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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
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Palmer-Tomkinson in June 2007
Tara Claire Palmer-Tomkinson

23 December 1971(1971-12-23)
Died8 February 2017(2017-02-08) (aged 45)
Cause of deathPerforated ulcer and Peritonitis
Body discoveredSouth Kensington, London
Other namesT.P-T
OccupationSocialite, television personality, model, charity patron
Years active1995–2014
Parent(s)Charles Palmer-Tomkinson (father)
RelativesSanta Montefiore (sister)

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (23 December 1971 – 8 February 2017) also known as T P-T,[1] was an English socialite, "it girl", television presenter, model and charity patron.[2]

Early life

Palmer-Timkinson was born in Hampshire. She studied at Sherborne School for Girls in Dorset.[3] After graduating, she moved to London where she worked at a bank.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

In 2002, Palmer-Tomkinson made an appearance on the British television series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, finishing as runner up.[4] In November 2005, Palmer-Tomkinson presented her third behind the scenes series on ITV2 for the hit show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! Now.[5]

Other works

Palmer-Tomkinson was a contestant on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy for the BBC.[6]

Palmer-Tomkinson played the piano, as was demonstrated at events at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra,[7] at the Royal Albert Hall with Mozart, and at The Coliseum during a Leonard Bernstein Tribute.[8]

Palmer-Tomkinson was also a writer. She wrote The Naughty Girl's Guide To Life (2007) , Inheritance (2010) and Infidelity (2012).


In January 2016, Palmer-Tomkinson was diagnosed with brain cancer.[9]

On 8 February 2017, she was found dead at her home in London, aged 45.[10] The cause was a perforated ulcer.[10][11]


  1. Walker, Andrew (30 August 2002). BBC News "Tara Palmer-Tomkinson: Still got It?". Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  2. It-girl Tara backs autism charity. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  3. The Spectator (8 February 2017). "Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, 1971 – 2017: 'a broad with a broad mind'". Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  4. Deans, Jason (28 April 2003). ITV holds high hopes for I'm a Celebrity. 
  5. Deen, Sarah (22 September 2016). Vicky Pattison and Stacey Solomon confirmed to replace Laura Whitmore on I’m A Celeb spin-off. 
  6. "Sky News "Tara's Kind Gesture"".,,50001-1256133,00.html. 
  7. Wilson, Jamie (19 December 2000). 'It girl' Tara to make her debut as solo pianist. 
  8. Cavendish, Lucy. Life if so lonely. 
  9. "Tara Palmer-Tomkinson reveals brain tumour battle". BBC News. 19 November 2016. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Davies, Caroline (8 February 2017). Tara Palmer-Tomkinson dies aged 45. 
  11. "Palmer-Tomkinson 'died due to ulcer'". BBC News. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 

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