Production company: ITV Studios
Kent locations used: Tonbridge
Tonbridge born retired athlete Dame Kelly Holmes talks to journalist and presenter Piers Morgan about her childhood in Kent, career in the army and the dramatic ups and downs of her time as an athlete.
Kelly Holmes grew up in Tonbridge and for several years combined her career in the army with being an athlete, before focusing full-time on athletics in 1997. She went on to have Olympic success as a middle-distance runner, winning double gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 800m and 1500m races. She was made a Dame in 2005.
However, Kelly’s career wasn’t always full of highs, as she suffered with the pressures of a gruelling training schedule and injuries, and Kelly admits to Piers that she self-harmed when she felt her body was letting her down.
Kelly also discusses her tireless work for youth sport education. After retiring in 2005, Kelly set up the DKH Legacy Trust, a charity to support young athletes, is the President for the England Commonwealth Games and was an Olympic Ambassador for London 2012.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories is a popular ITV show in its eighth series, focusing on the lives of people in the public eye. Piers has previously interviewed Gordon Brown, Cheryl Cole, Susan Boyle and Frank Bruno.
The Life Stories crew came to Kent to film the area where Kelly grew up to interview some of her friends and family. They visited Tonbridge town, Hildenborough Recreational Ground where Kelly trained in her youth and the houses where she grew up.
Tonbridge is in West Kent and is a market town with a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery. The area is surrounded beautiful countryside and has castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. The Tonbridge area has been used by previous productions including BBC drama Missing (2010) and Countryfile (2009).
Don’t miss Piers Morgan’s Life Stories with Dame Kelly Holmes on Friday 21st September at 21:00 on ITV1.
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