Full Abi Titmuss Biography
Abigail Evelyn Titmuss, best known as Abi Titmuss, (born 8 February 1976 in Ruskington, Lincolnshire), is an English glamour model turned television personality and occasional actress.
Abigail Evelyn Titmuss
Titmuss was born on 8 February, 1975. She grew up in Ruskington, where her parents were teachers, and took her A levels at Kesteven and Sleaford High School. She played the clarinet at school. Her parents divorced when she was 17, and her father moved to Argyll, Scotland, where he re-married. She graduated from City University in St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1998, and became a staff nurse at London’s University College Hospital. She also worked at the Royal Brompton Hospital, and while there she was harassed by a senior house officer, Dr. Shibley Rahman, in 2004. After these incidents (which included confronting Titmuss while she showered naked), Dr. Rahman was eventually found guilty of misconduct by a General Medical Council tribunal.
Titmuss met TV presenter John Leslie at a party in pub on Fulham Road in London in 1998. The pair quickly formed a relationship, and Titmuss lived between her student nurse accommodation at the hospital and Leslie’s home in Barnes, south-west London.
In 2002 presenter Ulrika Jonsson released her autobiography, in which she suggested that she had been raped earlier in her career by a now well-known TV presenter. Weeks later, the News of the World ran front page pictures of John Leslie snorting cocaine in a cafe. The following week, pictures appeared in the paper of Leslie, Titmuss and other women taking part in sex-sessions at Leslie’s home, including Lanre Onabowale, posing as basketball player Jayson Blayde, and his girlfriend.
When Leslie was found not guilty, the assumption was that the couple would continue their relationship. However, Leslie’s career had stalled, whereas Titmuss had raised her image to the point where she was offered various television presenting jobs. Her tabloid-friendly looks and ease in front of the camera gained her a part-time post as a reporter for Leslie’s friends Richard and Judy, undertaking occasional projects while continuing her job as a nurse.
She lost this job a few months later, when a menage a trois home sex video of Leslie, Titmuss and another woman (Lady Bree Westmoreland-Smith of Belleview, Michigan) found its way onto the Internet. Leslie and Titmuss immediately separated, and Titmuss insisted that Leslie had released the tape to the press in light of his extreme need to fund his lifestyle.
She took up presenting on pornographic channel Television X, released a risque fitness video, authored an erotic novel published by Black Lace, and made personal appearances in nightclubs all over the UK and Ireland. After a photo shot opportunity offered by FHM of a two page spread, she eventually was featured in a three page shot and made the cover. In the following year, she made 38 front page appearances in 2004 and 2005 for many UK men’s magazines, such as FHM , Nuts, Zoo Weekly, Loaded, GQ and Maxim magazines, others such as The Sunday Times Style and topless on page 3 of several tabloid newspapers including The Sun, The News Of The World, The Daily Mirror, The People and The Daily Star – each photoshot made her a minimum of ?20,000 per session. Titmuss was voted by readers as #7 in FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005, and wrote a regular sex advice column for the magazine. In December 2004, Titmuss appeared on the front cover of FHM magazine with Victoria Silvstedt.
She used her image and status to join ITV1′s Celebrity Love Island. Her other television work includes training as a chef on the 2004 series of Hell’s Kitchen, and in 2005, she appeared on Channel 4′s The Friday Night Project as a regular guest feature, and in “Abi Titmuss: A Modern Day Morality Tale”, a fly-on-the-wall documentary for Channel 4.
In 2005, Titmuss appeared in a high fashion shoot in Pop magazine, which commented on her status as the Face of 21st century celebrity.
After taking a break from modelling work, Titmuss has recently relaunched her glamour career as a brunette with an appearance on the cover of Zoo Weekly magazine and the sale of the official Abi Titmuss Calendar 2007.
On April 25th, 2007, it was announced that Titmuss had made an appearance for a third year running in FHM’s annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World readers’ poll, peaking at #80 (#7 in 2005, #95 in 2004).
In 2006, Titmuss filmed a small role in the major motion picture Goal! 2, but her scenes were cut from the final edit of the picture, which was released in 2007.
In February 2007, Titmuss won a Fringe Report Award for Best West End Debut for her role in Two Way Mirror.
Titmuss has most recently played a version of herself in the second series premiere of Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, which aired 30 April, 2007 on BBC Three and will shortly been seen in an episode of Katy Brand’s Big Ass show, a new Sketch Comedy series forITV2.
Titmuss produced a book co-written with Jayne Lockwood, published on July 7th 2005 called Ten Fantasies (ISBN 9780753510377), by Virgin Books, in which the content is about her ten most secret (sexual) fantasies. She has banned her mother from reading it.