|Born||Christine Louise Bleakley
2 February 1979
Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
|Education||Queen's University of Belfast|
|Occupation||Television and radio presenter|
|Height||5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)|
ITV Music Specials (2010—)
Text Santa (2011—)
Dancing on Ice (2012–14)
Off The Beaten Track (2013)
This Morning (2013—)
|Partner(s)||Frank Lampard (2009—)|
|Parents||Frederick and Mina Bleakley|
Bleakley was born in Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, to mother Mina and father Frederic, and grew up in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland. 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 whilst studying for a politics degree at Queen's University, Belfast. She did not complete her degree course, however, instead moving into television work full-time.
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 also took part in cookery show, Spill the Beans.
Outside Northern Ireland, she co-hosted the BBC Two's Let Me Entertain You with Brian Conley. In July 2007, Christine became co-host of The One Show on BBC One, replacing Nadia Sawalha as the female co-host. 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.
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.
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.
|“||I am looking forward to a brand new experience at ITV albeit with an old friend. And it will be exciting to work alongside Peter Fincham again, who kindly gave me a break on The One Show in the first place. I have been torn between working with Adrian Chiles and remaining at the BBC||”|
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.
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 2011 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 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. 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".
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 5th place, after Rachel Stevens and her partner Vincent Simone beat them in the dance-off.
|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|
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.
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 2010, Bleakley did a Water Skiing Challenge, raising £1,321,623 for Sport Relief. In the same year, Christine's co-host of The One Show, Adrian Chiles grew a beard, which was later shaved off by Bleakley for Sport Relief, raising £60,000 in the process.
Bleakley also supports the Text Santa appeal, hosting their telethon since 2011.
|2006-2007||Let Me Entertain You||Presenter||With Brian Conley|
|2007-2010||The One Show||With Adrian Chiles|
|2010-2011||Daybreak||With Adrian Chiles and Dan Lobb|
|2010—||ITV Specials||6 episodes|
|2011||The National Movie Awards||1 episode|
|2011—||Text Santa||With Phillip Schofield and Paddy McGuinness|
|2012-2014||Dancing on Ice||With Phillip Schofield|
|2012||That Dog Can Dance!||Christmas show|
|2013—||This Morning||9 episodes (to date)|
|2013||Off The Beaten Track||Primetime documentary series|