Sophie Monk

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Sophie Monk
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Sophie Monk at Maxim Australia's Hot 100 Halloween Bash in October 2012.
Background information
Birth name Sophie Charlene Akland Monk
Born (1979-12-14) 14 December 1979 (age 34)
London, England, United Kingdom
Origin Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Genres Pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress, model
Years active 1999–present
Labels Warner Music (2000–2004)
Associated acts Bardot, Benji Madden
Website sophiemonk.com.au

Sophie Charlene Akland Monk (born 14 December 1979) is an English-born Australian singer, model and actress. Monk was a member of the girl group Bardot and released a solo album called Calendar Girl (2003). She has appeared in films such as Date Movie (2006), Click (2006), and Spring Breakdown (2009).

Early life[edit]

Monk was born in England, but her parents moved to Victoria Ave, in Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia before relocating to Australia's Gold Coast in Queensland.[1] She also spent time at A. B. Paterson College and MacGregor State High School,[2] where she was a school captain[clarification needed] in her senior year (graduating in 1997) and was enlisted in the school's CAD (Centre of Artistic Development) Program.[3] She trained in classical opera when she was growing up.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

Bardot[edit]

Main article: Bardot (band)

Monk's professional music career began in 1999 when she responded to an advertisement at the recommendation of her mother which requested girls with vocal and dance experience. The advertisement was for an Australian reality television series, Popstars, a TV talent show which aimed to create a successful new girl group. In one audition, she performed a rendition of Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President", working on her previous experience as a Monroe impersonator at Warner Bros. Movie World.[1] After numerous rounds of singing and dancing workshops, Monk was selected as a member of the group, which was named Bardot.

Bardot became the first Australian act to debut at the No. 1 position with both its debut single, "Poison", and self-titled debut album. Further singles "I Should've Never Let You Go" and "These Days" followed and in August, the group embarked on its first national tour. Bardot performed at the 2000 ARIA Awards at which they were nominated in three categories. In July 2001, the group released "ASAP", the first single from their second album. Bardot now had more control over their music and image. The single peaked Top 5, as did follow-up single, "I Need Somebody", their most successful single since "Poison". The second album, Play It Like That debuted at No. 16, achieving gold status. Monk co-wrote the album track "Feel Right" with bandmate Sally Polihronas. In 2002, final single, "Love Will Find A Way" completed Bardot's string of consecutive Top 20 hits and the group embarked on its second national tour. In May, the group disbanded.

Solo album[edit]

In 2002, Monk signed a recording contract with Warner Music Australia and started working on a solo album.[citation needed] The first single "Inside Outside" was released in October 2002 and was produced by Grammy Award winning music producer Rob Davis. Monk performed the song at the 2002 The Footy Show Grand Finale to promote the single. The track peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Singles Chart and went on to sell over 35,000 copies worldwide. Her next single, "Get the Music On", peaked at No. 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart. On 5 May 2003 Monk released her debut album Calendar Girl which peaked at No. 35 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The album received mixed reviews from critics with Monk co-writing four of the albums tracks. Following the release of the album Monk released her third and final single, "One Breath Away", which peaked at No. 23 on the ARIA Singles Chart. In 2004, Monk parted ways with Warner Music.

In June 2007, Monk recorded a cover of "Push It" by Hip-Hop trio Salt-n-Pepa. The cover was recorded to promote Biofit Bra by Pleasure State which she is a spokeswoman for and was produced by her then boyfriend Benji Madden. Monk performed the song at a Biofit Bra launch in Catalina, Rose Bay. A promotional video was filmed and premiered as part of the ad campaign.

Acting[edit]

In 2004, Monk made her acting debut in a bit role on the Nine Network made-for-television film The Mystery of Natalie Wood portraying the role of Marilyn Monroe. That same year, Monk appeared in the music video Always by Pop Punk band Blink-182. Monk has had small roles in films such as Click, Murder World and Spring Break '83.

In 2005, Monk relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting. Monk quickly landed her break-out role in the spoof comedy film Date Movie. In July 2007, Monk made her American television debut in the HBO Comedy series Entourage. That same year she appeared in the dark comedy Sex and Death 101.

Monk starred in the Warner Premiere comedy film Spring Breakdown alongside Parker Posey and Amy Poehler. Filming took place in South Padre in 2006. Monk portrayed the role of the films antagonist a bimbo sorority girl named Mason. The film underwent a long post-production period suffering distribution problems. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to negative reviews. The film was released straight-to-DVD in June 2009.

In September 2008, Dark Castle Entertainment announced Monk was cast in the slasher horror film The Hills Run Red. Filming began at the start of 2009 in Sofia, Bulgaria and premiered at UK Frightfest. The film was released straight-to-DVD in September 2009 to mixed reviews from critics with some praising Monk's performance. In September 2008, Monk announced she was developing her own reality television series titled Bigger Than Paris. Monk filmed the pilot in January 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

In April 2010, Nine Network announced Monk would be a special guest presenter on the travel television program Getaway. Following her first appearance Nine announced Monk would continue appearing on the series in a recurring form from then on. As part of her role Monk has visited Hawaii, Las Vegas, Mexico.

Monk at the 2011 Cleo Bachelor of the Year in Sydney, Australia

In May 2012, Monk was announced to be one of the celebrities to have signed up for the FOX dating-show The Choice. The series is a spin-off to The Voice and sees celebrity judges sitting with their backs turned to a pool of "sexy singles" hoping to score a date with a celebrity. Celebrities such as Carmen Electra, Joe Jonas and Pauly D have appeared on the show. The series premiered on 7 June 2012.[4]

In April 2013, Monk was working on a sitcom with actor Sam Worthington.[5] Monk talked about her struggles as an actress and revealed that she has produced five television pilots for major networks, but they haven't been picked up. "Shows that were meant to get the green light, didn't, and movies that were meant to be massive, weren't, but I just keep going and going," she said.[6]

Radio[edit]

Monk is currently co-hosting the 2Day FM Breakfast show, Jules, Merrick and Sophie with Jules Lund and Merrick Watts. The show replaced the Kyle and Jackie O Show.

Personal life[edit]

Monk started dating Benji Madden in 2006, but in January 2008, media outlets reported that the couple had split up. Monk had returned to Australia alone, almost a year to the day since Madden proposed.[7] On 12 February 2008, it was announced by Monk's Sydney agent, Yoon Kim, that "Sophie and Benji have officially split. The decision was mutual and they remain amicable."[8]

In January 2011, Monk announced her engagement to Jimmy Esebag.[9] A few months later Monk announced on Chelsea Lately that she had separated from Esebag.[10]

In February 2010, Monk was photographed in a wheelchair following a car crash in Los Angeles.[11]

In 2013, Monk revealed she recently had a stalker who wanted to kill her. "He thought he could hear me screaming in the corner of his hospital room and thought I wanted to die. So I wrote to him and told him I was fine," she said.[12]

Image[edit]

Monk is often spotlighted for her looks. In October 2012, Monk was ranked No. 7 on Maxim Australia's Hot 100.[13] She ranked at No. 96 in the Maxim Hot 100 List of 2011.[14] She was No. 2 in FHM '​s Sexiest Women List in 2003.[15] In August 2008, Monk was offered $1 million to pose for Playboy, which she declined.[12] She has appeared on the cover of several men's magazines, including Maxim, FHM, Stuff and Ralph.

In October 2007, Sophie began appearing in a campaign for PETA to promote people becoming vegetarian. "There's no doubt in my mind that going vegetarian has made me feel better not only physically but also because I learned about the suffering of animals who are raised and killed for food. I feel good knowing that I'm not contributing to that," Monk says.[16]

Monk is also well known for her modelling career. She has appeared in several commercials for Diet Vanilla Coke, Pepsi Max, LG Electronics, Coca-Cola and Expozay Swimwear. In 2012, she appeared in a billboard campaign for Angel Champagne on the famous La Cienega Boulevard in Hollywood.[17]

Year Countdown Name Rank #
2000 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 69 AUS
2001 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 3 AUS
2002 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 11 AUS
2003 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2 AUS
2004 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 9 AUS
2005 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 28 AUS
2006 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 22 AUS
2008 Who's Most Beautiful Person of 2008 1
FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 72 AUS
Candidates for PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity 75
2009 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 33 AUS
AskMen's 99 Most Desirable Women 11
2010 E! Online's Beautiful Women 3
AskMen's 99 Most Desirable Women 71
2011 Maxim's Hot 100 96 US
2012 Maxim's Hot 100 7 AUS

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1999 Monster! Girlfriend #1 TV movie
2004 The Mystery of Natalie Wood Marilyn Monroe TV movie
2005 Pool Guys Janet TV movie
2005 London Lauren
2006 Date Movie Andy
2006 Click Stacey
2007 Sex and Death 101 Cynthia Rose
2009 Spring Breakdown Mason Masters
2009 The Hills Run Red Alexa
2009 Life Blood Brooke Anchel
2010 Hard Breakers Lindsay Greene
2011 National Lampoon's 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Princess Ellen
2013 Dorfman Vronka
2013 Spring Break '83 Brittney
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Popstars Herself / Contestant Series One Winner
2007 Entourage Juliette 1 episode: The Day Fuckers
2010 Getaway Herself / Reporter 6 episodes
2011 Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation Herself / Contestant 1 episode
2012 The Choice Herself / Contestant 1 episode
2013 Live From Mt Richmore Herself / Host TBA
Music video
Year Music Video Artist
2004 "Always" Blink-182

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jinman, Richard (10 May 2003). "The blonde one". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Somerset Lifetimes, May 2003
  3. ^ Gregalach 1997
  4. ^ "Aussie Sophie Monk out to find love on dating show The Choice". News.com.au. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "At home in LA with Sophie Monk". OK!. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Marks, Lisa (27 August 2011). "Sophie Monk "Men get in my way"". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sophie Monk and Benji Madden split up". The Daily Telgegraph. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sophie Monk splits from Good Charlotte's Benji Madden". Herald Sun. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sophie Monk announces her engagement". The Age. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sophie Monk Calls Off Engagement". People. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sophie Monk in wheelchair after car collision in Los Angeles". The Daily Telegraph. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Marks, Lisa (28 August 2011). "Sophie Monk 'I've made some stupid decisions'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Maxim Hot 100
  14. ^ Maxim Staff (3 May 2011). "2011 Hot 100". Maxim. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  15. ^ Sophie Monk voted sexiest woman in 2003 Herald Sun. RetrievedMay 25, 2012.
  16. ^ "Vegetarian Sophie Monk goes nude for PETA". The Daily Telegraph. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Picture - Sophie Monk | Photo 3050952". Contactmusic.com. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 

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