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Jodie Kidd
Date of birth 25 September 1978 (1978-09-25) (age 31)
Place of birth Guildford, Surrey, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Hair colour Blonde
Eye colour Blue/green
Measurements 33-24-35 (UK & USA)
84-61-89 (EU)
Dress size 6 (US); 36 (EU); 8 (UK)
Shoe size 10 (US); 41 (EU)
Agency Merlin Elite
Spouse(s) Aidan Butler (2005-2007)

Jodie Kidd (born 25 September 1978(1978-09-25) in Guildford) is an English television personality and fashion model.


Early life

Jodie was a showjumper as a child and attended St Michael's School, Petworth.


Her paternal grandmother was the Hon. Janet Gladys Aitken (1908-1988) who married Ian Campbell in 1927. This was the first marriage for both of them. Ian Campbell was to become the 11th Duke of Argyll and grandfather of the present Duke by a later marriage.

Jodie is the granddaughter from Janet's third marriage (1942) to Major Thomas Dealtry Kidd.

Jodie's mother, Wendy Madeleine Kidd (née Hodge), is the daughter of Sir John Rowland Hodge, 2nd Baronet Hodge.[2]

Jodie's father is British businessman and former showjumper John Edward Aitken Kidd, himself a maternal grandson of the first Lord Beaverbrook.

Jodie has an elder sister, Jemma Kidd (b. 1974), who married Arthur Gerald Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, grandson of the Duke of Wellington, in June 2005.

She has a brother, the Polo player Jack Kidd (b. 1973), who is married and has several children.


Modelling break

Kidd was aged 15 when she was discovered by photographer Terry O'Neil whilst on a beach in Barbados. Her modelling career began when he introduced her to model agent Laraine Ashton, so Jodie began modeling at 16 and soon caused an uproar. Accusations were made that promotion of her slender figure encouraged teenage girls to become anorexic when they tried to mimic her looks. Her skeletal figure led to accusations, cause she is tall 188 cm (6'2") and at the time her weight was a mere 48 kg (105 lbs) so one of her nickname was "the locust model". Kidd has admitted to being “a bag of bones” in her early modeling career but has strongly denied that she was anorexic, blaming her skinny physique on a bout of glandular fever. Kidd modeled with the biggest and best in the industry from Capellino to Chanel, Ernesto Esposito to Fendissime, Gai Mattiolo to Ghost, Lagerfeld to Malhas, Monsoon to Motorola and also featured in campaigns for Chloé 'Innocence' perfume and Yves Saint Laurent. Add to that being the cover girl for Elle magazine in Australia, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden and the United States. Jodie Kidd is also a unique example of the multi-skilling modern day woman, fusing the worlds of designer fashion and glamorous sports together. During an eight month break in modelling Kidd added weight to her tall and lanky frame, transforming it and becoming a healthy size eight. [3]

Kidd's magazine covers include Elle in America, Portugal, Italy, Singapore and Sweden, British Vogue, The Face and Comme des Garçons amongst many others.

Later work

In 1997, Kidd played the Lady of the lake in Prince Valiant and in 1999 she took on a minor role in the British film Mad Cows.

In April 2000, Kidd's attempts to land a lead role in the film "Mission Impossible 2" were dashed as film producers considered her stature to be too tall. On trying for "Mission Impossible 2": "Everyone has told me I would look completely ridiculous starring alongside Tom Cruise [at 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm)] because of my height. I have always dreamt of being an actress but agents have told me no one would cast me for a lead role because I am too tall."

In 2003, Kidd launched the Marie Curie Daffodil Campaign which was supported by Yellow Pages and founded to help people with cancer.

During 2004, Jodie presented the reality television show The Ultimate Playboy for Sky One, was selected for the Maserati racing team, and co-founded Pret-a-Polo, a venture to marry-up polo, fashion and partying with Tarquin Southwell (her boyfriend at the time).

In the years 2004 to 2005, Kidd was the face of the high-street chain Monsoon.

It was in December 2005 that her interest in motor racing took a more substantive turn when, with co-driver Fabio Babini, she took second place in the Trofeo Maserati race at the Bologna Motorshow.

Kidd has been seen as an occasional guest and reporter on GMTV and This Morning and as the host of two series of Jodie Kidd's Fashion Avenue for Discovery.

In 2003 Jodie appeared on They Think It's All Over, and despite being a guest she was asked to take part in the Feel the Sportsman Round, along with Rory McGrath. Once she was blindfolded her then boyfriend, the Polo player Tarquin Southwell, came out and despite the blindfold she managed to identify him by smell.

During 2006 she was one of the judges on the BBC "Only Fools on Horses" series which was held to benefit Sport Relief.

In early 2006, Kidd launched the new online DVLA car tax service. Later in the year, she presented The Ultimate Bikini Guide for Channel 4 with her sister Jemma Kidd.

Kidd completed a commercial for the high profile re-launch of the Marks and Spencer credit card and will shortly launch her own range of branded golf shoes.

Jodie was co-presenter with James Cracknell of the 2007 Red Bull Air Race World Series for Channel 4 in the UK. She has also been seen in 2006 and 2007 as part of the BBC's Royal Ascot presenting team, memorably in a double act with 4 ft 11in, ex-jockey, Willie Carson.

Jodie Kidd, Flugtag London, 2008
Jodie Kidd, London 2008

In 2008, Kidd appeared on the BBC television programme Who Do You Think You Are? and managed to trace her ancestry back to the early 17th century.

She is an expert Polo player and often plays for the Apes Hill Polo team in Barbados, where she lives.

She appeared on A Question of Sport on December 21st, 2009.

Strictly Come Dancing

Jodie was announced as one of the sixteen celebrities participating in the sixth series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with professional Ian Waite. In January/February 2009 Tour Jodie danced a Jive and an American Smooth with Ian Waite.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha Cha/"Moulin Rouge" -- Not Judged
2 Foxtrot/"I’ve Got The World On A String" 5 6 7 7 25 Bottom Two
3 Swing (dance)/"Choo Choo Cha Boogie" -- Not Judged
4 Rumba/"I Just Can’t Stop Loving You" 4 6 6 6 22 Safe
5 American Smooth/"Witchcraft" 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
6 Paso Doble/"Song Number 2" 6 6 7 7 26 Safe
7 Waltz/"Sandy's Song" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
8 Samba/"Help Yourself" 3 6 7 7 23 Safe
9 Quickstep/"Mr. Pinstripe Suit" 7 8 9 9 33 Safe
10 Jive/"Great Balls of Fire" 7 7 8 8 30 Eliminated

Personal life

Off the catwalk, Kidd's hobbies include polo, motor car racing, golf, and horse riding. She has also taken part in several rallies of the Gumball 3000[4][5]

She drives a Maserati and is noted for both completing the fastest Celebrity Lap on the Top Gear car show and of holding on to that position for some time.

Following a year-long romance and engagement, Jodie married internet entrepreneur Aidan Butler on 10 September 2005 at St. Peter's Church, Twineham, West Sussex - only for the couple to split after 18 months of marriage. [6]

On 16 September 2007, an undercover reporter from The News of the World released footage of Kidd selling cocaine and admitting to using the substance. Following publication of this in the press, Jodie cancelled her attendance at a Fashion For Relief charity event.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Prince Valiant uncredited
1999 Mad Cows Tracey
2006 Gumball 3000: Drivin' Me Crazy
2008 Who Do You Think You Are? Appears as herself to trace her family tree
2008 Clarkson: Thriller Appears as herself to race Jeremy Clarkson in a Fiat 500.


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