Jennifer Ellison(born 30 May 1983) is an English actress, glamour model, television personality, dancer and singer. Ellison, who was born in Liverpool, is perhaps best known for playing Emily Shadwick in the television soap opera Brookside until 2003 and has recently made appearances in many different television shows, and as Meg Giry in the 2004 film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. She is a former girlfriend ofSteven Gerrard, the Liverpool and England footballer.
Modelling and magazine appearances
Ellison is currently featured in Maxim magazine's Girls of Maxim gallery. She has appeared regularly in almost all of the mainstream British "lads' magazines" over the last eight years, though her first appearance was in 1999 in a sexually suggestive shoot for FHM at the age of just 16, under the heading "Jailbait". Recently, Ellison took over a contract with lingerie giant Ultimo for its "Young Attitude" line from fellow model Jordan barely two months after she had been signed on. Though Ultimo boss Michelle More had chosen Jordan for being "sexy, fun and outgoing," she later changed her mind, stating, "Jordan was just the wrong choice for [us]. Jennifer is a far better option and far classier."
Ellison's most distinctive attributes are her large (32DD) breasts, which appear all the bigger due to her small frame. Although she denies they have been augmented in various interviews, there is evidence in recent photoshoots that they have been augmented at some point, with telltale scars visible under each breast. They are often commented upon in the tabloid press, although she has never posed fully topless. In 2008, she won the prestigious Rear of the Year award and Kanye West featured her in his widely read Blog.
Ellison made her international movie debut as Meg Giry in the 2004 film version of The Phantom of the Opera. In spite of this being her debut in a Hollywood movie, Ellison has yet to make another American film. She also starred in the British horror movie The Cottage, which was released in the UK on 14 March, 2008. Music
Ellison has also flirted with a pop rock career. Her first single was "Baby I Don't Care", released in June 2003, which reached number six in the charts. The song was originally released by Transvision Vamp in 1989. The following year in July, after being brought back into the public eye after winning Hell's Kitchen, Ellison released her second single, "Bye Bye Boy", which reached number 13 in the UK charts.
In 2003, Ellison appeared in the travel documentary Jennifer Ellison does Thailand and in 2004 she appeared on the reality television show Hell's Kitchen, which she then went on to win. In 2005, she appeared on the celebrity challenge show With a Little Help From My Friends for ITV.
In 2007, she appeared as a judge on Dirty Dancing - Time of your Life a United States based reality television show for the Living TV network. In December 2007 Ellison began appearing as a guest panellist on the ITV daytime show Loose Women. Ellison has also acted in episodes of the British television series The Brief, Hotel Babylon, New Street Law and The Commander
In September 2008 she appeared in a 2 hour long show, called Ghosthunting with Paul O'Grady & Friends, filmed in Sicily, with fellow Liverpudlians Paul O'Grady, Philip Olivier and Natasha Hamilton. The episode is claimed to be the best episode so far in the series.