Penny Lancaster

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Penny, Lady Stewart
Penny Lancaster in 2008
Penny Lancaster

(1971-03-15) 15 March 1971 (age 47)
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Rod Stewart (m. 2007)
Modelling information
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) [1]
Hair colourBlonde

Penny, Lady Stewart (née Lancaster; born 15 March 1971) is an English model, photographer and TV personality. She is best known for being married to rock singer Sir Rod Stewart. In 2014, she joined the ITV lunchtime show Loose Women and is now a regular panellist.

Model (person) person employed to display, advertise and promote products, or to serve as a visual aid

A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products, or to serve as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.

Photographer person who takes photographs

A photographer is a person who makes photographs.

Rod Stewart British singer and songwriter

Sir Roderick David Stewart, is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position. Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.


Early life

Lancaster was brought up by parents Graham and Sally who were both regular gym-goers and encouraged a love of fitness. She also has a brother named Oliver. At the age of six, Lancaster took up dance, learning tap, ballet and modern but decided to quit at the age of 16 due to her height and decided aerobics would better suit her frame. Six years later Lancaster became a certified fitness trainer. It was during this time that she was spotted by a model scout who suggested she should consider a career in modelling. Lancaster suffers from chronic sweat problem called hyperhidrosis. [2]

Tap dance tap dance

Tap dance is a type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe. There are several major variations on tap dance including: flamenco, rhythm (jazz) tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and post-modern tap. Broadway tap is rooted in English theatrical tradition and often focuses on formations, choreography and generally less complex rhythms; it is widely performed in musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. Classical tap has a similarly long tradition which marries European "classical" music with American foot drumming with a wide variation in full-body expression. Post-modern or contemporary tap has emerged over the last three decades to incorporate abstract expression, thematic narrative and technology.

Ballet form of performance dance

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures and as a result, the art has evolved in a number of distinct ways. See glossary of ballet.

Modern dance

Modern dance is a broad genre of western concert or theatrical dance, primarily arising out of Germany and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Early career

Throughout the 1990s, Lancaster was in a long-term relationship with city trader Mickey Sloan. They lived in Bermuda from 1996 to 1998 but separated in 1999.

Bermuda British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is approximately 1,070 km (665 mi) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; 1,236 km (768 mi) south of Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia; and 1,759 km (1,093 mi) northeast of Cuba. The capital city is Hamilton. Bermuda is self-governing, with its own constitution and its own government, which enacts local laws, while the United Kingdom retains responsibility for defence and foreign relations. As of July 2018, its population is 71,176, the highest of the British overseas territories.

Around this time, Lancaster decided to learn about the other side of modelling and began taking photography classes. [3]

Photography Art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation

Photography is the art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. It is employed in many fields of science, manufacturing, and business, as well as its more direct uses for art, film and video production, recreational purposes, hobby, and mass communication.


In 2002, Lancaster signed up to be the face of designer lingerie brand Ultimo for a reported £200,000. Although she was a success at promoting the brand - raising its profile, especially in the United Kingdom - two years later, Lancaster's contract was not renewed. [4] [5] She was replaced in the role by Rod Stewart's ex-wife Rachel Hunter and Ultimo founder Michelle Mone later stated that she had always wanted Hunter but was unable to afford her. [6] The decision, dubbed "Bra Wars" by the British press, was seen as a publicity stunt [7] which infuriated Stewart who described Mone as "manipulative". [8] However, two of Stewart's daughters - Kimberly and Ruby - have since modelled for Ultimo (Adore Moi [9] and Michelle for George [10] respectively).

Rachel Hunter New Zealand model and actress

Rachel Hunter is a New Zealand supermodel, actress and the host of Imagination Television's Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty. She has appeared on several magazine covers, including Vogue, Elle, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar. She has been on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue twice; in 1994 and in 2006.

Alana Kimberly Stewart (born August 20, 1979) is an American socialite, television personality, model, and fashion designer. She is the daughter of singer Rod Stewart and actress and model Alana Stewart.

Ruby Stewart is an American fashion model and singer, who is the daughter of rock singer Rod Stewart and former model Kelly Emberg.

Strictly Come Dancing

Lancaster was announced as one of the fourteen celebrities taking part in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2007. In week 4, she was revealed as one of the bottom two participants. She and her partner (Ian Waite) were in the week six dance-off with Matt Di Angelo and were voted off.

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its fifth series on 29 September 2007 on BBC One. Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly returned as co-presenters of the main show on BBC One, while Claudia Winkleman returned to present spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on BBC Two. Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Arlene Phillips returned to the judging panel for their fifth series.

Ian Waite English dacner

Ian Waite is a professional dancer specialising in Latin American dance, a teacher and choreographer.

Mario Angelo Constantinou, professionally known as Matt Di Angelo, is a British actor and singer, best known for his role as Dean Wicks in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He also starred as Sean Kennedy in the BBC drama series Hustle.


Week #DanceJudges' scoreResult
Revel HorwoodPhillipsGoodmanTonioli
1 Swing Group Performance - Not Judged
2 Quickstep 8889Safe
3 Jive 5677Safe
4 Samba 8798Bottom Two
5 Foxtrot 9899Safe
6 Salsa 6676Eliminated

Loose Women

On 15 September 2014, Lancaster was billed as an occasional panelist on the lunchtime chat show Loose Women . Through series 19 of the show, she made four subsequent appearances, on 1 December 2014, 9 March 2015, 15 June 2015, 6 July 2015. Since series 20 began on 1 September 2015, Lancaster now appears more regularly and has so far appeared three times in September 2015, once in October and November 2015, twice in December 2015, twice in January 2016, twice in March 2016, twice in April 2016, twice in May 2016 and once in June 2016. As of series 21 which began on 5 September 2016, Lancaster now appears weekly.

Other television work

In January 2018, Penny participated in And They're Off! in aid of Sport Relief.

In February 2019 she appeared in Famous and Fighting Crime alongside fellow celebrities Jamie Laing, Katie Piper, Sandi Bogle and Marcus Brigstocke on Channel 4.

Personal life

In 1999, Lancaster met singer Rod Stewart, who offered to let her take photos of him whilst on tour. [11]

Lancaster gave birth to her first child a 7 lb, 7oz (3.373 kg) boy on 27 November 2005. [12] On 17 February 2011, it was announced that Lancaster had given birth to their second child, (Stewart's eighth child), another boy. [13]

Lancaster and Stewart married on 16 June 2007 at La Cervara near Portofino, Italy. The couple exchanged vows in the presence of family and friends. [14]

Lancaster is an ambassador to Penny for London. [15]

Lancaster is a vice president of the RNIB. [16]

At the age of 46, Lancaster was diagnosed with dyslexia. [17]

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