Long Lost Family returns to ITV1 with more heartbreaking reunions and sad breakup stories (Monday, Jan 18th, 9pm).
But did you know that host Nicky Campbell was separated from his own birth parents at a young age?
How old is Nicky Campbell? And is he married?
Here is everything you need to know!
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Who is Nicky Campbell?
Nicky is a journalist, radio host, writer and television star.
Since 2003 he has presented the live breakfast program BBC Radio 5.
Nicky is currently co-presenting it with Rachel Burden.
He has won four Sony Awards, including a Gold for 5 Live Breakfast show about the 9/11 attacks in New York.
Nicky also hosts the BBC One show The Big Questions on Sunday morning.
He has co-hosted Long Lost Family on ITV since 2011 with Davina McCall.
How old is Nicky Campbell?
Nicholas Andrew Argyll Campbell was born Nicholas Lackey on April 10, 1961.
He is currently 59 years old and is celebrating the big 6-0 this year!
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Is he married?
Nicky is currently married to second wife Christina ‘Tina’ Ritchie.
They married in 1997 in Kensington, London.
Tina is a fellow journalist and former head of Virgin Radio News.
Nicky was previously married to first wife Linda Larnach.
He took a break from his career to take care of Linda through ME before they divorced.
However, she later claimed his career break was a publicity stunt.
Nicky told The Times, “I was in my early twenties working on local radio in Aberdeen when I met my first wife, Linda.
“She was eight years older than me and divorced with two sons.
“Friends told me I was going to take too much, but the more they said, the more determined I was to defy them.
“Maybe I was looking for someone who could understand my world, but I thought I was in love.
“We were together for 13 years and we were married for seven years. When we finally broke up, we didn’t divorce so much as the hell we made. “
However, Nicky credits Linda for encouraging him to track down his birth mother.
Does he have kids?
Nicky has four daughters with his second wife Tina.
He was the stepfather of his first wife’s two sons during their marriage.
Nicky says, “Becoming a father eventually led me to track down my biological father, Joseph”.
Is Nicky Adopted?
Nicky was born in Edinburgh and adopted at four days of age.
His adoptive mother was a psychiatric social worker and his adoptive father was a card publisher.
In 1989, Nicky persecuted his birth mother, who came from a Protestant family in Dublin.
In 2002, he decided to find his birth father, a Northern Irish Catholic thirteen years younger than his mother.
Nicky also discovered that his grandfather had served in the IRA between 1919 and 1921.
In 2004 Nicky wrote a book called Blue Eyed Son about his own adoption experience.
The book is an account of the adoption and tracing of his birth parents and extended families in Ireland.
Both sides of his birth families helped and contributed to the book.
Unfortunately, his birth mother, Stella, died in 2007.
His adoptive mother Sheila died in December 2019 at the age of 96.
What is Nicky famous for?
He presented the Wheel of Fortune game show from 1988 to 1996 and the Watchdog consumer program from 2001 to 2009.
From 1988 to 1991 and from 1994 to 1997 he was a regular host of Top of the Pops.
In 2006, Campbell appeared on the vocal show Just the Two of Us with Beverley Knight.
He was also on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? that aired in July 2007.
He has been seen tracing his adoptive family’s roots in Scotland and Australia.
He is currently presenting The Big Questions on BBC One and Long Lost Family on ITV1.
Long Lost Family series 10, episode one
Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall return to help more people reunite with long-lost relatives.
The first episode, which will air on Monday, January 18, 2021, introduces us to Phyllis and Kevin Haran.
They fought in vain to bring their son back to court after giving him up for adoption when they were homeless, unemployed and desperate.
Meanwhile, 64-year-old Michael O’Neil is looking for his birth mother.
Tragically, he always felt like a mistake she wanted to forget …
Long Lost Family starts on Monday January 18, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.
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