|Born||Catalina Jane Guirado
1 January 1974
Auckland, New Zealand
Catalina Jane Guirado (born 1 January 1974, Auckland, New Zealand) is a British model and TV personality. She became a television favourite in the late 1990s after appearing on Channel 4's cult hit show TFI Friday.
Born to internationally acclaimed Spanish surrealist- essentialist artist father "Juan Antonio Guirado", and English mother "Audrey Ballard", as a child she was an extremely talented violinist performing at the Royal Festival and London's Royal Albert Hall by the time she was 11. At 12, she played a transcription of the first violin solo of the Bach double violin concerto in D minor as part of the School's Proms at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. She went on to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Discovered by British Vogue's booking editor, Catalina started modelling at 15. She went on to walk runway shows for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Scott Henshall, Michiko Koshino, and Rifat Ozbek. She also appeared on the covers of and featured in magazines including Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, FHM, Maxim, and Loaded. She has appeared in campaigns for Wella, Charro Jeans, Toni & Guy, L'Oréal, and Lynx men's body spray.
Guirado first appeared on television in TFI Friday when she became a household name and London "it girl". She is most famous for appearing in the reality TV shows I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and Back to Reality. Guirado has also appeared on Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes, Celebrities Under Pressure, and Bo' Selecta!, hosted Catalina's Clips and VH1's Spice, and was a guest on This Morning, Celebdaq, Celebrity Weakest Link, Ready Steady Cook, as well as many others. She also acted in the independent movies Blue Sombrero and in 2005's Private Moments.
She was voted one of FHM's 100 sexiest women in 1997, 1998, 2003, and 2004, and one of Maxim's 10 sexiest British Women in 2002. Her wedding covered in OK! magazine: She married Matt Cheadle of the band i-94 at The Inn on the Green in Cookham Dean, Berkshire on 5 August 2007.
Guirado was signed to Universal Music publishing 2000-2005. Her song 'Shine' was covered by Welsh girl band TnT.
Catalina was the ‘face’ of music web TV company,LP33 (2007–10), as well as one of the creators and part of the management team. Starting as Senior Vice President; artist liaison & development, she was responsible for initial artist acquisition, development of featured artists, promotions and building relationships with labels and management before becoming SVP; media relations and internal PR. This tasked her with responsibility of communications and public relations activities that included helping the public to understand the company and its products, as well as creating, hosting and executive producing new music shows for the site. For LP33.tv SXSW channel (the first official web TV channel for SXSW) Cat took a Brit style look at the music festival by writing and hosting ‘Countdown to SXSW’’ interviewing artists such as White Lies, Pendulum, Ben Jelen, The Proclaimers and new rising stars of the music industry at the event itself. After leaving LP33.tv in 2009 She continued as executive consultant and TV host for special events such as the Sunset Strip music festival and Mc Donald’s music TV shows and Canadian music TV .
Catalina started Los Angeles based boutique PR company britchicks pr (2010-12) as a vehicle to help emerging talent in the arts and fashion industry. Using her years of experience as an industry professional of the highest level her clients included; internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Juan Antonio Guirado, multi award winning British photographer and film producer Nicola Collins, 'The GRAMMY music awards fashion style studio" (2011), German handbag label Bagstil, street fashion website “VIVVVA”, and laser technology company TriLumina.
Following the death of her father, "Juan Antonio Guirado", in July 2010, Catalina established herself as an art curator creating the 'Juan Antonio Guirado Foundation" and producing the first international shows of 'Guirado" at "gallery 825" Los Angeles and "The Sanctum soho" London, in over 20 years.
"Guirado Design" was established in 2013 with Catalina launching her first collection of luxury silk scarves, fabrics and bespoke wallpapers using HD prints of chosen enlightening works of Guirado’s, creating wearable art. Finally making full use of her textiles and art qualifications, her collection of silk scarves takes the original artwork of "Juan Antonio Guirado" to new dimensions in style and colour. The art work chosen for the collection is spiritual in nature and is chosen for its enlightening and meaningful qualities that will resinate with the wearer. The perfect fusion of art and fashion available exclusively at London’s luxury shop The Clerkenwell Collection as well as on line.'www.theclerkenwellcollection.com
Catalina is a featured columnist writing for her style/ beauty column ‘Cat Talk’ for on line magazine "celebzter.com". Cat’s Style Corner is a personal, fun look at the latest in fashion, health and beauty as well as reports from events and all things ‘fabulous’ in Hollywood and London.
Guirado is also an experienced horsewoman and spends her free time riding her horse, Grace-Kelly.
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- "Entertainment | Guirado evicted from jungle show". BBC News. 2003-05-08. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
- "Catalina Guirado ties the knot | Latest celebrity news". Hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
- "Catalina Guirado: Music Prodigy, Model and Art Curator". Chic Londres. Retrieved 2013-10-31.