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31 July 1978 |
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Louise Griffiths (born 31 July 1978) is an English pop singer-songwriter, fashion model, and actress.
Griffiths was a member of an unsuccessful all-girl band, Orchid, who originally recorded the song "Sound of the Underground" in 2001. However their version was never released, and the song became a hit only when it was subsequently re-recorded and released by Louis Walsh's pop band Girls Aloud.
In 2003, Griffiths was one of the first of four students chosen by the public to appear on the second series of the BBC TV show Fame Academy when it was revealed in the press that she was the girlfriend of Formula One driver Jenson Button. Despite complaints that she was with a celebrity boyfriend and that she had a former recording and songwriting experience gave her an unfair advantage, she made it to the final eight before being voted out.
Although Griffiths did not get a recording contract after the show, one of the songs she co-wrote with fellow student Alistair Griffin, "A Heart Can't Lie", was included on his debut album Bring It On which reached #12 in the UK Albums Chart in January 2004. Shortly after leaving the show it was reported that she had been given an unreleased song by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers to record, but this was never released.
In 2006 Griffiths made her film debut with her role of Melissa in the horror movie The Devil's Chair , directed by Adam Mason. Co-stars include Elize du Toit, Gary Mackay, and Matt Berry. This was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007 and was first screened in the UK in August at the 2007 London FrightFest Film Festival.
Griffiths had a supporting role in the film Tekken, which starred Luke Goss and Ian Anthony Dale, who was one of the lead roles in the NBC series The Event. The film also starred the well-known American character actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
She also played the role of Mary Gardocki on NCIS in episode 21 from Season 9 "Rekindled", which aired on April 17, 2012.
Griffiths' latest film 'The Mudman' is in post production. Other actors in the film include Time Winters and Samuel Child.
Having announced her engagement to Jenson Button soon after leaving Fame Academy in 2003, Griffiths regularly accompanied him to many motor racing events. Griffiths' unreleased single "Catch Me If You Can", (a song put together by producer Arnon Woolfson, producer of Formula 1's theme tune for ITV) was used by ITV to close their TV coverage of the 2004 Australian Grand Prix. The couple broke off their engagement in 2005 after five years together.
She was dating Jesse Spencer (House MD) in 2008 when the couple was seen on a beach in Miami, holding hands. She also performed for Band from TV - the band that Jesse played in with other Hollywood stars. However, the couple broke up in 2010 just before Griffith's first Fancy Feast commercial.
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