From running a children’s shop to Strictly, here’s what your fave pin-ups have been up to since the Noughties


THEY once adorned the covers of lads mags in the noughties.

But what are the likes of former glamour models Abi Titmuss, Sophie Anderton and Michelle Marsh doing now?

From an amateur runner to an actress and from an electronic DJ to running a kids’ shop, Sun Online looks at their new-found careers.

SOPHIE ANDERTON – now a fitness guru

Sophie Anderton, pictured at London Fashion Week in 1997
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Former supermodel Sophie Anderton is engaged to Count Kaz Balinski-Jundzill (pictured together)
The former party girl now leads a quieter life in Wicklow, Ireland
Sophie has become a fitness obsessive and has set up her own exercise firm
The former supermodel pictured with her long-term partner in Muscat

FORMER public schoolgirl Sophie Anderton shot to fame in 1996 aged just 19 as the face – and body – of Gossard’s Wonderbra.

She became engaged to millionaire Robert Hanson, 17 years her senior, but the relationship ended by 2000.

In the noughties she was a regular fixture in lads’ mags, appearing on the cover of FHM, Loaded and Nuts.

But it was at this time her private life fell apart and she had string of failed relationships, including with former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.

She later confessed to spending £10million over 13 years on drinks and drugs – and she signed up to reality TV shows such as I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Big Brother and the original Love Island.

She revealed her former cocaine habit cost her up to £1,000 a week and amounted to a six figure debt that left her bankrupt.

Sophie later said: “I was very unhappy [in my 20s]. I had no control over who I was or how I looked…I was terrible at being famous.”

However the 42-year-old Bristolian has now become a fitness guru and is engaged to aristocratic jazz musician Count Kaz Balinski-Jundzill, who was previously married to chef Lorraine Pascale.

They live together at his 1,500-acre Glendalough House in Wicklow, Ireland.

GEMMA ATKINSON – radio show host and Strictly

Gemma Atkinson, pictured on the beach arrival of I’m A Celeb in 2007
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Gemma is in a relationship with dance pro Gorka Marquez, who she met on Strictly
Gemma is pregnant with her first child
Gemma, 34, with dancer Gorka, 28, who she met on Strictly

MANCHESTER-born Gemma Atkinson rose to fame playing Lisa Hunter, the stroppy schoolgirl on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

She also appeared on Casualty and Emmerdale and starred in the rom-com How to Stop Being a Loser.

During the mid-noughties she became a lads mag pin-up, becoming one of the best-known glamour models in the UK.

She briefly dated former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, before getting engaged to footballer Marcus Bent in 2008 (they split up later that year).

Gemma then met martial arts expert Liam Richards, who reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in fighting duo Strike.

They dated for three years and got engaged but called it off in 2013.

Gemma, 34, is currently in a relationship with dance pro Gorka Marquez, 28, who she met on Strictly in 2017. In February this year she revealed she was pregnant with her first child.

The ex-actress now hosts the Hits Radio breakfast show in Manchester, along with Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty.

Gemma has also recently launched her own activewear range, GA by Gemma Atkinson.

ABI TITMUSS – now an actress

Abi Titmuss pictured with former boyfriend John Leslie
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Abi on Celebrity Love Island in 2005
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Abi Titmuss with her husband Ari Welkom, who she met on Days of Our Lives
Abi played Jackie in Days of Our Lives

FORMER nurse Abi Titmuss was thrust into the spotlight when she was pictured with her ex-partner John Leslie outside court when the sexual assault case against him collapsed in 2003.

She was hired as a reporter on the Richard and Judy Show, but was sacked after a sex tape emerged of her with former Blue Peter presenter Leslie and another woman.

When the tape of her having sex with Leslie was leaked, her celebrity status exploded.

At the peak of her fame she could command £30,000 for a single photo shoot and appeared in reality TV shows including Celebrity Love Island, where she enjoyed a brief romance with footballer Lee Sharpe.

She was once placed seventh in a poll of the world’s 100 sexiest women.

However she said: “I was being offered a lot of money to do shoots. I thought I could handle it. But I couldn’t. They created this caricature of a person that I didn’t recognise.

“I was always the same Abigail inside. I studied Latin at school, I’m from a good family. But the image that was created was nonsense.”

The 43-year-old decided to turn her back on the lads mag life and moved to the US where she joined the cast of soap opera Days of Our Lives.

She tied the knot with Days of Our Lives co-star Ari Welkom in May 2017 and gave birth to their first child later that year.

MICHELLE MARSH – running a children’s shop

Michelle Marsh is known for appearing in numerous lads’ mags


Michelle, pictured with her husband Will, opened a kids’ shop in 2012 in Oldham

Dubbed ‘the new Samantha Fox’, blonde Michelle Marsh became a regular in men’s mags including Playboy, Loaded, Maxim and Nuts, and was famed for her 32FF natural assets in the early noughties.

In 2006 she tried to make it as a pop star with her debut single ‘I Don’t Do’ – but it flopped at number 89 in the charts.

Michelle, now 36, went on to perform on The X Factor’s Battle of the Stars in 2008, and appeared on shows such as The Weakest Link, Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Four Weddings.

She married Scottish footballer Will Haining in 2007 and the couple have three children.

The former glamour model opened a children’s boutique store, TillyFlops, in Oldham, Manchester, in 2012.

NELL McANDREW – The marathon runner

Nell McAndrew was a successful model and TV presenter before turning to fitness
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Nell McAndrew is now an accomplished amateur athlete

After hosting dating show Man O Man in 1996 and modelling as a Marilyn Monroe lookalike, Nell became the face of Lara Croft to promote the video game Tomb Raider game in the late 90s.

She went on to model for lads mags before moving to TV where she hosted The Big Breakfast in the early noughties.

Nell appeared on reality shows including I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Celebrities Under Pressure, Family Fortunes and Dancing On Ice.

She later turned to fitness and her time in the 2005 London Marathon was fast enough she qualified to run in the British Championship women’s race in future events.

At the London Marathon in 2012 she ran a personal best of two hours, 54 minutes and 39 seconds.

Now 45, Nell is married to property developer Paul Hardcastle and they have two children Devon, 12, and six-year-old daughter Anya.

LUCY PINDER – actress

Lucy Pinder was voted as having ‘the best breasts in the world’ by Australian men’s magazine Ralph
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Lucy, 35, now runs a podcast called Smashing Sundays

Lucy Pinder was famously voted as having ‘the best boobs in the world’ by Ralph Magazine in 2007 and reached number 16 in FHM’s Sexiest Women list.

Lucy, now 35, went into the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2009 but was booted off in the first week.

She has since become an actress and appeared in a number of films including Age of Kill with former Eastenders actor Martin Kemp in 2015, as well as supernatural thrillers Suburban Fairytale and Fanged Up in 2017.

She now hosts a podcast called ‘Smashing Sundays’ with Beth Granville.

JAKKI DEGG – the electronic DJ

Jakki was voted as The Sun’s favourite Page 3 girl
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Jakki has since chopped off her blonde hair and become an Electronic DJ
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Jakki is now an electronic DJ
Jakki is now a DJ who spends much of her Summers in Ibiza

Jakki Degg was named The Sun’s ‘Best Ever Page 3 Girl’ in 2003 and graced the covers of hundreds of lads mags since.

She later appeared on Is Harry On The Boat? a film based on the lives of holiday reps in Ibiza alongside Danny Dyer, Ralf Little and Caroline Flack.

Jakki also appeared in The Poker Academy, and the American film Eurotrip.

After a decade modelling she quit the industry and, now 41, she is an electronic DJ.

KEELEY HAZELL – auditioned for Fifty Shades of Grey

Keeley earned up to £30,000 a photoshoot as a glamour model
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Keeley Hazell is now an actress based in America
Keeley auditioned for 50 Shades of Grey
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Keeley Hazell won a national ‘Search for a Babe’ competition at 17 and fast became one of the UK’s top glamour models during the noughties.

The brunette, now 32, recently used to command up to £30,000 for one photo shoot.

Her last appearance on Page 3 was in 2009.

She has since moved to Hollywood to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress, auditioning for the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey before it was given to Dakota Fanning.

The Londoner with the classic girl next door looks has featured on the big screen in Horrible Bosses 2 and My Funny Valentine, as well as the hit US TV show The Royals.

In an interview with The Sun: “It is awesome to be regarded as a Hollywood actress and it is such a privilege.

“I feel fortunate to have been able to work on movies and TV shows and I’m so thankful.”

LEILANI DOWDING – show jumper

Leilani represented the UK for Miss Universe in 1998
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Former glamour model Leilani is now a show jumper
Leilani’s career has taken a very different turn
Leilani posted this snap of her with Jakki Degg last week

Bournemouth-born Leilani Dowding became a Page 3 model in 1999 after representing the UK at Miss Universe the previous year.

Leilani, who had started an economics degree at Royal Holloway, later appeared on Faking It, Celebrity Wrestling and Celebrity Fear Factor.

She was engaged to former footballers Mark Williams and Jérémie Aliadière and was briefly married to restaurateur Richard Palmer.

She moved to LA in 2007 and appeared on dating show Tough Love Miami.

Leilani now competes in professional show-jumping competitions, as well as running a clothing boutique and a real estate company in the Hollywood Hills.


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