Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook (born Kelly Ann Parsons; 23 November 1979(1979-11-23)) is a British model, actress, occasional swimwear designer, television presenter and Playboy Girl.Brook was born in Rochester, Kent, England. She is the daughter of Sandra, a cook, and Ken, a scaffolder. Ken Parsons died from cancer on 26 November 2007, during Brook's time on Strictly Come Dancing. Kelly attended The Thomas Aveling School in Warren Wood, Rochester, Kent. She then studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London for three years before becoming a professional model. Brook's modelling career began at 16 after winning a beauty competition, in which she was entered by her mother.Following this success, she worked on a range of advertising campaigns, including for Foster's Lager, Renault Megane, Walkers crisps, Piz Buin and Bravissimo, a company that specialises in bras and lingerie for large-breasted women. Her figure eventually caught the eye of the editorial team of the Daily Star tabloid, which began featuring her as a Page Three girl.

Kelly Brook's picture soon began appearing in other lad mags such as GQ, Loaded and FHM. In April of the same year, a poll over 5,000 women for Grazia magazine considered her to have the best British female body. She also topped the 'FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World' list in 2005, which was said to have polled 15 million people. She later ranked 5th in FHM's '100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006', 17th in 2007 and 34th in 2008. She was the cover star of FHM's World Cup 2010 special issue, her first shoot with the magazine in five years. Brook has also done modeling of commercial swimwear, sportswear and hosiery. Her work for Triumph bras caused a stir because of a specially commissioned 50-foot (15 m) high billboard of Brook's bust, said to be the largest billboard in the world. In British design magazine Arena's November 2005 issue, Brook posed for a ten-page, nude black-and-white photo spread for the photographer David Bailey. In 2006, she signed a contract, reported to be worth around £1m, to present Unilever's Lynx body spray, known as "Axe" in the US and in continental Europe. She has appeared on billboards, in newspapers, and on-line as part of their advertising campaign.

She has also appeared in commercials for Sky + and T Mobile, and modelled for Reebok. In 2010, fourteen years after she started off her career as a lingerie model, she was chosen as the "new face and body" of lingerie maker Ultimo's advertising campaign. Kelly Brook appeared in the September 2010 issue of the American edition of Playboy magazine.

Catherine Zeta Jones was born 25 September 1969, now hyphenated as Catherine Zeta-Jones, is a Welsh actress, currently based in the United States. She began her career on stage at an early age. After starring in a number of UK and US television films and small roles in films, she came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as The Phantom, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment in the late 1990s. She won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for portraying Velma Kelly in the 2002 film adaptation of the musical Chicago. In 2010 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Desiree in A Little Night Music.She was born Catherine Zeta Jones in Swansea, Wales to Patricia (née Fair), an Irish seamstress, and David James Jones (b. 1946), a Welsh sweet factory owner.Her name stems from those of her grandmothers — her maternal grandmother, Catherine Fair, and her paternal grandmother, Zeta Jones (1917 – 14 August 2008).

Zeta-Jones was raised Catholic. After her parents won £100,000 at Bingo in the 1980s, they moved to St. Andrews Drive in Mayals, an upper middle class area of Swansea. Jones left the private Dumbarton House School early, to further her acting ambitions without obtaining O levels. While at Dumbarton she once had her lunch money stolen by fellow pupil Rob Brydon. She then attended The Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, west London, for a full-time three-year course in musical theatre.

Catherine Zeta-Jones's stage career began in childhood. She often performed at friends' and family functions, and was part of a local dance troupe, the Hazel Johnson School of Dance, which rehearsed at St Alban's Church, Treboeth. Zeta-Jones made her professional acting debut when she played the lead in Annie, a production at Swansea Grand Theatre. When she was 14, Mickey Dolenz cast her as Tallulah in Bugsy Malone.She then went on, at the age of 17 in 1986, to a part in the chorus of The Pajama Game at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester starring Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley. The show subsequently toured the UK and then, in 1987, Zeta-Jones starred in 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Zeta-Jones was cast in the leading role after the actress playing Peggy Sawyer and the understudy fell ill. She also played Mae Jones in the Kurt Weill opera Street Scene with the English National Opera at the London Coliseum Theatre in 1989. After the show closed, she travelled to France, where she played the lead role in French director Philippe de Broca's Les 1001 Nuits [1001 Nights] (also known as Sheherazade), her feature film debut.

Abigail Clancy was Born in Liverpool, Clancy formed girl band Genie Queen, who were managed by Andy McCluskey from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). The highlight of their career was supporting boyband Blue on tour. The group did not secure a record deal and fell apart.Since appearing on the Britain's Next Top Model, Clancy has modelled for several magazines and newspapers. In May 2007, Clancy appeared on the front cover of Arena magazine, modelled the Triumph Bonneville Motorbike in the Daily Mail newspaper. She has appeared as a talking head in the documentaries Slave to Fashion and The Ultimate Bikini Guide for Channel 4, as a guest on programmes such as Richard and Judy, The Chris Moyles Show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, GMTV and in her own Reality TV series Abbey and Janice: Beauty and the Best which followed her attempts to break the Los Angeles modelling scene with Janice Dickinson as her mentor. The show aired from 14 May to 18 June 2007 on Living TV. Clancy featured in the third series of Hell's Kitchen.She was the third contestant to be voted off the show by the public, and the fifth to leave overall.On 10 May 2009, Clancy featured on Chris Moyles' Quiz Night alongside Patsy Kensit. She won her episode and was the overall winner of the first series.

Abigail Clancy also co-hosted the ITV2 series, The Fashion Show with model Michelle de Swarte and George Lamb. Her cousin Chloe Cummings, made the top 13 contestants in the fifth cycle of Britain's Next Top Model, of which Clancy herself was a guest in episode 8, being the first ex-contestant from the Top Model franchise to appear on the judging panel. On 22 December 2009, Clancy appeared as a "contestant" on a spoof version of Blind Date as part of an episode of Alan Carr: Chatty Man in which Cilla Black was a guest.

Clancy was chosen to appear in Sports Illustrated magazine in the 2010 swimsuit edition. Clancy was featured for her sporting connection to Peter Crouch and was photographed for the magazine wearing only body paint to make it appear as if she was wearing an England shirt. Clancy appeared in a 2010 campaign for Umbro sportswear, modelling an England shirt, along with other footballer's wives and girlfriends from countries that have won the World Cup. In April 2010, Clancy was featured in ITV2's The Parent Trip along with her mother Karen. She also appeared as a panellist on A League Of Their Own. Abigail Clancy was a regular guest on James Corden's World Cup Live.