The Early Years

Louise Elizabeth Nurding was born on 4th November 1974 in Lewisham, London. As a child she always loved singing and performing. At the age of 11 Louise gained a place at the famous Italia Conti stage school. Whilst attending this school she became firm friends with Kelle Bryan.

In 1990 Louise was discovered dancing in a nightclub by manager Dennis Ingoldsby. Dennis introduced Louise to sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett, and the three girls quickly became good friends. After about a month Dennis proposed that they formed a group (his plan all along when he introduced the three girls). Louise invited Kelle into this group which later became known as "Eternal". Over the next two years the girls worked together to prepare for their launch.

Eternal Are Born

In 1993, when Louise was 18 years old, Eternal launched their highly successful single "Stay". They followed this with another 5 singles, all of which made the top 20, and a multi-platinum selling album "Always and Forever". Eternal were the first UK girl group to sell over one million copies of an album.

Louise Goes Solo

On 23rd June 1995 Louise shocked the world by leaving Eternal at the height of their success. It was a huge risk for her to take, but one that she made because she had become unhappy as a member of Eternal. The time was right for her to move on.

In September 1995 Louise launched her solo career with the ballad "Light of My Life". She released seven further hit singles, and two platinum selling albums "Naked" and "Woman In Me". Louise also toured the country in the highly successful "No Sweat" tour in 1997.

A Break For Louise

On June 29th 1998 Louise married Jamie Redknapp on Elbow Beach in Bermuda. They had been friends since they were introduced to each other by Robbie Williams whilst Louise was on tour with Eternal. Louise decided that since she'd worked so hard for the last few years as a member of Eternal and as a solo artist that it was time for a break, and a good chance to spend some time with her new husband.

Louise Returns

In 2000 Louise returned to music with her album "Elbow Beach". This album was named after the place where Louise and Jamie got married. This was a very personal album for Louise and she co-wrote all of the songs. The album had two hit singles "2 Faced" (Louise's highest charting solo single) and "Beautiful Inside".

Throughout 2001 Louise presented SM:TV and CD:UK for a total of 10 weeks. Once with Ant and Dec, six times with Cat Deeley in summer then another three with Cat at Christmas.

In 2001 Louise released a 4th solo album "Changing Faces", and the single "Stuck In The Middle With You". Louise toured the country again in 2002 on the "Changing Faces" tour. In 2003 Louise released Pandora's Kiss. This single was released to raise money for the "Tickled Pink" campaign towards breast cancer care.

Another Break For Louise

In early 2004 Louise announced her pregnancy. She gave birth to her son Charley on 27th July 2004. Initially Louise intended to return to music within about six weeks of giving birth, but after having Charley she decided to spend time with her son instead.

Louise Returns

In 2006 Louise was ready to return! Early in the year she changed management to Merlin Elite. Early projects for Louise are mainly TV-based. She may be returning to music eventually, but not until the time is right. She made various appearances on TV shows for different promotions, and was a presenter of the hit TV series "The Clothes Show". She is currently the face of several products: "Safe & White" toothpaste for Boots, Organic Surge for "Think Happy", "Omega 3" by Flora, and Wrigley's Orbit Complete chewing gum.

2007 - Present

In autumn 2007, Louise was unveiled as the new face of Triumph lingerie for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

In November 2008 The Redknapp Family were also unveiled as the Nintendo Wii Family for their Christmas 2008 Advertising Campaign followed by The Louise Redknapp Nintendo Wii Fit Campaign in March 2009.

In 2010 Louise and husband Jamie also fronted a new Campaign by Thomas Cook promoting their Holidays on TV and throughout the media.

In 2009, Louise filmed a follow up Documentary 'The Truth about Super Skinny Pregnancies' displaying the pressures on women to stay in shape during and after their pregnancies.

In September 2009, Louise presented The Farmer Wants a Wife for Five, a relaunch of a series which originally appeared on ITV in 2001. In 2009 Louise was also announced as the face of online fashion retailer Fashion Union.

In January 2010, Louise took over from Amanda Hamilton as the full-time presenter of the BBC Sunday morning programme Something for the Weekend.

In 2011, Louise made her acting debut alongside Ray Winstone as Diana Smith in the feature film The Hot Potato. She also became a judge on the UK version of So You Think You Can Dance, broadcast on BBC1.

Louise launched a cosmetic range Wild About Beauty with make-up artist Kim Jacob.
On 15 August 2016, Louise was announced as a contestant for the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. She reached the 2016 finals with professional dancer Kevin Clifton.

In 2017 Louise was cast for the hit musical Cabaret and performed all over the UK. She also did a special gig for her fans on December 22nd 2017 at London's Under The Bridge venue. The gig was such a success it sold out in 10 minutes! This lead to Louise annoucing her 2018 Intimate & Live UK Tour which will take place in January 2018.

 

Quick Facts

Name
Louise Elizabeth Redknapp
Maiden Name
Nurding
Nickname
Lou
Family
Mum: Lynne, Dad: Tim, Brothers: Sam and Joe
Husband
Jamie Redknapp
(Married June 29th 1998)
Children
Charley Redknapp
(Born July 27th 2004)
Beau Henry Redknapp
(Born 10th November 2008)
Date of Birth
4th November 1974
Star Sign
Scorpio
Height
5 Foot 3 Inches
Eye Colour
Blue-Grey
Hair Colour
Naturally brunette, but usually blonde
Likes
Italian food & clothes shopping
First Hit
"Stay"
(with Eternal)
First Solo Hit
"Light of My Life"
Tours
1997 - 'Soft & Gentle'
2002 - 'Changing Faces'
Fave Singer
Stevie Wonder

 

Awards

2004 - FHM's sexiest woman of the decade
1999 - FHM's second sexiest woman in the world
1999 - In a motorists servey Louise was voted the 'Most Popular Dream Passenger'
1999 - Esquire's Annual Award for 'Woman you would most likely take to a footy match'
1998 - Smash Hits poll winner award for the Most Fanciable Female
1998 - GQ's Service to Mankind award
1998 - Best female solo act at Party in the park
1998 - FHM's third sexiest woman in the world
1998 - Sky Magazine's second most sexiest woman
1998 - Live and kicking hit miss or maybe award
1998 - Variety club's award for best female recording artist
1998 - Brit award nomination for best female solo artist
1997 - Comic relief red nose award for the best female pop singer
1997 - Brit award nomination for best female solo artist
1997 - Smash Hits poll winner award for most fanciable woman
1997 - Smash Hits poll winner award for best dressed female
1997 - Smash Hits poll winner award for best female singer
1997 - Melody Maker's top lass
1997 - FHM's fourth sexiest woman in the world
1996 - Comic relief red nose award for the best female pop singer
1996 - FHM's second sexiest woman in the world
1996 - Sky Magazine's second most sexiest woman
1996 - Smash Hits poll winner award for the best female singer
1995 - Smash Hits poll winner award for the most fanciable woman

 

 

Louise - The cover Girl

Louise has been on many, MANY magazine covers. Here is an incomplete list running up to 2005!

1995
1 Smash hits magazine--- 11---24 October 1995

1996
1 FHM magazine--- May 1996

2 sky magazine---July 1996

3 Smash hits magazine---20---November---3---December 1996

4 Babe hound magazine---Autumn 1996

1997

1 Personal magazine---February 1997

2 Sky magazine--June 1997

3 FHM magazine--October 1997

4 Babe hound magazine---October 1997

5 Computer & video games magazine---December 1997

1998

1 Practical photography magazine---March 1998

2 Look magazine---May 1998

3 GQ magazine---July 1998

4 Esquire magazine---1998

5 GQ magazine---November 1998

1999

1 FHM magazine---August 1999

2000

1 Loaded---January 2000

2 Sunday people magazine---June 2000

3 Seven days magazine---June 2000

4 New woman magazine---July 2000

5 FHM magazine---July 2000

6 Minx magazine---August 2000

7 Saturday magazine---October 2000

8 Looks magazine---December 2000

2001

1 19 magazine---January 2001

2 FHM magazine---June 2001

3 Cosmopolitan hair magazine ---July 2001

4 Maxim magazine---October 2001

2003

1 You magazine---February 2003

2 Company magazine---October 2003

3 S magazine---November 2003

2004

1 B magazine---January 2004

2 Arena magazine---January 2004

3 Now magazine---March 2004

4 Zoo magazine---April 2004

5 Hello magazine---May 2004

6 Your life magazine---June 2004

7 FHM magazine---July 2004

8 Hello magazine---November 2004