Christine Bleakley: I've got my life back

Christine Bleakley is looking forward to getting her ''life back'' following her axe from 'Daybreak', as a year of starting work at 3am has ''taken its toll'' on her

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Christine Bleakley at the Sky Women in Film and Television Awards 2011 earlier today (02.12.11).

Christine Bleakley at the Sky Women in Film and Television Awards 2011 earlier today (02.12.11).

Christine Bleakley is looking forward to getting her "life back" following her axe from 'Daybreak'.

The 32-year-old presenter - who, alongside co-host Adrian Chiles, will leave the ITV1 flagship morning show on Monday (05.12.11) - explained over a year of starting work at 3am has "taken its toll" on her, and she is looking forward to watching from the comfort of her own home.

She told BANG Showbiz: "I feel good. I'm looking forward to having my life back again, I really am. It's difficult to explain but anyone who does night shifts or those kind of hours will understand that it does start to take its toll on you, so I certainly won't miss 3am starts.

"I'll miss the people and not seeing them every day but we're all good mates - we're all heading out tonight actually! So from that perspective I'll quite happily watch from home . from my bed!"

Christine - who will now take over from Holly Willoughby on ITV1's 'Dancing On Ice' - admitted her friends were "surprised" she lasted as long as she did on 'Daybreak' because she is a real "night owl".

Speaking at the Sky Women in Film and Television Awards 2011 at London's Park Lane Hilton Hotel this afternoon (02.12.11), she added: "I am naturally a night owl and my mates are surprised I've lasted this long to be quite honest with you. It's been over a year now of getting up at 3am and you just start to go doolally!

"I'd sometimes go to bed at like nine or 10 o'clock and not be able to sleep. You're living on like three hours sleep a night so my skin and everything started deteriorating."

Other stars in attendance at the Sky Women in Film and Television Awards 2011 included Miranda Hart - who hosted the ceremony - Kara Tointon, Victoria Wood and Jennifer Saunders.

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