The Early Years
Louise Elizabeth Nurding was born on 4th November 1974 in Lewisham, London. As a child she always loved singing and performing. At the age of 11 Louise gained a place at the famous Italia Conti stage school. Whilst attending this school she became firm friends with Kelle Bryan.
In 1990 Louise was discovered dancing in a nightclub by manager Dennis Ingoldsby. Dennis introduced Louise to sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett, and the three girls quickly became good friends. After about a month Dennis proposed that they formed a group (his plan all along when he introduced the three girls). Louise invited Kelle into this group which later became known as "Eternal". Over the next two years the girls worked together to prepare for their launch.
Eternal Are Born
In 1993, when Louise was 18 years old, Eternal launched their highly successful single "Stay". They followed this with another 5 singles, all of which made the top 20, and a multi-platinum selling album "Always and Forever". Eternal were the first UK girl group to sell over one million copies of an album.
Louise Goes Solo
On 23rd June 1995 Louise shocked the world by leaving Eternal at the height of their success. It was a huge risk for her to take, but one that she made because she had become unhappy as a member of Eternal. The time was right for her to move on.
In September 1995 Louise launched her solo career with the ballad "Light of My Life". She released seven further hit singles, and two platinum selling albums "Naked" and "Woman In Me". Louise also toured the country in the highly successful "No Sweat" tour in 1997.
A Break For Louise
On June 29th 1998 Louise married Jamie Redknapp on Elbow Beach in Bermuda. They had been friends since they were introduced to each other by Robbie Williams whilst Louise was on tour with Eternal. Louise decided that since she'd worked so hard for the last few years as a member of Eternal and as a solo artist that it was time for a break, and a good chance to spend some time with her new husband.
In 2000 Louise returned to music with her album "Elbow Beach". This album was named after the place where Louise and Jamie got married. This was a very personal album for Louise and she co-wrote all of the songs. The album had two hit singles "2 Faced" (Louise's highest charting solo single) and "Beautiful Inside".
Throughout 2001 Louise presented SM:TV and CD:UK for a total of 10 weeks. Once with Ant and Dec, six times with Cat Deeley in summer then another three with Cat at Christmas.
In 2001 Louise released a 4th solo album "Changing Faces", and the single "Stuck In The Middle With You". Louise toured the country again in 2002 on the "Changing Faces" tour. In 2003 Louise released Pandora's Kiss. This single was released to raise money for the "Tickled Pink" campaign towards breast cancer care.
Another Break For Louise
In early 2004 Louise announced her pregnancy. She gave birth to her son Charley on 27th July 2004. Initially Louise intended to return to music within about six weeks of giving birth, but after having Charley she decided to spend time with her son instead.
In 2006 Louise was ready to return! Early in the year she changed management to Merlin Elite. Early projects for Louise are mainly TV-based. She may be returning to music eventually, but not until the time is right. She made various appearances on TV shows for different promotions, and was a presenter of the hit TV series "The Clothes Show". She was the face of several products including: "Safe & White" toothpaste for Boots, Organic Surge for "Think Happy", "Omega 3" by Flora, and Wrigley's Orbit Complete chewing gum.
2007 - 2017
In autumn 2007, Louise was unveiled as the new face of Triumph lingerie for 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Louise hosted The Clothes Show and ITV2’s Soccer Aid in 2006 and 2008, and in the same year was a member of the winning girls team on ‘Sport Relief Does The Apprentice’.
In November 2008 The Redknapp Family were also unveiled as the Nintendo Wii Family for their Christmas 2008 Advertising Campaign followed by The Louise Redknapp Nintendo Wii Fit Campaign in March 2009.
In 2010 Louise and husband Jamie also fronted a new Campaign by Thomas Cook promoting their Holidays on TV and throughout the media.
In 2009, Louise filmed a follow up Documentary 'The Truth about Super Skinny Pregnancies' displaying the pressures on women to stay in shape during and after their pregnancies.
In September 2009, Louise presented The Farmer Wants a Wife for Five, a relaunch of a series which originally appeared on ITV in 2001. In 2009 Louise was also announced as the face of online fashion retailer Fashion Union.
In January 2010, Louise took over from Amanda Hamilton as the full-time presenter of the BBC Sunday morning programme Something for the Weekend.
In 2011, Louise made her acting debut alongside Ray Winstone as Diana Smith in the feature film The Hot Potato. She also became a judge on the UK version of So You Think You Can Dance, broadcast on BBC1.
Later in 2011, Louise became the face and hair of Schwarzkopf’s permanent home hair colour range, LIVE Salon Style and visited Uganda for Comic Relief in the same year. Louise also helped launch Sport Relief 2012, encouraging people to run 1, 3 or 6 miles for charity. also joining the panel as a guest judge for the High Street Fashion awards for ITV’s Lorraine
In summer 2013, Louise co-presented Ch4’s, ‘How Not To Get Old’, alongside Anna Richardson. Louise tested a wide variety of natural anti-ageing methods from unique facial exercises to youth boosting hair and make-up tips. Later that year, Louise became the face of Tu for Sainsbury’s Wear It Your Way campaign, and Dixons for their Christmas Gift Guide campaign. 2013 also saw Louise launch style blog ‘A Style Album’ with friend and fellow fashionista, Emma Thatcher.
Louise continued her success in 2014 partnering again with Tu for Sainsbury’s. In 2015 Louise partnered again with Wilkinson Sword for their ‘Little Things’ ‘TV’ ad campaign, along with Listerine to launch its Advanced White mouthwash, exclusively selecting lipstick shades from her Wild About Beauty range to make smiles look even whiter. Louise also launched the Argos Toy Exchange in association with Barnados to encourage the public to donate their pre-loved toys. Louise hosted the countdown of Disney’s Greatest Songs for Sky and also made ‘TV’ appearances on Celebrity Juice, The Xtra Factor and Strictly It Takes Two.
Louise later teamed up with Dolmio to launch the ‘Tech Free Tables’ campaign, encouraging families and offering tips for device free family mealtimes. Louise also became the face of Mecca Bingo, fronting their new marketing campaign where Louise can be found in Mecca’s nationwide ‘TV’ advert. On 15 August 2016, Louise was announced as a contestant for the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. She reached the 2016 finals with professional dancer Kevin Clifton.
In 2017 Louise was cast for the hit musical Cabaret and performed all over the UK. She also did a special gig for her fans on December 22nd 2017 at London's Under The Bridge venue. The gig was such a success it sold out in 10 minutes!
2018 - Present
After the success of Under The Bridge selling out so quickly, Louise annouced her 2018 Intimate & Live UK tour which will take place in January 2018. After completing her tour (Click here to see pictures of each venue on the tour) it was announced she has signed with Warner Chappell.
She is currently working on a new album set to be released later this year.
- Louise Elizabeth Redknapp
- Maiden Name
- Mum: Lynne, Dad: Tim, Brothers: Sam and Joe
- Charley Redknapp
(Born July 27th 2004)
- Beau Henry Redknapp
(Born 10th November 2008)
- Date of Birth
- 4th November 1974
- Star Sign
- Early Ambitions
- To be a Singer or a Lawyer
- 5' 4"
- Past Cars
- 1st VW Beetle
2nd Suzuki Cappuccino
3rd BMW 3 Series
- Eye Colour
- Hair Colour
- Italian food & clothes shopping
- First Hit
- First Solo Hit
- "Light of My Life"
- 1997 - 'Soft & Gentle'
2002 - 'Changing Faces'
2018 - 'Intimate & Live'
- Fave Singer
- Stevie Wonder
- 2004 - FHM's sexiest woman of the decade 2002 - FHM Sexiest Woman In The World - 22nd
2001 - FHM Sexiest Woman In The World - 14th
2000 - FHM Sexiest Woman In The World - 9th (Male Vote)
2000 - FHM Sexiest Woman In The World - 43rd (Female Vote)
1999 - FHM Sexiest Woman In The World - 2nd (Male Vote)
1999 - FHM Sexiest Woman In The World - 7th (Female Vote)
1999 - Esquire magazine woman you would most likely take to a football match
1999 - FHM's second sexiest woman in the world
1999 - In a motorists servey Louise was voted the 'Most Popular Dream Passenger'
1999 - Esquire's Annual Award for 'Woman you would most likely take to a footy match'
1998 - Smash Hits poll winner award for the Most Fanciable Female
1998 - Smash Hits Poll Winners Awards Nominations - Best Female Solo Singer, Princess Of Pop, Best Dressed Female, Best Female Haircut
1998 - GQ's Service to Mankind award
1998 - Best female solo act at Party in the park
1998 - FHM's third sexiest woman in the world
1998 - Sky Magazine's second most sexiest woman
1998 - Party In The Park, Hyde Park, London Best Female Solo Act
1998 - Live and kicking hit miss or maybe award
1998 - Variety club's award for best female recording artist
1998 - Brit award nomination for best female solo artist
1997 - Comic relief red nose award for the best female pop singer
1997 - Brit award nomination for best female solo artist
1997 - Noel's House Party Gotcha
1997 - Smash Hits poll winner award for most fanciable woman
1997 - Smash Hits poll winner award for best dressed female
1997 - Smash Hits poll winner award for best female singer
1997 - Melody Maker's top lass
1997 - FHM's fourth sexiest woman in the world
1996 - Comic relief red nose award for the best female pop singer
1996 - FHM's second sexiest woman in the world
1996 - Sky Magazine's second most sexiest woman
1996 - Smash Hits poll winner award for the best female singer
1995 - Smash Hits poll winner award for the most fanciable woman
Louise - The cover Girl
Louise has been on many magazine covers. Here is an incomplete list running up to 2004.
1 Smash hits magazine 11 24 October 1995
1 FHM magazine May 1996
2 sky magazine July 1996
3 Smash hits magazine 20 November 3 December 1996
4 Babe hound magazine Autumn 1996
1 Personal magazine February 1997
2 Sky magazine--June 1997
3 FHM magazine--October 1997
4 Babe hound magazine October 1997
5 Computer & video games magazine December 1997
1 Practical photography magazine March 1998
2 Look magazine May 1998
3 GQ magazine July 1998
4 Esquire magazine 1998
5 GQ magazine November 1998
1 FHM magazine August 1999
1 Loaded January 2000
2 Sunday people magazine June 2000
3 Seven days magazine June 2000
4 New woman magazine July 2000
5 FHM magazine July 2000
6 Minx magazine August 2000
7 Saturday magazine October 2000
8 Looks magazine December 2000
1 19 magazine January 2001
2 FHM magazine June 2001
3 Cosmopolitan hair magazine July 2001
4 Maxim magazine October 2001
1 You magazine February 2003
2 Company magazine October 2003
3 S magazine November 2003
1 B magazine January 2004
2 Arena magazine January 2004
3 Now magazine March 2004
4 Zoo magazine April 2004
5 Hello magazine May 2004
6 Your life magazine June 2004
7 FHM magazine July 2004
8 Hello magazine November 2004