Once, before Ricky Gervais, former host of the U.K.’s version of The Office, was ever famous, he was best known for his role as the only non-ridiculous member of the Comedy Store cast, which includes the likes of Russell Brand, Steve Coogan and Bill Bailey. Flack, 40, appeared in Gervais’s show through the early 2000s, performing alongside Peter Serafinowicz, Phill Jupitus and Gervais. After she left the U.K. version of The Office, Flack hosted the British version of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, before moving on to U.K. reality show Love Island in 2010.
Since then, Flack has hosted a handful of other reality shows, including Tumble (Australia’s version of Strictly Come Dancing), a sporting reality show that showcased fitness and dance. She’s also featured on Celebrity Big Brother and Celebs Go Dating, the latter of which she hosts alongside her co-stars, Caggie Dunlop and Eden Blackman. While she was on Celebrity Big Brother, Flack reportedly had a fling with co-star Andrew Brady — who later got engaged to Flack’s friend, Love Island co-star Amelia Lily.
Last year, Flack made the transition from reality host to author, with the release of her book, Flack, which goes inside her interview and songwriting process — or rather, her lack thereof. The book portrays Flack as a naive young girl with a mischievous personality, and it explores her childhood with a mother who divorced her father when she was young and showed little affection. It also touches on her relationships with celebrities. “There was always a drip-feed of stories and quotes from interviews,” Flack wrote in a book review for the Guardian. “But much of it seems to have been taken out of context. My editor meant for me to make the biggest impression possible out of each brief quote. With hindsight, we didn’t help her and let the cliche take over.”