|Intro||English radio and television presenter|
|A.K.A.||Caroline Louise Flack|
|Was||Television presenter Radio personality|
|Type||Film, Television, Stage and Radio|
|Birth||9 November 1979, London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom|
|Death||15 February 2020 (aged 40 years)|
Caroline Louise Flack (9 November 1979 – 15 February 2020) was an English radio and television presenter. She began her career as an actress, starring in Bo' Selecta! in 2002 and presented various ITV2 spin-off shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! from 2009 until 2010 and The Xtra Factor from 2011 until 2013.
Flack won the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and the following year began presenting on series such as Love Island and The X Factor, replacing long-standing presenter Dermot O'Leary on the latter.
Flack was found dead her apartment on 15 February 2020, aged 40.
Flack was born in Enfield, London, and attended Great Hockham Primary School and Wayland Community High School in Watton, Norfolk.
In 2002, Flack got her break on television playing Bubbles on the sketch show Bo' Selecta! She then went on to present the International Pepsi Chart Show, before moving to Channel 4 where, in 2005, she presented links between videos on E4 Music and co-presented The Games: Live at Trackside on E4 with Justin Lee Collins. In 2005, she also had a regular segment on the video games show When Games Attack. A year later, she co-presented the Saturday morning show TMi with Sam and Mark, which aired on BBC Two and the CBBC Channel. Subsequently, she hosted the CBBC show Escape from Scorpion Island together with Reggie Yates.
In March 2007, Flack hosted the CBBC coverage of Comic Relief does Fame Academy, commenting on the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with Paddy O'Connell. She also hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth during Week 5 of the 2008 series. Daily Mirror journalist Rob Leigh noted that "her sharp delivery makes her the best presenter they’ve had on this series". However, this was not the first time that Flack was linked to Big Brother. Before the series started, it had been reported that she was Dermot O'Leary's replacement on Big Brother's Little Brother.
In 2009, Flack replaced Kirsty Gallacher as co-host of Gladiators with Ian Wright for the second series on Sky1. In July 2009, she filled in on the BBC's Sunday show Something for the Weekend, while Amanda Hamilton was on maternity leave. In the same year, she began hosting the ITV2 reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here NOW! Filming clashes with I'm a Celebrity meant that she could not film the next series of TMi, leading to her bowing out after three series. In November 2010, she returned to host I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here Now! on ITV2. Also in 2009, Flack won BBC Three's Dancing on Wheels with disabled partner James O'Shea and the pair represented Great Britain in the 2009 Wheelchair Dancing European Championships in Tel Aviv, finishing 16th in their category.
Flack co-presented game show The Whole 19 Yards with Vernon Kay on ITV in 2010. She also modelled for the lads' mag Maxim. On 16 February 2010, she presented backstage at the 2010 BRIT Awards on ITV2. In 2011, Flack was a team captain on the ITV2 game show Minute to Win It.
In May 2011, Simon Cowell announced that Flack and Olly Murs would co-present the eighth series of The Xtra Factor, replacing Konnie Huq. Flack and Murs both returned for the ninth series. Flack returned for the tenth series in 2013, while Murs was replaced by Matt Richardson. On 12 June 2014, it was confirmed that Flack would not return for series 11 and was replaced by Sarah-Jane Crawford.
In 2014, Flack hosted the ITV2 show Viral Tap. In December 2014, she reunited with Murs to host a Christmas Day and New Year's Eve programme on British radio station Magic. On 16 April 2015, it was announced that Flack, along with Murs would replace Dermot O'Leary as the hosts for the 12th series ofThe X Factor from August 2015. On 22 February 2016, Flack and Murs confirmed that they would not be returning for the 13th series of The X Factor and were permanently replaced by O'Leary.
She began presenting ITV2's Love Island in June 2015 and its spin-off show Love Island: Aftersun when the third series aired from June 2017. On 17 December 2019, Flack announced that she would be standing down as host for the sixth series following allegations of assault towards her boyfriend.
On 24 August 2015, Flack announced on Twitter that she would release an autobiography titled "Storm in a C Cup" on 22 October 2015. On 18 December 2015, Flack was part of the presenting team for ITV's Christmas telethon Text Santa.
On 8 May 2016, Flack began co-presenting Sunday Morning Breakfast from 9 am to noon over the summer with Gethin Jones across the Heart Network.
Strictly Come Dancing
In August 2014, Flack was announced as a contestant on the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional partner was Pasha Kovalev. The couple earned the first perfect 40 of the series for their salsa in the semi-finals, followed by an additional 3 in the finals giving them a perfect total of 120 points, a feat unmatched in the history of the competition. On 20 December 2014, Flack and Kovalev were crowned the champions of the series.
- Strictly Come Dancing performances
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' scores||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha / "Can You Feel It"||6||7||7||7||No Elimination|
|2||Tango / "Blame"||7||7||7||8||Safe|
|3||Rumba / "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"||8||8||8||9||Safe|
|4||Quickstep / "We Go Together"||8||8||9||8||Safe|
|5||Pasodoble / "Live and Let Die"||8||9||8||9||Safe|
|6||Samba / "Le Freak"||7||8||8||9||Safe|
|7||Waltz / "Three Times a Lady"||7||8||8||8||Bottom Two|
|8||Jive / "Crocodile Rock"||9||9||9||10||Safe|
|9||American Smooth / "Mack the Knife"||7||8||9||9||Safe|
|10||Charleston / "Istanbul"||9||10||10||10||Safe|
|11||Argentine Tango / "La Cumparsita"||9||10||10||10||Safe|
|Waltz-a-Thon / "The Last Waltz"||Awarded||3||Judges||Points|
|12||Foxtrot / "Diamonds"||8||9||9||9||Safe|
|Salsa / "María"||10||10||10||10|
|13||Cha-Cha-Cha / "Can You Feel It"||10||10||10||10||WINNERS|
|Showdance / "Angels"||10||10||10||10|
|Charleston / "Istanbul"||10||10||10||10|
In 2011, Flack made headlines when, then aged 31, she was in a relationship with One Direction member Harry Styles, who was 17 at the time.
In 2015, she came 5th in FHM's Sexiest Women.
She began dating Andrew Brady in February 2018 and became engaged to him in April 2018. They separated in December 2018.
Arrest and abuse allegations
On 13 December 2019, Flack was charged with common assault on an initially unnamed man who had made a report to police. Flack's ex-fiancé Andrew Brady tweeted that he was "not surprised". Flack's spokesperson responded to the Daily Mail exposing his non-disclosure agreement and said, "Any suggestion Mr Brady has made that our client is in any way abusive would be false and defamatory."
Court proceedings later showed that the unnamed individual was former tennis player Lewis Burton, with whom Flack had been in a relationship with since early 2019. Flack denied the charges, but the prosecution asserted that Flack hit Burton over the head with a lamp while he slept, and proceeded to smash up household property.
Burton was in fact the one who dialed 999 and claimed Flack "tried to kill me". Burton, however, insisted that he was not a victim, instead describing himself as a witness. He had hoped to continue the relationship. On 14 February 2020, Burton sent her a Valentine's Day message with the words ‘I love you’.
Flack was found dead in her flat on 15 February 2020.