Dancing On Ice judge Jayne Torvill: Who is her husband and does she have children?

12 January 2020, 17:50 | Updated: 12 January 2020, 17:51

Jayne Torvill is married with two children
Jayne Torvill is married with two children. Picture: Getty/Instagram

Champion skater Jayne Torvill keeps her family life mostly away from the spotlight, but here's what we know about her husband and their children.

Jayne Torvill's life in the spotlight has mostly been about her work on the ice as both an Olympian with partner Christopher Dean and part of the ITV skating show Dancing On Ice.

So what is her personal life like away from the ice rink?

Who is Jayne Torvill married to?

Jayne Torvill, 62, is married to husband of over twenty-five years, Phil Christensen, an American sound engineer.

Many have mistakenly thought that she is married of Christopher Dean but the pair have never officially been an item and he lives with his wife Karen Barber and family in Colorado Springs, USA.

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Birthday brunch with the family today! #special #family #funday

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How many children does she have?

Jayne and her husband Phil have two adopted children together, Kieran, 16, and Jessica, 12.

She is mostly private about her family life but during an episode of Piers Morgan's Life Stories in 2013 - which she took part on alongside Christopher - she revealed her struggles to conceive.

She explained how when trying for children she experienced an ectopic pregnancy.

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Ran into Snoopy yesterday at Somerset House! #skating #fun #family

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She said: "As a couple skating together, it's easy for the guy to go off and start a family because it wouldn't affect his skating. Whereas for me, it would have stopped what we were doing, so I left it quite late and I was into my forties by then.

"I got pregnant quite quickly and I thought, 'Oh this is fine'. And when I went to have a scan they said I had an ectopic pregnancy, and I didn't know what that meant.

"They said, 'The embryo's growing in one of the tubes'. And I said, 'Oh, ok, so how do you get it out then?'. And they said, 'We don't. We can't'. That's when it hit me.

"So I went through the surgery and then it was obvious it was going to be more difficult. So we tried IVF for about a year. That, as a lot of women know, is traumatic in itself."

She then endured surgery a IVF for a year before she decided to adopt and as a result is a proud parent to Kieran and Jessica.