Jayne Torvill: Ice skating legend's age, husband, relationship with Christopher Dean and more facts

16 December 2018, 16:49 | Updated: 16 December 2018, 17:58

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By Tom Eames

Jayne Torvill was half of one of the most iconic duos of the 1980s: Torvill and Dean.

Alongside Christopher Dean, she captured the imagination of the public when they won gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Now that an ITV drama about their story is on the way, here are all the important facts about Jayne Torvill:

  1. Who is Jayne Torvill?

    Jayne Torvill is an English ice dancer. With Christopher Dean, she won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

    They also won a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, becoming one of the oldest figure skating Olympic medalists.

    They took a break from skating in 1998, and returned in 2006 as judges and coaches on ITV competition Dancing on Ice.

    Their performance at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, along to the music of Maurice Ravel's 'Boléro', made them world-famous stars.

    They received 12 perfect 6.0 marks, and was one of the most popular achievements in the history of British sport, watched by a UK TV audience of 24 million people.

  2. Did she ever date Christopher Dean?

    Torvill and Dean at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games
    Torvill and Dean at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games. Picture: Getty

    Torvill and Dean started skating together as teenagers. They were introduced after Torvill had been skating for nine years and Dean for six years.

    They had both won British junior pairs championships before, but needed a new partner.

    In a 2013 interview on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, they revealed that they did “dabble” in romance as teenagers.

    “We were in the back of the bus going to a league match, and it just happened. It was a one-off. We never talked about it afterwards. We laugh about it now,” Torvill told the Radio Times.

  3. Jayne Torvill age: How old is she now?

    Jayne Torvill was born on October 7, 1957. She celebrated her 61st birthday in 2018.

    She was born in Clifton, Nottingham and grew up in Nottingham. She worked in the city as an insurance clerk at Norwich Union before becoming an ice skater.

  4. Jayne Torvill husband and family: Is she married?

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    Torvill currently lives in East Sussex with her husband Phil Christensen, son Kieran and daughter Jessica.

  5. What is Jayne Torvill's net worth?

    According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jayne Torvill has an estimated net worth of £2.3 million.