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Kelly Brook
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Brook in 2015
Born
Kelly Ann Parsons

(1979-11-23) 23 November 1979 (age 44)
Rochester, Kent, England
Alma mater Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Occupation
  • Model
  • actress
  • media personality
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Jeremy Parisi
Modelling information
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Hair colour Brown
Eye color Brown

Kelly Ann Parsons (born 23 November 1979), known professionally as Kelly Brook, is an English model, actress, and media personality. She is known for her modelling work in the UK, and in the US for her role as Prudence on the NBC sitcom One Big Happy (2015).

Brook was a co-presenter of the British television show The Big Breakfast in 1999 alongside Johnny Vaughan. She has appeared on numerous British reality shows, including Strictly Come Dancing (2007), Britain's Got Talent (2009), Celebrity Juice (2012–2013, 2015), It's Not Me, It's You (2016), Loose Women (2018), The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off (2020), and The Masked Dancer (2021). As an actress, she has appeared in the films Ripper (2001), House of 9 (2004), Survival Island (2005), Piranha 3D (2010), and Taking Stock (2015).

Brook currently co-presents the Heart London Drivetime Show with Jason King. She also co-presents the National Heart radio show on the Feel Good Weekend on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

Early life

Brook was born Kelly Ann Parsons in Rochester, Kent, 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.

Modelling career

Kelly Brook in 2010
Brook in a campaign for the LG Optimus One mobile phone in 2010

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. Soon after she caught the eye of the editorial team of the Daily Star tabloid, which began featuring her as a Page Three girl.

Brook's picture soon began appearing in other lads' mags such as GQ, Loaded and FHM. A poll over 5,000 women for Grazia magazine considered her to have the best British female body. She was the cover star of FHM's World Cup 2010 special issue, and was on the cover of the magazine in April 2011.

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.

In 2010, she was chosen as the "new face and body" of lingerie maker Ultimo's advertising campaign. 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 produced 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.

Acting career

In 2000 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.

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 mystery survival thriller Survival Island, also known as Three.

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 reviews and commercial success, grossing $83,188,163 on a budget of $24,000,000.

Kelly also played as herself in the 2012 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.

Theatre

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.

In November 2009, she began playing Celia in Calendar Girls at the Noël Coward Theatre.

Brook made a cameo appearance in the cabaret show "Forever Crazy" by Crazy Horse London end of 2012.

Other work

Music videos

In 1997, at age 17, Brook appeared as a nurse in the music video for the KMFDM song "Megalomaniac". That same year, Brook appeared in the video for Pulp's "Help the Aged" with Huck Whitney of the band the Flaming Stars, in a slow dance sequence.

Television presenting

In 1997, aged 18, Brook started presenting youth television programmes on MTV UK & Ireland, 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.

Reality television

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 of cancer, and although she initially decided to continue dancing in his memory, she withdrew from the competition in week nine.

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Brook at the January 2009 London Boat Show

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 2021, Brook appeared on The Masked Dancer, masked as Frog. She was the eighth celebrity to be unmasked in the semi-final.

Books

In September 2014, Brook released her autobiography; it reached the Sunday Times Bestseller list on 21 September. Domestic violence groups criticised her during her promotional tour for laughing about punching ex-boyfriends Jason Statham and Danny Cipriani in the face.

Business

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.

Radio

Since January 2019, Brook has co-presented Heart London Drivetime and Saturday Breakfast with Jason King.

Personal life

Brook met American actor Billy Zane while filming thriller Survival Island in Eleuthera, The 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 reconciled before ending their relationship for good 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. She announced on 1 February 2013 via Twitter that she and Evans had broken up.

In 2014, private photos of Brook and her ex-boyfriend David McIntosh were circulated online.

Brook married her longtime boyfriend Jeremy Parisi in July 2022.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Sorted Sarah
2001 Ripper Marisa Tavares
2003 Absolon Claire
The Italian Job Lyle's Girlfriend
2005 House of 9 Lea
Survival Island Jennifer Also known as Three
2006 In the Mood Eva Short film
2007 Fishtales Neried
2010 Piranha 3D Danni Arslow
Removal Kirby
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Herself
2015 Taking Stock Kate Won 4 awards at the Monaco International Film Festival
2018 Santet Laura

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Fist of Fun Suzanne 2 episodes
1999 The Big Breakfast Co-Presenter Alongside Johnny Vaughan
2000 This Is Your Life Herself 1 episode
TFI Friday Guest Presenter 1 episode
2001 The (Mis)Adventures of Fiona Plum Fiona Plum Unaired pilot
2002 Smallville Victoria Hardwick 4 episodes
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Linda Fashiobella Television film
Tricky TV Herself 1 episode
Celebrity Love Island Presenter
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Elsie Holland Episode: "The Moving Finger"
2007 Hotel Babylon Lady Catherine Stanwood 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Sixth place
Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life Presenter
2009 Moving Wallpaper Kelly Brook Fictional version of herself
Renaissance Samantha Episode: "Moving Wallpaper"
The F Word Herself 1 episode
The One Show Guest, 1 episode
Britain's Got Talent Guest Judge Series 3 auditions
2010 Let's Dance For Comic Relief
2011 Skins Jemima 1 episode
2012–2017 Celebrity Juice Herself 20 episodes
2012 Métal Hurlant Chronicles Skarr / Jen 2 episodes
Lemon la Vida Loca Herself 1 episode
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Anna
Trollied Herself 1 episode
2015 One Big Happy Prudence 1 series
Taking Stock Kate
2016 It's Not Me, It's You Herself Team Captain
Through the Keyhole 1 episode
The Keith Lemon Sketch Show Seres 2, episode 6
2018 Wedding Day Winners
Loose Women Panellist
Midsomer Murders Laurel Newman Episode "Till Death Do Us Part"
The Million Pound Holiday Club Herself TV special
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 1 episode
2019 Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule 1 episode
2020 The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off Contestant
2021 The Masked Dancer Frog / Contestant Fifth place

Music videos

Year Music video Artist Role
1997 "Megalomaniac" KMFDM Nurse
"Help the Aged" Pulp Herself
2013 "Juliet" Lawson Juliet

See also

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