The British used to have a vast empire that stretched from one corner of the globe to another. It was so huge that it was said that the sun never set on the empire. Those days are now long gone, as other superpowers have risen to dominate this earth.
Their geopolitical influence may not be what it used to be, but their women certainly still have an effect on the rest of the world. Here now is a list of the top ten most beautiful celebrities in the United Kingdom.
1. Kate Middleton
We all know her as the wife of Prince William the heir to the British throne. Her formal title is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she studied Art History and where she met the future king. The two got engaged in November of 2010, before marrying on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. She already has made an impact on the fashion industry, which the British press termed as the Kate Middleton effect.
2. Holly Willoughby
Willoughby started her career when she was only 14 years old, after talent scouts spotted her at a live exhibition of The Clothes Show. She appeared in magazines like Mizz, More, and Just Seventeen. She then started modeling underwear for Pretty Polly when she was 17. She has hosted TV shows like Dancing on Ice and Xtra Factor. She is the current host of This Morning and The Voice UK.
3. Keira Knightley
She began as a child actress and made her first movie when she was only 10 years old. At 14 years old, she appeared in the prequel to the Star Wars series, entitled Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. After appearing in The Hole, Knightley gained prominence when she starred in the 2002 movie Bend It Like Beckham. The following year turned out to be huge, as she appeared the ensemble romantic comedy Love, Actually and in the blockbuster hit Pirates of the Caribbean. She has also featured in a number of period films, like Pride & Prejudice, King Arthur, Atonement, Silk, The Duchess, A Dangerous Method and Anna Karenina. Her performances in Pride & Prejudice and Atonement brought Knightley acting nominations on both sides of the pond.
4. Kelly Brook
Brook is an advertising model who started her career when she was 16 years old after winning a beauty contest. She appeared in several ad campaigns, including those of Foster’s Lager, Renault Megane, Walker’s Crisps and Piz Buin. She caught a lot of attention after appearing in an ad for Bravissimo, the company that creates bras and lingeries for women with big boobs. She then featured on magazines like GQ and FHM, and even made an appearance for Playboy Magazine. She now has her own line of swimwear named New Look.
5. Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis is a British track and field star who specializes in the 100-meter hurdles and the heptathlon, a discipline that features seven events. She started her career when she was only 11 years old. She holds the national record of Britain for heptathlon, indoor pentathlon, high jump and 100-meter hurdles. Additionally, she was a former European and world champion in heptathlon, and former world champion in indoor pentathlon. Ennis became popular worldwide after the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she bagged the gold medal in heptathlon.
6. Emma Watson
We all know her as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter movie series. Watson started out her movie career with this film franchise when she was only nine years old. Previous to the first of eight Harry Potter movies, Watson had only experienced acting in school plays. The movie catapulted the young girl to stardom, enabling her to earn millions in the process. She has also modeled for Burberry. Watson has also appeared in other movies, like Ballet Shoes and more notably, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
7. Myleene Klass
Klass is a British media personality with Anglo-Austrian and Filipino roots. She used to be with the pop band Hear’Say until the group broke up. Klass has also released a couple of albums on her own, both of which were classical pieces that were put out on the market in 2003 and 2007. She then turned to hosting TV programs, like Popstar to Operastar and The One Show. Her stock really rose, however, when she appeared in a bikini in the reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. She became a sex symbol, with Playboy Magazine offering her a tidy sum to pose nude. The bikini she wore on the reality show was also auctioned off.
8. Kate Winslet
Winslet starred in one of the most popular movies ever made, the 1997 blockbuster hit Titanic. She has gotten six Academy Award nominations and a couple of Emmys as well. She won the Oscars, Screen Actors Guild, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Golden Globe for her 2008 lead portrayal in the movie The Reader. She then won an Emmy Award for television for her role as Mildred Pierce. She has also won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children in 2000. Extremely talented and popular, Kate Winslet is also one of the most beautiful women in her country.
9. Cheryl Cole
Cole initially achieved fame as a member of the group Girls Aloud. The group has had 20 top ten singles, including four that went to number one. She also found success as a solo artist, with three number one singles and several BRIT Award nominations. She is also a noted fashion icon, appearing in covers of Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. She also models for L’Oreal. Cole was also a judge in The X Factor, before quitting the show to become a regular in its U.S. version. She was fired from the show after just one year, however.
10. Pippa Middleton
During the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, it was the maid of honor who caught the eye and fancy of a lot of viewers. That was Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the bride. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Middleton has been getting a lot of media attention interested in her social life.