Jodie Kidd

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Jodie Kidd
Jodie Kidd (2008).jpg
Born (1978-09-25) 25 September 1978 (age 37)
Guildford, Surrey, England

Jodie Kidd (born (1978-09-25)25 September 1978 in Guildford) is an English fashion model, race car driver and television personality.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kidd was born in 1978, the daughter of the businessman and former showjumper Johnny Kidd. Kidd's maternal great-grandfather was the Canadian press baron Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook.[2] Kidd's mother, Wendy Madeleine Kidd (neé Hodge), is one of the three daughters of Sir John Rowland Hodge, 2nd Baronet,[2] and runs the Holders Festival on Barbados.[3] Kidd's aunt is the model Vicki Hodge.[2]

Jodie was a showjumper as a child and attended St Michael's School, Burton Park, Petworth, West Sussex.[citation needed] Kidd has two siblings. Her elder sister, Jemma Kidd (born 1974), married Arthur Gerald Wellesley, Marquess of Douro, son of the current Duke of Wellington in June 2005.[4] Kidd's brother, Jack Kidd (born 1973) is a polo player.[5] Kidd also has a half brother, the entrepreneur Nick D'Arcy Whiting (born 1962) and a half sister Debbie Parris (born 1964).[6]


Jodie Kidd, London 2008


Kidd was 15 when she was discovered by photographer Terry O'Neil on a beach in Barbados.[citation needed] Her modelling career began when he introduced her to model agent Laraine Ashton.[citation needed] When Kidd began modelling at 16 there was an uproar – accusations were made that promotion of her slender figure encouraged teenage girls to become anorexic when they tried to mimic her looks.[citation needed] Her skeletal figure led to accusations, because she is tall (6 ft 2) and at the time her weight was 48 kg (106 lb) (BMI of 13.6; WHO class[7] at 16 years, "severe thinness") and a German magazine called her "locuste model",[citation needed] sometimes referred to as "heroin chic".[8] However, following an eight-month break in modelling, Kidd increased weight to become a Size 14 dress size.[8]

Kidd modelled with the leading models from Capellino, Chanel, Ernesto Esposito, Fendissime, Gai Mattiolo, Ghost, Lagerfeld, Malhas, Monsoon, and Motorola and also featured in campaigns for Chloé 'Innocence' perfume and Yves Saint Laurent.[citation needed] She also appeared on the cover of Elle magazine in Australia, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden and the United States[citation needed] and made appearances on The Face and Comme des Garçons.[citation needed]

Jodie Kidd, Flugtag London, 2008


She drove a Maserati and became known for completing the fastest Celebrity Lap in the Suzuki Liana on the Top Gear car show (Series 2 Episode 8 : 6 July 2003). She was later overtaken by Simon Cowell (Series 3 Episode 5 : 9 November 2003) and is now ranked 11th fastest.[9] On 4 December 2004, Kidd and her co-driver, Fabio Babini, took first place in Bologna, Italy. It was only Kidd's third race.[10] She has also taken part in several rallies of the Gumball 3000.


Kidd's career as a television personality has included participation on Strictly Come Dancing 2008, in which she partnered with professional dancer Ian Waite; they finished in sixth place, and Kidd left the show in a "dance-off" against former model and television presenter Lisa Snowdon. In 2014, Kidd was a finalist in the BBC's annual cookery programme Celebrity Masterchef; she lost the championship to actor Sophie Thompson. In 2015 she appeared in series 2 of The Jump, where she was sixth to be Eliminated. In 2015 Kidd appeared as one of the hosts of the Chanel 5 automotive show The Classic Car Show with co-host Quentin Willson.

Musical production[edit]

Kidd and her father are producers of the musical Yarico, a tale of romance and slavery in Barbados, based on the 17th-century operetta Yarico and Inkle.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Kidd's other hobbies include polo, golf[12] and horse riding.[13]

Following a year-long romance and engagement, Kidd married Internet entrepreneur Aidan Butler on 10 September 2005 at St Peter's Church, Twineham, West Sussex. The couple split up after 18 months of marriage.[14]

Kidd's son by her partner Andrea Vianini, an Argentinian polo player, was born on 5 September 2011.[15][16] Kidd and Vianini split in the summer of 2013. Kidd subsequently married David Blakeley, a former British Army captain and author in August 2014.[17] The couple split in January 2015, after four months of marriage[18] and were granted a 'quickie divorce' on 1 May 2015.[19]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Prince Valiant Uncredited.
1999 Mad Cows Tracey
2003 Top Gear Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Lap time: 1 min 48 seconds (Series 2, episode 8).
2006 Gumball 3000: Drivin' Me Crazy
2008 Who Do You Think You Are? Appears as herself to trace her family tree.[20]
2008 Clarkson: Thriller Appears as herself to race Jeremy Clarkson in a Fiat 500.
2010 Countryfile Presenter in December 2010.
2011 Top Gear Guest in race – Top Gear UK versus Top Gear Australia – for the Ashes.
2013 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Competitor, against James Martin.[21] Series 3, Episode 14
2014 Celebrity Masterchef Contestant.
2015 The Classic Car Show Presenter with Quentin Willson
2015 The Jump Contestant. Eliminated, 3 February 2015.[22]


  1. ^ "Jodie Kidd". Fashion Model Directory. 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Burke's Peerage, volume 1 (1999), p. 232
  3. ^ Carole Cadwalladr. "It's super-duper, but definitely not Jilly Cooper". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Arthur Wellesley - Title, family, Jemma Kidd & children - Tatler List". Tatler. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "The rock star, the polo set and the man who played them for fools". The Daily Telegraph. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Burke's Peerage volume 2 (2003), p. 1,932
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b "Former Heroin Chic Model Jodie Kidd Is Proud Of Her Size 14 Figure". Talent Management. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Top Gear Track Guide". Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Carter, Melanie (6 December 2004). "Supermodel Jodie Kidd Wins Her First Ever Motor Race". Car Pages. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa. "Jodie Kidd brings story of love and slavery to the London stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "BBC Sport: Golf: Winter warriors". BBC (London: BBC News). 14 January 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Stadlen, Matthew (25 September 2014). "Ryder Cup ambassador Jodie Kidd: 'I could have been a professional golfer'". The Daily Telegraph (London). ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Jodie's marriage falls apart". Metro News. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "'Excited' Jodie Kidd expecting first baby". Hello!. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Exclusive: Jodie Kidd happy to announce the birth of her first child". Hello!. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  17. ^ Gusmaroli, Danielle (14 April 2014). "Jodie Kidd is engaged to ex-soldier David Blakeley". Daily Mail. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Thistlethwaite, Felicity (30 January 2015). "Jodie Kidd and David Blakeley split after four months of marriage". Daily Express. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  19. ^ Saunders, Louise (1 May 2015). "Jodie Kidd's husband of four months David Blakeley granted a 'quickie' divorce on account of her 'unreasonable behaviour'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? - Jodie Kidd". BBC One. 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Series 3, Number 14. James Martin and Jodie Kidd". Radio Times. 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  22. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (3 February 2015). "The Jump 2015: Louie Spence and Jodie Kidd eliminated as Louise Hazel gets highest leap". Daily Mirror (London). Retrieved 9 February 2015. 

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