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Kelly Brook (born 23 November 1979) is an English model, actress and television presenter best known for her modelling work in the UK, and in the US for her role in the NBC sitcom One Big Happy, as well as a regular panelist on Celebrity Juice. She has featured as a guest on a number of shows including Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing and The Nightly Show.
Brook has been called a sex symbol and style icon. She was crowned FHM’s Sexiest Woman In The World in 2005 and as of 2015 had appeared in every FHM 100 Sexiest countdown since 1998.
Brook was born and raised in Rochester, Kent as Kelly Ann Parsons, 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 fifteen 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.
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, a company that specialises in bras and lingerie for large-breasted women. Her figure eventually 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. In April of the same year (which year??), a poll over 5,000 women for Grazia magazine considered her to have the best British female body. She also topped the ‘FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World’ list in 2005, which was said to have polled 15 million people. Appearing in this list every year since 1998, she ranked No.34 in 2008, No.67 in 2009 and No.7 in 2010. 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 September 2010, Brook appeared in the American edition of Playboy magazine. 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 produces 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