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For the peer Nicky Chapman see Nicola Chapman, Baroness Chapman
Nicki Chapman
Born 14 January 1967 (1967-01-14) (age 43)
Herne Bay, Kent, England
Occupation Television Presenter, former reality TV judge

Nicki Chapman (born 14 January 1967 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English television presenter who also works in the British pop music industry. She was also famously a judge on the ITV reality shows Popstars, with Nigel Lythgoe and Paul Adam, and Pop Idol, along with Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Neil Fox.



Chapman worked her way up in the music industry from being Promotions Assistant at MCA records at the age of 21. She later worked at RCA as Head of Promotions where she first met Simon Cowell. Up until the end of 2000 she was a joint partner in the Brilliant! PR company with Nick Godwyn [1] which represented, among others, the Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue, Charlotte Church, Take That, David Bowie, Van Morrison, Billie Piper as well as the PR for the BRIT Awards and the Big Breakfast. Having met and worked with Simon Fuller in the nineties she joined his management company 19 Entertainment in January 2001 as Creative Director, working with acts including Annie Lennox, Will Young, S Club 7, and Spice Girls.

Chapman rose to fame as a judge on the UK editions of the ITV television series Popstars and Pop Idol, together with Nigel Lythgoe and Paul Adam (on Popstars), Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Dr Fox (on Pop Idol). Pop Idol was the top rated TV show in the UK for 2001 and 2003 making Chapman a household name.

She currently works as a presenter and has fronted a number of lifestyle and current affairs programmes for the BBC and ITV including Holiday (BBC 1), BBC Breakfast News, Holidays At Home (BBC 1), The Morning Show (BBC 1), Sunday Style (BBC 2), Castles In The Country (BBC 2), Escape To The Sun (BBC 1), City Hospital (BBC 1), Holiday Ten Best (BBC 1) and others. In May 2006 she introduced the BBC's lunchtime coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show with Andy Sturgeon and Charlie Dimmock, and did so again in 2008 with Sturgeon and Chris Carter. She presented a series for Sky 1 called Made In LA which investigated behind the scenes of the rich and famous.

In 2006, Chapman was one of twelve celebrities in the BBC's Sport Relief showjumping programme Only Fools on Horses. Despite being a novice, and suffering a shoulder injury as a result of falling from her horse during one of the live broadcasts, she came second, voted by the public.

in May 2007 Nicki Chapman co-hosted the live ITV1 celebrity cookery show, Soapstar Superchef (the spin off of Soapstar Superstar).

12th October 2008, Chapman joined her fellow ex-Pop Idol judges Pete Waterman and Neil Fox on Peter Kay's Britain's Got The Pop Factor ... And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice, a spoof on the talent show genre of programmes.

In 2009 she appeared as a judge in Disney Channels Hannah-Oke along with Disneys Brad Kavanagh and Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner.

Personal life

Chapman has one sister Shelley (teacher), and twin nephews Dougal and Christopher

She is married to Dave Shackleton (aka Shacky), Vice President of International Sony BMG. They first met in 1991, and he asked her out within two weeks - she turned him down, as she did for the next two years.


  • The first record she bought was "Killer Queen" by Queen
  • Aged 21, Chapman applied for a promotions job in the music industry. The next day, she called and said "I need to know if you want me, I've been offered another job, but this is the one I really want." Needless to say, they hired her.[2]
  • She is addicted to sweets, which gives up each year for Lent.


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  2. ^ The Judges - Fact Files

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