series on 9 March 2014.[25] For each episode of Dancing on Ice, Bleakley was paid £24,163. When she was hosting the show, she was the highest paid female television star, earning around £400 per minute.[26][27]

On 11 May 2011, Bleakley presented The National Movie Awards.[28]

On 1 November 2013, Bleakley began presenting a series called Off The Beaten Track. On 3 March 2014, the show was axed, despite good viewing figures.[29] Of this announcement, a spokesperson for the channel said "We're looking at several other projects to work on with Christine, who remains a big part of the ITV presenting line-up".

Bleakley was a frequent stand-in host on This Morning, subbing whenever Phillip Schofield or Holly Willoughby were unable to appear.[26][30][31]

On 23 December 2014, Bleakley co-hosted one-off documentary Roman Britain From the Air with Michael Scott.[32][33] On 27 December 2014, Bleakley hosted the one-off magic special Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality.[34] and acted as Oake's assistant in two illusions, first being made to appear on a large motorcycle and then being sawed in half in Oake's Clearly Impossible sawing illusion.

In 2015, Bleakley hosted the six-part documentary series Wild Ireland which saw her travel across the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. The show began airing on 13 April 2015.[35]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Main article: Strictly Come Dancing

In 2008, Bleakley took part in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing, in which she was partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler.[36] Bleakley and Cutler were eliminated on 30 November 2008, leaving the competition in 5th place, after Rachel Stevens and her partner Vincent Simone beat them in the dance-off.[37]

Week Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Arlene Phillips Bruno Tonioli Total
2 Foxtrot / "The Way You Look Tonight" 6 6 8 7 27 Safe
4 Quickstep / "She's So Lovely" 6 6 7 7 26 Safe
5 Samba / "Baila, Baila Conmigo" 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
6 Paso Doble / "Fighter" 3 6 7 6 22 Safe
7 American Smooth / "Singin' in the Rain" 7 7 8 7 29 Safe
8 Jive / "Jailhouse Rock" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
9 Waltz / "See the Day" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
10 Cha Cha Cha / "I Like It Like That" 6 6 8 7 27 Safe
11 Tango / "Addicted to Love" 6 7 8 7 28 N/A
11 Salsa / "Cosmic Girl" 7 7 8 8 30 Eliminated

Radio[edit]

At the beginning of her career, Bleakley worked at Belfast Citybeat as a newsreader and presenter, working with Stephen Nolan.[38]

From January to March 2015, Bleakley presented a Sunday afternoon programme called Sunday Lunch from 3 to 4pm on Magic Radio.[39][40]

Film[edit]

Bleakley was the voice of the Newsreader in the 1998 film Divorcing Jack[41] and the voice of Sandra in the 2010 film A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures.[42]

Other work[edit]

In 2010 and 2011, Bleakley was on the judging panel for The Pride of Britain Awards.[43]

On 20 March 2010, Bleakley made her stand-up comedy debut when she took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London.[44]

In August 2014, Bleakley was announced as the new brand ambassador for Soft & Gentle anti-perspirant.[45]

Awards[edit]

In November 2010, Bleakley was awarded the title 'Top TV Host' at the 2010 Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards.[46][47]

Personal life[edit]

Bleakley dated Belfast Giants star Curtis Bowen as she started her TV career. After breaking up with Bowen in 2003, Bleakley dated Dublin restaurant owner Christian Stokes to whom she got engaged in 2004.[48] She was then in a relationship with entrepreneur Mark Beirne for 3 years until they split in January 2009.[49][50]

In October 2009, after attending the Pride of Britain Awards, Bleakley began a relationship with footballer Frank Lampard.[51][52] The couple married in Knightsbridge, London on 20 December 2015.[53][54] She assumed her husband's surname.[55]

Charity[edit]

Bleakley is a Northern Ireland ambassador for The Prince's Trust.[10]

In 2010, Bleakley did a water skiing challenge, raising £1,321,623 for Sport Relief. In the same year, her co-host on The One Show, Adrian Chiles grew a beard, which was later shaved off by Bleakley for Sport Relief, raising £60,000 in the process.[56]

In 2012, Bleakley took part in a 5 km run for Cancer Research UK with Heidi Range and Roxanne Pallett. She ran through Blackheath on 1 July.[57]

In 2014, Bleakley became a Sainsbury's Active Kids ambassador, which encourages children to be more physical at school.[58]

Bleakley is a patron for the Sparks children's charity. In 2015, she hosted the charity's winter ball for the first time.[59] She also supported the Text Santa appeal and presented their annual telethon from 2011 until 2015.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes Channel
2006–2007 Let Me Entertain You Co-presenter With Brian Conley BBC
2007–2010 The One Show Co-presenter With Adrian Chiles
2009 The Teaching Awards Co-presenter 1 episode, with Jeremy Vine
The National Lottery Draws Presenter Occasional episodes
2010 Sport Relief Co-presenter 1 episode; with Gary Lineker
2010–2011 Daybreak Co-presenter With Adrian Chiles and Dan Lobb ITV
2010 Simply Red: For the Last Time Presenter One-off special
2011 Duran Duran: One Night Only Presenter One-off special
National Movie Awards Presenter 1 episode
Westlife: For the Last Time Presenter One-off special
2011–2015 Text Santa Co-presenter With Phillip Schofield and Paddy McGuinness
2012–2014 Dancing on Ice Co-presenter With Phillip Schofield
2012 This is Lionel Richie Presenter One-off special
That Dog Can Dance Presenter One-off special
2013–2015 This Morning[60] Stand-in presenter Regular stand-in presenter
2013 Off The Beaten Track Presenter Primetime documentary series
2014 Michael Flatley: A Night to Remember Presenter One-off special
Spandau Ballet: True Gold Presenter One-off special
Roman Britain From the Air Co-presenter One-off special, with Dr. Michael Scott
Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality Co-presenter One-off special
2015 Wild Ireland Presenter Primetime documentary series
Guest appearances
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Divorcing Jack Newsreader Voice only
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Sandra Voice only
Radio
Year Title Role Notes
Belfast Citybeat Newsreader With Stephen Nolan
2015 Sunday Lunch[69] Presenter Sundays, 3–4pm

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