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Jayne Torvill's family: who is her husband Phil, her children and parents?

The Dancing on Ice judge has been married for 30 years


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Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
Updated: January 18, 2024
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She has been a household name for more than 35 years, but Jayne Torvill tends to keep her family life out of the spotlight.

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While many people mistakenly believe she is in a relationship with her Dancing on Ice judge and skating partner Christopher Dean, Jayne has actually been married for over 30 years and has two children.  Get to know more about the 64-year-old skating star's family here…

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Who is Jayne Torvill's husband Phil?

Jayne Torvill is married to Phil Christensen, an American sound engineer. The pair tied the knot on 21 September 1990, so have been married for over 30 years.

Jayne rarely shares photos with just Phil in, as they usually take family photos. But it's safe to say that Phil has been incredibly supportive of the ice skating pro throughout her career and life.

A rare photo of Jayne with Phil© @jaynetorvill_official Instagram
A rare photo of Jayne with Phil

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Who are Jayne Torvill's children?

Jayne and Phil are parents to two children, Kieran and Jessica, who are both adopted. In 2013, Jayne opened up about her journey to motherhood during an interview on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, and revealed she first suffered an ectopic pregnancy before enduring 12 months of IVF treatment.

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Jayne Torvill shares two children - Kieran and Jessica - with her husband Phil Christensen

"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," she said. "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."

She continued: "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'.

Jayne Torvill son Buckingham Palace© Photo: Instagram

Jayne took her son Kieran to a Buckingham Palace garden party

"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."

Jayne clearly dotes on her children, and occasionally shares sweet family photos with them on Instagram, including photos when she took her teenage son to a garden party at Buckingham Palace one summer.

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The family have a Jack Russell named Lulu

Jessica turned 17 in 2023, and Jayne celebrated by sharing a photo in front of a car to show that her daughter had learned to drive.

Jessica learned to drive© @jaynetorvill_official Instagram
Jessica learned to drive

Jayne recently welcomed a new member of the family - an adorable Jack Russell dog named Lulu! Sharing a snap of daughter Jessica and son Keiran with the six-month-old pup with her Instagram followers, Jayne wrote: "We have a new member of the family! #Lulu."

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Who are Jayne Torvill's parents?

Jayne posted a photo of her parents on Instagram© @jaynetorvill_official
Jayne posted a photo of her parents on Instagram

Jayne is the daughter of parents George and Betty and has previously said they worked hard to help her achieve her dreams.

Speaking to Reader's Digest, Jayne said: "My dad George went off early in the mornings to work for Raleigh Bicycles. Mum gave me my tea then left for a late shift as a machinist. Dad was home by then, so I had the evenings with him, but by the time Mum got in at 10pm, I’d usually be in bed. Friday nights were special though: Mum got home a bit earlier and I was allowed to stay up. She always brought me a chocolate bar."

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