Torvill and Dean

Torvill and Dean

Jayne Torvill

Jayne was introduced to skating at the age of 8 during a school trip to Nottingham, and she’s hardly stopped since.

She began skating with Christopher Dean in 1975 and the pair entered their first Winter Olympics in 1980 at Lake Placid in the USA, finishing fifth.

But their greatest moment came at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Performing the now legendary Bolero routine on Valentines Day of that year, the pair stunned a British TV audience of over 24 million, earning full marks from all nine judges and a gold medal.

No dancing pair had ever received full marks in a skating competition before, and it is a record that remains intact to the present day.

Jayne lives in Sussex with her husband Phil and their two children.

Christopher Dean

Chris first stepped on to the ice at the age of 10 after receiving a pair of skates for Christmas.

He began skating with Jayne Torvill in 1975, while keeping up his job in the police. But he soon gave that up to focus on a skating career – and it paid off when he won gold with Jayne at the Sarajevo Olympics in 1984.

Turning professional the same year, they began creating routines for themselves and produced their own ice shows, including Fire and Ice.

Torvill & Dean competed in their third Winter Olympics at Lillehammer in Norway in 1994, winning a bronze medal. That year they also won gold at the European Championships.

In 2000 they were awarded OBEs for their outstanding contributions to skating and to British sport and have been a driving force on Dancing On Ice since 2006.

The presenters

Dancing on Ice presenters

Phiilip Schofield

Phillip got his first job at the BBC at the tender age of 17, before emigrating to New Zealand with his family two years later.

After three-and-a-half years he returned to Britain, where he was offered the job as a presenter for Children’s BBC, appearing with Gordon The Gopher in the Broom Cupboard. He then went on to present Going Live with Sarah Greene, The Movie Game and Schofield’s Europe.

But his biggest challenge by far came in 1993 when Andrew Lloyd Webber asked him to take over the role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from Jason Donovan. He later went on to play the title role in Doctor Doolittle.

In 2002, Phillip began presenting This Morning with Fern Britton and subsequently Holly Willoughby. He also worked with Holly on the first six series of Dancing On Ice and presents the ITV quiz show The Cube.

Christine Bleakley

Christine began her TV career behind the scenes, training as a runner before becoming a floor manager on various entertainment programmes in Northern Ireland.

Her presenting career began with shows such as First Stop and Sky High, which saw her fly around the country in a helicopter.

After appearing alongside Brian Conley on BBC2's Let Me Entertain You in 2006 and 2007, Christine joined Adrian Chiles as a co-host on BBC1's The One Show. In 2010 the pair moved to ITV to present Daybreak.

Other high points include coming fifth in Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 with partner Matt Cutler, and water-skiing across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

Christine became engaged to footballer Frank Lampard in June 2011. She's the Northern Ireland ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and has a phobia of birds!

Jason Gardiner

Jason Gardiner

Jason is an Australian dancer and choreographer with over twenty award-winning musicals under his belt, including ‘Cats’, ‘West Side Story’, Chicago’, ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘42nd Street’.

His expertise as a dance captain and choreographer mean Jason's in demand with global stars including Kylie Minogue, Bjork, Cher, and Shirley Bassey.

He has also appeared ‘Cats' and Kevin Spacey’s ‘Beyond the Sea’.

Known for his straight-talking judging on previous series of Dancing on Ice, he is returning to the 2013 panel after a year away. Welcome back Jason!

Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts

Southern belle Ashley Roberts has been dancing since the age of three. She’s certainly no stranger to performing and as part of the global girl group The Pussycat Dolls, she's wowed audiences around the world.

More recently Ashley ditched glamour for the Australian jungle in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, where she finished an impressive second place.

Now Ashley is swapping the jungle for the ice rink as the newest judge to the show, bringing her unique expertise to the Dancing on Ice panel.

She’s met her fair share of celebrities over the years, but Ashley admits to being a little star struck by our series regulars as she reveals, “To work alongside Torvill & Dean is such an honour - they're absolute legends.”

Robin Cousins

Robin Cousins

Robin's glittering career spans sport, theatre and television making him the perfect person to lead our team of judges.

As a figure skater, Robin won his first national title at the impressive age of 12. He went on to hold the 1980 title of both Olympic and European Champion.

Cousins glided seamlessly from competitive skating to the West End, starring in epic productions including 'Cats' and 'The Rocky Horror Show'.

On returning for his 8th year as a Dancing on Ice judge Robin says, “After a great DOI 2012 with one of our strongest winners yet, the class of 2013 has their work cut out! With two very focused Olympic medallists in the line up, the rest of the cast better bring their A-game and be ready for battle. It will be no pain, no gain and certainly no sympathy from us judges!”

Karen Barber

Karen Barber

Olympic ice dancer Karen Barber returns as a judge to Dancing on Ice after two years away.

Karen holds an impressive collection of medals during her skating career, including the accolade of World Junior Silver Medalist in 1977.

As an experienced coach, Barber will be coaching our contestants with their routines during the week to make sure they're in tip-top shape. Her extensive knowledge of skating, dance and performance will be an invaluable addition to the judging panel.

On joining the show once more, Karen says, "We have an absolutely wonderful group of celebrity skaters this year who have been training so hard to ensure they deliver on the ice for the viewers, and of course us judges. I'm thrilled to be on the judging panel for 2013 and I look forward to an exciting and interesting series."