|Born||Caroline Louise Flack
(1979-11-09)9 November 1979 Enfield, Greater London, England
|Died||15 February 2020(2020-02-15) (aged 40)
|Cause of death||Suicide by hanging|
Caroline Louise Flack (9 November 1979 – 15 February 2020) was an English television and radio presenter.
She began her career as an actress, starring in Bo' Selecta!
(2009–2010) and The Xtra Factor (2011–2013).
Flack won the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014; the following year she began presenting The X Factor (2015) – replacing the long-standing presenter Dermot O'Leary – and Love Island (2015–2019).
On 15 February 2020, Flack was found dead at her home in North East London; in August 2020, a coroner's inquest determined she had taken her own life.
Caroline Louise Flack was born in the Enfield area of Greater London on 9 November 1979, the youngest of the four children of Coca-Cola sales representative Ian Flack and his wife, Christine (née Callis).
When Flack was seven, they moved again to nearby East Wretham.
Flack and her twin sister, Jody, were born when their sister Elizabeth was 10 and their brother Paul, eight.
Jody, the elder twin by six minutes, was originally supposed to be called Caroline, but her mother decided the name did not suit her.
She developed an interest in dancing and performed in village pantomimes while at school.
While at school she was given medical treatment for being "very underweight".
Between 1996 and 1999 she studied dancing and musical theatre at the Bodywork Company in Cambridge.
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.
She also hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth during Week 5 of the 2008 series.
The 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.
Scheduling clashes with I'm a Celebrity meant that she could not film the next series of TMi, leading to her bowing out after three series.
The same year she won BBC Three's Dancing on Wheels with disabled partner James O'Shea and the pair represented Great Britain in the 2009 Wheelchair Dancing European Championships in Tel Aviv, finishing 16th in their category.
She also modelled for the mag Maxim.
On 16 February 2010, she presented backstage at the 2010 Brit Awards on ITV2.
In November 2010 she returned to host I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here Now!
In 2011 Flack was a team captain on the ITV2 game show Minute to Win It.
Flack and Murs both returned for the ninth series.
Flack hosted the ITV2 show Viral Tap in 2014.
In December 2014 she reunited with Murs to host a Christmas Day and New Year's Eve programme on British radio station Magic Radio.
Her professional partner was Pasha Kovalev.
The couple earned the first perfect 40 of the series for their salsa in the semi-finals, followed by an additional three in the finals giving them a perfect total of 120 points, a previously unmatched feat.
On 20 December 2014 Flack and Kovalev became series champions.
In February 2016 Flack and Murs confirmed that they would not be returning for the 13th series of The X Factor and were permanently replaced by O'Leary.
On 17 December 2019 she announced that she would be standing down as host for the sixth series following an allegation that she had assaulted her boyfriend.
In December 2015, she was part of the presenting team for ITV's Christmas telethon Text Santa.
Flack had been due to present a reality series about cosmetic surgery called The Surjury on Channel 4, but it was cancelled following her death in February 2020.
She has a cameo role in the film Greed, which was released on 21 February 2020.
The trailer, which featured her role, premiered on the same day.
Flack dated Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in 2009, but the relationship ended quickly after the media began reporting on it, according to her autobiography.
Around 2014 and 2015, she was in a relationship with Sam Smith's manager Jack Street.
In 2015 Flack came fifth in FHM's Sexiest Women.
Flack allegedly confessed "I did it" to police when they arrived, and then warned she would kill herself.
On 17 December, Flack stood down from hosting Love Island in order to "not detract attention from the upcoming series".
It was later reported that Flack was glad for the break from her hosting role as she was experiencing "personal issues" and had been suffering from an emotional breakdown for "a very long time".
Despite this, the show's producers said that the "door was open" for a possible future return as host.
Flack pleaded not guilty to the charges at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on 23 December.
Her solicitor told the court that Burton did not support the prosecution and that "he is not the victim, as he would say, he was a witness".
She was released on bail with the condition that she did not contact Burton and was due to stand trial on 4 March 2020.
Death and investigation
Flack was found dead in her flat, in Stoke Newington, London, on 15 February 2020, aged 40.
The lawyer acting for her family stated that her death was a suicide.
A Love Island highlights episode, due to be shown on ITV2 on the day of her death, was cancelled.
The inquest was adjourned until 5 August 2020.
On 6 August, after a two-day hearing, the coroner found that Flack's death was a suicide.
She had killed herself after learning she would be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, following a long struggle with "fluctuating mental health" that was exacerbated by the stress of fame.
Following Flack's death, British Labour Party MP Lisa Nandy blamed social media networks for failing to prevent harassment and bullying, saying "In no other area of life would we allow private companies to police themselves.
We ought to make sure the state has a system of regulation and support around that."
Following a review of Flack's charges by the Crown Prosecution Service, it was found that the decision to go ahead with the trial was "handled appropriately".
Flack is the fourth person linked to Love Island to have killed themselves.
Flack's death raised questions about the pressures of the programme and resulted in calls for it to be cancelled, with many drawing attention to how The Jeremy Kyle Show had recently been cancelled after a participant killed himself.
|2001||Is Harry on the Boat?||Blonde||British made-for-TV film, based on the lives of holiday reps in Ibiza|
|2002, 2004||Bo' Selecta!||Bubbles|
|2004||Weapons of Mass Distraction||Corporal Flack||A satirical comedy taking a sideways look at the tabloid news|
|2005||The Games: Live at Trackside||Co-presenter||2 series|
|2005||When Games Attack||Co-presenter and reporter|
|2007||Comic Relief Does Fame Academy||Co-presenter|
|2007||Escape from Scorpion Island||Host||1 series|
|2008||Eurovision Song Contest 2008||Semi-Finals Commentator|
|2008||Big Brother's Big Mouth||Week 5 Presenter||5 episodes|
|2009–2010||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW!||Co-presenter||2 series|
|2009||Something for the Weekend||Presenter||As maternity cover for the permanent presenter Amanda Hamilton|
|2009||Dancing on Wheels||Participant||Winner|
|2010||The Whole 19 Yards||Co-presenter||1 series|
|2010||BRIT Awards: Backstage||Co-presenter|
|2011||Minute to Win It||Team captain||1 series|
|2011–2013||The Xtra Factor||Co-presenter||3 series|
|2013||The X Factor||Backstage presenter||Live Shows|
|2014||Viral Tap||Presenter||1 series|
|2014||Strictly Come Dancing||Contestant||Series 12 winner|
|2015–2019||Love Island||Presenter||5 series|
|2015||The X Factor||Co-presenter||Series 12|
|2015||Text Santa||Co-presenter||Christmas appeal show|
|2017–2019||Love Island: Aftersun||Main presenter||Love Island spin-off show|
|Unaired||The Surjury||Main presenter||Planned broadcast in 2020 cancelled after Flack's death|
- Celebrity Juice (13 May 2010, 6 October 2011, 26 April 2012, 18 October 2012, 17 October 2013, 1 May 2014, 19 March 2015, 31 March 2016) – Panelist
- All Star Family Fortunes (12 December 2010) – Contestant
- Odd One In (2 July 2011) – Panelist
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2 December 2011, 12 November 2012) – Panelist
- Loose Women (25 June 2012, 12 January 2015, 13 June 2017, 20 December 2018) – Guest
- Sweat the Small Stuff (30 April 2013) – Panelist
- Lemon La Vida Loca (20 June 2013) – Cameo
- Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (22 June 2013) – Contestant
- Alan Carr: Chatty Man (3 October 2014, 29 May 2015) – Guest
- Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular (31 December 2014) – Guest
- Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (27 February 2016, 2 April 2016) – Herself
|2016||Heart Network||Sunday Mornings||Co-presenter|
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