Christine Hamilton is a television personality, best-selling author and wife of former MP Neil Hamilton.
Christine aka The British Battleaxe appears regularly on TV and radio on both entertainment, news and current affairs programmes.
Her repertoire ranges from Have I Got News for You, Bo Selecta & Harry Hill to Any Questions, Loose Women & Newsnight.
An outrageous flirt, who could forget her disarming Louis Theroux in their documentary ‘When Louis Met The Hamiltons‘ – considered one of the best television moments of 2001.
On the first-ever ITV ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here‘ in 2002, Christine enchanted viewers with her natural charm, sense of humour, common sense and kindness, coming third she emerged as a true ‘Queen of the Jungle!’
In 2010, Christine won another legion of fans with her feisty performance in ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ where she reached the final alongside Dick Strawbridge and eventual winner Lisa Faulkner.
Viewers followed her reality TV journey on Channel 5’s ‘Costa Del Celebrity’ in 2018 when she joined Vicki Michelle, Ainsley Harriott, Anne Diamond and Nick Owen for a fabulous two week trip to Spain.
Back in 2000, she even had her own critically acclaimed BBC Choice series, The Christine Hamilton Show proved her to be a natural and perceptive interviewer, chatting to household names who have survived stormy waters of all kinds – from James Hewitt, Jonathan Aitken and Lord Bath to Bernard Manning, Ivana Trump and John Fashanu.
Game for most things, Christine has parachuted and posed as Eve (with Neil as Adam) for charity; dressed as a drag queen on the BBC, had cosmetic injections live on Channel 5 and launched a death-defying funfair ride.
Christine has received critical acclaim since dipping her toe into the world of theatre. In basque and fishnets, she was the first woman in England to take the role of Narrator in the ‘Rocky Horror Show’ during its 30th-anniversary tour.
She has also appeared several times in ‘The Vagina Monologues’, including in the West End, had her own one-woman show, appeared in panto, and together with Neil had sell-out shows at The Edinburgh Fringe.
As an author, Christine has published ‘The Book of British Battleaxes’ and her Autobiography ‘For Better For Worse’. She writes many articles for various newspapers and magazines.
Active on the after-dinner speaking circuit, Christine talks frankly and movingly, but also in a highly entertaining way, about the trials she has faced, how she coped and managed to rebuild her life into the successful media personality she is today.
People identify with Christine as a warm-hearted, open, engaging person who has faced life’s battles head-on and triumphed.
After many years working as secretary to various MPs, first Wilfred Proudfoot, then Gerald Nabarro and latterly her husband, she came to wider public attention when she confronted her husband’s opponent Martin Bell on Knutsford Health during the 1997 general election campaign.
Christine and Neil live in Wiltshire and London where they enjoy music, gardening, cooking and entertaining, which encompasses their overriding passion: the company of good friends.
“With more women like her Britain would never have lost the Empire.” Lynda Lee Potter