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Biography for Sophie MonkSophie Charlene Akland Monk (born 14 dec. 1979 (34 years ago)) is an English-Australian pop singer, actress and model. She was once a member of female pop group Bardot and has since established a solo career with the release of an album, Calendar Girl. More recently, she turned her hand to acting, appearing in movies such as Date Movie and Click.
BardotMonk's professional music career began in 1999 (14 years ago) when she responded to an advertisement at the recommendation of her mother which requested girls with vocal and dance experience. The advertisement was for the Australian TV series, Popstars, a TV talent show which aimed to create a very successful new girl group. Monk, who has been trained in classical and pop singing and has been performing since she was eight years old, drove all night to audition. In one audition, she performed a rendition of Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President", working on her previous experience as a Monroe impersonator at Warner Bros. Movie World. After numerous rounds of singing and dancing workshops, Monk was selected as a member of the group, which was named Bardot.
Bardot became the first Australian act to debut at the #1 position with both its debut single, "Poison", and self-titled debut album. Further singles "I Should've Never Let You Go" and "These Days" followed and in August, the group embarked on its first national tour. Bardot performed at the 2000 (13 years ago) ARIA Awards at which they were nominated in three categories.
In Jul. 2001 (12 years ago), the group released "ASAP", the first single from their second album. Bardot now had more control over their music and image. The single peaked Top 5, as did follow-up single, "I Need Somebody", their most successful single since "Poison". The second album, Play It Like That debuted at #16, achieving gold status. Monk co-wrote the album track "Feel Right" with fellow bandmate Sally Polihronas. In 2002 (11 years ago), final single, "Love Will Find A Way" completed Bardot's string of consecutive Top 20 hits and the group embarked on its second national tour. In May, the group disbanded.
Solo music careerSoon after Bardot's split, Monk began work on her solo career, re-signing a solo contract with Warner Music. She travelled overseas to work with some well-known producers including hit maker Rob Davis (famous for co-writing Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head") and this resulted in two tracks, "Inside Outside", Monk's debut solo single and the album track "Don't Push It". Sophie performed her new single for the very first time in sep. on the grand final edition of the AFL Footy Show at Rod Laver Arena. "Inside Outside" was released 28 Oct. 2002 (11 years ago) and after a week of busy promotion, debuted in the Top 5, spending a total of 12 weeks in the ARIA Top 50, receiving gold status. Monk also co-wrote the B-side "Luv Me" (in dedication to her long-term boyfriend of the time) with producer Shane Monopoly. Adding to her growing profile was her role as model and spokesperson for Expozay Swimwear. Second single, "Get The Music On", became another Top 10 hit, spending 10 weeks in the Top 50. The single's B-side "Shake" was also co-written by her.
In May 2003 (10 years ago), Monk released her debut solo album, Calendar Girl, which surprised many by mixing contemporary pop-dance and funk with classical opera interludes, Monk having been classically trained growing up. Despite heavy promotion including TV advertising and in store appearances, the album debuted at #35 which was seen as a disappointing result. The album's final single, the ballad "One Breath Away", was re-recorded and mixed for single release, peaking at #23 in July, spending only 9 weeks in the Top 100. Despite beginning work on new material in early 2004 (9 years ago), including songs with dance act Rogue Traders, Monk parted ways with Warner Music. The material created during these sessions has yet to surface.
Acting careerSophie Monk has since established herself in Hollywood. Although most of her roles have been reasonably small, she did play Marilyn Monroe for a high-budget telemovie The Mystery Of Natalie Wood (2004, 9 years ago) and starred in the music video "Always" for rock group blink-182.
In Feb. 2006 (7 years ago), she starred in her debut feature role as the flirtatious and seductive 'best man' Andy in the spoof comedy Date Movie. A scene in the movie sees Monk act out a parody of the infamous Paris Hilton (99 walls) burger advertisement, somewhat ironic now since her ex-fiancee started dating Hilton in 2008 (5 years ago).
June 2006 (7 years ago) saw the release of the Adam Sandler movie Click, a story about a universal remote control. The movie debuted at #1 on both the US and Australian box office charts. Monk plays a small role in this film; Stacey, David Hasselhoff's flirtatious, bimbo secretary who she described in an interview as "... kind of a floozy that kind of just works there because she gets around a bit. Another serious character."
In 2007 (6 years ago) she appeared in HBO's Entourage episode "The Day Fuckers", which included a sex scene with Vincent Chase. Also in 2007 (6 years ago), Monk played the role of Cynthia Rose in the dark comedy Sex and Death 101, written and directed by Daniel Waters. The movie stars fellow Australian actor Simon Baker, and Winona Ryder (4 walls), and received a straight-to-DVD release on 5 Mar. 2008 (5 years ago).
In 2009 (4 years ago), Sophie Monk is due to appear in a total of 6 films. In the upcoming Warner Bros. comedy Spring Breakdown she plays "Mason Masters". Monk describes her character as "... the head of the evil girls. I'm like the evil bitch that everyone wants to be like and they all end up hating her." She has confirmed that she is recording three songs for the movie Spring Breakdown and that one of the songs "Candy" will be released as a single to coincide with the film's release. She is also set to star in a similarly named comedy titled Spring Break '83 in which she plays the character Brittany.
Also in 2009 (4 years ago), Monk will appear in the horror movie Murder World alongside Scout Taylor-Compton, as well as the movies The Hills Run Red, Hard Breakers and The Legend of Awesomest Maximus.
Other activitiesMonk has also appeared in an array of commercials and advertisements including Primus Telecom, Diet Vanilla Coke, LG Mobile and 3 Telecommunications. Monk was also the face for the launch of the Biofit Bra by Pleasure State, for which she went on a promotional press tour of Australia. Monk recorded an update of Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" for the promotion, and a music-video style commercial to accompany it was played throughout Myer stores in Australia. The cover was produced by Benji Madden, Monk's fiancee at the time, and was released as a promo single in Myer stores.
Monk also a co-presenter with Perez Hilton at the 2007 (6 years ago) MTV Video Music Awards in Sydney. Monk also hosted the 2007 (6 years ago) AFI Awards, but was heavily criticized for not handling the gig well.
Monk appeared in a series of reality TV styled commercials for MTV to help promote Snoop Dogg (5 walls) for Australian Citizenship. The humorous commercials, that were shot in Bondi Beach, featured Monk living with Snoop and trying to help him adjust to an Australian way of life. His constant cussing at inappropriate times as well as not holding back on conversations of a sexual nature often put him in an awkward position, particularly in one that features Monk's parents coming to visit for dinner.
In Aug. 2008 (5 years ago) she was photographed eating KFC fast-food, despite previously producing several anti-animal cruelty ads and attacking people who eat KFC because of animal-cruelty
Personal lifeMonk was born in England, but her parents moved to Australia's Gold Coast in Queensland. She also spent time at Somerset College and MacGregor State High School. Whilst at MacGregor State High School,she was a School Captain in her senior year (1997, 16 years ago), and was enlisted in the school's CAD (Center of Artistic Development) Program. Prior to, during and after her experience as a member of Popstars, Monk dated Chris Cooper from Tasmania, with whom she split shortly before moving to the United States.
Monk has had a tabloid-reported private life, including a period dating actor Jude Law. Monk started dating Benji Madden in 2006 (7 years ago), but in Jan. 2008 (5 years ago), media outlets reported that the couple had split up. Monk had returned to Australia alone, almost a year to the day since Madden proposed. On Feb. 12, 2008 (5 years ago) it was officially announced by Monk's Sydney agent, Yoon Kim, that "Sophie and Benji have officially split. The decision was mutual and they remain amicable." Three months later, Monk was linked to Ryan Seacrest.
Monk is vegetarian.
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