Lady Victoria Hervey

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Lady Victoria Hervey
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Lady Victoria Hervey at a fashion show in 2008
Born Victoria Frederica Isabella Hervey
(1976-10-06) 6 October 1976 (age 40)
France
Nationality British
Alma mater Benenden School
Occupation Socialite, model
Parent(s)
Relatives
Hervey ancestral arms

Lady Victoria Frederica Isabella Hervey (born 6 October 1976)[1] is an English model, socialite, aristocrat, and former "It girl". She is the daughter of Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, half-sister of John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol and sister of Frederick Hervey, 8th Marquess of Bristol and Lady Isabella Hervey.

Early life[edit]

Lady Victoria is the eldest child of Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol and his third wife Yvonne, Marchioness of Bristol (née Sutton), and was born on her father's 61st birthday, 6 October 1976.[1] She is the elder sister of the incumbent Frederick Hervey, 8th Marquess of Bristol and Lady Isabella Hervey. Her older half-brothers were John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol and Lord Nicholas Hervey, who are both deceased. Leka, Crown Prince of Albania stood sponsor as one of her godfathers.[2]

For the first two years of her life Lady Victoria lived at Ickworth House, the family seat in Suffolk, before her parents went into tax exile in Monaco. She was educated at Benenden School,[1] and spent a gap year in Florence before working at advertising agencies in London.

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

After turning down a place to read French and History of Art at Bristol University, her mother stopped her allowances and Lady Victoria reluctantly became a receptionist for producer Michael Winner.

Modelling/fashion[edit]

Hervey became a part-time catwalk model in a career move she hoped would take her into television presenting, but with her statuesque 6-foot height she took to the career full-time, ultimately modelling for Christian Dior. In April 2000, she and friend Jayne Blight opened Knightsbridge fashion boutique Akademi. Frequented by Victoria Beckham, Meg Mathews and Martine McCutcheon, it closed in 2001 with debts estimated at £350,000. Hervey was reportedly only £20 out of pocket by the business failure but in the year following the closure, Hervey owed a series of personal debts.[3][4] In 2012, it was reported that Hervey had taken the position as Events and Society Editor for "The Untitled Magazine", a bi-annual magazine about fashion and entertainment.[5]

Film[edit]

In December 2003, Hervey secured a small part in the 2004 American film RX opposite Colin Hanks (son of Tom Hanks) as a waitress in a diner.[6]

Television[edit]

In 2001, Hervey made a cameo appearance in BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous in the first episode of series four. In October 2004, Hervey appeared on The Farm, a Five version of the RTÉ show Celebrity Farm. In July 2006, she appeared in the ITV show Love Island. On 18 September 2007, she appeared on ITV's Don't Call Me Stupid program, where she was asked to learn about the Labour Party Movement with George Galloway. In February 2015, Lady Victoria, an experienced skier, appeared on Channel 4's The Jump where she participated on the condition her dog joined her in Austria.[7]

Literary[edit]

In 2016 Lady Victoria's young adult book, "Lady in Waiting", was published by Finch. The novel is semi-autobiographical and concerns life at a girl's boarding school.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Lady Victoria lives in Los Angeles. She has had relationships with several celebrities, most notably Danish restaurateur Mogens Tholstrup,[9] F1 race car driver David Coulthard[10] and Boyzone member Shane Lynch.[11]

In 2003, Hervey attracted controversy after saying, "It's so bad being homeless in winter. They should go somewhere warm like the Caribbean where they can eat fresh fish all day."[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Featured Families - Bristol". Burke's Peerage. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  2. ^ De-la-Noy, Michael. The House of Hervey. London, 2001. ISBN 1-84119-309-7
  3. ^ Nixson, Matt. Lady V faces being declared bankrupt, Mail on Sunday. Accessed 23 September 2008.
  4. ^ Stephen Martin (24 Feb 2002). "LADY V OWES ME pounds 5k". Sunday Mirror. 
  5. ^ "Lady Victoria Hervey joins THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE", Fashion Beauty Monitor 25 June 2012.
  6. ^ Profiles: Lady Victoria Hervey, HELLO Magazine. Accessed 23 September 2008.
  7. ^ "The Jump 2015: who's who". The Daily Telegraph. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Unless it's champagne, I can't handle it". Daily Telegraph. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Bridgett, Dan; Valentine Low (3 October 2001). "Another ex love for Tholstrup". Evening Standard. London: Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "CHANGING VROOMS; Scots F1 ace David is dab hand at DIY". Sunday Mail. 27 March 2001. 
  11. ^ "Hervey's Clinch with Lynch". Daily Mirror. UK. 13 July 2002. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "The Great Sayings of 2003". The Observer. 28 December 2003. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Ward, Lauda (2009). Foolish Words: The Most Stupid Words Ever Spoken. Sterling. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-402-76830-9. 

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