Phillip Schofield and Christine BleakleyChristine Bleakley and Phillip Schofield seem a natural pair on Dancing on Ice, but Christine admits it took a while to adjust from her former TV husband Adrian Chiles.

‘He’s so professional,’ she says. ‘With Adrian, people loved the fact he wouldn’t know where he was in the script. But Phillip’s the opposite, he’s in total control.

‘When you work with someone else it takes a while to get the balance right, but Phil was a calming influence. Within two weeks it felt right.’

Not only do the pair work well on screen, but the friendship continues backstage too. ‘Phil loves his red wine and having a life outside work, which I love too,’ says Christine, 33.

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