Imogen Bailey (born 7 July 1977 in Canberra) is an Australian model, actress and singer. She is currently based in Los Angeles and is best known for her role on the long-running Australian soap Neighbours as Nicola West.

Career[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Modelling[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Imogen Bailey has posed nude for Black+White magazine, her personal belief about nudity being expressed by the following words of hers: 'I believe that the human form is a wonderful creation. Any nudity that I have chosen to do has always been beautiful and tasteful." She also appeared as a weekly columnist in Australian Magazine, and Zoo Weekly (from the publishers of FHM), giving advice to guys about their girlfriends posed in her bikini.

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Bailey has competed in several reality shows including Celebrity Big BrotherSkating on Thin Ice and Celebrity Survivor, which was set in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. Bailey placed third on the show which was aired during 2006. In 2005 she appeared in the comic book adaptation of Man-Thing, which was shot in Australia and portrayed a deaf character, Ariel, in the movie 7th Hunt, directed by up-and-coming indie film director, Darren K Hawkins and JD Cohen. Bailey is a participant in the second season of the documentary Go Back To Where You Came From screened on 28th, 29th and 30th August 2012 on SBS.

More notably however, Imogen Bailey's 102-episode stint portraying Nicola West – one of Neighbours' most controversial characters of 2008 – made her a more common name within the young female audience in Australia. Her role of Miranda Parker's younger sister created controversy as her character got involved in many controversial storylines such as the infamous incestuous relationship with her adoptive nephew, Riley.

Music[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Bailey's vocals were featured on the 2003 single "If U Want Me" by UK dance musician Michael Woods. The single made it to number 1 on the UK dance charts.

Selected filmography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Man-Thing Sarah
2005 Feed Veronica
2007 Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest Princess Chamsous Sabah English dub
2008 Neighbours Nicola West 88 episodes
2009 Life of Riley Ella 1 episode
2009 The 7th Hunt Ariel Clarke

Personal life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

In September 2008 Bailey revealed her traumatic ordeal over her battle with anorexia nervosa in an interview with Now magazine: "I went through a minor, but still not very good, anorexic stage and actually got down to less than 40 kg"

Bailey later went for therapy and took up meditation after her family and friends expressed concerns about her health.

In the SBS series Go Back To Where You Came From in August 2012 she surprised her fellow participants by revealing that while modelling and acting in Sydney she had a Muslim Lebanese-Australian partner for 8 years and wore a hijab. "She was a bikini model by day who read the Koran by night. She fasted during Ramadan and even, on occasion, wore a burqa."

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