BBC Garden Rescue Charlie Dimmock’s Hollyoaks Role, Case and Tsunami Tragedy


Charlie Dimmock has been transforming homes on Garden Rescue since 2016.

The 55-year-old shot to fame as part of the original Ground Force presentation alongside Alan Titchmarsh and Tommy Walsh.

The program ran from 1997 to 2005 and became a UK institution that attracted an audience of over 12 million at its peak, reports the Mirror Online.

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At the height of her fame in 2002, Charlie even made an appearance on an episode of Hollyoaks as she was enlisted to unveil Jubilee Gardens.

The chemistry between the Ground Force co-hosts was one of the reasons for the show’s success and Charlie said the presenters enjoyed a close off-screen relationship.

She said Hello! “When we started touring, we were polite to each other for the first two sets, but by the third, we were like family.

“My main memory of Ground Force was laughing a lot. It was the same team week after week, and the same production and the same team. You know what it’s like when you work with a team of people and you get along.”

Charlie’s time on the show was rocked by scandal when she split from longtime partner John Mushet after having an affair with Ground Force micro operator Andy Simmons.

The TV presenter has since spoken out about the case and said she has no regrets about what happened.

She told the Daily Mail: “I don’t see Andy anymore, but I don’t regret what happened.

“You wouldn’t do anything if you kept worrying about what could go wrong.

“John and I had been together for a long time, so when we broke up, I leaned on my family and close friends a lot.

“I’ve found that the most difficult aftermath of breaking up is getting into another relationship.”

Charlie’s personal life was struck by tragedy in 2004 when his mother, Sue Kennedy, and stepfather Rob tragically died in the 2004 tsunami while on the island of Phuket in Thailand.

Charlie did not speak about the incident at the time, but her agent released a statement and said she was still coming to terms with the tragedy.

Her agent said: “It’s very upsetting for her. It was too early for her to accept this.

“She’s doing day in and day out right now. We promised to keep her safe.”

After Ground Force ended in 2005, Charlie embarked on a varied career presenting shows such as The Joy of Gardening and Charlie’s Garden Army, as well as appearing on Celebrity Masterchef in 2006.

Charlie enjoyed a brief break from TV roles, but has been presenting Garden Rescue for six years.

The popular show sees her compete with award-winning garden designers, the Rich Brothers, to create stunning gardens for people across the country.

Garden Rescue airs Saturday at 3.45pm on BBC One

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