Birth Date: May 30, 1983
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, UK
Height: 5' 6½"
Quote: "I came out of the womb born to sing and dance. I know people are always going to talk about someone who goes from a soap into music, but I have to follow my heart."
Jennifer Ellison was born on May 30, 1983 in Liverpool, England. Entertainment was in her blood from the very beginning. When she was 2 years old, she was sitting on the counter at a fish 'n' chips restaurant and screamed that one day she would be famous. What she didn't know was that the woman who would be her agent throughout her career was present and noticed the young blonde. At the age of 3, Jennifer began taking singing and dancing lessons. She was such a good dancer that she won national championships for both ballet and modern dance in 1996 and 1997. This led to her snatching the coveted lead role in a ballet production, which was performed before Princess Anne at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End.
Acting was always something she wanted to try. Since the age of 9, she had been writing letters to the producers of the hit British soap opera Brookside to see if there were any roles for her. As expected, all her queries were met with disappointment, but her parents were proud of her drive. In 1998, she was informed by her manager that Brookside was holding auditions for a couple of 14-year-old girls who would portray sisters. Originally paired with an actress with whom she had absolutely no resemblance, she was fortunate when the producers dismissed the latter and matched her with Suzanne Collins.
Not only was she a fan favorite on Brookside, but many guys tuned in just to get a glimpse of Jennifer. It came to a point where there were always two piles of fan mail at the production office: one general Brookside pile and a Jennifer Ellison pile. Thanks to her popularity, Jennifer stayed on the show for five years.
Before her stint on the show came to an end, she diversified her career by modeling. As a matter of fact, Ellison starred in the Marks & Spencer "Relax At Home" lingerie line in 2002.
In 2003, her character was killed off Brookside and she decided to return to her performing roots and give pop music a try. Even though she was initially discouraged, she managed to get a recording contract with East West. Her first single, "Baby I Don't Care," is a new version of the 1989 Transvision Vamp classic and was launched June 16th, 2003. To promote her musical career, she sang before 60,000 people at the Southampton Road Show. Because of her hectic schedule, an album is still forthcoming.
Jennifer is set to appear in the film Hey Mr. DJ and can be seen in The Phantom of the Opera, which was released in December 2004.
Jennifer Ellison Filmography
"New Street Law" .... Bethany Taylor (Episode #2.2, 2007)
"Hotel Babylon" .... Carrie Cottan (Episode #2.5, 2007)
"The Brief" .... Alice Rae (1 episode: "Forever on the Mind" 2005)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004) .... Meg Giry
-- aka Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
"Brookside" (1982) TV Series .... Emily Shadwick O'Leary (unknown episodes, 1998-2003)
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