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Kimberley Walsh

Background information
Birth name Kimberley Jane Walsh
Born 20 November 1981 (1981-11-20) (age 28)[1]
Origin Bradford, West Yorkshire, England[1]
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, Model, Dancer, Actress
Instruments Voice, Vocals
Years active 2002-present
Labels Polydor (2002 to present)
Fascination Records (2006-present)
Associated acts Girls Aloud

Kimberley Jane Walsh (born 20 November 1981) is an English singer, dancer, model and actress best known for her work with girl group Girls Aloud. She also fronts the 2009 Autumn/Winter collection for the fashion chain New Look.

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Early Life

Walsh was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire to Diane and John Walsh. She grew up with elder sister Sally, younger brother Adam and younger sister Amy[1] in the suburb of Allerton. Walsh's eldest sister, Sally, appeared on the soap opera, Emmerdale, between 1997 and 2000, playing the role of Lyn Hutchinson.[1]

Walsh attended Sandy Lane First School, Stoney Lee Middle School and Beckfoot Grammar School, and had her first taste of fame starring in an advert as a child along with sister Sally in a George for ASDA advert. She starred as Young Cosette in the West End production of Les Misérables and starred in ITV's The Book Tower.[2] Walsh also attended the Bradford based theatre school Stage 84 for many years and was also, briefly, a teacher there.

Career

Kimberly Walsh during the early years of Girls Aloud (2004)

In 2000 she appeared in the television series This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper as Gillian Oldfield, and in the same year she starred in a BBC Educational Schools programme called Focus. In 2001, Walsh played Tracy in Dream Back. In 2008 she and fellow band mate Nicola Roberts had a small part in Britannia High.

Kimberley climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in an event arranged by Gary Barlow in March 2009.[3] Also participating in the event were fellow Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole, Alesha Dixon, Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, Chris Moyles, Ben Shephard, Ronan Keating and Gary Barlow.

Between 3 February and 23 March 2009, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Cole, Gary Barlow, Chris Moyles and Fearne Cotton will also raise money for Comic Relief by providing the voice for the BT Speaking Clock.[3]

As of August 26, 2009, she is modeling for the clothing line New Look following in the footsteps of Lily Allen and Alexa Chung.[4]

Walsh appeared in Let's Dance for Sport Relief as a panelist and also fronted coverage of the BAFTA Awards for MTV on her own programme Kimberley Walsh At The BAFTAS in 2010. She also presented coverage for The X Factor live from South Shields on the day of the final in 2009 for Joe McElderry

Personal life

Walsh previously dated footballer Martin Pemberton for two and a half years. In an extract from Dreams that Glitter - Our Story, she described him as her 'first love'. The couple decided to split due to them living too far apart and having busy work schedules.[5]

Walsh is currently living with Triple 8 singer Justin Scott,[2] and has been dating him for six years.[6] Rumours have circulated about the couple's engagement and Paul O'Grady approached the subject in a December 2008 interview on his show. Cheryl Tweedy then jokingly hinted at Scott to propose, and Walsh herself stated "I would love to have kids one day, I am getting broody...[but] I am not married yet so maybe we'll go one step at a time". [2]

She placed number 37 in FHM’s annual list of "100 Sexiest Woman in the World"in 2009 ahead of fellow bandmates Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Sarah Harding who were placed at 57, 58 and 87 respectively.[7]

Walsh also won the Yorkshire woman of the year award 2009 in recognition not only for her professional success but also for her role as celebrity ambassador for the Breast Cancer Haven charity, which has a branch in Leeds.

Cannabis controversy

On 8 June 2006, Walsh publicly apologised for smoking cannabis after being caught on camera smoking a spliff. She immediately owned up to it when questioned about the photo, which was taken on 31 December 2005, whilst she was attending a friend's party. She told The Sun newspaper that she had got caught up in the moment and was deeply sorry, and that she realised what she did was wrong, especially since she is in a position where young fans look up to her.[8]

However, it was reported on 9 June 2006 that Walsh's father, John, denied that she had ever smoked cannabis, and that she was just holding a rolled up cigarette that was not even lit. He also claimed that Victoria Newton at The Sun pressured Walsh into apologising for something that she had not done, threatening that if she did not then Newton would make the story worse.[9]

Despite this, Walsh admitted in an interview with The Times, on 20 October 2006, that she had taken a couple of puffs on the spliff, but claimed that "it hardly makes me Pete Doherty".[10]

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

DVDs

References

  1. ^ a b c d Kimberley Walsh Biography
  2. ^ a b c "Kimberley Walsh covers up her curves in a pretty sundress as she lunches in LA". The Daily Mail. June 23, 2009. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1194904/Kimberley-Walsh-glows-pretty-sundress-enjoys-lunch-boyfriend.html. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Comic Relief is Summit Special". The Sun. February 2, 2009. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/article2195086.ece. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  4. ^ Deborah Arthurs (August 26, 2009). "Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh set to be the face of High Street store New Look, thanks to her 'real girl' appeal". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1209776/Kimberley-Walsh-announced-face-New-Look-thanks-real-girl-appeal.html. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  5. ^ "IT'S GIRLS ALONE". The Mirror. April 2, 2004. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/3am/2004/02/04/it-s-girls-alone-115875-13911270/. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Kimberley Walsh looks a bit too hip in unflattering pant suit". The Daily Mail. August 2, 2009. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1203751/Kimberley-Walsh-looks-bit-hip-unflattering-pant-suit.html. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  7. ^ "FHM's Sexiest Women In The World Poll 2009". FHM. http://www.virginmedia.com/music/pictures/toptens/fhm-sexiest-women-2009.php?ssid=4/. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Kimberley: I'm a big dope". The Sun. June 8, 2006 Kristin &James Happer. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/article51170.ece. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  9. ^ "'My daughter doesn't smoke dope'". Telegraph & Argus. 2006-06-09. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/789774.my_daughter_doesnt_smoke_dope/. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  10. ^ "Girls Aloud: The Trojan Horse of Pop". Times Online. October 20, 2006. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/article606260.ece. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 

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