Karen Barber, Born 21st June 1961 in Manchester. Karen is a British ice dancer, partnering along side Kim spreyer, she became world junior silver medalist in 1977. Later on in Karen's skating career, Karen changed skating partner's and started to skate with Nicky Slater. Together the became European bronze medalist's in 1983. Karen and Nicky for the first time represented Great Britain in the 1980 Olympics placing in 12th place. Karen and Nicky also represented Great Britain for a second time in the 1984 Olympics placing in 6th place. Along side skating Legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean who won gold that year with their iconic routine Bolero.
In 2010 Karen announced that her and her husband Stephen Pickavance were separating. At the start of 2011 Karen and Dancing On Ice Co-Star Christopher Dean were caught kissing outside a restaurant.
A Week later Karen and Chris announced that they were seeing each other but it was early days. Karen and Chris continue into 2012 and are very happy together, it seems to appear they are very loved up following a video on the Dancing On Ice website during backstage with Karen and DOI celebs Sam and Mark.During the backstage video its rehearsal time, when Sam and Mark pay Karen a visit. In the video clip she is currently sat at the ice panel watching celebrity skater and professional skater, Jorgie Porter and Matt Ever's rehearse for the Sunday show.
When she receives a phone call from Christopher Dean himself, Karen first of all speaks very clearly but as she gets to the end of the phone call and is saying goodbye, she speaks very quickly and quietly, so that the camera's can't pick up what she is saying, for those who have watched the clip and wonder what she says, Karen says "Bye, My Love".
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Karen Barber and fellow skater Nicky Slater
Karen has skated in Richmond Ice Dance and Figure skating club. Following Karen's retirement to competitive skating, She began working as a coach in Blackburn and also skated professionally.
Since 2006, Karen has appeared on Dancing On Ice as a Judge, Assistant coach and also Headcoach, Now in 2013 Karen still appears as a Judge on the panel.
Karen as a Judge with fellow judges, Robin Cousin, Jason Gardiner, Emma Bunton and fellow skater and partner, Nicky Slater.
Karen as Head coach in 2012, Karen role was to support the celebrities as much as possible. Building them with confidence and showing encouragement towards them.