Jessica Taylor

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Jessica Taylor
Birth name Jessica Taylor
Born (1980-06-23) 23 June 1980 (age 38)
Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Origin British
Genres R&B, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, dancer, television personality
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–2009, 2012–present
Associated acts Liberty X

Jessica Taylor (born 23 June 1980) is an English singer, television personality, and dancer who was a member of the Brit Award-winning pop group Liberty X.

Personal life[edit]

As a teenager she was a member of the Preston Musical Comedy Society and played the title role in a 1999 production of Gigi[1] On 29 December 2007, she married England cricketer Kevin Pietersen at a service in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, with Pietersen's former England teammate Darren Gough as best man.[2][3] Their first child, a son named Dylan Blake Pietersen, was born on 10 May 2010.[4] Their second child, a daughter named Rosie, was born on 27 December 2015.[5] For Sport Relief 2012, Taylor and Pietersen posed naked under the sheets for Sport Relief, wearing only the official Union Jack socks, to promote the Sainsbury's charity run.[6]

Music career[edit]

Liberty X enjoyed seven Top 10 singles from 2001 to 2005. Their biggest hit, "Just a Little", reached number one in May 2002. "Thinking It Over", "Got to Have Your Love", "Song 4 Lovers", and "Holding on for You" all reached the top 5 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album, Thinking It Over, reached number three in the UK Albums Chart June 2002. Liberty X released another 2 albums, Being Somebody and X, which reached number 12 and number 27, respectively. Liberty X won two Brit Awards: for Best British Single and Best British Breakthrough Artist.

Post-music career[edit]

Television[edit]

Taylor took part in BBC's one-off Strictly Ice Dancing in 2005 and came in second place. She also participated in the fourth series of Dancing on Ice, partnered with Pavel Aubrecht in 2009. They made it to the final, finishing in third place. She subsequently toured with Torvill and Dean on their 25th Anniversary Bolero Tour, performing in arenas across the UK. In 2006 she appeared on a reality TV special of The Weakest Link. Having been the statistical strongest link in rounds one and four, she came undone in round six where she was voted off on a countback, by eventual winner Martin Offiah. Taylor only got one question wrong throughout her entire run.

She appeared on a celebrity edition of The Chase in November 2013, facing Mark Labbett and winning £75,000 in her individual chase.[7] She also appeared on the Hole in the Wall.

Fashion[edit]

In 2009 Taylor was signed as the face and body of 'Diamond Boutique' lingerie by Ultimo. [8] She is represented by Premier Model Management and The Outside Organisation.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Popstars Herself/Competitor Season 1; Second place
2005 Strictly Ice Dancing Herself/Competitor Season 1; Second place
2006 The Weakest Link Herself/Competitor Reality TV special, voted off sixth
2009 Dancing on Ice Contestant/Herself/Competitor Season 4; Third place
2013 The Big Reunion Herself Reforming Liberty X
2013 The Chase Herself/Competitor Won £21,750 for charity

Discography[edit]

Featured singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[9]
IRL
[9]
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
(among The Girls of FHM)
2004 10 25 Single release only

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jessica Pietersen". Preston City Council. Archived from the original on 15 September 2009.
  2. ^ Stars enjoy Pietersen wedding | Metro.co.uk
  3. ^ "Cricket star Kevin Pietersen weds his Liberty belle". Daily Mail. London. 30 December 2007.
  4. ^ Pictures of Kevin Pietersen and Jessica Taylor New Baby Boy Dylan Pictures
  5. ^ "Cricketer Kevin Pietersen and Liberty X beauty Jessica Taylor welcome baby girl". Express. 28 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Carried away on Valentine's! Jessica Taylor and Kevin Pietersen pose 'naked' under the sheets, wearing only Sport Relief socks". Daily Mail. London.
  7. ^ "The Chase Celebrity Special Episode 7". presscentre. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  8. ^ Pilkington, Diana (17 March 2009). "Dancing on Ice star Jessica Taylor shows off toned body in sexy shots for lingerie brand". Daily Mail. London.
  9. ^ a b "Tina Barrett Chart History". aCharts. Retrieved 22 August 2009.