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Christine Bleakley
Born 2 February 1979 (1979-02-02) (age 31)[1]
Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Occupation Television Presenter
Known for The One Show

Christine Bleakley (born 2 February 1979) is a Northern Irish television presenter who co-presents BBC One's The One Show with Adrian Chiles, and a former contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

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Early life and career

Christine Bleakley was born in Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland to mother Mina and father Frederick, a musician, in 1979.

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.[2]

Broadcasting career

Bleakley began her career in media at Belfast Citybeat as a news reader and presenter. From 1995 - 1997,[citation needed] she was one of the station's original presenters alongside Stephen Nolan, Chris Buckler and Stuart Robinson. She then moved into television with BBC Northern Ireland hosting a wide variety of shows. Her biggest solo series was called Sky High which saw her flying around Northern Ireland in a helicopter in 2004. A weekly entertainment show called First Stop followed, while big one-off shows like Would You Pass The 11+ and Children in Need allowed her to develop her presenting skills. She also took part in a cookery show, "Spill the Beans".

Outside Northern Ireland, she co-hosted the BBC Two talent show Let Me Entertain You and since August 2007 she has been the co-host of The One Show on BBC One.[3]

She is a patron of the CineMagic children's film festival[4] and is Northern Ireland ambassador for The Prince's Trust.[3]

Bleakley appeared as a celebrity panellist on the 26 August 2009 edition of Shooting Stars.[5] She also appeared as a panellist on the comedy show Would I Lie To You? on 7th September 2009.[6]On the 26th of February 2010 she appeared on Chris Moyles quiz night, coming second.

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Strictly Come Dancing

Bleakley took part in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing with professional partner Matthew Cutler.[7]

She danced the Foxtrot (27/40), 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.

Sport Relief

On 12 March 2010, Bleakley successfully water-skied across the English Channel in a time of one hour and 40 minutes.[8]

Personal life

Bleakley is in a relationship with footballer Frank Lampard.[9]

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Preceded by
Myleene Klass
Co-Host of The One Show
2007-present
Succeeded by
incumbent

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