Model and actress Kelly Brook was born Kelly Ann Parsons November 23, 1979 in Rochester, England. She fell in love with performing at a young age and studied at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
“I’ve loved acting and dancing since I was a kid,” Kelly told UK’s The Guardian. “Before anyone thought I was pretty or before I had a voluptuous figure, that was what I was going to do.”
Kelly’s modeling career began at 16, starting with various advertising campaigns in the UK, and then she landed as a Page Three girl in London’s Daily Star. The Guardian described her look as a combination of pin-up girl and Disney cartoon with big, brown eyes and a wide, easy smile. That look also sparked the interest of GQ, Loaded, FHM, and Playboy.
“You have to use whatever tools you’ve got. You have to run it like a business,“ she told Red magazine. "I’ve got the body, so this is what I can do. And it’s an art form in itself to exploit that on many different platforms, in ways that appeal to many different kinds of people.”
Kelly translated that appeal to British television, first with hosting shows, including The Big Breakfast, and then with reality shows including BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, similar to Dancing with the Stars. Those reality gigs led to small acting roles in TV and films in the early 2000s, including Smallville and The Italian Job. Small roles led to bigger ones, including a recurring role on the British comedy series Moving Wallpaper and a starring role in the horror comedy remake Piranha 3D.
In 2015, she landed a lead role on NBC’s new series One Big Happy, the story of a lesbian who’s having a baby with her male best friend. Kelly plays the guy’s sexy British girlfriend. “The whole premise of the show is just to kind of show people that nowadays, what is a kind of conventional family?” she told Huffington Post. “It can be pretty much anything.”
In addition to all her acting and modeling success, Kelly is also a shareholder in a top London bar, Steam and Rye, has her own line of swimwear, has launched a clothing collection for UK retailer Simply Be, and written an autobiography.
Over the years, Kelly has dated a number of famous blokes including actor Jason Statham, actor Billy Zane, rugby player Thom Evans, and British TV personality David McIntosh.