Erica Roe

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Erika Roe (born 1957), also known as the Twickenham Streaker, is remembered for a topless run across the pitch of Twickenham Stadium during an England vs. Australia rugby union match on 2 January 1982. It has been described by the BBC as "perhaps the most famous of all streaks."[1] Roe, who later attributed the inspiration to alcohol, ran onto the field during half time, exposing her 40-inch bosom.[2] Roe and the friend who joined her streak (Sarah Bennett)[3] were corralled by officials. Her breasts were covered by "a ridiculous man, with his [Union Jack] flag".[4]

While Roe was not the first or the last streaker at an athletic event, in 2007 The Independent of London declared that her "memorable" streak made her a suitable icon to represent all such streakers in their article on sports interruptions.[5] The event prompted Manchester Confidential to dub her "the most famous British streaker."[6]

Roe's continuing notoriety saw her appear on the nostalgic British TV programmes After They Were Famous (1999) and '80s Mania (2001).[7][8]

She was working at that time in a bookstore in Petersfield, Hampshire, but moved with her husband and children to Portugal to become an organic farmer of sweet potatoes.[9]

In December 2014, at the age of 56, Roe released a topless calendar in support of breast cancer research in memory of her sister who died from the disease; the photographs for the calendar were shot by her daughter, Imogen.[10]

In March 2016 she appeared as a contestant on series 3 of The Island with Bear Grylls.[11]

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