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Rachel Stevens

   

Birth name:

Rachel Lauren Stevens

Nickname:

Ratz

Born:

9-Apr-1978

Birthplace:

London, England, UK

Gender:

Female

Race or Ethnicity:

White

Sexual orientation:

Straight

Occupation:

Singer, Actress

Nationality:

England

Executive summary:

In UK pop band S Club 7

Height:

5' 3" (1.60 m)

 
 

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Rachel Stevens - Biography

 

Rachel Lauren Stevens (born 9 April 1978) is an English singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, television personality and occasional model. She is a former member, and one of the lead singers, of the successful pop group S Club, and launched a solo recording career in 2003, releasing seven singles and two albums in the UK between 2003 and 2005. In 2008, she came second in the sixth series of the BBC One series Strictly Come Dancing with her dance partner Vincent Simone.
Born in London, United Kingdom to a middle class Jewish family, she attended Ashmole School in London. From a very early age, Stevens was drawn to entertaining people; she started ballet and acting lessons at the age of five. In 1993 she first caught attention while beating out 5000 competitors and winning a modeling contest sponsored by UK teen magazine Just 17.
Following her first modeling jobs, she decided to study at the London College of Fashion (where she achieved a diploma in the business course). During that time she also worked in a film company and later ended up working in public relations, but began to lose interest and decided to pursue a career in singing instead.

At the age of twenty, Stevens became a member of the British pop group S Club 7, which were a BRIT Award-winning British pop group created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller. The group rose to fame via their own BBC television programme and by selling 16 million records worldwide and launching four number one hit singles in the United Kingdom. S Club eventually split up in 2003.
In both 2001 and 2002 she was voted the second Sexiest Woman in the World by UK's FHM readers.

After S Club were disbanded, Stevens signed a £1.5 million ($2.3 million) solo four-album deal with Polydor Records and re-signed with Fuller. Breaking out on her own after success with S Club was hard for Stevens, "I think we ended up conforming to what people's perceptions were," she said about the group. "This one was the ditzy one, this one was the singer, this one was the dancer. And to come out of that and be a whole person has been a real challenge for me. I didn't have my say, really, in the group. None of us did."
Her first solo single, written by Cathy Dennis (who has also written for Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue) and produced by Bloodshy & Avant, "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex", was released in September 2003.
Taking inspiration from R&B music most reminiscent of TLC and Sugababes, and adult-style pop music by Madonna, Stevens's debut solo album, Funky Dory was released later that month. The album was a minor hit, reaching number nine on the UK albums chart. Although the album was not a huge commercial success, it did gain praise from pop critics. Jamie Gill, in a review for Yahoo! Launch, said that Stevens "eschews the cheap and cheerful approach of her old band for a slinky adult confidence and musical eclecticism."
That December, the album's title track, "Funky Dory" was released as the second single. The song was hailed as being sophisticated and sexy, like its predecessor, and featured a sample of the David Bowie song "Andy Warhol" from his album Hunky Dory. Hopes were high that the single would be able to match the success of "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex", but like her album, the single made a low showing on the charts, peaking at number twenty four. The song was given mixed reviews by pop-critics with some calling it "musically better than "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex" with a hybrid of pop, Latin and even a hint of jazz infusion" but not a good choice as a single as it lacked anything special and different, as it did not live up to Stevens's previous single.
In July 2004, Stevens released a brand new song, "Some Girls" which was produced by Richard X. After the commercial failure of both her album and previous song hopes were high for "Some Girls" to perform well on the charts, with critics calling the song her career make or break release. The song became a hit across Europe, and reached number two in the UK. All profits from the song went to the BBC Sport Relief charity. On its release HMV.co.uk called the song Stevens's "finest song to date", and Yahoo! Launch commented "she came to save her career. She ended up saving pop."
Due to the success of "Some Girls", Funky Dory was re-released to include "Some Girls" and another new track, a cover of Andrea True Connection's "More More More". "More More More" peaked at number three in the UK, giving Stevens her third top ten solo single in the UK. At this point, Stevens stepped up promotion, inadvertently earning herself a Guinness World Record for “Most Public Appearances by a Pop Star in 24 Hours in Different Cities” (Seven on 8 September-9 September 2004).
In late 2004, Stevens began working on her second solo album with producers and songwriters Richard X, Alexis Strum, and Xenomania. The following March she released the first single from her upcoming album, "Negotiate With Love". The song was hit in the UK, reaching the top ten.
"Negotiate with Love" was followed-up by the song "So Good", which was released in July and was another success when it peaked at number ten in the UK. It was hailed as a good pop song that was "tastily produced and sassily delivered."
In the summer of 2005, Channel 4 broadcast a documentary which followed Stevens through the summer as she promoted "So Good". After the singles and the documentary appeared, Stevens released Come and Get It in October 2005. The album was, like her previous effort, a minor success peaking at number twenty eight in the UK.
The last single released from Come And Get It was "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)", released in October 2005 the song peaked at number twelve in the UK. The single received some of the best reviews of Stevens's career with it being hailed by HMV.co.uk for its "astonishingly flawless vocal performance" and as Stevens's "most commercially accessible and quirky single since "Some Girls"."
Two years after the album's release, The Guardian placed it in their article "1000 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" list.

In December 2009, Stevens confirmed plans to release a new album. She stated, "It's very early stages at the moment, but I'm going into the studio in the New Year ... all very exciting! I'll keep you all posted with what's going on."

While Stevens was a member of S Club 7, she appeared in five series of S Club shows: S Club 7 Go Wild! Miami 7, L.A. 7, Hollywood 7, and Viva S Club. The group also starred in the feature film, Seeing Double. In 2004, Stevens briefly appeared in Suzie Gold, followed by a minor cameo role in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005).
In 2005, Stevens played a character called "Jane-Mary" in a Spider Man charity spoof called Spider-Plant Man for the BBC appearing opposite Rowan Atkinson. In December 2007 it was announced that Stevens would be transformed into a nine-inch high plasticine character for Glendogie Bogey, a new animated comedy for BBC Scotland. Later in 2005, Stevens also played a minor role in Dominic Veall's ITV television drama Flawless playing Lucy Carlts, the sister of Rodger Carlts.
In January 2009, Stevens was reportedly "in talks" to appear in the second series of BBC One's Merlin.

In August 2008, it was announced that Stevens would take part in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing, which started on 20 September. She was partnered with professional dancer Vincent Simone, and together they hold the record for the most perfect 10s ever achieved in any series of Strictly Come Dancing, thus beating out other contestants including 2007 winner Alesha Dixon and 2008 winner Tom Chambers. They also hold the record for the Foxtrot, Tango, Argentine Tango and Rumba and even though Stevens is perhaps the most successful contestant in Strictly history, she finished in second place.
Stevens and Vincent Simone also took part in the 2008 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special on Christmas Day which saw a four way tie at the top of the leader board by four couples getting 39 points each. Head judge Len made the final decision and decided to put them in order which left Stevens in third place in the leader board. Stevens returned in Series 7 2009 grand final with a group tango which saw her dance with Vincent and alongside series 6 finalist Lisa Snowdon and Brendan Cole.
Stevens and Simone also competed in the 2009 Christmas Special alongside Austin Healey, Chris Hollins, Gethin Jones, Ali Bastian and Ricky Whittle. Stevens and Simone did not win the Christmas Special, however, they did match their score for the rumba (39/40), still the highest score for the dance to date and thus ending the special as runners up.

In her earlier years in S Club, Stevens dated property developer Daniel Cohen for about two years. Following the split, Cohen stated he met Stevens socially a few times after their break-up, adding "she's an absolute darling, someone I haven't a bad word to say about".
On Valentine's Day in 2002, Stevens became engaged to actor Jeremy Edwards. The couple broke up in early 2004.
After the breakup, she dated Gavin Dein, son of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein. The relationship did not last long, with the couple splitting up in August 2005.
In September and October 2006 respectively, Stevens was linked to actor Stephen Dorff and American-based British singer Oliver Trevena, known professionally as Oli T.
In June 2008, Stevens became engaged to boyfriend Alex Bourne in Italy (who had changed his surname from Leigh) after 18 months of dating. The couple were planning to get married in the autumn of 2008 but decided to postpone their wedding until August 2009 due to Stevens's busy autumn schedule training and performing on Strictly Come Dancing. Stevens married Bourne on 2 August 2009.

 

Rachel Stevens - Discography

 

2003: Funky Dory
2005: Come and Get It

 

Rachel Stevens - Filmography

 

Glendogie Bogey (2008) (TV) (voice) .... Patricia Ravelston
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) .... Louisa, the Dirty Girl
Spider-Plant Man (2005) (TV) .... Jane Mary
Suzie Gold (2004) .... Pop Star
S Club Seeing Double (2003) .... Rachel
... aka Seeing Double (Philippines: English title: video title) (USA: copyright title)
... aka No me creo lo que veo (Spain)
"Viva S Club" .... Rachel (13 episodes, 2002)
- Let's Get Out of Here (2002) TV Episode .... Rachel
- 24 Minutes Till Doomsday (2002) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Survival (2002) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Of Mice and Music (2002) TV Episode .... Rachel
- The Rain in Spain (2002) TV Episode .... Rachel
(8 more)
"S Club 7 in Hollywood" .... Rachel (13 episodes, 2001-2002)
... aka Hollywood 7 (USA)
- The Vanishing (2002) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Supporting Parts (2002) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Doing the Deal (2001) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Public Relations (2001) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Dosh (2001) TV Episode .... Rachel
(8 more)
S Club 7: Don't Stop Movin (2001) (V) .... S Club 7
S Club 7: Never Had a Dream Come True (2001) (V) .... Rachel
"L.A. 7" .... Rachel (13 episodes, 2000)
... aka S Club 7 in L.A. (USA)
- Goodbye Hollywood (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Working (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Making Movies (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Game Boy (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Fallout (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
(8 more)
S Club 7: Artistic Differences (2000) (TV) .... Rachel
"Miami 7" .... Rachel (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
... aka S Club 7 in Miami (USA)
- Boyfriends and Birthdays (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Back to the 50's (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Reprise (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
- How Deep Is Your Love? (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
- Bermuda Triangle (2000) TV Episode .... Rachel
(10 more)
"ABC Afterschool Specials" (1 episode, 1989)
- Taking a Stand (1989) TV Episode

 

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