Natalie Appleton

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Natalie Appleton
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Born Natalie Jane Appleton
(1973-05-14) 14 May 1973 (age 43)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Residence Hampstead, London, England[1]
Other names Natalie Appleton Howlett
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Spouse(s)
  • Carl Robinson (m. 1993; annulled 1995)
  • Liam Howlett (m. 2002)
Children 2
Relatives Nicole Appleton (sister)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts

Natalie Jane Appleton Howlett (born 14 May 1973 in Mississauga, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress, who is a member of the girl group All Saints.

Appleton joined All Saints in 1996, and five years later they split up amid group in-fighting.[2] She went on to form a duo with her younger sister Nicole under the name Appleton. Since then, she has reunited to release two more albums with All Saints, in 2006 and 2016.

Career[edit]

In 1983, Appleton moved to London to enlist in the Sylvia Young Theatre School. She had a brief cameo in an episode of Grange Hill in 1986.[3]

1996–2001: All Saints[edit]

Appleton's father met Melanie Blatt, with whom Nicole had attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and heard that Blatt was looking for new members for her girl group. Nicole asked whether her sister could join the group as well.[4] In 1996 both sisters joined Blatt and Shaznay Lewis in forming All Saints. In 2000, Natalie and Nicole appeared in the poorly received film Honest. All Saints split acrimoniously in 2001 amid much foment and rumour. In their five-year career, the group scored a total of five number one singles.

2002–2005: Appleton and television[edit]

Natalie and Nicole formed a duo Appleton and launched their first single "Fantasy" in September 2002 which features Natalie doing a stage dive. Initially it was to be Nicole doing the stage dive, but she backed out at the last minute, and thus Natalie took her place.[5] The album Everything's Eventual was released in early 2003 and coincided with the documentary Appleton on Appleton which gave an inside look into the life of the sisters. In November 2004, Appleton was a contestant on the fourth series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. While on the show the public voted for her numerous times to take part in bushtucker trials, she was not very successful in completing the challenges and left after the public voted for her to do what would have been a record fifth bushtucker trial.[6]

2006–2008: Return of the All Saints[edit]

All Saints reunited in early 2006 and released their third studio album titled Studio 1[7] on 13 November 2006. however the group subsequently split again in 2009.

2014–present: Second All Saints reunion[edit]

In 2014, All Saints reformed to support the Backstreet Boys for five dates across the UK and Ireland in 2014.[8] On 27 January 2016, it was confirmed that All Saints will release their fourth studio album Red Flag on 8 April 2016. The lead single from the album, "One Strike", preceded the album on 26 February 2016.[9]

Early and personal life[edit]

Nicole and Natalie have two older sisters, Lori and Lee. Natalie was born in Mississauga, Ontario,[3] to her British mother Mary and Canadian father, Kenbut.[10] While growing up she lived in Toronto, New York City, and London.

She attended high school in Ellenville, New York, and eventually quit to sing at a Borscht Belt country club at age fifteen.[11] She moved back to New York City and, in 1990, back again to Camden, England, where she met Carl Robinson (born c. 1967), a stripper with The Dreamboys who she met when seeing them perform on a night out in London when she was 17. She moved in with him three months later. On 19 May 1992, their daughter Rachel Appleton (now known as Rachel Howlett)[12] was born. She and Robinson moved to New York where they married in 1993,[13] before Appleton returned to England after having the marriage annulled.[3]

She had relationships with television presenter Jamie Theakston and actor Jonny Lee Miller during the late 1990s.[14]

Appleton began dating Liam Howlett of the electronic band The Prodigy in 2000, after they met at the V Festival.[15] They married on 7 June 2002 in a ceremony in France.[16] In addition to Appleton's daughter from her first marriage, the couple have a son, Ace Billy Howlett, born 2 March 2004.[17][18]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 PJ's Storytime Co-presenter
2004 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant/Herself/Competitor Season 4
Films
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Honest Mandy Chase Nominated — 2000 Cannes Film Festival

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All Saints Appleton sisters support South End Green Indian restaurant's charity drive". 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Saintlier than thou". The Guardian. 5 November 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Natalie". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2016-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Celebs". AskMen. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  5. ^ BBC, Appleton on Appleton documentary.
  6. ^ "Natalie is second to quit jungle - The Scotsman". News.scotsman.com. 2004-11-29. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  7. ^ "Yahoo Celebrity UK - Yahoo". Uk.news.launch.yahoo.com. 2015-10-14. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  8. ^ James Robertson. "All Saints reunite to support Backstreet Boys on UK tour next year". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Amy Davidson (27 January 2016). "All Saints announce new single 'One Strike', and it was inspired by Nicole Appleton's split from Liam Gallagher". Digital Spy. 
  10. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Groups.myspace.com. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "As it celebrates 40th anniversary of opening, gallery looks back to the day when James Bond dropped in for a cuppa". Camden New Journal. 8 November 2012. 
  13. ^ [2] Archived February 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Hanging tough". The Guardian, Lindsay Baker 30 September 2000
  15. ^ "Interview with Liam Howlett of the Prodigy". The Guardian. 20 August 2004. 
  16. ^ "I'm A Celebrity: Natalie Appleton factfile". The Telegraph. 19 February 2007. 
  17. ^ "All Saints Put Children Before Touring". Female First. 23 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "NATALIE DELIVERS AN ACE". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2004-06-12. Retrieved 2016-08-21. 

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