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|Occupation||Actress, model, musician|
Imogen Bailey (born 7 July 1977 in Canberra) is an Australian model, actress, and singer. She is currently based in Los Angeles and is best known for her role on the long-running Australian soap Neighbours as Nicola West.
Imogen Bailey has posed nude for Black+White magazine, her personal belief about nudity being expressed by the following words of hers: 'I believe that the human form is a wonderful creation. Any nudity that I have chosen to do has always been beautiful and tasteful." She also appeared as a weekly columnist in Australian Magazine, and Zoo Weekly (from the publishers of FHM), giving advice to guys about their girlfriends posed in her bikini.
Bailey has competed in several reality shows including Celebrity Big Brother, Skating on Thin Ice and Celebrity Survivor, which was set in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. Bailey placed third on the show which was aired during 2006. In 2005 she appeared in the comic book adaptation of Man-Thing, which was shot in Australia and portrayed a deaf character, Ariel, in the movie 7th Hunt, directed by up-and-coming indie film director, Darren K Hawkins and JD Cohen[clarification needed]. Bailey is a participant in the second season of the documentary Go Back To Where You Came From screened on August 28, 29, and 30 2012 on SBS. Also, Bailey played Koko in Chuggington and played Toni & Nuri in the Tayo the Little Bus UK series.
More notably however, Imogen Bailey's 102-episode stint portraying Nicola West – one of Neighbours' most controversial characters of 2008 – made her a more common name within the young female audience in Australia. Her role of Miranda Parker's younger sister created controversy as her character got involved in many controversial storylines such as the infamous incestuous relationship with her adoptive nephew, Riley.
Bailey's vocals were featured on the 2003 single "If U Want Me" by UK dance musician Michael Woods. The single made it to number 1 on the UK dance charts.
|2007||Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest||Princess Chamsous Sabah||English dub|
|2008||Neighbours||Nicola West||88 episodes|
|2009||Life of Riley||Ella||1 episode|
|2009||The 7th Hunt||Ariel Clarke|
In September 2008 Bailey revealed her traumatic ordeal over her battle with anorexia nervosa in an interview with Now magazine: "I went through a minor, but still not very good, anorexic stage and actually got down to less than 40 kg"
Bailey later went for therapy and took up meditation after her family and friends expressed concerns about her health.
In the SBS series Go Back To Where You Came From in August 2012 she surprised her fellow participants by revealing that while modelling and acting in Sydney she had a Muslim Lebanese-Australian partner for 8 years and wore a hijab. "She was a bikini model by day who read the Koran by night. She fasted during Ramadan and even, on occasion, wore a burqa."
Bailey is outspoken on the subject of animal rights and has lent her likeness to many PETA campaigns. She also once appeared caged in a makeshift battery hen enclosure as part of a campaign for the Human Battery Cage. The rights to sit in the cage with Bailey and Lindsay McDougall (guitarist for Australian punk band Frenzal Rhomb), were auctioned off on eBay by Animal Liberation NSW. Imogen has also just launched a new project, imforanimals.com, which focuses on drawing attention to the abuse and cruelty towards animals.
- IMDb. "Imogen Bailey (I)". IMDb. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
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- Official SBS Website http://www.sbs.com.au/goback/ Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- Tuesday, 2 September 2008, 15:32 BST (2 September 2008). "Neighbours' star discusses anorexia battle". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- Official SBS Website http://www.sbs.com.au/goback/ Retrieved 13 August 2012
- "Internet Movie Database". Archived from the original on 27 June 2012.