She studied for three years at the Italia Conti stage school in London, England. Other actors that have attended Italia Conti include Richard Todd, Noël Coward, Stephen Manwaring and Martine McCutcheon.
She has a brother, Damian, who is two years younger than her. Also has a half-sister, Sasha, whom she credits with getting her into modeling.
She started modelling professionally at 16 and starred in her first advertising campaign for Lee Jeans. Since then she's featured in campaigns for Renault Megane, Walkers and Piz Buin. Her first media break came when she was taken an interest in by the British national tabloid newspaper The Star, who still regularly publish images of her to this day. She was then recognized by, and is often featured in, the 'lad's mags' FHM, Maxim, etc.
She attended Thomas Aveling School whilst living in Warren Wood, Rochester.
She has been consistently voted one of England's sexiest women. She was featured as #97 in Maxim magazine's "Hot 100 Women of 2002" supplement. She was ranked #1 in the 2005 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World". She was ranked #71 on Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2005 list. In 2007, she came sixth in a Daily Star readers' poll to find the "best breasts in Britain". She was ranked #8 in the 2011 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
One of her first modeling job was for a then mail order lingerie company called Bravissimo in UK. The company specializes in selling bras of large cup sizes.
She made an early appearance in the public eye advertising 'Deathtrap Dungeon' in 1998, posing in photo-shoots as the heroine. In an interview, Johnny Vaughan recalled how this was how he first met her; his wife made the costumes for Eidos photo-shoots.