Kelly Brook

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Kelly Brook
KellyBrookJan09.jpg
Brook at the January 2009 London Boat Show
Born Kelly Ann Parsons
(1979-11-23) 23 November 1979 (age 34)
Rochester, Kent, England, UK
Occupation Model, Actress
Years active 1995 – present
Partner(s) David McIntosh
(2014–present; engaged)
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Hair colour Brown
Eye colour Hazel
Website
kellybrook.com

Kelly Brook (born Kelly Ann Parsons;[1] 23 November 1979) is an English model, actress and television presenter.

Early life[edit]

Brook was born and brought up in Rochester, Kent.[1] She is the daughter of Sandra, a cook, and Kenneth Parsons, a scaffolder. She has a younger brother, Damian, and an older half-sister, Sasha.[1] Kenneth died aged 57 in Rochester from lung cancer[2] on 26 November 2007, during Brook's time on Strictly Come Dancing.[3]

Brook attended the Thomas Aveling School in Warren Wood, Rochester. She then studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London for three years before becoming a professional model.[4]

Modelling[edit]

Brook in 2010

Brook's modelling career began at 16 after winning a beauty competition, in which she was entered by her mother.[1] She later worked on a range of advertising campaigns, including for Foster's Lager, Renault Mégane, Walker's crisps, Piz Buin and Bravissimo, a company that specialises in bras and lingerie for large-breasted women. Her figure eventually caught the eye of the editorial team of the Daily Star tabloid,[4] which began featuring her as a Page Three girl.

Brook's picture soon began appearing in other lads' mags such as GQ, Loaded and FHM. In April of the same year, a poll over 5,000 women for Grazia magazine considered her to have the best British female body. She also topped the 'FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World' list in 2005, which was said to have polled 15 million people. Appearing in this list every year since 1998, she ranked No.34 in 2008, No.67 in 2009 and No.7 in 2010.[5] She was the cover star of FHM's World Cup 2010 special issue,[6] and was on the cover of the magazine in April 2011.[5]

In February 2007, it was announced that Brook had signed a contract, reported to be worth around £1m, to represent Unilever's Lynx bodyspray, known as "Axe" in the US and in continental Europe.[7] She has appeared on billboards, in newspapers and on-line as part of their advertising campaign.[8] She has also appeared in commercials for Sky + and T Mobile and modelled for Reebok.

In 2010, she was chosen as the "new face and body" of lingerie maker Ultimo's advertising campaign.[9] In September 2010, Brook appeared in the American edition of Playboy magazine.[10] In October 2010, Brook appeared live at Clapham Picture House to surprise cinemagoers as part of a promotion for Carlsberg and Sky 3D.[11] In November 2010, Brook presented an award at MTV's EMA's in Madrid.[12]

Brook produces her own line of swimwear with New Look, which she herself has modelled.[13]

Television[edit]

Presenter[edit]

In 1997, aged eighteen, Brook started presenting youth television programmes on MTV, Granada Television and the Trouble TV channel.[4] Brook had a breakthrough into mainstream presenting in January 1999, when she was chosen to replace Denise van Outen as the female half of The Big Breakfast hosting team, alongside Johnny Vaughan. She left the show in July 1999.[14] In 2005, she hosted the reality television programme Celebrity Love Island for ITV.

Reality television[edit]

In 2007, Brook participated in the celebrity dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1, with dance partner was Brendan Cole. During the TV series, her father Kenneth Parsons died from cancer,[3] and although she initially decided to continue dancing in his memory, she withdrew from the competition in week nine.[15]

She also competed in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2008, dancing the Jive with Brian Fortuna, Brendan Cole having to compete with his later partner Lisa Snowdon. Brook and Fortuna were put into fourth place, but with the studio audience's vote they came second to Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett. In 2008, Brook took Jennifer Ellison's place as one of the three judges on the second series of the reality TV programme Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life,[16] broadcast between September and November 2008.

In January 2009, she joined the third series of Britain's Got Talent as a fourth judge, but was subsequently axed from the programme after less than a week on the panel, the producers having decided the four-judge format was "too complicated".[17] Brook was billed as a guest judge in the episode in which she appeared, taped in Manchester and aired on 16 May.

In 2013, Brook became a team captain on Celebrity Juice aired on ITV 2. She appeared in Season 9, replacing Fearne Cotton while she was on maternity leave.

Acting[edit]

In 1997, she appeared in a Pulp video Help the Aged with Huck Whitney of the band the Flaming Stars, in a slow dance sequence.[18] Brook made her full screen debut with a minor role in the film Sorted. Shortly thereafter, she appeared in the film Ripper. She played the girlfriend of Clark Kent/Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor in four episodes of the American science fiction drama Smallville during the show's first season (2001–02). She has also completed assignments as a film actress in Canada and made a short appearance as Lyle's girlfriend in the 2003 film The Italian Job.

Her first starring role was in School for Seduction, a 2004 film – she received positive reviews for her role, "Seduction offers a few twists on the rapidly degenerating format, not the least of which is the comely Brook in the lead role."[19] In 2004, she played character Nikki Morris in the video game Need for Speed Underground 2, alongside Brooke Burke. In 2005, she appeared in the Philippe Vidal film House of 9, a thriller about nine seemingly unconnected strangers captured and locked in a house together. The people are forced to compete against one another, in order to survive. In 2005 she starred opposite Billy Zane in Survival Island, where she and her husband (portrayed by Zane) are stranded on an island with an attractive younger man, Juan Pablo Di Pace, who makes the husband insanely jealous and the men constantly fight each other. She tries to remain faithful to Zane's character, but when the younger man rapes her, she offers only token resistance, and they eventually become lovers.

Also in 2006, she starred in a Marple drama on ITV and appeared as herself throughout the second series of Moving Wallpaper, also for ITV, in 2009. She acted in the science fiction thriller Shadow Play, directed by Nick Simon.[20]

Brook had a leading role in the horror comedy remake Piranha 3D. The film received a worldwide theatrical release on 20 August 2010. Piranha 3D opened to generally positive reviews[21] and commercial success, grossing $83,188,163 on a budget of $24,000,000.[22] Kelly also played as herself in the British comedy film Keith Lemon: The Film. In the film she was to marry the entrepreneur Keith Lemon (portrayed by Leigh Francis) and divorce him taking all of his newly acquired riches. This doesn’t go to plan as due to an issue with a product in the film where people uncontrollably gurn, including Kelly Brook.

In 2013 Brook appeared in the video to Lawson's song Juliet.

In 2014 she was cast as Prudence in an NBC sitcom pilot called One Big Happy,[23] which was subsequently picked up on the 9th of May.[24][25]

Theatrical work[edit]

In December 2000, she played exotic dancer Anya in the play "Eye Contact" at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.[26][27] In October 2008, she returned to the west end as Jeannie, in Neil LaBute's Fat Pig at London's Comedy Theatre.[26][27] Her performances have had mixed reviews, the Daily Mail said "Kelly Brook has a pencil waist and rabbit-thigh legs, but she is not a great interpreter of a role".[28] In November 2009, she began playing Celia in Calendar Girls at the Noël Coward Theatre, a role previously played by Jerry Hall.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Brook was in a seven-year relationship with actor Jason Statham, until 2004.[30][31] Brook met American actor Billy Zane while filming thriller Survival Island in Eleuthera, Bahamas in 2004.[32] Brook and Zane were engaged to be married in the summer of 2008 and acquired a house in Kent, but Brook postponed the wedding upon the death of her father in November 2007. The couple split in April 2008 and briefly got back together before ending their relationship in August 2008.[32][33] Brook had been dating Thom Evans since December 2010. On 16 March 2011, she announced via her Twitter account that she and Evans were expecting a baby girl.[34] On 9 May 2011, Brook suffered a miscarriage.[35] On 1 February 2013, Brook announced through Twitter that she and Evans had split. Since February 2014, she has been dating David McIntosh and in March 2014 they announced their engagement.[36]

Brook is an animal lover and posed nude with her body painted in scales for the "Whose Skin Are You In?" campaign by PETA.[37]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Sorted Sarah
2001 Ripper Marisa Tavares
2003 Absolon Claire
The Italian Job Lyle's Girlfriend
2004 School for Seduction Sophia Rosselini
2005 House of 9 Lea
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Beautiful Woman in Painting
Survival Island (also known as Three) Jennifer
2006 In the Mood Eva short film
2007 Fishtales Neried
2010 Piranha 3D Danni Arslow
Removal Kirby
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Herself

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Fist of Fun Sally 2 episodes of series 2
1999 The Big Breakfast Herself Co-presenter, for 6 months
2001 The (Mis)Adventures of Fiona Plum Fiona Plum TV film
2002 Smallville Victoria Hardwick 4 episodes in season 1
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Linda Fashiobella TV film
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Elsie Holland The Moving Finger
2007 Hotel Babylon Lady Catherine Stanwood season 2 episode 3
2009 Moving Wallpaper Kelly Brook fictional version of herself 5 episodes
Renaissance pilot in Moving Wallpaper, screened on itv.com[38]
Britain's Got Talent Judge judge on the judging panel 2 episodes
2011 Skins Jemima 1 episode, Series 5, Episode 3
2012-2013 Celebrity Juice Herself 1 episode in series 8, Series 9 team captain
2012 Lemon la Vida Loca Herself 1 episode
2012 Métal Hurlant Chronicles Skarr, Jen 2 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Anna 1 episode
2013 Trollied Herself 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Elizabeth Day (1 November 2009). "Kelly Brook". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Grieving Strictly star Kelly Brook attends father's funeral
  3. ^ a b "Grieving Brook to keep on dancing". BBC News. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "Official Kelly Brook site biography page". Officialkellybrook.com. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Kelly Brook — Kent's finest bra model" Kelly Brook at FHM.com
  6. ^ "Kelly Brook in South Africa! FHM article". Fhm.com. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kelly Brook lands £1m Lynx deal". nowmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lynx 6-sheet Kelly Brook ad". UTalkMarketing.com. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "Daily Mail, 27/3/10". The Daily Mail (UK). 27 March 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Kelly goes naked Sky Showbiz, 04/06/10". Showbiz.sky.com. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "VIDEO: Kelly Brook pays surprise visit to Clapham Picture House, in Venn Street". London Evening Standard. UK. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "We Announce More Superstar Presenters!" MTV EMA web site
  13. ^ Fitzmaurice, Sarah. "Bare necessities! Kelly Brook sizzles in new swimwear shoot ahead of her TV show uncovering the naked truth", Mail Online, 9 March 2011
  14. ^ "Entertainment Kelly quits Big Breakfast". 30 July 1999. 
  15. ^ "Brook quits Strictly Come Dancing". BBC News. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  16. ^ Kelly Brook searches for Baby, Virgin Media, 15 May 2008
  17. ^ Dickinson, Matt (20 January 2009). "Kelly Brook axed from Britain's Got Talent". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Pulp - Help The Aged". YouTube. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "School for Seduction review". Filmcritic.com. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  20. ^ "AFM: Twilight Dad Engages in Some Shadow Play". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  21. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/piranha_3d/
  22. ^ "Piranha 3D (2010)". Box Office Mojo. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (28 March 2014). "Kelly Brook To Star In NBC comedy pilot 'One Big Happy'". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  24. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (9 May 2014). "NBC Orders Ellen DeGeneres' 'One Big Happy,' Will Ferrell Comedies 'Mission Control,' 'Bad Judge' to Series". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (9 May 2014). "NBC Picks Up Comedies 'Bad Judge', 'Mission Control' and 'One Big Happy'". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "Kelly Brook to bare all on stage". BBC News. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  27. ^ a b Mark Shenton. "Kelly Brook to Make West End Stage Debut". Playbill. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  28. ^ Letts, Quentin (14 October 2008). "Fat Pig Review". The Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  29. ^ "Boyfriend Danny is first to congratulate nervous Kelly Brook as she gets her buns out on Calendar Girls opening night" Daily Mail
  30. ^ Nashawaty, By Chris (24 August 2007). "Cut To The Chase". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  31. ^ Day, Elizabeth (1 November 2009). "Kelly Brook". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  32. ^ a b "In-Zane: Kelly Brook dumps Billy Zane". Sydney Morning Herald. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  33. ^ Pete Norman (23 April 2008). "Titanic's Billy Zane Splits From Fiancée". People magazine. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  34. ^ Thompson, Jody (17 March 2011). "Kelly Brook announces she's expecting a baby girl with retired rugby ace boyfriend Thom Evans". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  35. ^ "As Kelly Brook becomes the third celebrity to face the agony of late miscarriage... Are more women losing babies in late pregnancy?" 11 May 2011, Daily Mail
  36. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2658679/Kelly-Brook-talks-THAT-shock-engagement-David-McIntosh.html
  37. ^ Hind, Katie (9 February 2013). "Rugby reunion: Kelly Brook back together with old flame Danny Cipriani". Daily Mail (London). 
  38. ^ Parker, Robin (25 March 2009). "Moving Wallpaper takes zombie show to itv.com". Broadcastnow (Emap Media). Retrieved 26 March 2009. 

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