How old is Natasha Kaplinsky and what's she said about miscarriage?

NATASHA Kaplinsky is a highly-respected broadcaster who has fronted some of the UK's top news organisations.

Here's what you need to know about the accomplished newsreader, who told the tragic story of when she suffered a miscarriage.

Who is Natasha Kaplinsky?

Natasha Kaplinsky was born on September 9, 1972 in Brighton, spending her early years in Kenya.

She graduated from Hertford College, Oxford, before working in the press offices of Labour leaders Neil Kinnock and John Smith.

After starting out on TV with Sacha Baron Cohen co-presenting youth chat show F2F on Granada Talk TV, she moved into news broadcasting with ITV and Sky News.

She became the host of BBC Breakfast in November 2002 alongside Dermot Murnaghan, before becoming just the third woman to present BBC's Ten O'Clock News in 2006.

Natasha joined Five News in February 2008 and stayed with the channel for three years, when she departed for ITV.

The 45-year-old married private equity professional Justin Bower in August 2005 after a six-month romance.

They welcomed their first child, a son called Arlo, in September 2008, and Natasha gave birth to a daughter, Angelica, in April 2010.

Born to an exiled Jewish father from South Africa, Natasha sits on the UK Holocaust Memorial foundation advisory board.

In the 2017 Birthday Honours list she was appointed OBE for services to Holocaust commemoration.

What has Natasha Kaplinsky said about miscarriage?

Natasha, now 48, reveals her heartbreak on Channel 5 documentary Miscarriage: Our Story.

In an emotional interview, Natasha told the story of how her first pregnancy ended in tragedy, at her 12 week scan.

"I’ll never forget the crestfallen face of the sonographer as he said, ‘I’m so sorry, would you like some time to yourself?’" she says.

"It took me ages to understand that he meant the pregnancy wasn’t going to work."

She added that trying and failing to have a baby was "depleting in every single way."

What happened to Natasha on Strictly Come Dancing?

In 2004, Natasha starred on the very first series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional Brendan Cole.

The pairing went all the way to win the glitter ball trophy, trouncing Christopher Parker and Hanna Karttunen to clinch the title.

Natasha and Brendan were subjected to rumours that they had a fling after the dancer split from his ex-fiancée Camilla Dallerup during the series.

However, earlier this year Brendan opened up on the scandal and insists no affair ever took place.

He told the Daily Mail: "I didn’t cross any lines with Natasha. I was single. Camilla had ended the relationship very early on in the series so what happened happened after that."

Natasha returned to co-host Strictly when Tess Daly was on maternity leave and took part in the 2012 Christmas Special.

How was Natasha's daughter injured in a boat explosion?

Natasha’s young daughter Angelica suffered severe burns when the family’s boat exploded in a fireball, The Sun revealed.

The star was also injured in the blast on holiday in Corfu on Friday, June 15.

Natasha, eight-year-old Angelica and a relative were rescued by fishermen who helped to put out the flames and towed them to shore.

Angelica bore the brunt of the blast and her condition was so serious that she was flown back to the UK.

 

Investigators were looking into how the boat had a petrol leak which then ignited off the Greek island.

A port source said: “The girl suffered serious burns. Ms Kaplinsky and a man, thought to be the girl’s grandad, suffered lighter wounds.

“At first the girl was rushed to hospital in Corfu Town with burns to her face and hands.

“Her mother and grandfather were treated at a private clinic. It was then decided to fly them home.”

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