Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley was born in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland and grew up in Newtownards, County Down.

She began 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.


She was a news reader and presenter on Belfast Citybeat and on BBC Northern Ireland she hosted 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 in July 2007 she became the co-host, alongside Adrian Chiles, of ‘The One Show’ on BBC One.

In 2010 she re-joined Adrian Chiles again as co-host on ITV’s new breakfast show ‘Daybreak’.

Other landmarks in her career include taking part in the 2008 series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ with professional partner Matthew Cutler; and in 2010 she successfully water-skied across the English Channel in a time of one hour and 40 minutes for Sport Relief.