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Kim Wilde
Wilde performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Kim Smith
Born 18 November 1960 (1960-11-18) (age 60)
Chiswick, Middlesex, England
Genres Pop, new wave (early 1980s)
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, author, television presenter, DJ, landscape gardener
Years active 1980–present
Labels RAK, MCA, EMI, Columbia SevenOne

Kim Wilde (born Kim Smith; 18 November 1960) is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter. She first saw success in 1981 with her debut single "Kids in America", which reached number two in the UK. In 1983, she received the Brit Award for Best British Female solo artist.

In 1986, she had a UK number two hit with a reworked version of the Supremes' song "You Keep Me Hangin' On", which also topped the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. Between 1981 and 1996, she had 25 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK singles chart. Worldwide, Wilde has sold over 10 million albums and 20 million singles. She holds the record for being the most-charted British female solo act of the 1980s, with seventeen UK Top 40 hit singles.

Starting in 1998, while still active in music, she has branched into an alternative career as a landscape gardener, which has included presenting gardening shows on the BBC and Channel 4. In 2005, she won a Gold award for her courtyard garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Early life and career

Marty Wilde (b1939)
Her father Marty Wilde was among the first generation of British pop stars to reproduce American rock and roll

The eldest child of 1950s rock 'n' roller Marty Wilde (birth name Reginald Smith) and Joyce Baker, who had been a member of the singing and dancing group the Vernons Girls, Kim Smith was born in the West London suburb of Chiswick and attended Oakfield Preparatory School, in the Southeast London area of Dulwich.

When she was nine, the family moved to Hertfordshire, where she was educated at Tewin and later Presdales School. In 1980, at age 20, she completed a foundation course at St Albans College of Art & Design.

Oakfield Preparatory School in Dulwich

Wilde released her debut single "Kids in America" in January 1981. An instant success, it reached number two in the UK Singles Chart and scaled the Top 5 in other countries such as Germany, France and Australia. Although it achieved only moderate success in the US, peaking at number 25 when released in 1982, it is often regarded today as Wilde's signature song. Her debut album Kim Wilde repeated the success of the single.

Personal life

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Kim Wilde performing 2018

During her first pregnancy, an old interest in gardening resurfaced and she attended Capel Manor college to learn about horticulture, so as to create a garden for her children. As a celebrity, she was asked by Channel 4 to act as a designer for their programme Better Gardens. A year later, she started a two-year commitment with the BBC, recording two series of Garden Invaders.

Wilde has written two books as part of her gardening career. The first, Gardening with Children, translations of the book were released at the same time in Spain, France, Denmark and the Netherlands, and later in Germany. Her second book, The First-Time Gardener and is a beginner's guide to gardening.

On 1 September 1996, Wilde married her co-star in Tommy, Hal Fowler, they have a son and daughter. As of 2008, Kim's brother Marty is a landscape gardener and her sister, Roxanne, is a backing singer for Kylie Minogue.

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