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|Born||Christine Louise Bleakley
2 February 1979
Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
The One Show (2007–10)
Text Santa (2011–)
Dancing on Ice (2012–)
That Dog Can Dance! (2012)
|Partner(s)||Frank Lampard (2009–present)|
|Parents||Frederick and Mina Bleakley|
Christine Louise Bleakley (born 2 February 1979) is a British broadcaster, currently employed by ITV. She has presented shows such as Daybreak and Dancing on Ice on ITV, as well as shows such as The One Show on BBC One. She annually presents Christmas entertainment show Text Santa.
In 2007, Bleakley became a co-presenter of The One Show alongside Adrian Chiles until their final show in 2010. Following her departure she and Chiles joined ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak until their final show on 5 December 2011. On 18 November 2011 it was announced that Bleakley was to host Dancing On Ice alongside Phillip Schofield after Holly Willoughby left due to her role on The Voice UK. Since 2011, she has hosted Text Santa on ITV.
Christine Bleakley was born on 2 February 1979 in Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, to mother Mina and father Frederick, a musician, 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 whilst 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 then moved into television with BBC Northern Ireland hosting a wide variety of shows. One of her programmmes 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".
In 2010 Bleakley left The One Show to join ITV1 as the co-host of Daybreak following Adrian Chiles' departure from the BBC to ITV. When Chiles left the BBC, there was a great deal of speculation on whether Bleakley would extend her BBC contract or move 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 prime time entertainment shows. 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, from 12 July. In September 2010 Bleakley stated she would like to return to The One Show as a guest.
On 6 September 2010 Bleakley joined Chiles to host the new ITV Breakfast show, 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 it was announced that Bleakley and copresenter Chiles would be replaced. In September 2012, they were replaced by Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly.
Bleakley currently hosts the Christmas charity show Text Santa on ITV1, and a number of music specials, including Simply Red: For the Last Time and Duran Duran: One Night Only. On Boxing Day 2012, Bleakley hosted That Dog Can Dance on ITV1.
Bleakley danced the Foxtrot (27 marks/out of 40), the Quickstep (26/40), the Samba (30/40), the Paso Doble (22/40), the American Smooth (29/40), the Jive (31/40), the Waltz (34/40), the Cha Cha Cha (27/40), the Tango (28/40) and the Salsa (30/40). Bleakley left on 30 November after Rachel Stevens beat her in the dance off.
Following a trip to Uganda in 2009, to see how Comic Relief money was being spent, in March 2010 Bleakley successfully water-skied across the English Channel in a time of one hour and 40 minutes for Sport Relief.
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 appeared as a celebrity panellist on 26 August 2009 edition of Shooting Stars. She also appeared as a panellist on the comedy show Would I Lie To You? on 7 September 2009. On 26 February 2010 she appeared on Chris Moyles' Quiz Night, coming second.
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|2006—2007||Let Me Entertain You||Presenter|
|2007—2010||The One Show||Co-presenter|
|2010—||ITV Music Specials||Presenter|
|2011||Celebrity Juice||Panelist (1 episode)|
|2011||Outnumbered: Sport Relief Special||Herself (1 episode)|
|2012—||Dancing on Ice||Co-presenter|
|2012||Mad Mad World||Panellist (1 episode)|
|2012||That Dog Can Dance||Presenter (1 episode)|
|2013||I Love My Country||Panellist (1 episode)|
In November 2010 Bleakley was awarded the title 'Top TV Host' at the 2010 Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards. The award came after an intensely negative media campaign following her switch from the BBC to ITV.
Bleakley dated Belfast Giants star Curtis Bowen as she started her TV career. After breaking up with Curtis in 2003 Christine dated Dublin restaurant owner Christian Stokes who she got engaged to in 2004. She was then in a relationship with entrepreneur Mark Beirne for 3 years until they split in January 2009.
|Co-host of The One Show
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