She is also known for appearing in the 2010 edition of Celebrity Big Brother. She was the sixth contestant evicted, in a secret eviction on 27 January 2010. Tappenden is also a singer, with her first single "Drunk" released in March 2010.
Tappenden was born in Croydon, London. She began her topless modelling career as a Page Three girl at the age of 20 in 2002 after winning The Sun's first ever 'Page 3 Idol' competition whilst working for Citigroup asset management - even though press reported inaccurately that she worked at Merrill Lynch investment bank. She has become a regular fixture since, as well as undertaking other glamour and retail fashion modelling assignments. In May 2007, she entered the Miss Great Britain contest as Miss Croydon along with Michelle Marsh as Miss Oldham. Tappenden came in 10th place, with Marsh reaching 4th place.
As an actress, Tappenden appeared in the film Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo in 2005.
Tappenden was invited to take part in WAGs Boutique (due to her relationship with Fulham striker Bobby Zamora), where two teams of WAGs competed to run two fashion boutiques over a three-month period. Later in 2007 she released an exercise video WAGS Workout.
She also appeared in 50 Greatest Plastic Surgery Shockers in December 2010.
She also took part in the Race for Life single "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", which was released in April 2010. The track features several other celebs including Kym Marsh, Danielle Lloyd, Lisa Scott Lee and Kelly from Liberty X. The music video is available on YouTube.
Having dated Fulham striker Bobby Zamora for two years, they separated in April 2007 (after she had completed WAGs Boutique), claiming that he had been unfaithful. Tappenden was then engaged to Plymouth Argyle football player Simon Walton. Tappenden gave birth to their first child in November 2008, a daughter named Poppy.
Tappenden began dating This Morning presenter, Jeff Brazier, in December 2011. The couple, however, broke up in March 2013 with Tappenden moving out of the home Brazier shared with his two sons.
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- Nic: I'm not a lazy lady
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- Nicola Evicted!
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- Coolio's official Twitter
- The Sun Article
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- OK Magazine, April 2009.
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- McCormack, Kirsty (11 March 2011). "Perfect match! Jeff Brazier and Nicola T step out for the first time together in bright pink garments". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- Reporter, Daily Mail (24 March 2013). "Nicola T moves out of her home with Jeff Brazier... as they 'split up' after ‘arguing for weeks’". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- Nicola Tappenden Personal homepage
- Nicola Tappenden at the Internet Movie Database
- Biography page from 'WAGs Boutique', retrieved with thanks to the Internet Archive