Born In: Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Christine Lampard is a Northern Irish broadcaster and TV show presenter. She has hosted and co-presented a string of shows for BBC and ITV. Lampard earned popularity with the BBC One program The One Show, which she co-hosted with Adrian Chiles. The two left the channel almost at the same time, to begin working for ITV. They hosted the show Daybreak for the channel but failed to impress the audience. However, Lampard, with her elegance and skills, became the most bankable and expensive host while working on the ITV show Dancing on Ice. She has hosted a couple of radio shows, too. In addition to hosting, Lampard has also been a voice actor, judged shows, endorsed brands, and been part of charity work. She and her footballer husband, Frank Lampard, have a daughter together.
Also Known As: Christine Louise Lampard
Spouse/Ex-: Frank Lampard (m. 2015)
father: Frederick Bleakley
mother: Mina Bleakley
children: Patricia Charlotte
Born Country: Ireland
education: Queen's University Belfast
Christine Lampard was born Christine Louise Bleakley, on February 2, 1979, at the Daisy Hill Hospital, in Newry, Northern Ireland. She grew up in Newtownards, with her younger sister, Nicola.
She completed her A-levels from the Bloomfield Collegiate School in Ballyhackamore, Belfast. Lampard attended the Queen's University in Belfast, where she studied politics. However, she later dropped out to pursue a full-time career as a TV show presenter.
Christine Lampard began working while studying at Bloomfield. She was a runner and received on-the-job training as a floor manager. She then worked for BBC Northern Ireland (BBC NI) while still studying at the university.
From 1995 to 1997, Lampard was a newsreader for Belfast Citybeat, which was aired on the Northern Irish station QRadio. In 1998, she appeared as a newsreader in the black comedy Divorcing Jack.
In 2003, Lampard made her TV debut as a co-host (with Ralph McLean) of an episode of the BBC NI program First Stop. Subsequently, she presented an episode of Would You Pass the 11+ (with Eamonn Holmes), the cookery show Spill the Beans, and Sky High.
Lampard was the presenter of the BBC UK charity Children in Need. From 2006 to 2007, she co-hosted (with Brian Conley) two seasons of the BBC Two daytime variety show Let Me Entertain You. In July 2007, she had a 3-year stint as the co-host of the BBC One program The One Show. She also co-hosted a season of the BBC Northern Ireland show Looking for Love, with May McFettridge, and narrated NI Wags in 2008.
The same year, she participated in the sixth season of Strictly Come Dancing, partnering with professional dancer Matthew Cutler. She set up Chrisola Entertainment Limited in 2009 and is the company's director.
Lampard lent her voice to the character Sandra in the 2010 3D-animated multinational feature A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures.
Lampard also had a stand-up comedy stint in March 2010, with the Channel 4 comedy benefit show Comedy Gala for the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. In June that year, she dismissed her manager and signed with the contract management agency of her The One Show co-host Adrian Chiles. However, Chiles left BBC that year, raising speculations about whether Lampard would continue with the channel. BBC canceled their contract with Lampard after she joined Chiles's company.
Lampard signed a 4-year contract with ITV the same day BBC canceled the extension offer worth £1 million.
In November 2010, Christine Lampard was named the “Top TV Host” at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards.
Lampard began her journey with ITV as a judge at the Pride of Britain Awards. In February 2011, she shot a pilot for an ITV game show called Control, but it was not picked up for a series.
Christine Lampard reunited with Chiles for the ITV morning program Daybreak. Unfortunately, the show was largely rejected by the audience. Lampard was highly criticized for her presentation. ITV replaced the two with Dan Lobb and Kate Garraway in November 2011.
The following month, Lampard released her self-titled fitness DVD.
Other ITV shows that Lampard has hosted/co-hosted are Simply Red: For the Last Time (2010), Duran Duran: One Night Only (2011), the National Movie Awards (2011), Westlife: For the Last Time (2011), the Christmas telethon Text Santa (2011–2015, with Phillip Schofield and Paddy McGuinness), This Is Lionel Richie, That Dog Can Dance, three seasons of Dancing on Ice (2012–2014, with Phillip Schofield), a six-part series named Off The Beaten Track (2013), This Morning (2013–2016, initially with and then substituting Phillip Schofield), Michael Flatley: A Night to Remember (2014), Spandau Ballet: True Gold, the one-off special Roman Britain From the Air (2014, with Michael Scott), Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality (2014), Wild Ireland (2015), and Lorraine (deputy presenter, 2017).
In August 2014, Christine Lampard became the ambassador for the anti-perspirant brand Soft & Gentle.
Toward the beginning of 2015, Lampard began hosting the Magic Radio afternoon program Sunday Lunch. She presented the BBC NI satirical show Give My Head Peace and made a cameo appearance in its 2016 special.
In 2016, she co-hosted a full season of the W show Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live, with Matt Richardson and Jamie East. She and Richardson returned for another season of the show in 2018.
Lampard served as an anchor/guest panelist on the ITV talk show Loose Women in 2016. In 2017, she was signed as the ambassador for the telecommunications holding company BT Call Protect.
While hosting the ITV show Dancing on Ice, Lampard was the most expensive TV star. When the show was about to return in 2018, everyone anticipated that Lampard would be the host, but ITV signed Holly Willoughby instead.
Christine Lampard was in a relationship with actor Curtis Bowen during her initial TV days. They broke up in 2003, following which she began dating Dublin-based restaurant owner Christian Stokes. The two got engaged in 2004.
Lampard then dated entrepreneur Mark Beirne until January 2009. In October that year, she began dating footballer Frank Lampard. They got married in December 2015, in Knightsbridge, London.
Lampard has two stepdaughters, Luna and Isla, from Frank’s previous relationship. She had her first child with Frank, their daughter, Patricia Charlotte Lampard, on September 21, 2018.
Christine Lampard is an ambassador for the Northern Ireland chapter of The Prince's Trust, founded by Charles, Prince of Wales. In 2010, she participated in a water-skiing event to raise funds for Sport Relief. With that, she became the first person to ski across the English Channel.
In 2012, Lampard ran for Cancer Research UK. In 2015, she co-hosted a winter ball for the children's charity Sparks. She is also a patron of the charity organization. She supported the annual telethon organized by Text Santa.
On January 20, 2010, comedian Patrick Kielty revealed Christine Lampard's mobile number on camera during an appearance as a guest on The One Show. He wanted to show that he could celebrate their “double birthday” over a call. Kielty's mistake made Lampard change her number, as she was deluged with calls and text messages after the show.
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