Caroline Flack was an English radio and television presenter. She began her career as an actress, starring in Bo’ Selecta! (2002) and presented various ITV2 spin-off shows such as I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW! (2009–2010) and The Xtra Factor (2011–2013).
Flack won the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and the following year began presenting on series such as Love Island and The X Factor, replacing long-standing presenter Dermot O’Leary on the latter.
Flack left Love Island in December 2019, after being arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend. On February 15, 2020, three weeks before the trial, Flack died by suicide.
Flack was born in Enfield, London, the youngest of four children born to Ian Flack and Christine Callis. The family moved to Thetford, Norfolk, shortly after her birth, when her father, who worked as a sales representative for Coca-Cola, was promoted to management. When Flack was 7, the family moved again to nearby East Wretham. Flack and her twin sister, Jody, were born when their sister Elizabeth was 10 and brother, Paul, 8. Jody, who was six minutes older, was originally supposed to be called Caroline, but her mother decided the name did not fit her. She attended Great Hockham Primary School and Wayland Community High School in Watton, Norfolk.
In 2002, Flack gained her break on television playing Bubbles on the sketch show Bo’ Selecta! She then presented the International Pepsi Chart Show, before moving to Channel 4 where, in 2005, she presented links between videos on E4 Music and co-presented The Games: Live at Trackside on E4 with Justin Lee Collins. In 2005, she also had a regular segment on the video games show When Games Attack. A year later, she co-presented the Saturday morning show TMi with Sam and Mark, which aired on BBC Two and the CBBC Channel. Subsequently, she hosted the CBBC show Escape from Scorpion Island together with Reggie Yates.
In March 2007, Flack hosted the CBBC coverage of Comic Relief does Fame Academy, commenting on the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with Paddy O’Connell. She also hosted Big Brother’s Big Mouth during Week 5 of the 2008 series. Daily Mirror journalist Rob Leigh commented that “her sharp delivery makes her the best presenter they’ve had on this series”. However, this was not the first time that Flack was linked to Big Brother. Before the series began, it had been reported that she was Dermot O’Leary’s replacement on Big Brother’s Little Brother.
In 2009, Flack was reported to be dating Prince Harry, but it ended quickly after the media reported on the relationship, according to her autobiography.
In 2011, Flack made headlines when, then aged 31, she was in a relationship with One Direction member Harry Styles, who was 17 at the time. She was in a relationship with music manager Jack Street, who managed Sam Smith, in 2014 and 2015. In 2018, she was briefly engaged to reality TV star Andrew Brady. Since 2015, she came 5th in FHM’s Sexiest Women.
On 14 December 2019, Flack was accused of assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton. Flack denied the charges, and Burton insisted that he was not a victim, instead describing himself as a witness. She was due to go to trial on 4 March 2020. Burton posted an affectionate Valentine’s Day message to Flack’s Instagram account the day before she died.
- Full Name: Caroline Louise Flack
- Date of Birth: 9 November 1979
- Birth Place: Enfield, London, England
- Date of Death: 15 February 2020
- Aged: 40
- Death Place: East London, England
- Nationality: British
- Occupation: Radio and television presenter, actress
- Years active: since 2001–2020
- Movies: Is Harry on the Boat?
- Books: Storm in a C Cup: My Autobiography
- Net Worth: $8 Million
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