Jodie Kidd

Jodie Kidd

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name = Jodie Kidd

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birthdate = birth date and age|1978|9|25
location = Guildford, Surrey, England
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haircolor = Blonde
eyecolor = Blue/green
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33-24-35 (US)
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spouse = Aidan Butler (2005-2007)
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Jodie Kidd (born 25 September 1978 in Guildford, England) is a television personality and former English fashion model.

Early life

Jodie was a showjumper as a child, she attended St Michael's School, Petworth.


Her paternal grandmother, the Hon. Janet Gladys Aitken (1908-88) married first in 1927 (as his first wife) Ian Campbell, the future 11th Duke of Argyll (grandfather of the present Duke by a later marriage), and third in 1942 Jodie's grandfather, Major Thomas Dealtry Kidd. Her mother Wendy Madeleine Kidd (née Hodge) is a baronet's daughter.

Jodie's elder sister, Jemma Kidd (b. 1974), is the wife, since June 2005, of Arthur Gerald Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, grandson of the Duke of Wellington; she also has a brother Jack Kidd (b. 1973) who was married and has several children.

Her father is British businessman and former showjumper John Edward Aitken Kidd, himself grandson maternally of the first Lord Beaverbrook.


Modelling break

Kidd was discovered whilst on a beach in Barbados aged 15 by photographer Terry O'Neil who introduced her to model agent Laraine Ashton. She was aged 15 when she began her modelling career. Her slender figure led to accusations that she was encouraging teenage girls to become anorexic in an effort to mimic her looks. During an eight month break in modelling Kidd added weight to her tall frame, becoming size eight. cite news
title = Why are they famous? Jodie Kidd
work = The Independent
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date = 25 October 1998
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Kidd's magazine covers include "Elle" in America, Portugal, Italy, Singapore and Sweden, "British Vogue", "The Face" and Comme des Garcons amongst many others.

Later work

In 1997, Kidd played the Lady of the lake in "Prince Valiant" and in 1999, she took on a minor role in the British film "Mad Cows".

In 2003, Kidd launched the Marie Curie Daffodil Campaign which was founded to help cancer patients. The campaign was supported by Yellow Pages.

In 2004, Kidd presented the reality television show "The Ultimate Playboy" for Sky One, was selected for the Maserati racing team and co-founded "Pret-a-Polo", a venture to marry-up polo, fashion and partying with Tarquin Southwell (her boyfriend at the time).

From 2004 to 2005, Kidd was the face of the high-street chain "Monsoon".

Her interest in motor racing took a more substantive turn in December 2005, when with co-driver Fabio Babini she took second place in the Trofeo Maserati race at the Bologna Motorshow.

In recent years Kidd has been seen as an occasional guest and reporter on "GMTV" and "This Morning" and as the host of two series of "Jodie Kidd's Fashion Avenue" for Discovery.

In early 2006, Kidd launched the new online DVLA car tax service. Later that year, Kidd presented "The Ultimate Bikini Guide" for Channel 4 with her sister Jemma Kidd.

Kidd has most recently been seen in a high profile commercial for the re-launched Marks and Spencer credit card and will shortly launch her own range of branded golf shoes.

Kidd co-presented the 2007 Red Bull Air Race World Series for Channel 4 in the UK with James Cracknell. She has also been seen in 2006 and 2007 as part of the BBC's Royal Ascot presenting team, memorably in a double act with ex-jockey 4ft 11in Willie Carson.

In 2008, Kidd appeared on the BBC television programme "Who Do You Think You Are?" and managed to trace her ancestry back to the early 17th century.

"Strictly Come Dancing"

Kidd is currently competing in the sixth series of BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing". Her first live show was 20 September 2008. Her first dance, the Foxtrot was performed in Week 2 on 27 September 2008, as only the men danced on the first show. Despite having a score of 25, which put her 5th out of 8 contestants after the first dance, she was forced to dance-off with Gillian Taylforth but survived with a unanimous decision by all four judges.

Personal life

Off the catwalk, Kidd's hobbies include polo, motor car racing - she drives a Maserati and more publicly, held the fastest celebrity lap in "Top Gear" car show for some time, golf, and horse riding. She has also taken part in several rallies of the Gumball 3000. [cite web
title = Supermodel Jodie Kidd Wins Her First Ever Motor Race
work = Classic Driver
publisher = Maserati
date = 7 December 2004
url =
] [cite news
title = Winter warriors
work = Sport - Golf
publisher = BBC
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After a year-long romance and engagement, Jodie married internet entrepreneur Aidan Butler on 10 September, 2005, at St. Peter's Church, Twineham, West Sussex, but the couple split after just 18 months of marriage. cite news
title = Jodie's marriage falls apart
url =
publisher = Metro
date = 2007-04-23
accessdate = 2007-04-23

On 16 September 2007, an undercover reporter from "The News of the World" released footage of Kidd purchasing cocaine and admitting to using the substance. Following publication of this in the press, Jodie cancelled her attendance at a Fashion For Relief charity event. [ [ Jodie pulls out of charity catwalk event retrieved 11-21-07] ]




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    *imdb name|id=0452249|name=Jodie Kidd
    *fashionmodel|id=Jodie_Kidd|name=Jodie Kidd
    * [ Jodie Kidd's Profile on Merlin Elite Management]
    * [ Jodie Kidd on Fashion Avenue]
    * [ An Article about Jodie Kidd and Glandular Fever Virus]
    * [ Jodie Kidd's Strictly Come Dancing profile]

    NAME= Kidd, Jodie
    DATE OF BIRTH= 1978-9-29
    PLACE OF BIRTH= Guildford, Surrey, England

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