Giles Broadbent, Husband of Former Blue Peter Star Diane-Louise Jordan, Passes Away at 51 After Brief Illness

The husband of former Blue Peter star Diane-Louise Jordan, Giles Broadbent, has passed away at the age of 51 after a brief illness.

Giles, a violinist who was a member of the Stringfever quartet, had been experiencing health issues in the months leading up to his unfortunate demise, as confirmed on Thursday.

A Heartfelt Statement from the Band

In a statement released by his band, they expressed their shock and sorrow at Giles’s sudden passing.

The band announced their hiatus as they navigate the challenging process of making funeral arrangements for their beloved colleague.

A Loving Union and Family

Diane-Louise Jordan, 63, and Giles had shared 16 years of marriage since their union in 2007.

Their family includes their daughter, Justine, whom Diane-Louise adopted following the unexpected passing of her sister.

Diane-Louise has previously spoken affectionately of her husband, hailing him as a “genius violinist” and praising his magnificence.

A Shared Love for Music and Life

On Giles’s own description on the band’s website, he depicted himself as ‘young at heart’ and professed his deep passion for the electrifying experience of performing live.

In a recent interview with Sheer Luxe, Diane-Louise emphasized the couple’s shared values despite their differing personalities, highlighting Giles’s love for a vibrant and bustling household, complementing his expressive nature as a musician.

A Whirlwind Romance and Musical Career

Their love story began in 2006 and swiftly culminated in marriage just a year later.

During his accomplished career, Giles led prominent orchestras for beloved West End shows like Phantom Of The Opera and My Fair Lady.

In 2003, he formed the Stringfever quartet alongside his brothers Ralph and Neal, as well as cousin Graham.

The quartet garnered international attention when a video of them playing Ravel’s Bolero, with all four musicians performing on a single cello simultaneously, went viral.

Their music, spanning classical, film soundtracks, and rock’n’roll hits, found immense success worldwide, taking them on tours through India and China.

Diane-Louise Jordan’s Pioneering Role in Television

Diane-Louise Jordan, renowned for becoming Blue Peter’s first black presenter in 1990, shared a close bond with her co-star Anthea Turner.

In an interview with The Sun, she reflected on the significance of her pioneering role and the challenges it presented.

Diane-Louise recognized that as a Blue Peter presenter, she was not just a host but also an ambassador.

She acknowledged that her appointment was met with resistance from some quarters, but over time, viewers got to know her as a person, dispelling preconceived notions and fostering acceptance.

A Guardian’s Role Amid Tragedy

Notably, during her time on Blue Peter, Diane-Louise became a guardian to her niece Justine, stepping into the role following the tragic death of her sister Jay due to a virus.

This added responsibility underscored her resilience and commitment both in her personal life and as a groundbreaking television presenter.

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