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Charlie Dimmock
Born Charlotte Elouise Dimmock
10 August 1966 (1966-08-10) (age 43)
Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK
Education Wellow Primary School, The Mountbatten School, and Horticultural college
Occupation Gardening expert and TV presenter.
Employer BBC, ITV, CBS
Home town Romsey, Hampshire, England, UK
Height 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)
Known for TV presenting, lack of bra
Parents Terry and Sue Dimmock (divorced in 1983). Her mother and step-father (Rob Kennedy) were both killed in the 2004 Asian tsunami[1]

Charlie Dimmock (born Charlotte Elouise Dimmock on 10 August 1966 in Southampton and brought up in Romsey,[2] Hampshire) is an English gardening expert and TV presenter. She was one of the hosts on Ground Force, a BBC gardening makeover programme and well known for going braless under a t-shirt in all weather. [3]

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Early years

Charlie Dimmock is a former pupil of Wellow Primary School and The Mountbatten School in Romsey, Hampshire. Her father was a merchant seaman, and her mother Sue, ran her own clothes shop.[1] When she was at school Charlie wanted to be a Forensic Scientist[4]

Career

Charlie Dimmock first came to the public's attention in 1997, when she joined the BBC gardening series Ground Force. Dimmock met the producer/director of the series five years previously when she built a pond for the Meridian series, Grass Roots,[5].

Since then, she has presented such programmes as The Joy of Gardening and Charlie's Garden Army, as well as presenting coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show.[6]

In 2003, she competed in the Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenge charity event, raising the profile of the event considerably, which now raises approximately £100,000 per year for Macmillan Cancer Support.[7]

In 2004, she appeared in the Channel 4 reality TV show, The Games. She has also appeared on American television, presenting a gardening slot on The Early Show on CBS.[8] In September 2006, she appeared on the BBC's Celebrity Masterchef. [9]

She has also published several gardening books, including the BBC Ground Force books 'Water Garden Workbook' and 'Container Gardening', as well as 'Enjoy Your Garden', a book on general gardening published in 2000.

Dimmock wrote a weekly gardening column in the Mail on Sunday for many years, until January 2008.

In recent years, she has enjoyed some success with a local ITV Meridian series, River Walks, in which she walks along various rivers in Southern England, visiting landmarks and attractions along the way, as well as meeting people who live and work on the rivers. The third series was broadcast on ITV1 Meridian in January 2008.[10]

Dimmock was also the President of the Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) from 2003 to 2004 and presented their annual Awards ceremony that year.

Personal life

Charlie Dimmock's mother and stepfather were both killed in the 2004 Asian tsunami.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b "Charlie Dimmock". Hello! magazine. http://www.hellomagazine.com/profiles/charliedimmock/. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  2. ^ "Charlie Dimmock Frequently Asked Questions - Things you never knew about Charlie!". charliedimmock.beautifulbritain.co.uk. http://www.charliedimmock.beautifulbritain.co.uk/charlie_dimmock_faq.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-28.  
  3. ^ Chris Roberts (2006). Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind Rhyme. Thorndike Press. ISBN 0-7862-8517-6.  
  4. ^ Charlie Dimmock celebrity CV Charlie Dimmock celebrity CV, 31 May 2009. Retrieved.
  5. ^ "Meet Charlie Dimmock". Home. http://uktv.co.uk/home/item/aid/1155. Retrieved 2009-08-02.  
  6. ^ BBC coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2002 17 April 2002. BBC Press Releases & Press Packs. Retrieved 28 November 2006.
  7. ^ Land Rover World article Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenge 2003
  8. ^ The Early Show - Charlie Dimmock CBS Broadcasting Inc. Retrieved 28 November 2006.
  9. ^ Meet Charlie Dimmock UKTV Style Gardens. Retrieved 28 November 2006.
  10. ^ Cloud One TV - In Production
  11. ^ Gardener 'copes' with family loss BBC News Online, 27 January 2005. Retrieved 28 November 2006.

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