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Christine Bleakley named top TV host

Christine Bleakley has been crowned top TV host at a Women of the Year awards event — despite Daybreak's flagging ratings.

The 31-year-old presenter's win came in spite of figures released last week, which showed that just 530,000 viewers are tuning in to watch Bleakley on ITV's troubled breakfast show — a third of the audience for its BBC rival, Breakfast.

Among the other winners at the star-studded Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year event at the Banqueting House in London, was Doctor Who beauty Karen Gillan, who took home the Ultimate UK TV Actress award. Fellow redhead, Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts — who launched her own make-up range for pale skin this year — was named Ultimate Fashionista.

Roberts' bandmate Kimberley Walsh also attended the event, as she was on a panel of celebrity judges who selected the winners of the awards recognising the bravery and achievements of the nation's non-celebrity women.

Walsh was joined on the panel by Cosmopolitan editor Louise Court, Cosmopolitan's agony aunt Irma Kurtz, The Apprentice advisor and businesswoman Karren Brady, TV presenter Reggie Yates and former Spice Girl Mel B.

Katie Piper — whose bravery after an acid attack led to her offering other burns victims a lifeline through her charity, The Katie Piper Foundation — won the Ultimate Editor's Choice award.

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