Holly Carpenter

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Holly Carpenter
Beauty pageant titleholder
Modelling Bridal dress.jpg
Carpenter modelling a Mikael D Bridal Dress
Born (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 25)
Raheny, Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Green
Title(s) Miss Ireland 2011

Holly Carpenter (born 9 October 1991).[1] was crowned Miss Ireland 2011 on 13 August 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.[2][3] She represented Ireland in the Miss World 2011 pageant held on 6 November 2011 in London, England.[4][5] Since 2015 she has written a Sunday column for the Irish Sun [6] on topical issues such as abortion [7] positive body image[8] and dating.[9]


Her modelling career began in 2011 when she was entered into the Miss Ireland national beauty pageant by a friend which she won but was subsequently unplaced in the Miss World 2011, despite being many bookmakers' favourite to finish within the top 5.[10] She ranked only 42nd in the competition which she attributes to not having a polished promotional video. Having won Miss Ireland, her modelling career took off and she found work easily in Ireland and the UK.

Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model[edit]

In 2013, Carpenter was named among 28 semi-finalists for the 9th cycle of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. She was chosen as one of the 14 finalists competing for the title. After several appearances in the Bottom Three/Four, she was eliminated in Episode 9 and placed 7th.

Celebrity MasterChef 2017[edit]

In January 2017, Carpenter appeared on Celebrity MasterChef Ireland. She was eliminated after the first week of the competition.[11]


Carpenter was born and raised in Raheny, Dublin, Ireland.[2][12] She is the granddaughter of the social diarist Terry Keane[1][13] She is an art student completing a degree in textiles at the National College of Art and Design.[1][2][12][13] She speaks English, Irish and French.[12][14] She was in relationship with Leinster and Ireland Rugby International Cian Healy for 2 years before they split up in July 2014.[15] Since late 2015 she has been dating Danny O’Reilly of Irish rock band The Coronas.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b c "Róisín Ingle: Miss University wins national lovely girls crown". The Irish Times. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Miss Ireland World 2011 - Holly Carpenter's Photos & Profile/Biography". shinymeteor.blogspot.com. 6 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Holly Carpenter (Miss Ireland 2011)". MissIrelandPageant.ie. 1 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Miss Ireland 2011 (to Miss World 2011): Holly Carpenter, Pageant Updates". shinymeteor.blogspot.com. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Miss Venezuela crowned Miss World in London". Reuters.com. November 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Meet our new columnist Holly Carpenter". www.thesun.ie. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Carpenter It s now time to tackle outdated law on abortion". www.thesun.ie. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Holly Carpenter: "If you keep looking in the mirror and finding faults, you're fighting a losing battle"". VIP Magazine. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  9. ^ "Single Holly Carpenter shares her dating do's and don'ts - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  10. ^ "The organisers let me down and the 'chaos' cost me top-five place in 2011 Miss World: Holly Carpenter tells the real story of her year". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  11. ^ "Celebrity Masterchef Ireland got off to a hugely entertaining start last night". Daily Edge. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c "The Miss World 2011 Contestants". MissWorld.com. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "SuburbiaSPECIAL: Holly Carpenter". Suburbia. October–November 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Miss University Holly Carpenter". The Sunday World. 8 (50). 7 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Holly Carpenter talks dating as ex Cian Healy cuddles up to someone new". evoke.ie. 3 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "'We're on a boat!' Holly Carpenter and Danny O'Reilly live it up in Dubai". evoke.ie. 14 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Holly Carpenter makes grand romantic gesture for new boyfriend Danny O'Reilly". evoke.ie. 10 December 2015.