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Barker in 2010
|Known for||Interior design and television presenter|
Born in Shelf, on the outskirts of Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Barker was educated at Bradford Girls' Grammar School before studying Fine Arts at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design in Farnham (now the University for the Creative Arts). She then did odd jobs in various areas including fashion, before settling into a career as an interior designer. An accomplished painter, she did up her flat in Battersea and was the subject of a House Beautiful magazine spread on interiors.
Barker launched her more commercially focused career by appearing in the second series of the ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, on which she finished in third place on the final day.
Barker adopted a new personal image, being featured in lads' magazine shoots and making a yoga DVD. Commercially, she designed and advertised sofas for dfs and cabins for Thomson Holidays. She also brought out her own wallpaper range with Crown. She began presenting series for ITV, including With A Little Help From My Friends, Building the Dream and a daytime lifestyle series, Under Construction.
In 2007 Barker took part in the children's CBBC show Hider in the House, as the hidden celebrity. Barker also appeared on a celebrity edition of Come Dine with Me, aired on 17 September 2008, alongside Peter Stringfellow, Michelle Heaton and Lee Ryan. Linda finished in joint first place with Ryan, both of whom scored 26 points.
In 2013, Linda went on to take part in Splash!, ITV's celebrity diving show with Olympic diver, Tom Daley, as the mentor. She finished in 3rd place. On 2 May, Barker was ranked 93rd place in FHM's list of 100 Sexiest women in the world. In 2017, she presented The Home Game, a new daytime series for ITV.
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- Alix Walker and Sian Merrylees (17 November 2010). "Linda Barker on motherhood – Online dating | Relationship advice". Woman and Home. Retrieved 1 May 2013.