Ground Force star Charlie Dimmock is now back on our screens with BBC’s Garden Rescue. Find out more about the TV presenter and her personal life here…
Charlie Dimmock shot to fame as one of the green-fingered experts on gardening makeover show Ground Force, alongside co-stars Alan Titchmarsh and Tommy Walsh.
The series proved an unlikely hit for the Beeb and enjoyed a successful eight year run before coming to an end in 2005.
Charismatic free-spirit Charlie was soon poached by the US to host a gardening segment for CBS’ breakfast show.
The now 55-year-old kept up her gardening skills and now presents the BBC’s Garden Rescue which has been running since 2016.
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Charlie met her long-term partner viticulturist John Mushet back in the early nineties whilst she was travelling around New Zealand.
The pair enjoyed 13 years together but never married, despite John referring to the redhead as his ‘misses’.
They split in 2001 after Charlie had a short relationship with microphone operator Andy Simmons from the Ground Force crew.
But the romance didn’t last and Charlie went on to date another member of the programme’s crew – sound technician Barry Smith.
After the news of Charlie’s affair with Andy went public she told The Daily Mail that she had ‘no regrets.’
She said: “We’ve talked to each other a few times since we broke up.
“I don’t see Andy any more, but I don’t regret what happened. You wouldn’t do anything if you kept worrying about what might go wrong.
“John and I had been together for a long time so when we split up I heavily relied on family and close friends.
“I’ve discovered that the most difficult after-effect of the break-up is getting into another relationship.”
Speaking about her love life in 2016, Charlie told the Independent she had no intention of ever getting married.
“I’m way past marriage at this point.
“I’m going to be 50 this year. Even sharing a house with someone would be a no for me.
“I like my own company,” she added.
“I like to do what I want to do, I’m very selfish like that.
“I don’t mind fitting in a bit, but I like to be able to get away and have the house to myself.”
The star is now thought to be happily single and is ‘content’ without a man in her life.
“Somebody would have to really bowl me over,” she explained.
Charlie experienced some heartbreak in her personal life in the last two decades as well.
Her mother and step-father died in the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 when they were holidaying in Phuket.
Charlie did not speak about the tragedy at the time but her agent said in a statement: “It is very upsetting for her. It has been too soon for her to come to terms with it.
“She is coping day by day at the moment. We have promised her that we will protect her.”
According to The Daily Mail, Charlie turned down any work for two years afterwards.
Charlie’s career has branched off in more directions that gardening including an acting stint when she took a short role in short role in the 2010 touring production of Calendar Girls.
She has now returned to our screens on BBC makeover show Garden Rescue, alongside garden designers the Rich brothers with whom she competes to create stunning outdoor spaces for homeowners around the country.
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