Brook at the 2015 Television Critics Association’s Press Tour
Kelly Ann Parsons
23 November 1979
Kelly Brook (born 23 November 1979)is an English model, actress and television presenter best known for her modelling work in the UK, and in the US for her role in the NBC sitcom One Big Happy , as well as a regular panelist on Celebrity Juice . She has featured as a guest on a number of shows including Strictly Come Dancing and The Nightly Show , and is currently a presenter on the Heart London drive show.
One Big Happy is a television sitcom produced by Ellen DeGeneres starring Elisha Cuthbert, Nick Zano and Kelly Brook, about a gay woman, Lizzy, who is pregnant with her best friend Luke's baby, while he is in love with another woman, Prudence. The show was created by Liz Feldman, and it premiered on March 17, 2015. Six episodes were ordered by NBC. The series was canceled after one season.
Celebrity Juice is a British television comedy panel game on ITV2, broadcast since 24 September 2008. The show is written and presented by Keith Lemon, the alter-ego of comedian Leigh Francis. The format for the series was first suggested in 2007, after the final series of Leigh Francis' Channel 4 sketch show Bo' Selecta!. ITV approached Francis to create a show featuring popular alter-ego Keith Lemon, and after the success of the five-part series Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour, the channel commissioned Celebrity Juice.
Strictly Come Dancing is a British television dance contest in which celebrities partner with professional dancers to compete in mainly ballroom and Latin dance. Each couple is scored out of 10 by a panel of judges. The format has been exported to over 40 other countries, licensed by BBC Worldwide, and has also inspired a modern dance-themed spin-off Strictly Dance Fever. The Guinness Book of Records has named Strictly to be the world’s most successful reality TV format. The show is currently presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.
Brook has been called a sex symbol and style icon. 's Sexiest Woman in the World in 2005 and as of 2015 had appeared in every FHM 100 Sexiest countdown since 1998.She was crowned FHM
A sex symbol is a famous person or fictional character widely regarded to be very sexually attractive.
FHM is a men's lifestyle magazine published in several international territories. Its defunct master edition contained features such as the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World, which has featured models, TV presenters, reality stars and singers.
Brook was born and raised in Rochester, Kent as Kelly Ann Parsons, the daughter of Sandra Kelly, a cook, and Kenneth Parsons, a scaffolder. She has a younger brother, Damian, and an older half-sister, Sasha.Kenneth Parsons died, aged 57, in Rochester from lung cancer, on 26 November 2007, during Brook's time on Strictly Come Dancing . Brook attended the Thomas Aveling School in Warren Wood, Rochester. In 1996 at the age of seventeen she appeared in the second series of "Fist of Fun", the BBC comedy show from Stewart Lee and Richard Herring as a schoolgirl in a series of sketches entitled 'Teachers' (one of her co-stars was the young Daniel Mays). She studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London for three years during this time before becoming a professional model at the age of 16.
Rochester is a town and was a historic city in the unitary authority of Medway in Kent, England. It is at the lowest bridging point of the River Medway about 30 miles (50 km) from London.
Lung cancer, also known as lung carcinoma, is a malignant lung tumor characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. This growth can spread beyond the lung by the process of metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body. Most cancers that start in the lung, known as primary lung cancers, are carcinomas. The two main types are small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) and non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). The most common symptoms are coughing, weight loss, shortness of breath, and chest pains.
The Thomas Aveling School is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Rochester, Kent, England.
Brook's modelling career began at 16 after she won a beauty competition, into which she had been entered by her mother.She later worked on a range of advertising campaigns, including Foster's Lager, Renault Mégane, Walker's 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.
Foster's Lager is an internationally distributed brand of lager. It is owned by the international brewing group AB InBev, and is brewed under licence in a number of countries, including its biggest market, the UK, where the European rights to the brand are owned by Heineken International.
The Renault Mégane is a small family car produced by the French car manufacturer Renault since the end of 1995, and was the successor to the Renault 19. The Mégane has been offered in three and five door hatchback, saloon, coupé, convertible and estate bodystyles at various points in its lifetime, and having been through three generations is now in its fourth incarnation.
Walkers is a British snack food manufacturer mainly operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Walkers was founded in 1948 in Leicester, England by Henry Walker, and in 1989 was acquired by Lay's owner, Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo. They are best known for manufacturing potato crisps, and other, non-potato-based snack foods. It holds 56 percent of the British crisps market. In June 1999, Pepsico transferred ownership of its Walkers brands out of England and into a Swiss subsidiary, Frito-Lay Trading GmbH. Subsequently, the UK tax authorities managed to claw back less than a third of what it might have received had an unchanged structure continued producing the same sort of level of UK profits and tax as Walkers Snack Foods had in 1998.
Brook's picture soon began appearing in other lads' mags such as GQ , Loaded and FHM . In April of the same year,[ clarification needed (which 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. Appearing in this list every year since 1998, she ranked No.34 in 2008, No.67 in 2009 and No.7 in 2010. She was the cover star of FHM's World Cup 2010 special issue, and was on the cover of the magazine in April 2011.
GQ is an international monthly men's magazine based in New York City and founded in 1931. The publication focuses on fashion, style, and culture for men, though articles on food, movies, fitness, sex, music, travel, sports, technology, and books are also featured.
Loaded is an online men's lifestyle magazine. It launched as a mass-market print publication in 1994, which ceased being issued in March 2015, but relaunched as a digital magazine on 11 November 2015. The content has changed, with semi-clothed women now absent.
In February 2007, it was announced that Brook had signed a contract, reported to be worth around £1m, to represent 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.
Continental or mainland Europe is the continuous continent of Europe, excluding its surrounding islands. It can also be referred to ambiguously as the European continent – which can conversely mean the whole of Europe – and by Europeans, simply the Continent.
Reebok is an English footwear and apparel company, subsidiary of German sportsgiant Adidas since 2005. Reebok produces and distributes fitness, running and CrossFit sportswear including clothing and footwear. It is the official footwear and apparel sponsor for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), CrossFit, Spartan Race, and Les Mills.
In 2010, she was chosen as the "new face and body" of lingerie maker Ultimo's advertising campaign.
In September 2010, Brook appeared in the American edition of Playboy magazine.In October 2010, Brook appeared live at Clapham Picture House to surprise cinemagoers as part of a promotion for Carlsberg and Sky 3D. In November 2010, Brook presented an award at MTV's EMA's in Madrid.
Brook produces a line of swimwear with New Look, for which she herself has modelled.
In September 2014, Brook launched a clothing line for Simply Be.The following year, she became a brand ambassador for Skechers.
In 1997, aged eighteen, Brook started presenting youth television programmes on MTV, Granada Television and the Trouble TV channel.Brook had a breakthrough into mainstream presenting in January 1999, when she was chosen to replace Denise van Outen as the female half of The Big Breakfast hosting team, alongside Johnny Vaughan. She left the show in July 1999. In 2005, she hosted the reality television programme Celebrity Love Island for ITV.
In 2007, Brook participated in the celebrity dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1, with dance partner was Brendan Cole. During the TV series, her father Kenneth Parsons died from cancer,and although she initially decided to continue dancing in his memory, she withdrew from the competition in week nine.
She also competed in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2008 , dancing the Jive with Brian Fortuna, Brendan Cole having to compete with his later partner Lisa Snowdon. Brook and Fortuna were put into fourth place, but with the studio audience's vote they came second to Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett. In 2008, Brook took Jennifer Ellison's place as one of the three judges on the second series of the reality TV programme Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life ,broadcast between September and November 2008.
In January 2009, she joined the third series of Britain's Got Talent as a fourth judge, but was subsequently axed from the programme after less than a week on the panel, the producers having decided the four-judge format was "too complicated".Brook was billed as a guest judge in the episode in which she appeared, taped in Manchester and aired on 16 May.
In 2013, Brook became a temporary team captain on Celebrity Juice aired on ITV2. She appeared in Season 9, replacing Fearne Cotton while she was on maternity leave. In 2016, Brook served as a team captain on the Channel 5 panel show It's Not Me, It's You .
In 1997, Brook appeared in a Pulp video "Help the Aged" with Huck Whitney of the band the Flaming Stars, in a slow dance sequence.Brook made her full screen debut with a minor role in the film Sorted . Shortly thereafter, she appeared in the film Ripper . She played the girlfriend of Clark Kent/Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor in four episodes of the American science fiction drama Smallville during the show's first season (2001–02). She has also completed assignments as a film actress in Canada and made a short appearance as Lyle's girlfriend in the 2003 film The Italian Job .
Her first starring role was in the 2004 film School for Seduction , for which she received positive reviews for her role.In 2004, she played character Nikki Morris in the video game Need for Speed Underground 2 , alongside Brooke Burke. In 2005, she appeared in the Philippe Vidal thriller House of 9 , and starred opposite Billy Zane in the film Survival Island .
In 2006, she starred in an Agatha Christie's Marple drama on ITV and appeared as herself throughout the second series of Moving Wallpaper , also for ITV, in 2009. She acted in the science fiction thriller Shadow Play, directed by Nick Simon.
Brook had a leading role in the horror comedy remake Piranha 3D . The film received a worldwide theatrical release on 20 August 2010. Piranha 3D opened to generally positive reviewsand commercial success, grossing $83,188,163 on a budget of $24,000,000.
Kelly also played as herself in the British comedy film Keith Lemon: The Film .
In 2013 Brook appeared in the video to Lawson's song "Juliet".
In 2014 she was cast as Prudence in an NBC sitcom pilot called One Big Happy ,which was subsequently picked up on 9 May.
In December 2000, she played exotic dancer Anya in the play "Eye Contact" at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.In October 2008, she returned to the West End as Jeannie, in Neil LaBute's Fat Pig at London's Comedy Theatre. Her performances have had mixed reviews, the Daily Mail said "Kelly Brook has a pencil waist and rabbit-thigh legs, but she is not a great interpreter of a role". In November 2009, she began playing Celia in Calendar Girls at the Noël Coward Theatre, a role previously played by Jerry Hall.
Brook made a cameo appearance in the cabaret show "Forever Crazy" by Crazy Horse London end of 2012.
In September 2014, Brook released her autobiography.which reached the Sunday Times Bestseller list on 21 September. Domestic-violence groups and others criticised her during her promotional tour for laughing about punching two ex-boyfriends in the face.
Brook is an animal lover and posed nude with her body painted in scales for the "Whose Skin Are You In?" campaign by PETA.
At end of 2013 Brook opened her bar Steam and Rye in London.In June 2014 Steam and Rye won Bar of the Year at the London Club and Bar Awards.
Since January 2019, Brook has co-presented Heart London Drivetime and Saturday Breakfast with Jason King.
Brook met American actor Billy Zane while filming thriller Survival Island in Eleuthera, Bahamas in 2004.Brook and Zane were engaged to be married in mid-2008 and acquired a house in Kent, but Brook postponed the wedding upon the death of her father in November 2007. The couple ended their relationship in April 2008 and briefly got back together before ending their relationship in August 2008.
Brook was romantically linked with rugby player Thom Evans.On 16 March 2011, Brook announced, via her Twitter account, that she was pregnant and that she and Evans were expecting a baby girl. On 9 May 2011, it was reported that Brook had miscarried. Kelly announced on 1 February 2013 via Twitter that she and Evans broke up.
|The Italian Job||Lyle's Girlfriend|
|2004||School for Seduction||Sophia Rosselini|
|2005||House of 9||Lea|
|Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo||Beautiful Woman in Painting|
|Survival Island (also known as Three)||Jennifer|
|2006||In the Mood||Eva||short film|
|2010||Piranha 3D||Danni Arslow|
|2012||Keith Lemon: The Film||Herself|
|2015||Taking Stock||Kate||Won 4 awards at the Monaco International Film Festival|
|1996||Fist of Fun||Suzanne||2 episodes of series 2|
|1999||The Big Breakfast||Herself||Co-presenter, for 6 months|
|2001||The (Mis)Adventures of Fiona Plum||Fiona Plum||TV film|
|2002||Smallville||Victoria Hardwick||4 episodes in season 1|
|2005||Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||Linda Fashiobella||TV film|
|2006||Agatha Christie's Marple||Elsie Holland||The Moving Finger|
|2007||Hotel Babylon||Lady Catherine Stanwood||season 2 episode 3|
|Strictly Come Dancing||Contestant||Ten episodes, finished sixth place|
|2009||Moving Wallpaper||Kelly Brook||fictional version of herself 5 episodes|
|Renaissance||–||pilot in Moving Wallpaper, screened on itv.com|
|Britain's Got Talent||Judge||judge on the judging panel 2 episodes|
|2011||Skins||Jemima||1 episode, Series 5, Episode 3|
|2012–2013||Celebrity Juice||Herself||1 episode in series 8, Series 9 team captain|
|2012||Lemon la Vida Loca||Herself||1 episode|
|2012||Métal Hurlant Chronicles||Skarr, Jen||2 episodes|
|2015||One Big Happy||Prudence||Regular|
|2015||Celebrity Juice||Herself||1 episode|
|2016||It's Not Me, It's You||Herself||Team Captain|
|2018||Loose Women||Regular panellist|
|2018–||Dance Fit||Co-host||with Brendan Cole|
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