TV presenter, model, fashion designer, Strictly winner. Abbey Clancy has come a long way since she first burst into the public conscience in 2004. From high end fashion modelling, to high street clothing ranges, Abbey has successfully established herself as far more than just a pretty face.
2016 was a special year for Abbey as she took on the role of head judge for the brand new series of Britain’s Next Top Model, the show that gave her her big break in 2004. The new series aired in January on Lifetime and a second series followed in March 2017 and has seen Abbey working alongside fashion industry veteran Hilary Alexander, male model Paul Sculfor and celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston. In addition, 2016 saw Abbey playing a cameo role in the massively successful film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Abbey also had the publication of her first novel Remember My Name which was published by Harper Collins to rave reviews.
After coming runner up in the 2004 series of Britain’s Next Top Model Abbey was quickly signed up for her own show on Living TV, Abbey & Janice: Beauty & The Best and more TV work followed. Autumn 2007 saw Abbey enroll in ITV’s primetime reality series, Hell’s Kitchen. With Marco Pierre White teaching the contestants the art of cordon bleu cooking, she proved a huge hit in the series, winning over both viewers and the UK media alike.
In 2008 Abbey took on her first presenting role on ITV2’s The Fashion Show and in 2010 she co-hosted James Corden’s World Cup Live for ITV as well as presenting a regular fashion slot on This Morning. From there she went on to co-host the E4 series, Great British Hairdresser, in 2011 alongside celebrity hairdresser James Brown and editor of Glamour magazine, Jo Elvin, in a hunt for the best hairdresser in the UK.
2013 saw Abbey sign a deal with Liverpool-based high street chain Matalan to design her own range of dresses. The first capsule collection was such a sales success that she was quickly asked to continue collaborating with the retailer. In addition, Abbey took to the dance floor for BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, going on to win the coveted Strictly glitter ball in her own inimitable style.
As well as her TV work, Abbey has designed her own clothing and accessories collections with high street retail giant Matalan, which ran for three years. Brand campaigns have included Avon, Reebok and her own jewellery range for Argos. She continues to model and shoot high end editorial with the likes of Rankin, Solve Sundsbo and Damon Baker for magazines from Love and Russian Vogue to Glamour and Rollacoaster.