Abbey Clancy

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Abbey Clancy
Clancy in 2012
Abigail Marie Clancy

(1986-01-10) 10 January 1986 (age 37)
Liverpool, England
(m. 2011)
RelativesSean Clancy (brother)
Modelling information
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair colourBlonde
Eye colourGreen

Abigail Marie Clancy (born 10 January 1986) is an English lingerie and catwalk model, and television personality. She was the runner-up of Britain's Next Top Model (series 2) in 2006 and won series 11 of Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.[1] Since 2015 she presented Britain's Next Top Model from 2015 till the show's cancellation in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Clancy was born in Liverpool, the oldest of four children of Karen (née Sullivan) and Geoffrey Thomas Clancy. She grew up in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, and attended St Mary's Primary School and St Julie's Catholic High School. Clancy formed girl band Genie Queen, who were managed by Andy McCluskey from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD).[2]



Clancy on the Catwalk in 2012

In summer 2006, the second cycle of Living TV's Britain's Next Top Model included Clancy as one of the thirteen finalists in the competition, competing over 10 weeks for a modelling contract. Clancy made it to the final runway show with fellow contestant Lianna Fowler, eventually becoming the runner up.

After appearing on Britain's Next Top Model, Clancy modelled for several magazines and newspapers. In May 2007, Clancy appeared on the cover of Arena magazine,[3] and modelled the Triumph Bonneville Motorbike.[4] Clancy was chosen to appear in Sports Illustrated magazine in the 2010 swimsuit edition. Clancy was featured for her sporting connection to Peter Crouch and was photographed for the magazine wearing only body paint to make it appear as if she was wearing an England shirt, shot by Yu Tsai.[5][6]

Clancy appeared in a 2010 campaign for Umbro sportswear, modelling an England shirt, along with other footballer's wives and girlfriends from countries that have won the World Cup. Clancy walked in the Giles Deacon Ready-To-Wear line Giles Spring 2011 collection.[7]

In March 2011 Clancy appeared on the Elite Model Management: New York division website. In July 2013, she appeared as part of London designer Hasan Hejazi's campaign, in a fashion editorial by Absynth Photographic and a fashion film by Gabriel Gettman. Clancy also modelled for the August 2011 cover of UK Esquire shot by photographer Sølve Sundsbø.

In December 2013 Clancy was featured in LOVE magazine's Advent Calendar alongside Suki Waterhouse and Cara Delevingne.

In July 2014, Clancy appeared on the cover of British Marie Claire and in March 2015, British Elle.

In October 2019, Abbey Clancy and her daughter Sophia Crouch collaborated with Lipsy, a London-based fashion brand, for the Launch of their AW’19 collection.[8] In January 2020, the AW’19 collection was launched in UAE.[9]


Clancy has appeared as a talking head in the documentaries Slave to Fashion and The Ultimate Bikini Guide for Channel 4, as a guest on programmes such as Richard & Judy, The Chris Moyles Show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, GMTV, This Morning and in her own reality TV series Abbey and Janice: Beauty and the Best which followed her attempts to break the Los Angeles modelling scene with Janice Dickinson as her mentor. The show aired from 14 May to 18 June 2007 on Living TV.

Clancy featured in the third series of Hell's Kitchen.[10] She was the third contestant to be voted off the show by the public, and the fifth to leave overall.

On 10 May 2009, Clancy featured on Chris Moyles' Quiz Night alongside Patsy Kensit. She won her episode and was the overall winner of the first series.

Clancy also co-hosted the ITV2 series, The Fashion Show with model Michelle de Swarte and George Lamb.[11] Her cousin Chloe Cummings, made the top 13 contestants in the fifth cycle of Britain's Next Top Model, of which Clancy herself was a guest in episode 8, being the first ex-contestant from the Top Model franchise to appear on the judging panel.

On 22 December 2009, Clancy appeared as a "contestant" on a spoof version of Blind Date as part of an episode of Alan Carr: Chatty Man in which Cilla Black was a guest.

In April 2010, Clancy was featured in ITV2's The Parent Trip along with her mother Karen. She also appeared as a panellist on A League of Their Own.

Clancy was a regular guest on James Corden's World Cup Live.

She also co-hosted the reality TV show Great British Hairdresser in 2011.

In 2013, Clancy won the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional partner was newcomer and Burn the Floor dancer, Aljaž Škorjanec. On 16 November 2013, they received their first "10s" of the competition, during Blackpool Week. On 30 November 2013, they became the first couple that year to score a perfect "40", during Musicals Week.[1]

In 2015, Clancy was announced as the new host for a revived series of Britain's Next Top Model, ten years after she began her own career on the show.[12]

In June 2023, ITV commissioned Abbey Clancy's Celebrity Homes, an upcoming interior design show presented by Clancy.[13]


In March 2016, Clancy's first book, Remember My Name, was published.

Other media[edit]

In 2019, Clancy cameoed as an angel in the promotional video for the song "In Another Life" by British rock band the Darkness.[14]

Media recognition[edit]

Clancy was ranked 37th in FHM magazine's annual 100 sexiest women in the world poll of 2007 but dropped down to number 55 the following year.[15] In 2009, Clancy had moved up to 12th place,[16] and in 2010 she went up to 10th place in the annual poll.[17][18][19]

In July 2012 The Sun Newspaper announced Clancy as their exclusive Beauty Columnist writer. Clancy was the subject of widespread criticism in her home town of Liverpool, as the paper was boycotted in the city for printing false allegations against supporters of Liverpool football club in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. Clancy later apologised for the column.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Clancy's brother Sean is a footballer who played for A.F.C. Telford United.[21] He was also a member of the cast of the short-lived E4 reality series Desperate Scousewives.

She started dating footballer Peter Crouch in 2006. The couple were engaged in July 2009.

On 30 June 2011, Clancy and Crouch married. They have two daughters and two sons, Sophia Ruby (born March 2011), Liberty Rose (born June 2015), Johnny (born January 2018) and Jack (born June 2019).[22]


  1. ^ a b Barnes, Anthony (22 December 2013). "Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Abbey Clancy crowned champion as more than 12m watch the final". The Independent. Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Three Wishes for Genie Queen". BBC. Archived from the original on 9 October 2003.
  3. ^ "Abigail Clancy". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  4. ^ Abbey Clancy: Perfect... apart from the boyfriendArchived 5 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, (7 October 2008). Retrieved on 5 May 2012.
  5. ^ Body Painting – Abbey Clancy (Sports Illustrated Feb 2010) on YouTube
  6. ^ Abbey Clancy bodypaint shoot for Sports Illustrated
  7. ^ "Pregnant Abby Clancy Walks in Giles's Spring Show, Veruschka Closes". New York. 21 September 2010.
  8. ^ Neill, Bronwyn O. (16 October 2019). "Abbey Clancy's eight-year-old daughter makes modelling debut for Lipsy". Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  9. ^ uaenews247 (25 December 2019). "LIPSY LONDON LAUNCHES THE ABBEY AND SOPHIA'S AW'19 COLLECTION IN THE UAE". UAE News 24/7. Retrieved 5 February 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Abigail's Hell's Kitchen profile". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  11. ^ West, Dave (12 May 2008). "ITV2 sets fashion show with Clancy, Lamb". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
  12. ^ "Abbey Clancy returns to 'Britain's Next Top Model' as head judge, 10 years after she competed on the show". 26 August 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2023.
  13. ^ "". Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  14. ^ "The Darkness - in Another Life (Official Video)". YouTube.
  15. ^ "FHM 100 Top sexiest women". Archived from the original on 1 October 2009.
  16. ^ "Abbey Clancy at". Archived from the original on 31 August 2009.
  17. ^ Tina Miles (29 April 2010). "Liverpool model Abbey Clancy named among top 10 of the world's sexiest women". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  18. ^ "Full list of FHM's top 100 world's sexiest women 2010. Cheryl Cole, Megan Fox and Marissa Miller have topped FHM's sexiest women poll for 2010, but Sienna Miller, Charlotte Church and Billie Piper have struggled to perform". Metro. 29 April 2010. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  19. ^ "Cheryl Cole 'sexiest woman' for second year". BBC News. BBC Corp. 29 April 2010.
  20. ^ Former Liverpool WAG Abbey Clancy issues apology over Sun beauty column Archived 19 January 2013 at (16 September 2012). Retrieved on 7 November 2012.
  21. ^ "Abbey Clancy: The interview". 10 December 2006. Archived from the original on 14 December 2008. I also support Southport, though, because my brother Sean plays left wing for them. He's fantastic.
  22. ^ Rebecca Pocklington (2 June 2015). "Abbey Clancy gives birth: Coleen Rooney, Michelle Keegan and more pass on congratulations as couple welcome daughter". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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