Caroline Louise Flack

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Caroline Flack, 2012


Caroline Louise Flack (9 November 1979 – 15 February 2020) was an English television presenter and actress. In 2014, she won the twelfth series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. From 2015 until 2019, she presented ITV's Love Island.[1][2][3]

Flack grew up in Norfolk and took an interest in dancing and theatre while at school. She began her professional career as an actress, starring in Bo' Selecta! (2002) and presented various ITV2 shows including I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! (2009–2010) and The Xtra Factor (2011–2013). Her Strictly Come Dancing win (2014) was praised for achieving a record perfect score in the final. The following year she began presenting The X Factor (2015) – replacing the long-standing presenter Dermot O'Leary – and Love Island (2015–2019). She left Love Island in December 2019 after being arrested for assault allegations.[4][5][6]

On 15 February 2020, aged 40, Flack was found dead at her home in North East London; in August, a coroner's inquest recorded a verdict of suicide.[7][8][9]

On 13 December 2019, Flack was charged with assaulting her boyfriend, the tennis player Lewis Burton, after an incident reported by Burton at her Islington flat the previous morning. Police found Flack covered with blood when they arrived, and they reported that she admitted that she had struck Burton (saying "I did it, I whacked him round the head like that"), before warning them she would kill herself. Her inquest later found that Flack had hit and attacked Burton while he slept as she thought he was cheating, and that Burton had suffered a head wound.[10][11][12]

In April 2024 Flack's mother argued that her celebrity status contributed to Flack being charged in relation to domestic violence.[13]

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