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Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley NI television presenter

NI television presenter
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Intro NI television presenter
Is Television presenter
From United Kingdom
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 2 February 1979, Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Age: 41 years
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Biography

Christine Louise Lampard (née Bleakley, born 2 February 1979) is a Northern Irish broadcaster from Newtownards, Northern Ireland, 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 with Phillip Schofield she has presented Dancing on Ice (2012–2014) and This Morning (2013–present). More recently, Bleakley has presented factual series for ITV including Off The Beaten Track (2013) and Wild Ireland (2015).

Early life

Bleakley was born in Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry to Mina and Frederick Bleakley, and grew up in Newtownards. She has a younger sister, Nicola.

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.

Career

BBC

Bleakley worked on the long-running BBC Northern Ireland comedy Give My Head Peace. She returned to make a cameo appearance in the show in its 2016 special.

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+ and BBC NI coverage of Children in Need. She presented the BBC Northern Ireland cookery show, Spill the Beans in 2005.

Outside Northern Ireland, Bleakley co-hosted BBC Two's Let Me Entertain You with Brian Conley and in July 2007, she became co-host of The One Show on BBC One, replacing Myleene Klass. Bleakley and Adrian Chiles hosted the show for three years. 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.

In October 2009, Christine co-presented The Teaching Awards alongside Jeremy Vine on BBC Two. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

In September 2016, it was announced that Bleakley would return to the BBC to co-present The Nature of Friendship. She will co-host three-part series with Adrian Chiles and it will air on BBC Northern Ireland.

ITV

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, and Bleakley herself was the subject of criticism. 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.

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.

Bleakley has hosted a number of ITV Specials, including Simply Red: For the Last Time in 2010, Duran Duran: One Night Only in 2011 and Michael Flatley: A Night to Remember in 2014. On Boxing Day 2012, Bleakley hosted That Dog Can Dance.

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

In 2013, Bleakley presented a six-part series called Off The Beaten Track. On 3 March 2014, it was announce the show had been axed. 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 is a frequent stand-in host on This Morning, subbing whenever Phillip Schofield or Holly Willoughby are unable to appear.

On 23 December 2014, Bleakley co-hosted one-off documentary Roman Britain From the Air with Michael Scott. On 27 December 2014, Bleakley hosted the one-off magic special Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality 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. In October 2016, she was a guest panellist on an episode of Loose Women. She guest anchored numerous episodes of the show before becoming a permanent anchor, hosting the show occasionally.

Since February 2017, she has guest presented numerous episodes of the ITV Breakfast show, Lorraine.

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. Bleakley and Cutler were eliminated on 30 November 2008, leaving the competition in fifth place, after Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone beat them in the dance-off.

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

At the beginning of her career, Bleakley worked at Belfast Citybeat as a newsreader and presenter, working with Stephen Nolan. From January to March 2015, Bleakley presented a Sunday afternoon programme called Sunday Lunch from 3–4pm on Magic Radio.

Film

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

Other work

In 2010 and 2011, Bleakley was on the judging panel for the Pride of Britain Awards. She released a 60-minute fitness DVD called Christine Bleakley – The Workout in December 2011.

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 at the O2 Arena in London.

In August 2014, Bleakley was announced as the new brand ambassador for Soft & Gentle anti-perspirant. In 2014, Bleakley was a Sainsbury's Active Kids ambassador, which encouraged children to be more physical at school.

In October 2016, Bleakley co-presented Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live for the W channel. The show, which she co-hosted alongside Matt Richardson and Jamie East, aired for five consecutive nights from 27–31 October. She became an ambassador for BT Call Protect in January 2017.

Awards

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

Personal life

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. She was then in a relationship with entrepreneur Mark Beirne for 3 years until they split in January 2009.

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

Charity

Bleakley is a Northern Ireland ambassador for The Prince's Trust. In 2010, Bleakley did a water skiing challenge, raising £1,321,623 for Sport Relief, making her the first person ever to water-ski across the English Channel.

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.

In 2012, Bleakley took part in a 5 km run for Cancer Research UK with Heidi Range and Roxanne Pallett.

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

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes Channel
2003 First Stop Co-presenter One episode; with Ralph McLean BBC Northern Ireland
2004 Would You Pass The 11+ Co-presenter One episode; with Eamonn Holmes
2005 Spill the Beans Presenter One episode
2006–2007 Let Me Entertain You Co-presenter With Brian Conley BBC Two
2007 Looking for Love Co-presenter With May McFettridge BBC Northern Ireland
2007–2010 The One Show Co-presenter With Adrian Chiles BBC One
2008 Strictly Come Dancing Participant Series 6
NI Wags Narrator BBC Northern Ireland
2009 The Teaching Awards Co-presenter One episode, with Jeremy Vine BBC Two
Sky High Presenter BBC Northern Ireland
The National Lottery Draws Presenter Occasional episodes BBC One
2010 Sport Relief Co-presenter One 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 One 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— This Morning 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 Michael Scott
Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality Co-presenter One-off special
2015 Wild Ireland Presenter Primetime documentary series
2016 Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live Co-presenter With Matt Richardson and Jamie East W
2016— Loose Women Anchor/guest panellist 14 episodes (as of 19 April 2017) ITV
2017— Lorraine Guest presenter 15 episodes (as of 21 April 2017)
2017 The Nature of Friendship Co-presenter Upcoming documentary series; with Adrian Chiles BBC Northern Ireland
  • Shooting Stars (2009)
  • Would I Lie to You? (2009)
  • Chris Moyles' Quiz Night (2010, 2011)
  • Harry Hill's TV Burp (2010)
  • My Story: Love (2010)
  • Celebrity Juice (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • A League of Their Own (2011, 2012)
  • Loose Women (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2012, 2013)
  • Outnumbered: Sport Relief Special (2012)
  • Britain Unzipped (2012)
  • Mad Mad World (2012)
  • 12 Again (2012)
  • Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular (2012)
  • Lorraine (2013)
  • I Love My Country (2013)
  • Tricked (2013)
  • The Jonathan Ross Show (2013)
  • Sunday Side Up (2013)
  • Backchat (2013)
  • All Star Family Fortunes (2013)
  • Monumental (2014)
  • Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2014)
  • Through the Keyhole (2014)
  • Celebrity Squares (2014)
  • The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (2015)
  • Sunday Brunch (2015)
  • The Paul O'Grady Show (2015)
  • Play to the Whistle (2015)
  • Delete, Delete, Delete (2016)
  • Give My Head Peace (2016)
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Divorcing Jack Newsreader Voice only
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Sandra Voice only
Year Title Role Notes
1995–1997 Belfast Citybeat Newsreader With Stephen Nolan
2015 Sunday Lunch Presenter Sundays, 3–4pm
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