Kelly Brook, a gorgeous model and actress, began her career at the age of 16 after winning a modeling competition. Her unique talent and fame won over many fans all around the world. She has been involved with large ad-campaigns for companies like ‘Foster's Beer’ and ‘Renault’. Her shapely figure and sweet personality gave her many opportunities, and she could attain fame as a teenage model. Kelly gained immense recognition after her appearance in ‘Page Three Girl’ for the Daily Star tabloid. She became one of the most popular glamour models of all time. In addition to her modeling career, Kelly Brook has acted in films, theatre, television shows, music and fitness videos. She has performed youth television programs and reality shows on TV. Her most popular role to date has been Weinstein Company’s ‘Piranha 3D’. Kelly has authored a style book ‘Pinning down the Pin Up within you’ and participated in the celebrity dance competition ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on BBC1. Some of her memorable roles include ‘Millville’, ‘The Italian Job’, ‘School for Seduction’ ‘Romy and Michele: In the Beginning’, and ‘Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo’. She also has an entrepreneurial streak and love for fine dining. Kelly is an ambassador for the Princes Trust and advocate of PETA that campaigns for banning the use of animal skin in the Fashion Industry.
Childhood & Early Life
Kelly was born on November 23, 1979 to Sandra Parsons, a cook, and Kenneth Parsons, a scaffolder. She has an older half-sister, Sasha and a younger brother, Damian.
Kelly attended the ‘Thomas Aveling School’ in Warren Wood, Rochester. She then went to the ‘Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts’ in London for three years, before becoming a professional model.
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Kelly began her modeling career after winning a beauty competition. In 1997, she started presenting youth television programs on ‘MTV’, ‘Granada Television’ and the ‘Trouble TV’.
In 2000, she made her first film debut as Sarah, in the film ‘Sorted’, with a minor role alongside Tim Curry. She also appeared in ‘Ripper’ and ’Letter from Hell’.
Her performances quickly caught the eye of American producers and Kelly’s posters and calendars became top sellers, and she started appearing regularly on the covers of ‘Cosmopolitan’, ‘Esquire’, Love’, ‘Glamour’, ‘Red’, ‘Instyle’, and ‘GQ’.
She has also worked extensively in the TV industry in shows that include ‘Big Breakfast’, ‘Love Island’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘The Time of Our Lives’ and ‘MTV Select’.
In 2003, she made a small appearance in the ‘The Italian Job’, and after a year, performed her first starring role in ‘School of Seduction’, which won her positive reviews.
Between 2004 and 2005, she played a variety of roles such as that of Nikki Morris in the video game ‘Need for Speed Underground 2’ and ‘House of 9’.
She has been recognized as one of the top models of UK in Swimwear and Lingerie, after the launch of her collections, which has been carried exclusively by ‘New Look’ since 2006.
She also had lead roles in ITV’s ‘Miss Marple’, ‘Moving Wallpaper’ in 2009, and in the science fiction thriller ‘Shadow Play’ directed by Nick Simon.
In 2007, she authored a style book, ‘Pinning down the Pin Up within you’ through Orion Publishers and signed a contract of Unilever's Lynx body spray, ‘Axe’.
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She has been working with ‘Reebok’ since 2008 and has produced a Fitness video alongside Flavia Cacace. Her performance in Neil LaBute’s ‘Fat Pig’ at the Comedy Theatre was admirable.
She took part in ‘Wembley Arena’ in 2009 and was invited to guest judge ITV’s flagship show, ‘Britain’s got Talent’ and ‘Calendar Girls’.
She acted in the science fiction thriller, ‘Shadow Play’ and appeared in ‘Clapham Picture House’ to surprise cinemagoers as part of a promotion for ‘Carlsberg’ and Sky 3D.
In 2010, she took part in ‘Strictly Arena Tour dancing’ and after three years, was team captain on ‘Celebrity Juice’, ‘Season 9’ and ‘Juliet’.
Kelly also made a cameo appearance in ‘Forever Crazy’. She plays the lead role of ‘Kate’ in award-winning writer Maueve Murphy's new feature film ‘Taking stock’.
Awards & Achievements
After ‘Page three Girl’, Kelly became one of the most popular glamour models of all time, appearing in various magazines such as FHM, Loaded and Playboy.
‘Grazia’ magazine considered Kelly to have the best British female body. She also topped the 'FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World' list said to have been polled by 15 million people.
Brook had a leading role in the horror comedy remake ‘Piranha 3D’. The film had a worldwide theatrical release on 20 August 2010 and received positive reviews and commercial success, grossing $83,188,163.
In 2012, Kelly Brook starred in the British Comedy Film ‘Keith Lemon: The Film’ which became the highest ranking debut film at the box office.
In February 2007, Brook had signed a contract, reported to be worth around one million to represent Unilever's Lynx body spray, ‘Axe’ in the US and in Europe.
Personal life & Legacy
Kelly was in a seven-year relationship with actor Jason Statham, which lasted till 2004. Later, she was engaged to Billy Zane, but they split after four years.
Brook had been dating Thom Evans since December 2010 but announced their separation in September 2013.
She started dating David McIntosh in February 2014 and later got engaged to him but on 26 September 2014, she announced that the engagement was over.
She released her autobiography in September 2014.
As a businesswoman, as well as to showcase her love for fine dining and interior design, Kelly will be opening ‘Steam and Rye’ a new restaurant and bar, in the heart of the City of London.