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Abi Titmuss

Abi Titmuss at the 2008 World Series of Poker
Born Abigail Titmuss
8 February 1976 (1976-02-08) (age 33)[1]
Ruskington, Lincolnshire, England

Abigail Evelyn Titmuss, best known as Abi Titmuss, (born 8 February 1976 in Ruskington, Lincolnshire) is a former English nurse turned glamour model, television personality and actress.

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Early life and nursing career

She grew up in Heckington, Lincolnshire where her parents were teachers, and she took her A levels at Kesteven and Sleaford High School. She played the clarinet at school. She briefly dated cartoonist BP Perry before moving to Ruskington. Her parents divorced when she was 17, and her father moved to Argyll, in Scotland, where he re-married. Her mother is secretary of Sleaford Museum Trust. She graduated from City University in St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1998, and became a staff nurse at London's University College Hospital. She also worked at the Royal Brompton Hospital, and while there she was harassed by a senior house officer in 2004 who was eventually found guilty of misconduct by a General Medical Council tribunal.[2]

Titmuss met TV presenter John Leslie at a party in a pub on Fulham Road in London in 1998. The pair quickly formed a relationship, and Titmuss lived between her student nurse accommodation at the hospital and Leslie's home in Barnes, south-west London.

Trial of John Leslie

Leslie was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service, and faced a court trial, throughout which Titmuss was present at his side. When Leslie was found not guilty, the assumption was that the couple would continue their relationship. However, Leslie's career had stalled, whereas Titmuss had raised her image to the point where she was offered various television presenting jobs. Her tabloid-friendly looks and ease in front of the camera gained her a part-time post as a reporter for Leslie's friends Richard and Judy, undertaking occasional projects while continuing her job as a nurse.

Glamour career

Titmuss undertook a series of interviews promoting her image as a real sex star and Britain's #1 pinup, after a sex tape of her was released which allegedly involves John Leslie. In her own words to The Sunday Mirror she stated: "I'm not like those glamour girls who say: 'I'm really dirty, I'm really bad', then just pose around. I really am dirty and bad - I love sex."[3]

She took up presenting on pornographic channel Television X, released a fitness video, authored an erotic novel published by Black Lace, and made personal appearances in nightclubs all over the UK and Ireland. After a photo shoot opportunity offered by FHM of a two page spread, she eventually was featured in a three page spread and made the cover. In the following year, she made 38 front page appearances in 2004 and 2005 for many UK men's magazines, such as FHM , Nuts, Zoo Weekly, Loaded, GQ and Maxim magazines, others such as The Sunday Times Style and topless on page 3 of several tabloid newspapers including The Sun, The News Of The World, The Daily Mirror, The People and Daily Star - each photoshot made her a minimum of £20,000 per session. Titmuss was voted by readers as #7 in FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005, and wrote a regular sex advice column for the magazine. In December 2004, Titmuss appeared on the front cover of FHM magazine with Victoria Silvstedt. At the height of her fame in 2004/5, she could command up to £30,000 a day for appearing on the front page of Nuts or Zoo.[4]

She appeared on ITV1's Celebrity Love Island. Her other television work includes training as a chef on the 2004 series of Hell's Kitchen, and in 2005, she appeared on Channel 4's The Friday Night Project as a regular guest feature, and in "Abi Titmuss: A Modern Day Morality Tale", a fly-on-the-wall documentary for Channel 4. She has also starred on Channel 4's Come Dine With Me.

In 2005, Titmuss appeared in a high fashion shoot in Pop magazine, which commented on her status as the Face of 21st century celebrity.

After taking a break from modelling work, Titmuss relaunched her glamour career as a brunette with an appearance on the cover of Zoo magazine and the sale of the official Abi Titmuss Calendar 2007.

On 25 April 2007, it was announced that Titmuss had made an appearance for a third year running in FHM's annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World readers' poll, at #80 (#7 in 2005, #95 in 2004), however Titmuss has recently announced her intention to take a break from the world of glamour modelling.

Titmuss returned to glamour modelling with a new Nuts shoot in April 2009.

Acting career

After taking a short course at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Titmuss made her West End acting debut in March 2006 playing a prostitute with a multiple personality disorder in Two Way Mirror by Arthur Miller, at the Courtyard Theatre in Kings Cross.

In 2006, Titmuss filmed a small role in the major motion picture Goal! 2. She was also offered a role in a remake of Galaxy of Terror, a 1980 horror movie set on an alien planet. She turned it down upon learning that her character would be molested and eaten by a giant moth.

Titmuss was due to have been the subject of a theatre production in a musical satire entitled Being Abi, performed by students in her home county of Lincolnshire. Devised by pupils at Boston College in May 2006, it was scheduled for a three-day run before being cancelled by two of the performers' concerned parents, who objected to some of the production's content.[5]

In February 2007, Titmuss won a Fringe Report Award for Best West End Debut for her role in Two Way Mirror.[6]

She appeared as a celebrity on reality series Deadline with Janet Street Porter as an editor on ITV2. The show followed a number of celebrities as they attempted to produce a celebrity-based magazine each week, published as a supplement to Closer magazine. Titmuss was the fourth celebrity to be sacked from the show. She has previously guest-presented shows on Virgin Radio, MTV and LBC radio.

Titmuss appeared in the second series premiere of Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, which aired 30 April 2007 on BBC Three and as a character called "Gezebelle" in an episode of Katy Brand's Big Ass show, a new sketch comedy series for ITV2.

From 26 February to 23 March 2008, Titmuss appeared in the black comedy Fat Christ at the King's Head Theatre in Islington, London and is due to appear in the touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners.

She has been cast in small roles in British independent films Do Elephants Pray? and Mixed Up. In 2008 she played the role of the 'Mysterious Girl' in Beat 24 Films UK independent feature film 'Frontman' Frontman IMDB Page and Official Site of the film showing photos of Abi on set.

In 2009 Abi was asked to play in John Godber's play 'Up N Under' to celebrate it's 25th Anniversary at the newly refurbished Hull Truck Theatre, Hull. Abi played the role of Hazel the fitness instructor starring alongside Jamie Crossley (former Gladiator, Hunter) and soap actor Lewis Linford (Lee Naylor in Emmerdale)

From November 2009 Abi will be playing in Shakespeare's Macbeth playing the character of Lady Macbeth. The production will begin in the Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft before moving to other East Anglian venues including; The Cut and Halesworth, Bungays Fisher Theatre and Norwich until December 4.[7]

Personal life

Titmuss has dated John Leslie and Lee Sharpe, former Manchester United football star.

Publications

Titmuss produced a book co-written with Jayne Lockwood, published on 7 July 2005 called Ten Fantasies (ISBN 9780753510377), by Virgin Books, in which the content is about her ten most secret (sexual) fantasies. She has banned her mother from reading it. Her memoir, The Secret Diaries of Abigail Titmuss was released by Headline Review on 24 July 2008.[8]

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