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Heather Mills's Biography

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Heather Mills was born in January 1968 in Aldershot in England.

In an interview with Easy Living, Heather Mills described her troubled upbringing:

"When my parents split up, my sister, brother and I were left with my father. When he was sent to prison for fraud, we went to live with my mum, whose boyfriend insisted she choose between us and him - and my mother chose him."

Heather Mills left her mother's home aged 15 and had various jobs.

When she was 17 years old, Heather Mills became a model.

In 1989, Heather Mills married for the first time. However, her marriage to Alfie Karmal ended in divorce.

Heather Mills learned to ski in Slovenia and became an instructor.

However, her modelling career started to take off, including contracts with Marks & Spencers, River Island and Slix.

In 1993, however, she suffered severe injuries when she was crashed into by a police motorcyclist when on a zebra crossing. She lost her left leg below the knee.

Subsequently, Heather Mills got involved in a lot of charity work helping those who have lost limbs. She formed the Heather Mills Health Trust, recycling prosthetic limbs and campaigning against land mines.

Heather Mills also wrote a book, Out on a Limb.

Heather Mills McCartney is a Patron of Adopt-A-Minefield and a United Nations Association Goodwill Ambassador.

Heather Mills worked for a while in television. She presented The General, which was broadcast on the BBC live from Southampton General Hospital, and the current affairs show First Say on BBC Choice.

Mills's other credits include co-presenting and / or reporting on That's Esther Show with Esther Rantzen, Summer Holiday, Wish You Were Here and Travelog.

She also appeared in a BBC drama, Streetlife.

Heather Mills has also supported a number of animal rights causes.

Heather Mills met Sir Paul McCartney at the Pride of Britain Awards in May 1999. He played guitar and sang backing vocals on her single, Voice, to raise money for people who had lost limbs in war zones.

Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills married in June 2002 at Castle Leslie in Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland.

In 2003 Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills McCartney had a daughter, Beatrice. However, the couple split up in 2006.

In Dancing with the Stars, Heather Mills McCartney partnered Jonathan Roberts.

Before they were voted off in week six of Dancing with the Stars, it had appeared that many Americans seemed to become more positive in their view of Heather Mills McCartney and This is London reported:

"Mills has an acid take on this turnaround, observing: 'You clear 21 million square metres of landmine-filled land and they vilify you. You do three dances and you're amazing.'"

In August 2007, Jay Kaycappa, a photographer who was found guilty of assaulting Heather Mills-McCartney, was given a 140-hour community order.

In February 2008, the BBC reported that Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills had failed to reach agreement over a settlement in their divorce case and that the settlement would be decided by Mr Justice Bennett.

In March 2008, the judge awarded Heather Mills £24.3m.

In July 2009, Media Guardian reported that Heather Mills had a slot on This Morning promoting her new vegan cafe in Brighton.

In 2010, Heather Mills was partnered with Matt Evers on the popular ITV show Dancing on Ice.

They were fifth pairing to be voted off Dancing on Ice 2010.

In June 2010 Heather Mills's former nanny lost her unfair dismissal and sex discrimination case against Heather Mills.

In 2012, the BBC carried an article about how Heather Mills was attempting to qualify for the British skiing team at the 2014 Paralympics.

In 2016, she came in as a replacement on The Jump, after the Channel 4 shows had a raft of injuries.

However, it was not long before Heather Mills had to withdraw through injury herself.

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