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Christine Bleakley

Full name: Christine Louise Bleakley
DOB: February 2, 1979
Place of birth: Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Occupation: Television Presenter

Highlites:

  • Bleakley is the co-presenter of Daybreak with ITV’s football presenter Adrian Chiles.
  • Took part in 2008’s Strictly Come Dancing.
  • She has additionally appeared on Shooting Stars and Would I Lie to You?

Christine Bleakley was born on 2 February 1979 in Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, to mother Mina and father Frederick. She became a member of Daybreak on ITV as co-presenter along with Adrian Chiles in September 2010. She is a former co-presenter of BBC One’s The One Show, and a former contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. She has a younger sister, Nicola.Bleakley started her television career as a runner after which trained to be a floor supervisor 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, , instead moved into television work full-time. Bleakley began her career on television at Belfast Citybeat as a news reader and presenter, working beside Stephen Nolan.Bleakley then relocated straight into television with BBC Northern Ireland hosting a wide variety of shows. One of her programmes was called Sky High which observed her flying around Northern Ireland in a helicopter in 2004. A weekly entertainment show known as First Stop followed, and she additionally hosted Would You Pass The 11+ and BBC NI coverage of Children in Need. She additionally took art in cookery show, “Spill the Beans”.
Outside Northern Ireland, she co-hosted the BBC Two talent show Let Me Entertain You and in July 2007 she became the co-host of The One Show on BBC One.
In 2010, Bleakley left The One Show to sign up ITV1 as the co-host of Daybreak after Adrian Chiles’ departure from the BBC to ITV.   When Chiles left the BBC, there was clearly a lot of speculation on whether Bleakley might lengthen her BBC contract or move to ITV.   Queries were raised in Parliament over the size and scale of the suggested £900,000 per year 2 year BBC contract.Soon after she fired her long term manager and signed with Chiles’ management company, on 20 June 2010, the BBC announced it had withdrawn an offer to increase her current contract.
Later on that day ITV (owners of GMTV) declared she’d once again partner Chiles by co-hosting the renewed breakfast show with him, as well as hosting prime time entertainment shows. On 8 July 2010, the BBC verified that Bleakley was not going back to The One Show after the programme came back from the World Cup break, from 12 July. In September 2010 Bleakley explained she would like to return to The One Show as a guest.
Along with giving Daybreak, Bleakley hosts quiz show Control and a variety of entertainment specials, such as Simply Red: For the Last Time and Duran Duran: One Night Only. She also hosts the Christmas charity show Text Santa together with Phillip Schofield on ITV1.
Following a trip to Uganda in 2009, to see how Comic Relief money was being paid out, in March 2010 Bleakley successfully water-skied across the English Channel in a time of 1 hour and 40 minutes for Sport Relief.
Bleakley made an appearance as a celebrity panellist on the 26 August 2009 edition of Shooting Stars.  She also made an appearance 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.
In November 2010, Bleakley was awarded the title ‘Top TV Host’ at the 2010 Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards. The honor came after an extremely unfavorable media campaign subsequent to her move from the BBC to ITV