Lady Victoria Frederica Isabella Hervey (born 6 October 1976) is an English model, socialite, aristocrat, and former "It girl".


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Lady Victoria is the elder daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol and his third wife Yvonne Marie Sutton. She is the older sister of the 8th Marquess of Bristol and of Lady Isabella Hervey. Her older half-brothers were the 7th Marquess of Bristol and Lord Nicholas Hervey, both deceased. Leka, Crown Prince of Albania was her godfather.[1]

For the first two years of her life she lived at Ickworth House, the family seat in Suffolk, before her parents went into tax exile in Monaco. Educated at Benenden School, she spent a gap year in Florence and worked at advertising agencies in London.

Currently single, Hervey has had relationships with several celebrities, most notably Danish restaurateur Mogens Tholstrup,[2] F1 race car driver David Coulthard[3] and Boyzone member Shane Lynch.[4]


Early work[edit]Edit

After turning down a place to read French and History of Art at Bristol University, her mother stopped her allowances and Hervey reluctantly became a receptionist for producer Michael Winner.


Hervey became a part-time catwalk model in a career move she hoped would take her into television presenting, but with her statuesque 6-foot height she took to the career full-time, ultimately modelling for Christian Dior. In April 2000, she and friend Jane Blight opened Knightsbridge fashion boutique Akademi. Frequented by Victoria BeckhamMeg Mathews and Martine McCutcheon, it closed in 2001 with debts estimated at £350,000. Hervey was reportedly only £20 out of pocket by the business failure but in the year following the closure, Hervey owed a series of personal debts.[5][6] More recently, as of 2012, it has been reported that she has taken the position as Events and Society Editor for "The Untitled Magazine", a bi-annual cultural title fusing Fashion and Entertainment. [7]

Diarist/public figure[edit]Edit

It was during the launch phase of Akademi that Hervey wore a risque dress to a party, which garnered high tabloid press attention. With no It girl to fill the gossip columns left empty by the cocaine-fueled downfall ofTara Palmer-Tomkinson, Hervey became the new press It girl. The party invitations and resulting photographs made her a staple of the British photo-tabloids and cover girl for men's magazines. Hervey added to her own media publicity by penning the "Party Animal" diary column in The Sunday Times.


In December 2003, Hervey secured a small part in the 2004 American film RX opposite Colin Hanks (son of Tom Hanks) as a waitress in a diner.[8]


In October 2004, Hervey appeared on The Farm, a Five version of the RTÉ show Celebrity Farm. In July 2006, she appeared in the ITV show Love Island. On 18 September 2007, she appeared on ITV's Don't Call Me Stupid program, where she was asked to learn about the Labour Party Movement with George Galloway. Regarding the homeless, The Daily Telegraph quoted Hervey as saying, "It's so bad being homeless in winter. They should go somewhere warm like the Caribbean where they can eat fresh fish all day."[9] She is due to appear in upcoming Living TV show Party Wars.

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