Natasha Maria Hamilton (born 17 July
1982 in Liverpool) is an English actress, singer and member of Atomic
Hamilton grew up in Kensington, Liverpool, and started singing and
performing from the age of 12 in the Starlight Show Group. Hamilton says
she was inspired by Marvin Gaye, Barry White and Quincy Jones. After Heidi
Range left the early incarnation of Atomic Kitten, Hamilton was offered
the opportunity to replace her and joined in May 1999.
Hamilton decided to take her baby with her on the 2003 tour with Atomic
Kitten. However, the group decided to take a lengthy break following the
tour. Although they have not made a new album together since 2003, the
group reform occasionally for one-off performances.
In 2003 Hamilton was winner of the annual Rear of the Year award.
After taking time away from music to raise her son, Hamilton made a return
to music after appearing on the BBC1 television show, Just the Two of Us,
which paired celebrities with recording artists to compete in a duet
singing showdown. Eight couples competed before a panel of judges and the
voting public. Hamilton was paired with Mark Moraghan, famous for his
portrayal of Doctor Owen Davies in Holby City, and the pair came second.
They performed classic songs like "Over the Rainbow" and "Do You Love Me".
Hamilton has allegedly been working on solo material in recent years,
though nothing has been released as yet. She has been co-writing with
Christopher and Anthony Griffiths, Ciaron Bell, among others. Hamilton,
under the name "Tash", has also recorded a track with Mischa Daniels
called "Round and Round (Take Me Higher)", which samples Crystal Waters'
"Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)". The track has been included on the
Ministry of Sound compilation Housexy: The Afterparty. Natasha is managed
by Bold Management, Liverpool.
In 2009, Hamilton has been promoting and performing her new material. On
May 8, in an interview given to the Mirror, she stated that her first solo
single was likely to be Ms. Emotional, a ballad she recorded in the United
States last year. In the interview she stated that the album would be
released 'around' October 2009. In November 2009, Hamilton appeared on
Celebrity Come Dine With Me.
Hamilton will be starring in the Peter Pan pantomime at the Liverpool
Empire Theatre starting in December 2009 until January 2010, playing the
character of Peter.
Natasha has recently announced that her first single, titled "Ms
Emotional", will be released around April, and has filmed the music video
for the single. The video was filmed in, and around Liverpool, on two
different beaches, and also in a studio.
Hamilton dated Fran Cosgrave, nightclub owner and former bodyguard of
Westlife. She announced in April 2002 that she was pregnant, but she had
no intention of leaving the group and wanted the scheduled 2002 tour to
continue. She was featured in the video "The Tide Is High (Get the
Feeling)" with her last duty being the 2002 Party in the Park before
finally going on maternity leave. On 24 August 2002 she gave birth to a
boy, Josh Cosgrave. However, Hamilton and Cosgrave ended their
relationship shortly afterwards.
On 31 December 2004, Hamilton gave birth to her second son, Harry Hatcher,
whose father is dancer Gavin Hatcher. In July 2005, Hamilton and Hatcher
split up and she briefly returned to live with Cosgrave. By February 2006,
they had split for a second time.
On 27 September 2006, Hamilton announced her engagement to Riad Erraji.
The couple married on 23 November 2007 at Crewe Hall Hotel with both Jen
Frost and Lil McClarndon present. Hamilton has since said that Kerry
Katona was not invited to the wedding as the two of them have drifted too
far apart. In January 2008, Hamilton found out she was expecting her third
child, but she miscarried after six weeks. Natasha is currently now
expecting her third child to her husband and is expected to give birth
around June 2010.