Born In: Enfield, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Caroline Flack was a British television presenter who had hosted some of the biggest reality TV shows in Britain. Hers is a story of how a girl from a regular family became one of the most well-known faces in England and how the common public which gave her fame also brought her down. Flack was the youngest of four siblings who had a comfortable and sheltered upbringing. Dancing and performing interested her since her childhood. After leaving school, she trained as a dancer and a theatre artist. Finishing her training, she moved to London to work in the entertainment industry. Work started coming slowly and steadily and soon she was presenting some of the most popular reality shows on TV. At the peak of her fame, she participated in dance reality shows and came off a winner. She also performed at the prestigious West End Theatre. While all seemed to be going well with her career what was not visible was the toll constant public gaze was taking on her. While the public celebrated her triumphs they also ripped her apart for her missteps. Flack started suffering from psychological issues and things came to a pass when she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend and sent for trial. She died by suicide in her apartment while she was on bail.
Also Known As: Caroline Louise Flack
Died At Age: 40
father: Ian Flack
mother: Christine Flack
siblings: Jody Flack
Born Country: England
place of death: Stoke Newington, London, United Kingdom
Cause of Death: Suicide
education: Wayland Academy Norfolk
Caroline Flack was born on November 9, 1979, in Greater London’s Enfield Area to Ian Flack and Christine Flack.
She had a twin sister, Jody, who was born six mins before her, and two older siblings Elizabeth and Paul. Her father worked for the Coca-Cola Company.
The family moved to Thetford, Norfolk after Caroline’s birth and she did her schooling at Norfolk, studying at the Great Hockam Primary School and then at the Wayland Community High School.
Flack enjoyed dancing and while in school she used to perform in village pantomimes. Taking this interest forward she enrolled in the Bodywork Company in Cambridge in 1996 to study dancing and theatre. She graduated in 1999.
Caroline Flack’s first TV appearance was in 2002 in a sketch comedy Bo Selecta! which lampooned celebrities. She played the role of a Michael Jackson’s (played by Leigh Francis) “pet chimpanzee”.
By 2005 she was hosting shows regularly and had a segment in the video game show, When Games Attack. She went on to host shows like TMi and Escape from Scorpion Island for big industry names such as BBC and CBBC.
In 2008 Flack was the host for Week 5 of Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Her presentation was not only a hit with the audience but also the media with the Daily Mirror journalist Rob Leigh calling her the best presenter in the show.
By 2009 Flack started co-hosting prime-time shows such as Gladiators with Ian Wright. The same year she presented the show I am a Celebrity…Get me out of here NOW!
Flack forayed into dance reality shows in 2009. She participated in Dancing on the Wheels a program on BBC Three and won it with her partner James O’Shea. They also represented Britain in Wheelchair Dancing European Championship in Tel Aviv and stood 16th in the competition.
In 2011, Caroline Flack hosted The Xtra Factors with Oily Murs. She co-hosted the show for two more seasons till 2013.
In 2014, Caroline Flack became a contestant for the reality dance show Strictly Come Dancing, a show where celebrities partnered with professional dancers. Her partner in the show was Pasha Kovalev.
Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev got a perfect 40 points in the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing, a first for the series. This was followed by another set of perfect scores in the finals. They won the series on December 20, 2014 with a previously unmatched score of 120 points.
Flack reached the pinnacle of her career when she became the host of Love Island in June 2015. Over the next few years, the show became the most-watched show in Britain. Flack’s personality as a presenter was to a great extent responsible for the show’s success.
By 2015 Caroline Flack had become a celebrity presenter and the time was ripe for her to publish her autobiography. Her book Storm in a C Cup reveals how she went from being a sheltered child to a hot-shot public figure.
Flack started hosting the third series of Love Island: Aftersun a spin-off of the original show. She continued as a presenter for the next two seasons stepping down in December 2019.
In 2018 Flack made her West End debut with the lead role of Roxie Hart in Chicago. Flack had just eight days to prepare for the iconic role which required her to use her talents as a singer and dancer.
Flack appeared in a cameo in the 2020 British satirical film, Greed, in which she played herself. The film was released after her death.
Caroline Flack had a brief friendship with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in 2009. The relationship ended when it started drawing media attention.
Flack dated Harry Styles of the English-Irish pop boy band, One Direction, in 2011. Styles was 17 and Flack was 31 at that time and the relationship became fodder for the tabloids.
She was engaged to Andrew Brady of Celebrity Big Brother in 2018 but it was short-lived. In 2019 she dated Danny Cipriani the English rugby union player.
Caroline Flack was in a relationship with former tennis player and model, Lewis Burton, when she was charged with assaulting him on December 13, 2019.
Burton did not support the prosecution and did not want to proceed with the charges. However, the prosecution continued. Flack pleaded not guilty at her trial. She was asked not to contact her boyfriend and was released on bail.
On February 15, 2020, Caroline Flack was found dead in her flat in Stoke Newington, London. During the inquest, it was found that she had hung herself. She had found out that she would be prosecuted a day before her death.
It was revealed later on that she had been suffering from emotional health issues for a considerable time. It was also believed that the trial and the media bashing had taken a toll on her mental well-being.
After her death, many public figures came forward to talk of her harassment and the fact that her trial was a constant talking point in the tabloids and social media. The tabloid Sun was quick to remove negative articles about her from their site.
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