Who is Nicki Chapman and does she have children? – The Sun

NICKI Chapman is a familiar face on TV, having presented multiple shows.

Regularly fronting Escape to the Country and the Chelsea Flower Show, the presenter has also been recovering from a benign brain tumour – here's everything to know about her.

Who is Nicki Chapman?

Nicki Chapman is a British TV presenter born 14 January, 1967, in Herne Bay, Kent.

She rose to fame as a judge on reality TV shows Popstars and Pop Idol.

She has also presented television shows including Wanted Down Under, Escape to the Country and its spin-off I Escaped to the Country for BBC One.

Nicki is a frequent guest on Channel 4’s Countdown, as well as BBC Radio 2 and Sky News.

She also fronts the Chelsea Flower Show and is a presenter on BBC Radio 2.


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When was Nicki Chapman diagnosed with a brain tumour?

Niki discovered she had a tumour on her brain in 2019.

Doctors told her the tumour had grown between one to three years and she needed to have surgery.

She underwent the operation in May of that year to remove the tumour “the size of a golf ball”, however, some parts remained.

But during one of her annual scans, she received positive news about her condition.

She told White Wine Question Time podcast: “My amazing consultant rang me and said, ‘The tumour, Nicki, has gone. For the moment it’s disappeared’.”

She added: “I haven’t actually shared this with anybody but back in October I was having my yearly scan with my fantastic consultant.

“He knows I adore him. I tell him regularly in front of my husband how much I adore him and the NHS that looked after me and continue to look after me so well.

And he rang me and I was standing in a field, because now we do phone appointments, don’t we? We don’t do it face to face. So he rang me with my latest scans.



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“And I was standing in a field and the Escape To The Country crew had moved away. They knew I was getting the call so they moved away and gave me some privacy.”

Prior to her diagnosis, Nicki experienced a temporary loss of sight and was unable to speak for a period of time.

Opening up for the first time about her tumour on This Morning on 5 June, 2019, she recalled: “I was trying to read on my computer an email and I couldn’t quite see it and I thought that was odd.

“And because of my age often we put things down to other things like the menopause so I thought ‘Well I’m obviously tired, I’m not concentrating’.”

She continued: “I went on holiday, felt fine, came back, did a photoshoot and that afternoon realised I couldn’t see again then I had to do a voiceover and I couldn’t speak.

“I walked into the edit, sat down and the editor was chatting away and I looked at him and thought ‘I can’t talk to you’. Nothing was coming out.”

She confessed: "You can't be positive everyday and the last few days I was on my hands and knees sobbing."

Who is Nicki Chapman's husband Dave Shackleton?

Nicki is married to music producer and Vice President of Sony BMG International, Dave 'Shacky' Shackleton.

Dave and Nicki live in Chiswick, London.

He is known in the music industry as ‘Dave Shack’ and was appointed as head of Iron Maiden’s management company Phantom Music in 2013.

Do Nicki and Dave have children?

No, Nicki Chapman and Dave Shackleton do not have any children.

However, Nicki volunteers for charity Save the Children in her spare time.

She is also an ambassador for British Dressage and a supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline and Nordoff–Robbins music therapy.

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