Danielle Lloyd

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Danielle Lloyd
Lloyd in 2007
Born (1983-12-16) 16 December 1983 (age 40)
Liverpool, England
  • Model
  • television personality
(m. 2012; div. 2014)
Michael O'Neill
(m. 2019)
Modelling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair colourBrunette
Eye colourHazel

Danielle Lloyd (formerly O'Hara; born 16 December 1983) is an English TV host, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss England 2004 and Miss Great Britain 2006. Lloyd first rose to prominence when she was stripped of her Miss Great Britain title after posing nude in the December 2006 edition of Playboy magazine. Her Miss Great Britain title was reinstated in 2010.

In 2007, Lloyd appeared on the fifth series of the Channel 4 reality show Celebrity Big Brother, where she was involved in the Big Brother racism controversy. She won the celebrity edition of The Weakest Link in 2008 and Total Wipeout in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Danielle Lloyd was born on December 16, 1983 in Liverpool, England. Upon finishing school, Lloyd decided to pursue a dual career in modelling and as a beautician specialising in massage. She is a former nail technician.[1][2]


Lloyd was crowned Miss England on 17 July 2004,[3] and competed at Miss World 2004. In February 2006, Lloyd was named Miss Great Britain 2006.[4]

On 2 November 2006, she was stripped of her title "following recent claims in the press and magazines and the publicity given on the Playboy website for their next issue", according to the Miss Great Britain website.[5]

Lloyd appeared in FHM magazine and was a finalist of Miss Maxim 2006.[6]

In 2006, Lloyd made an appearance on BBC One's Test the Nation. She revealed that she thought a statue of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill was a statue for the first black President.[7] Lloyd later would go on to win a special episode of The Weakest Link.[1][8]

Lloyd joined Celebrity Big Brother on 3 January 2007, at the start of the series.[9] Lloyd incurred significant negative publicity about her involvement, with Jade Goody and Jo O'Meara, in a racial controversy with Indian housemate Shilpa Shetty.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Lloyd donated her winnings from both Celebrity Big Brother and The Weakest Link to the Linda McCartney Centre located at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.[8]

Lloyd in 2007

Lloyd has also appeared several times on the covers of men's magazines Maxim, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo Weekly, as well as featuring in FHM and Ice.[16][17] She has also secured a contract as the face of Ladbrokes Poker.[18]

In 2007, Lloyd launched a mobile phone safety campaign after her own mobile was stolen in a Liverpool club. The "Keep It Safe & Secure" (KISS) campaign, backed by the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit, encouraged mobile users to take greater safety precautions when using their phone.[19] In December 2007, Lloyd released a workout DVD entitled Keep Fit, Look Fit.[20]

Throughout 2007 and 2008, Lloyd made numerous television appearances including a guest spot on ITV2's WAGs Boutique and the celebrity edition of Gladiators. She also participated in the "Glamour Models Special" of The Weakest Link, winning £8,950.[citation needed]

Lloyd appeared in her own documentary, Dangerous Love: A Comic Relief Special (first broadcast on 3 March 2009), which examined the subject of violence against females in teen relationships. In the programme, she described the abuse she received (including a broken cheekbone) during her turbulent relationship and visited organisations funded by Comic Relief.[21]

On 2 January 2010, Lloyd participated in a celebrity edition of Total Wipeout. She cleared all the rounds and went on to win the entire competition. She raised £10,000 for the charity Guiding Light/The Lantern Project.[22]

In December 2010, she appeared on a celebrity edition of Come Dine with Me on Channel 4. She received the highest average scores from the other contestants and won the competition. She donated her prize money to Bliss, the special care baby charity.[17]

In 2014, Lloyd participated in celebrity show Splash!.[23]

On 18 January 2015, Lloyd took part in celebrity talent show Get Your Act Together.[24]

In 2023, Lloyd was recruit number 11 in Celebrity Series 5 of SAS: Who Dares Wins. [25]

Personal life[edit]

Lloyd married Jamie O'Hara on 26 May 2012.[26] They had three sons together.[27] She filed for divorce from O'Hara in 2014.[28] Lloyd married electrician Michael O'Neill on 6 April 2019.[29] They have one son and a daughter.[30]


During her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, Lloyd received significant negative publicity about her involvement, with Jade Goody and Jo O'Meara, in a racial controversy with Indian housemate Shilpa Shetty.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

A large upsurge in complaints occurred after a conversation between Lloyd and O'Meara was shown, during which Lloyd mentioned that she did not like Shetty touching her food because she did not "know where her hands have been".[31] Lloyd, O'Meara and Goody repeatedly maintained a belief that Shetty was "fake", and "a mole".[32] Further complaints were made when Lloyd said she wanted Shetty to, "Fuck off home".[33]

The tensions in the house came to a peak on Day 15, when an explosive argument between Shetty and Goody erupted, seemingly over stock cubes, was witnessed by a giggling O'Meara and Lloyd.[14]

As a result of her appearance in Celebrity Big Brother, Lloyd lost six-figure modelling contracts with motorcycle insurance firm Bennetts[34] and urban fashion label Rocawear.[35]


  1. ^ a b "The One to Watch: Danielle Lloyd". Liverpool Confidential. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Official Biography". daniellelloyd.com. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Miss England Danielle Lloyd Portfolio". Archived from the original on 21 January 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2007.
  4. ^ "Miss GB stripped of beauty title". BBC News. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Danielle Dropped!". Miss Great Britain. 2 November 2006. Archived from the original on 22 October 2007.
  6. ^ Lubega, Andrew. "7 Questions with Danielle Lloyd". AskMen.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Quotes of the week". BBC News. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2006.
  8. ^ a b Innes, Caroline (14 June 2008). "Danielle Lloyd's gift of life to Royal Liverpool Hospital". liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Danielle Lloyd's Gossip! Celebrity spotlight-Danielle Lloyd's Column". Archived from the original on 28 January 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2007.
  10. ^ a b "Anger over Big Brother 'racism'". BBC News. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2007.
  11. ^ a b "Big Brother: Thousands complain". Channel 4 news. 16 January 2007. Archived from the original on 24 January 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2007.
  12. ^ a b "Indian government to raise Big Brother racism concerns" Archived 13 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine 17 January 2007, Scotsman
  13. ^ a b "Big Brother sponsor suspends deal". BBC News. 18 January 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2007.
  14. ^ a b c Brook, Stephen (18 January 2007). "Shilpa complains of racism". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  15. ^ a b "Big Brother row goes global", The Guardian, 17 January 2007.
  16. ^ Sophie McCoid (15 January 2017). "How Danielle Lloyd went from glamour model to full time mum". Liverpool Echo.
  17. ^ a b Namita Nayyar (5 October 2016). "Danielle Lloyd: Exceptionally Talented Model & Star Icon Reveals Her Workout, Diet & Beauty Secrets". womenfitness.net.
  18. ^ "Biography". askmen.com. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  19. ^ Gary Fennelly (24 July 2007). "Pin-up Dani backs mobile security campaign". Belfast Telegraph. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  20. ^ Bourne, Dianne (1 April 2008). "Star bodies". manchestereveningnews.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  21. ^ "Dangerous Love: A Comic Relief Special". BBC.
  22. ^ "Danielle Lloyd gives Celebrity Total Wipeout winnings to charity". Sunday Mercury. 27 January 2010. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  23. ^ Eleanor Barlow (31 December 2013). "Splash: Danielle Lloyd to appear in new series of Tom Daley show". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Get Your Act Together Episode 1". ITV. Archived from the original on 15 January 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  25. ^ "Danielle Lloyd 'signs up for new series of Celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins'". 3 October 2022.
  26. ^ "Danielle Lloyd: Wedding was best day of my life". www.yahoo.com. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  27. ^ "Glamour model Danielle Lloyd welcomes third son with footballer husband Jamie O'Hara". Independent.ie. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  28. ^ "Jamie O'Hara's marital mistake". Female First. 11 August 2018.
  29. ^ "Danielle Lloyd marries Michael O'Neill in secret Dubai ceremony". Metro. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  30. ^ McCoid, Sophie (8 April 2019). "Danielle Lloyd enjoys exclusive date night with new husband Michael O'Neill". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  31. ^ "Anger over Big Brother 'racism'". BBC News. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  32. ^ Saney, Daniel (9 January 2007). "Jade: "Shilpa comes across as fake"". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 21 January 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2007.
  33. ^ Chris Tryhorn (24 May 2007). "Celebrity Big Brother racism row timeline". The Guardian.
  34. ^ Kirby, Terry (19 January 2007). "Big Brother backlash begins as sponsor pulls out and contestants lose contracts". London: independent.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  35. ^ Rawlins, Ahsmi (16 November 2007). "Former Rocawear Model Accepts Settlement from Tabloid over 50 Cent Sex Rumor". xxlmag.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2008.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Jackie Turner
Miss England
Succeeded by
Preceded by
No contest
Miss Great Britain
Succeeded by