Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is a presenter, broadcaster and cricketing legend.
Andrew made his first class debut for Lancashire in 1995, and international honours came when he made his Test Match debut in 1998 vs South Africa. His One Day International debut followed in 1999 vs Pakistan. Andrew made his biggest impact for England in the summer of 2005, when he played a major role in regaining the Ashes from Australia. His contributions won him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in the same year. In 2006 Andrew was awarded an MBE, yet in September 2010, as one of the biggest players in the game, Flintoff retired from professional cricket due to a recurring knee injury.
Since his retirement Andrew has developed a strong broadcast career. In March 2010, Flintoff became a Team Captain, along with Jamie Redknapp, on the Sky1 sports panel show ‘A League of Their Own’. The BAFTA winning show has been a huge success and is now in its tenth series. Andrew also worked with ITV2 in 2011 to produce the ‘Freddie Flintoff versus The World’ in which he went head to head with some of the world’s sporting greats in a variety of daring challenges across the globe. Andrew also presented his own radio show in the summer of 2011 for BBC Radio 5 Live entitled ‘Freddie’s World of Sport’.
Later that year, Andrew joined the team at Discovery to make the documentary ‘Alone In The Wild’. He was completely isolated without any aid or production team, making his way through the wilderness with a handheld camera to record footage. This spurned more adventures in 2012 with the channel in a spin off series ‘Freddie Flintoff Goes Wild’.
2012 also saw the BBC One documentary ‘The Hidden Side of Sport’, which took an insightful look at depression in the world of sport. Andrew met with some prolific figures for the documentary including Piers Morgan, Vinnie Jones and Ricky Hatton. In the same year, Andrew embarked on one of his greatest challenges to date; training to become a professional heavyweight boxer. This was broadcast in a documentary for Sky1; ‘Flintoff: From Lord’s To The Ring’. The culmination of this was a victory on his debut fight at The MEN Arena, Manchester, where he defeated his American opponent.
In 2013, he fronted his own show for BBC Radio 5 Live; ‘Flintoff’s Ashes Roadshow’. He also expressed his expert opinion on each Test in a column for The Sun newspaper and worked with William Hill on cricket predictions. During this period Andrew also appeared on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show and starred in his own ‘TV’ ad for Jacobs’ creating a cricket themed cracker. Later that year, Andrew embarked on a rainforest adventure for Sky1, accompanied by journalist Rob Penn. Flintoff’s Road Through The Rainforest’, aired on Sky1 in April 2014 and formed a part of Sky’s Rainforest Rescue initiative.
After a chronic knee injury seemingly ended his cricket career in 2010, it was announced that Andrew would play for Lancashire again in the NatWest T20 blast squad in May 2014. Following on from his stint with Lancashire in 2014 Andrew continued his professional cricket comeback in the Australian T20 Big Bash league in December 2014 & January 2015. As well as playing in the tournament Andrew joined Channel TEN’s prestigious commentary team and made quite an impression with his on field commentary.
Following on from their adventure in the Amazon, Andrew and Rob were reunited in 2014, taking to the highways of Great Britain for a new series, ‘Flintoff: Lord of the Fries’ airing on Sky1 in February 2015. The show followed the boys serving up fish and chips to the general public in their eco-friendly chip van.
In March 2015 Freddie was crowned the King of the Jungle in the first series of the Australian version of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, and later that year fronted a new six part series for BBC Two, ‘Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week’, in which contestants were put through SAS tasks to find Britain’s toughest recruit. Due to popular demand and the success of their podcast, Andrew and TV producer friend Clyde Holcroft embarked on a live tour, 2nd Innings, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of England’s Ashes win. They travelled to theatres across the country in 2015, including performing at Edinburgh Comedy Festival.
Andrew has also fronted large commercial campaigns for brands such as Morrison’s and Jacobs. The Morrison’s campaign in which he featured was followed by two more popular ads for the chain. He has also developed a partnership with clothing brand Jacamo. 2012 saw him launch his own ‘Flintoff by Jacamo’ range which is still hugely successful, and continues into 2017.
Bowled over by the support of the Australian public, Freddie returned to Australia in November 2015 until early 2016 to reprise his role with Channel Ten on The Project twice weekly and to also join the commentary team on the Big Bash League.
In early 2016, Flintoff was elected the new PCA President of the Professional Cricketers’ Association at the PCA’s annual general meeting held in Birmingham. Andrew joined a very exclusive club as he succeeded his fellow Lancastrian David Lloyd in becoming the seventh President in the association’s history.
Freddie released his tell all autobiography “Second Innings: My Sporting Life”, a celebration of Flintoff’s 20 years in cricket. The much anticipated book reveals the unseen sides of his career and personality.
At the end of 2016, Nine Network announced that Flintoff was joining the adrenaline-charged competition series Australian Ninja Warrior, ahead of its debut season in 2017. In a coup for the internationally acclaimed Ninja Warrior format, Freddie joined the sport and entertainment series as a side line reporter, commentator and co-host alongside Rebecca Maddern and Ben Fordham.
Jodie landed the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh's revival production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane after winning BBC 1's I'd Do Anything. She won the 2010 Whatsonstage Theatregoer’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. She then went on to play The Lady of The Lake in the Spamalot UK tour and in the West End at the Playhouse Theatre, and Dolly in the National Theatre's production of One Man Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. 2015 saw Jodie star in the title role of Calamity Jane on the UK No. 1 Tour. Christmas 2015 saw Jodie playing Miss Hannigan in Annie at the New Theatre, Oxford and then early 2016 saw her starring in the new UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s one woman show Tell Me On A Sunday. Jodie starred in Les Misérables as Madame Thénardier in Dubai and returned to panto as Fairy Bow Bells in Dick Whittington at Birmingham Hippodrome. Jodie is currently touring in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine
As an actress, television work includes Jamie Johnson for CBBC, Citizen Khan, Casualty, Wizards vs Aliens, Candy Cabs and Waterloo Road, all for BBC1.
As a presenter on TV, Jodie’s work includes Top Dog for BBC Sports Relief, the BBC 1's Long Live Britain! exploring the effects of Diabetes and the importance of testing, and Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013 in which she came second! She has had her own regular slot on ITV1's This Morning. Prior to this she was a guest on ITV2's I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here NOW! Jodie led the search to find a Toto for a gala performance of The Wizard of Oz through BBC1’s Over The Rainbow and she was a regular presenter of The Midweek National Lottery.
Other television appearances include Strictly Come Dancing, Pointless, Justin's House, Food Factory, The Chase, Daybreak, Lorraine, Bargain Hunt Children In Need Special, Let's Do Lunch With Gino and Mel, Born to Shine, Sing If You Can, The One Show, Saturday Kitchen, It Takes Two, The Hairy Bikers, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, The Michael Ball Show, The David Dickinson Show, QVC, BBC’s School Choir of the Year 2010, GMTV, Daily Cook’s Challenge, Loose Women, Children In Need, Guesstimation, As Seen On TV, All Star Family Fortunes, Tonight's the Night and New Year's Eve Live 2008.
Jodie has guest presented for Elaine Paige and Paul O’Grady on many occasions with BBC Radio 2. Other BBC Radio 2 appearances include Wogan, co-hosting Going Out With Alan Carr, Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show, The Olivier Awards 2010 and Children in Need 2009 with Graham Norton.
She toured with John Barrowman on his 2010 and 2011 UK Tours and can be heard singing So Close with him on his self titled album Her concert appearances for BBC Radio 2 include Thank You for the Music, The Friday Night Is Music Night James Bond Special, The Friday is Music Night King's Lynn Festival Special and The Andrew Lloyd Webber 60th Birthday Party. Other concerts include The RAF Benevolent Fund Gala, and Bryn Terfel’s annual Faenol Festival in North Wales. She recorded 'In The Mood' for The Very Best of Glenn Miller album.
Readers of TV Times voted Jodie their Favourite Reality TV Star of 2008. Jodie's weightloss DVD, Jodie's Fitness Blasts was launched exclusively by QVC on New Year's Day 2014.
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Sam Bailey is now firmly established as one of the finest singers in the UK and continues to gain fans from all around the world with her totally ‘down to earth’ approach to everyone she meets. This, together with her considerable talent, makes her one of Britain’s favourite personalities.
Sam was born in Bexley, East London. Growing up, she enjoyed singing for her friends and family but never believed she was destined for stardom.
When she was younger, Sam entered talent competitions but always wanted to impress people by herself, rather than being talked up by family and friends. However, her family did have a major influence on her musical career - her grandfather was a singer in a group called ‘The Four Vinos’ and her father was also in a band and she was often in the company of musicians.
One of her earliest success stories was winning a ‘Search For A Star’ talent competition in Crayford Town Hall, Bexley as a 16-year-old. She went on to attend Bexley Arts College and Dartford’s Miskin Theatre to further develop her talent.
Though singing was a passion, Sam admits that her first love in life was football. She played professionally for a number of clubs including Millwall Lionesses, West Ham, Crystal Palace and London Women.
Before she stole the hearts of the nation by winning the tenth series of The X Factor at Christmas 2013, Sam worked as a prison officer at HM Prison Gartree as well as performing on cruise ships, in clubs and at music festivals for several years.
Despite her obvious nervousness during her first X Factor audition, she blew the judges away with her rendition of Beyoncé’s ‘Listen’, receiving a standing ovation and leading Gary Barlow to describe her voice as “incredible”. Under the mentorship of Sharon Osborne she became a clear favourite on the show, dazzling audiences and judges alike with her stunning voice and natural stage presence. She received more than a million votes over the course of the final weekend and was crowned winner of the show.
Following her triumph, her debut single, ‘Skyscraper’, reached Christmas number one and her debut album, The Power of Love stormed to the top of the UK album charts in 2014.
Sam is truly one of the most talented performers in the music business and embarked on her first ever headline tour in 2015 which sold-out venues and received rave reviews. She had her West Debut in Sam Bailey: Live in the West End, performing her favourite songs from musicals so a sold out Lyric theatre. Other theatre roles include starring in panto in 2015 playing Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington and playing the major role of Mama Morton in the national UK tour of hit blockbuster “Chicago” in 2016.
Sam’s latest single Sing My Heart Out was released on 5th August 2016 and her album of the same name is set for release on 16th September. Sam collaborated with Ben Adams, of A1 fame and Steve Dorff, award winning American songwriter whose songs have been recorded by international superstars Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston to name just a few.
Sam lives in Leicester with her husband Craig, and their three children - Tommy, Brooke, and Miley. Sam throws everything she has into her music and her biggest and ‘Sing My Heart Out’ was released later in 2016 and she has enjoyed a 2017 tour of the same name.
TV: Emmerdale - Alicia (Series Regular ITV), The Biz - Francesca - (BBC), Dalziel and Pascoe - Melinda Miller (BBC), Holby City - Justine Lake (BBC), Wire In The Blood - Joanne (ITV), The Royal - Nurse Stella Davenport (Series Regular ITV)
Film: Freight - Ewa (102 Productions)
Theatre: Romeo and Juliet - Lady Capulet (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Exposure The Musical - Tara (St James Theatre), Wicked - Nessarose (West End).
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