Lisa Snowdon (born 23 January 1972) is a British television personality, presenter, and fashion model. She was the host of the Living TV reality television show Britain's Next Top Model from 2006 until 2009. She currently co-presents Capital Breakfast on Capital London.
- 2 Modelling
- 3 Acting
- 4 Television
- 5 Radio
- 6 Strictly Come Dancing
- 7 Charitable activities
- 8 Personal life
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Educated at Sir Frederic Osborn School, she gained a scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where her classmates included Naomi Campbell, she auditioned for the Minipops. After gaining too much additional height, and after her parents split up when she was 17, she stayed in London and worked briefly as a dance and yoga teacher.
A fan of Christy Turlington from age 14, she never thought about becoming a model. Spotted by a Premier Model Management agent at age 19 while pole-dancing at a rave at London's MFI club, she was auditioned and signed up. Changing her surname to Snowdon, she started working with renowned photographers and became one of Britain's Top Fashion Models, commanding at peak a £100,000 fee per shoot.
Snowdon is best known for her beauty commercials and high-fashion cover and spread modelling, including cover shots for Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle; she was also the face for Gucci. She went on to be the "elevator girl" for Lynx deodorant (Axe in certain countries) in 2003, appeared in advertisements for Mercedes-Benz, Dove soap, and Kelloggs Special K, and was the face of campaigns for Neutrogena and After Eight mint straws, theTaxiwise safety campaign and numerous catalogues. Her modelling career led to appearances in Maxim, Arena, Loaded and GQ. She featured on FHM's List of FHM 100 Sexiest Women every year between 1996 and 2007 except for 1998.
Snowdon returned to modelling when she became the face and model of Avon lingerie, and is one of the models for the Marks & Spencer autumn 2010 campaign. In 2010 she was the face of Belvita breakfast biscuits, having appeared in adverts for the biscuits with fellow Capital FM DJ Johnny Vaughan.
Her first presenting role was on MTV UK's MTV Select. She would later host a number of other MTV shows before moving to do voice-overs on VH1 and host Lisa Snowdon's All Access for VH1. She took over the role fromLisa Butcher as the "supermodel" judge and host on Britain's Next Top Model. Snowdon left the show to concentrate on her radio show and was replaced by Elle Macpherson as of season six. This later role led to a series of stand-in and guest presenting roles on British terrestrial television, where in June 2007 she guest-presented the BBC's Sunday morning show Something for the Weekend, and, in August, Channel 4's tea time show Richard & Judy alongsideDavid Walliams. In autumn 2007, she was announced as the new co-presenter of Through the Keyhole with Sir David Frost on BBC One. She was a guest panellist on Loose Women in November 2009. She was a guest on the 4th episode of The Real Hustle: Celebrity Scammers where she performed a long con where she had to convince someone that a cheap painting was worth a fortune. The scam was called The Art Attack. Snowdon also appeared as a guest on panel show Celebrity Juice.
At the end of August 2008, it was announced that Snowdon was to be the permanent replacement for Denise van Outen on the London station as co-host with Jonny Vaughan. In January 2010, the pair signed a two-year deal to continue presenting the show. On 1 December 2011 it was confirmed she would remain at Capital. She has been given the nickname 'Eggy' on the show by colleague Dave Berry after her penchant for boiled eggs and the smell they give in the studio.
Snowdon took part in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC paired with Brendan Cole, competing against other celebrities. Despite pulling off a perfect score in the final three, she came third in the public votes and was knocked out of the show. Their performance in the ballroom dances (foxtrot, Viennese waltz etc.) is considered by many to be the best ever in the show.
In 2005, Snowdon became an ambassador for the breast cancer care charity. On 3 September 2011 she appeared on ITV's All Star Family Fortunes as a contestant along with her family. Competing against actor Will Mellor, they eventually won £30,000 for Breast Cancer Care.
In 2008, she participated in a celebrity edition of The Apprentice as part of the BBC's biennial Sport Relief event. In 2010, Snowdon became an Ambassador of Capital FM's Help a Capital Child charity.
In November 2010, after turning on the Bond Street Christmas Lights, she was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with viral meningitis. As a result, she began raising money and acting as an ambassador for the Meningitis Trust.
Snowdon dated fellow model Paul Sculfor, and for 2.5 years rapper David Loeffler of American band E.Y.C. Snowdon was in a five-year on/off relationship with actor George Clooney. The pair met when shooting an advertisement forMartini in 2000, with their relationship well reported in the tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic.