| | Jennifer Ellison
Jennifer Ellison (born May 30, 1983) is an English actress, glamour model, television personality, dancer and singer. Ellison, who was born in Liverpool, is perhaps best known for playing Emily Shadwick in the television soap opera Brookside until 2003, though since then her regular photoshoots in men's magazines have kept her in the public eye. She is renowned for having a large bust and has recently made appearances in many different television shows.
Ellison's acting career started in 1998 with her role as Emily Shadwick on the British soap opera, Brookside Her surname changed to O'Leary when her character married Timothy 'Tinhead' O'Leary. Her stay in Brookside ended in 2003. The same year Ellison ventured into film, where she played Meg Giry, Christine Daae's friend and Madame Giry's daughter, in Joel Schumacher's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Ellison has also recently appeared in an episode of the ITV legal drama The Brief.
In 2007, Ellison has appeared in episodes of the British television shows New Street Law and Hotel Babylon for the BBC and has begun work on the British film The Be All And End All opposite John Thompson and Liza Tarbuck.
It was announced in 2005, that Ellison was to act in the lead role in the horror film The Cottage, Ellison was also cast as Cleopatra in a contemporary film version of the Caesar and Cleopatra story.
Modelling and magazine appearances
Ellison is currently featured in Maxim magazine's Girls of Maxim gallery. She has appeared regularly in almost all of the mainstream British "lads' magazines" over the last five years, though her first appearance was in 1999 in a sexually suggestive shoot for FHM at the age of only 16, under the heading "Jailbait". Recently, Ellison took over a contract with lingerie giant Ultimo for its "Young Attitude" line from fellow model Jordan barely two months after she had been signed on. Though Ultimo boss Michelle More had chosen Jordan for being "sexy, fun and outgoing," she later changed her mind, stating, "Jordan was just the wrong choice for [us]. Jennifer is a far better option and far classier." In 2005 Ellison was voted "world's sexiest blonde" by readers of the UK magazine, Nuts, beating model Victoria Silvstedt, who came second, and pop superstar Britney Spears, who was voted third. Ellison is also a regular in the yearly FHM "100 Sexiest Women in the World" feature. She first appeared in 2003 at number 50, then at number 40 in 2004, and by 2005 she was at number 23. In FHM's current 2006 poll, Ellison is 21
Since the age of three years old, Ellison has trained as a dancer. She started off at a dance school in Liverpool, but then moved to a dance school in St.Helens, Elizabeth Hill School Of Dance And Drama. Her achievements in the field included world titles as well as winning the National Ballet and Modern Dance Championships two years running in 1996 and 1997. She also trained with the Royal Ballet School until she was sixteen.
Ellison had a run in the London West End theatre version of the musical Chicago, and returned from 10 July to 9 August 2006 playing the leading role of Roxie Hart. Ellison was actually supposed to finish on 12 August, but was forced to pull out three days early due to a knee injury. Ellison subsequently toured the UK in Chicago from 25 September 2006 until 5 May 2007, appearing in Birmingham, Manchester, Sunderland (she switched on the Christmas lights there), Nottingham, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent and Liverpool
On October the 1st 2007, Ellison will join the cast of Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre.
Ellison has also flirted with a pop rock career. Her first single was Baby I Don't Care, released in June 2003, which reached number six in the charts. The song was originally released by Transvision Vamp in 1989. The following year in July, after being brought back into the public eye after winning Hell's Kitchen, Ellison released her second single, Bye Bye Boy, which reached number 13 in the UK charts. Her debut album rumoured to be called 'Silent Footsteps' was shelved but a sampler featuring 6 full tracks, 2 snippets and 2 remixes can be found on eBay from time to time.
In 2004 Ellison appeared on the reality television show Hell's Kitchen, which she went on to win. In 2005 she appeared on the celebrity challenge show With a little help from my friends.
In spring 2007 Ellison appeared in the BBC reality TV show The Verdict, based on a fictional courtroom, alongside the likes of Jeffrey Archer and Sara Payne.
She will host Dirty Dancing a new US based Reality TV show for the Living TV network.