Thaila Zucchi

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Thaila Zucchi
Thaila Lucia Zucchi

(1981-01-19) 19 January 1981 (age 38)
OccupationActress, singer

Thaila Lucia Zucchi (/ˈtlə/ [luˈtʃiːa dˈdzukki; tˈtsuk-]; born 19 January 1981) is a British singer and actress of English and Italian descent.[1] She began her career as a member of the British band allSTARS* before transitioning into acting, appearing in Big Brother 8 in the UK, where she played the part of fake Australian housemate Pauline. She has also appeared in Balls of Steel and Star Stories.

Music career[edit]

Zucchi was a member of allSTARS*, a band that started out on the children's television show STARStreet (shown on CITV). She performed in more than twenty arenas around the UK, and on Top Of The Pops, CD:UK, and SMTV numerous times. The band was contracted to Island Records and enjoyed four top 20 hits and released an album, with tracks that were featured in the movies Thunderpants and Scooby Doo.[2][3] Zucchi remains close friends with the other band members.[citation needed]

Television career[edit]

Zucchi appeared in Channel 4's Balls of Steel. Her role on the show is known as the Bunny Boiler. She would find a man in a public place with his partner, and outrageously flirt with him to antagonise his partner. Her other television credits include The IT Crowd, Massive Balls of Steel, Popworld, Hyperdrive, non-televised pilots Pear Shaped and New Dogs, and as a presenter for Nickelodeon and The Record of the Year. In 2006 and 2007, she had several roles in the Channel 4 comedy series Star Stories, including Courteney Cox, Sharon Osbourne, and also Geri Halliwell in Simon Cowell - My Honesty, My Genius.

In 2007, Zucchi entered the Big Brother UK house, pretending to be Pauline, a housemate from Australian Big Brother. She was working secretly for Big Brother as a mole, going to and from the house to appear on Big Brother's Little Brother.[4] She presented Big Brother's Big Mouth, another spin-off show from 17–20 July 2007, as part of the lineup replacing ex-'Big Mouth' presenter, Russell Brand. Zucchi also appears in a DOE advertisement about the dangers of drunk driving. She was seen on the Hula Hoops adverts (Captain! The intercom!) and UK adverts for Brunchettas. Zucchi could once be seen with Des Lynam advertising Setanta Sports' coverage of Premier League football.[5] This advertising stopped with Setanta Sports going into administration.

In 2007, Zucchi appeared in an episode of sitcom Not Going Out as lap-dancer Rosie. She appears in season 2 of Strutter on MTV. She has presented a show on Virgin 1 called "Boob Envy" about how women see their breasts, during which she revealed she has 'permanently erect nipples', and is also part of the presenting team of Sky One's Brainiac and the cast of the second series of Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor for BBC Three. In 2009, she played a small role in one episode of Skins and an episode of Law and Order: UK broadcast on ITV on 23 September 2010. She is also in Richard Hammond's Blast Lab and presents the "How Hard is Your Thing?" segment in Brainiac: Science Abuse.

Zucchi acted in Coming of Age in one episode as a French teacher which was first shown on 26 January 2010, has appeared in the series Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights, which started airing on 30 November 2010 and has starred in adverts for Sky Broadband.[6] Most recently, she acted in several sketches in Charlie Brooker's How TV Ruined Your Life. She appears in BBC reality TV series World Series of Dating as fictional host Poppy Weathers, which started airing on 26 March 2012. In January 2013 she played Paquita Manganara in BBC One's comedy series Blandings.

She appeared as Police Sergeant Randall in the Channel 4 show Shameless.[7]




Year Title Role Notes
2001-02 Starstreet Thaila
2005 Balls Of Steel Bunny Boiler Series 1
2007 Not Going Out Rosie, the lap dancer
2013 Shameless Police Sergeant Randall Series 11
2013 Hollyoaks Later Maria Gonzalez Series 6


  1. ^ "Thaila Zucchi: Big Brother contestant on her acting career". The Independent. London. 16 August 2007.
  2. ^ Zucchi's RDF Management CV
  3. ^ Zucchi's RDF Management Page
  4. ^ "Housemates to face Big Brother's 'Fake Week'". Digital Spy. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2007.
  5. ^ Sweney, Mark (27 July 2007). "Lynam fronts Setanta campaign". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Sky Broadband - Happy Ever After Broadband for Princely Frogs". Visit4info. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
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