After leaving school in Rochester, Kelly Brook studied at the
Italia Conti stage school in London for three years before
becoming a professional model.
Kelly Brook is currently engaged to actor Billy Zane, having previously dated actor Jason Statham.
Kelly Brook's modelling career began at 16 after winning a beauty competition, her early work was in a range of advertising campaigns, including for the new "Bravissimo" company that specializes in bras and lingerie for full-figured women, and for Foster's beer. Brook is 5 feet, 8 inches (172 cm) tall, and her voluptuous figure (Brook's bust measures 32E) caught the eye of the editorial team of the Daily Star who began featuring her as a page three girl.
Kelly Brook's picture soon began appearing in other lad mags such as FHM (repeatedly landing in its list of the "100 S--iest Women of the Year") and Loaded. She topped the 'FHM 100 S--iest Women in the World 2005' list, which was said to have polled 15 million people. In a poll over 5000 women in April 2005 for Grazia magazine she was considered to have the best British female body. She ranked 5th at 'FHM 100 S--iest Women in the World 2006' list.
Brook has also done a large amount of commercial swimwear, sportswear, and hosiery modeling, and a limited amount of nude & semi-nude modeling. Recent modeling work for Triumph Bras caused quite a stir because of specially commissioned 50-foot high billboards of Brook's bust.
By 1997, still barely 18, Kelly started getting work presenting youth television programs on MTV, Granada and Trouble TV.
Kelly Brook's big break into mainstream presenting came in January 1999 when she was chosen to replace Denise van Outen as the female half of The Big Breakfast presenting team, alongside Johnny Vaughan. Brook remained for half a year and then parted company with the show in July 1999 under unclear circumstances. Initial reports suggested that she had resigned, but later it was suggested that in fact Brook had been sacked, and only learned about it while vacationing. In either case, most television reviewers said that Brook was too inexperienced for the role, and cited a leaked memo from the production staff to the show's writers, recommending that they avoid giving her "difficult words" in her scripts. Vaughan, in an interview with Heat, condemned these attacks as inaccurate and vindictive, especially towards a young presenter. Brook appeared presenting again on national TV in 2005 in Celebrity Love Island, with Irish comedian Patrick Kielty, and her hosting abilities were slated once again by TV critics.
Brook picked up roles presenting for MTV again.
Kelly Brook has appeared in minor roles in a string of movies including Sorted and Ripper. She played the girlfriend of Clark Kent/Superman's best friend Lex Luthor in four episodes of Warner Brothers' Smallville during the show's first season (2001 - 2002). She has also completed assignments as a movie actress in Canada and made a short appearance as Lyle's girlfriend in the 2003 movie The Italian Job. In 2004 she played character Nikki Morris in the video game Need for Speed Underground 2, alongside playmate Brooke Burke. Brook first starring role was in School for Seduction, a 2004 film.
In 2005 Kelly appeared in the Philippe Vidal film House of 9, a thriller about nine seemingly unconnected strangers captured and locked in a house together. The people are forced to compete against one another, in order to survive.
Kelly Brook recently starred in a Miss Marple drama on ITV. She caused a minor controversy over her most recent film Survival Island (previously known as Three), in which she co-starred with fiancé Zane, when Brook and Zane requested her nude scenes be excised from the final cut, which the producers refused to do.
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