Caroline Flack

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Caroline FlackCaroline Flack_header_cell_0_0_0
BornCaroline Flack_header_cell_0_1_0 Caroline Louise Flack

(1979-11-09)9 November 1979 Enfield, Greater London, EnglandCaroline Flack_cell_0_1_1

DiedCaroline Flack_header_cell_0_2_0 15 February 2020(2020-02-15) (aged 40)

London, EnglandCaroline Flack_cell_0_2_1

Cause of deathCaroline Flack_header_cell_0_3_0 Suicide by hangingCaroline Flack_cell_0_3_1
OccupationCaroline Flack_header_cell_0_4_0 Caroline Flack_cell_0_4_1
Years activeCaroline Flack_header_cell_0_5_0 2001–2020Caroline Flack_cell_0_5_1
Known forCaroline Flack_header_cell_0_6_0 Caroline Flack_cell_0_6_1

Caroline Louise Flack (9 November 1979 – 15 February 2020) was an English television and radio presenter. Caroline Flack_sentence_0

She began her career as an actress, starring in Bo' Selecta! Caroline Flack_sentence_1

(2002) and presented various ITV2 shows including I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Caroline Flack_sentence_2 NOW! Caroline Flack_sentence_3

(2009–2010) and The Xtra Factor (2011–2013). Caroline Flack_sentence_4

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). Caroline Flack_sentence_5

She left Love Island in December 2019 after being arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, the tennis player Lewis Burton. Caroline Flack_sentence_6

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 Flack_sentence_7

Early life Caroline Flack_section_0

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). Caroline Flack_sentence_8

Shortly after her birth her father was promoted to the company's management, and the family moved to Thetford, Norfolk. Caroline Flack_sentence_9

When Flack was seven, they moved again to nearby East Wretham. Caroline Flack_sentence_10

Flack and her twin sister, Jody, were born when their sister Elizabeth was 10 and their brother Paul, eight. Caroline Flack_sentence_11

Jody, the elder twin by six minutes, was originally supposed to be called Caroline, but her mother decided the name did not suit her. Caroline Flack_sentence_12

Flack attended Great Hockham Primary School and Wayland Community High School in Watton, Norfolk. Caroline Flack_sentence_13

She developed an interest in dancing and performed in village pantomimes while at school. Caroline Flack_sentence_14

While at school she was given medical treatment for being "very underweight". Caroline Flack_sentence_15

Between 1996 and 1999 she studied dancing and musical theatre at the Bodywork Company in Cambridge. Caroline Flack_sentence_16

Career Caroline Flack_section_1

In 2002 Flack gained her break on television playing Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee Bubbles on the sketch show Bo' Selecta! Caroline Flack_sentence_17

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_18

In 2005 she also had a regular segment on the video games show When Games Attack. Caroline Flack_sentence_19

A year later she co-presented the Saturday morning show TMi with Sam & Mark, which aired on BBC Two and the CBBC Channel. Caroline Flack_sentence_20

Subsequently, she hosted the CBBC show Escape from Scorpion Island together with Reggie Yates. Caroline Flack_sentence_21

Flack hosted the CBBC coverage of Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in March 2007, commenting on the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with Paddy O'Connell. Caroline Flack_sentence_22

She also hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth during Week 5 of the 2008 series. Caroline Flack_sentence_23

The Daily Mirror journalist Rob Leigh commented that "her sharp delivery makes her the best presenter they’ve had on this series". Caroline Flack_sentence_24

However, this was not the first time that Flack was linked to Big Brother. Caroline Flack_sentence_25

Before the series began, it had been reported that she was Dermot O'Leary's replacement on Big Brother's Little Brother. Caroline Flack_sentence_26

In 2009 Flack replaced Kirsty Gallacher as co-host of Gladiators with Ian Wright for the second series on Sky1. Caroline Flack_sentence_27

In July 2009, she was a substitute presenter on the BBC's Sunday show Something for the Weekend, while Amanda Hamilton was on maternity leave. Caroline Flack_sentence_28

In the same year Flack began hosting the ITV2 reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here NOW! Caroline Flack_sentence_29

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_30

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_31

Flack co-presented the game show The Whole 19 Yards with Vernon Kay on ITV in 2010. Caroline Flack_sentence_32

She also modelled for the mag Maxim. Caroline Flack_sentence_33

On 16 February 2010, she presented backstage at the 2010 Brit Awards on ITV2. Caroline Flack_sentence_34

In November 2010 she returned to host I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here Now! Caroline Flack_sentence_35

on ITV2. Caroline Flack_sentence_36

In 2011 Flack was a team captain on the ITV2 game show Minute to Win It. Caroline Flack_sentence_37

That year she and Olly Murs presented the eighth series of The Xtra Factor, replacing Konnie Huq. Caroline Flack_sentence_38

Flack and Murs both returned for the ninth series. Caroline Flack_sentence_39

Flack returned for the tenth series in 2013, while Murs was replaced by Matt Richardson. Caroline Flack_sentence_40

On 12 June 2014 it was confirmed that Flack would not return for series 11 and was replaced by Sarah-Jane Crawford. Caroline Flack_sentence_41

Flack hosted the ITV2 show Viral Tap in 2014. Caroline Flack_sentence_42

In December 2014 she reunited with Murs to host a Christmas Day and New Year's Eve programme on British radio station Magic Radio. Caroline Flack_sentence_43

Flack was announced as a contestant on the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014. Caroline Flack_sentence_44

Her professional partner was Pasha Kovalev. Caroline Flack_sentence_45

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_46

On 20 December 2014 Flack and Kovalev became series champions. Caroline Flack_sentence_47

On 16 April 2015 it was announced that Flack, along with Murs would replace Dermot O'Leary as the hosts for the 12th series of The X Factor from August 2015. Caroline Flack_sentence_48

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_49

Flack began to present ITV2's Love Island in June 2015 and its spin-off show Love Island: Aftersun when the third series was broadcast from June 2017. Caroline Flack_sentence_50

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_51

In December 2015, she was part of the presenting team for ITV's Christmas telethon Text Santa. Caroline Flack_sentence_52

In May 2016 she began co-presenting Sunday Morning Breakfast from 9 am to noon over the summer with Gethin Jones across the Heart Network. Caroline Flack_sentence_53

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_54

She has a cameo role in the film Greed, which was released on 21 February 2020. Caroline Flack_sentence_55

The trailer, which featured her role, premiered on the same day. Caroline Flack_sentence_56

Personal life Caroline Flack_section_2

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_57

In 2011, she had a brief relationship with One Direction member Harry Styles. Caroline Flack_sentence_58

Around 2014 and 2015, she was in a relationship with Sam Smith's manager Jack Street. Caroline Flack_sentence_59

She was briefly engaged to the reality TV personality Andrew Brady in 2018, and dated the rugby player Danny Cipriani in 2019. Caroline Flack_sentence_60

In 2015 Flack came fifth in FHM's Sexiest Women. Caroline Flack_sentence_61

On 13 December 2019 Flack was charged with assaulting her boyfriend, the tennis player Lewis Burton, after an incident at her Islington flat the previous morning. Caroline Flack_sentence_62

Flack allegedly confessed "I did it" to police when they arrived, and then warned she would kill herself. Caroline Flack_sentence_63

On 17 December, Flack stood down from hosting Love Island in order to "not detract attention from the upcoming series". Caroline Flack_sentence_64

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". Caroline Flack_sentence_65

Despite this, the show's producers said that the "door was open" for a possible future return as host. Caroline Flack_sentence_66

Flack pleaded not guilty to the charges at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on 23 December. Caroline Flack_sentence_67

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". Caroline Flack_sentence_68

She was released on bail with the condition that she did not contact Burton and was due to stand trial on 4 March 2020. Caroline Flack_sentence_69

Burton posted an affectionate Valentine's Day message to Instagram the day before she died. Caroline Flack_sentence_70

Flack's management criticised the CPS for pressing ahead with what her management termed a "show trial", even after her boyfriend said he did not support the prosecution. Caroline Flack_sentence_71

Death and investigation Caroline Flack_section_3

Flack was found dead in her flat, in Stoke Newington, London, on 15 February 2020, aged 40. Caroline Flack_sentence_72

The lawyer acting for her family stated that her death was a suicide. Caroline Flack_sentence_73

A Love Island highlights episode, due to be shown on ITV2 on the day of her death, was cancelled. Caroline Flack_sentence_74

The inquest into her death opened on 19 February and heard she had been found hanged in her flat. Caroline Flack_sentence_75

The inquest was adjourned until 5 August 2020. Caroline Flack_sentence_76

E4 pulled a Love Island sketch on Robot Chicken involving Bitch Pudding out of respect due to her suicide. Caroline Flack_sentence_77

On 6 August, after a two-day hearing, the coroner found that Flack's death was a suicide. Caroline Flack_sentence_78

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_79

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_80

We ought to make sure the state has a system of regulation and support around that." Caroline Flack_sentence_81

Many other British politicians, including Keir Starmer, Grant Shapps, Daisy Cooper, Matt Hancock, Nadine Dorries and Kate Osamor, condemned traditional and social media. Caroline Flack_sentence_82

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". Caroline Flack_sentence_83

Flack is the fourth person linked to Love Island to have killed themselves. Caroline Flack_sentence_84

Former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis had also killed themselves after appearing on the show, as well as Gradon's boyfriend. Caroline Flack_sentence_85

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. Caroline Flack_sentence_86

Television Caroline Flack_section_4

Principal shows Caroline Flack_section_5

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YearCaroline Flack_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleCaroline Flack_header_cell_1_0_1 RoleCaroline Flack_header_cell_1_0_2 NotesCaroline Flack_header_cell_1_0_3 Ref.Caroline Flack_header_cell_1_0_4
2001Caroline Flack_cell_1_1_0 Is Harry on the Boat?Caroline Flack_cell_1_1_1 BlondeCaroline Flack_cell_1_1_2 British made-for-TV film, based on the lives of holiday reps in IbizaCaroline Flack_cell_1_1_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_1_4
2002, 2004Caroline Flack_cell_1_2_0 Bo' Selecta!Caroline Flack_cell_1_2_1 BubblesCaroline Flack_cell_1_2_2 Caroline Flack_cell_1_2_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_2_4
2003–2004Caroline Flack_cell_1_3_0 Fash FCCaroline Flack_cell_1_3_1 PresenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_3_2 Caroline Flack_cell_1_3_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_3_4
2004Caroline Flack_cell_1_4_0 Weapons of Mass DistractionCaroline Flack_cell_1_4_1 Corporal FlackCaroline Flack_cell_1_4_2 A satirical comedy taking a sideways look at the tabloid newsCaroline Flack_cell_1_4_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_4_4
2005Caroline Flack_cell_1_5_0 The Games: Live at TracksideCaroline Flack_cell_1_5_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_5_2 2 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_5_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_5_4
2005Caroline Flack_cell_1_6_0 When Games AttackCaroline Flack_cell_1_6_1 Co-presenter and reporterCaroline Flack_cell_1_6_2 Caroline Flack_cell_1_6_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_6_4
2006–2008Caroline Flack_cell_1_7_0 TMiCaroline Flack_cell_1_7_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_7_2 3 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_7_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_7_4
2007Caroline Flack_cell_1_8_0 Comic Relief Does Fame AcademyCaroline Flack_cell_1_8_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_8_2 Caroline Flack_cell_1_8_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_8_4
2007Caroline Flack_cell_1_9_0 Escape from Scorpion IslandCaroline Flack_cell_1_9_1 HostCaroline Flack_cell_1_9_2 1 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_9_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_9_4
2008Caroline Flack_cell_1_10_0 Eurovision Song Contest 2008Caroline Flack_cell_1_10_1 Semi-Finals CommentatorCaroline Flack_cell_1_10_2 Caroline Flack_cell_1_10_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_10_4
2008Caroline Flack_cell_1_11_0 Big Brother's Big MouthCaroline Flack_cell_1_11_1 Week 5 PresenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_11_2 5 episodesCaroline Flack_cell_1_11_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_11_4
2009–2010Caroline Flack_cell_1_12_0 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW!Caroline Flack_cell_1_12_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_12_2 2 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_12_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_12_4
2009Caroline Flack_cell_1_13_0 GladiatorsCaroline Flack_cell_1_13_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_13_2 1 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_13_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_13_4
2009Caroline Flack_cell_1_14_0 Something for the WeekendCaroline Flack_cell_1_14_1 PresenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_14_2 As maternity cover for the permanent presenter Amanda HamiltonCaroline Flack_cell_1_14_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_14_4
2009Caroline Flack_cell_1_15_0 Dancing on WheelsCaroline Flack_cell_1_15_1 ParticipantCaroline Flack_cell_1_15_2 WinnerCaroline Flack_cell_1_15_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_15_4
2010Caroline Flack_cell_1_16_0 The Whole 19 YardsCaroline Flack_cell_1_16_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_16_2 1 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_16_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_16_4
2010Caroline Flack_cell_1_17_0 BRIT Awards: BackstageCaroline Flack_cell_1_17_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_17_2 Caroline Flack_cell_1_17_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_17_4
2011Caroline Flack_cell_1_18_0 Minute to Win ItCaroline Flack_cell_1_18_1 Team captainCaroline Flack_cell_1_18_2 1 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_18_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_18_4
2011–2013Caroline Flack_cell_1_19_0 The Xtra FactorCaroline Flack_cell_1_19_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_19_2 3 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_19_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_19_4
2013Caroline Flack_cell_1_20_0 The X FactorCaroline Flack_cell_1_20_1 Backstage presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_20_2 Live ShowsCaroline Flack_cell_1_20_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_20_4
2014Caroline Flack_cell_1_21_0 Viral TapCaroline Flack_cell_1_21_1 PresenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_21_2 1 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_21_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_21_4
2014Caroline Flack_cell_1_22_0 Strictly Come DancingCaroline Flack_cell_1_22_1 ContestantCaroline Flack_cell_1_22_2 Series 12 winnerCaroline Flack_cell_1_22_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_22_4
2015–2019Caroline Flack_cell_1_23_0 Love IslandCaroline Flack_cell_1_23_1 PresenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_23_2 5 seriesCaroline Flack_cell_1_23_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_23_4
2015Caroline Flack_cell_1_24_0 The X FactorCaroline Flack_cell_1_24_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_24_2 Series 12Caroline Flack_cell_1_24_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_24_4
2015Caroline Flack_cell_1_25_0 Text SantaCaroline Flack_cell_1_25_1 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_25_2 Christmas appeal showCaroline Flack_cell_1_25_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_25_4
2017–2019Caroline Flack_cell_1_26_0 Love Island: AftersunCaroline Flack_cell_1_26_1 Main presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_26_2 Love Island spin-off showCaroline Flack_cell_1_26_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_26_4
UnairedCaroline Flack_cell_1_27_0 The SurjuryCaroline Flack_cell_1_27_1 Main presenterCaroline Flack_cell_1_27_2 Planned broadcast in 2020 cancelled after Flack's deathCaroline Flack_cell_1_27_3 Caroline Flack_cell_1_27_4

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Radio Caroline Flack_section_7

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YearCaroline Flack_header_cell_2_0_0 StationCaroline Flack_header_cell_2_0_1 ShowCaroline Flack_header_cell_2_0_2 RoleCaroline Flack_header_cell_2_0_3 Ref.Caroline Flack_header_cell_2_0_4
2016Caroline Flack_cell_2_1_0 Heart NetworkCaroline Flack_cell_2_1_1 Sunday MorningsCaroline Flack_cell_2_1_2 Co-presenterCaroline Flack_cell_2_1_3 Caroline Flack_cell_2_1_4

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