Karen Victoria Silvstedt (born 19
September 1974 in Skellefteå, Västerbotten County), best known as Victoria
Silvstedt, is a Swedish model, Playboy Playmate of the Year, actress and
singer. She is also a radio and TV hostess, a published singer, and a
former national-level skier in Sweden.
At the age of 16 Silvstedt competed in a "Best Fake Orgasm" contest at a
local bar. The contestants were Silvstedt and 10 men. She won a brand-new
TV. When she came home, she told her mother she won it at a game of bingo.
Silvstedt was the first runner-up in the Miss Sweden pageant which was won
by Johanna Lind. After losing that she was then signed by a Parisian
modeling agent and began a career in high fashion, working for various
companies including Chanel, Christian Dior, Loris Azzaro, Givenchy,
Valentino, and Giorgio Armani.
In 1993, Silvstedt appeared in Girls of Northern Europe (Bishiõjo-kikõ),
in which she was photographed in frontal nudity three years before
appearing in Playboy in 1996. After being approached by Hugh Hefner to be
recruited as a Playboy centerfold, she appeared as the Playmate of the
Month in the December 1996 issue of Playboy, and she was soon selected as
the Playmate of the Year in 1997. She has been featured in numerous
magazines, including GQ, Maxim, FHM, Gear, and Nuts, where in 2005 she
came in second to actress Jennifer Ellison in a competition to find the
Sexiest Blonde in the World.
Like many glamour models and Playmates before her, she is trying to branch
out into acting and business. Silvstedt claims that her favorite hobby is
singing, and in 2001 she recorded an album called Girl On the Run,
released by EMI, which achieved gold record status in Sweden with the hit
singles, "Rocksteady Love" featuring Turbo B and "Hello, Hey".
Silvstedt was already well recognised in the United Kingdom when she took
on a new career hosting The Late Show on Virgin Radio, and as a guest host
on the TV show Eurotrash. She has appeared on the American TV shows
Melrose Place and MTV’s The Real World, and she has worked on Italian TV,
hosting several shows.
She currently co-hosts La Ruota Della Fortuna, the Italian version of
Wheel of Fortune on Mediaset's Italia 1, alongside Enrico Papi. As well as
its French counterpart, La Roue de la Fortune and Turkish counterpart.
She made guest appearances in the Hollywood motion pictures: Boat Trip,
The Independent, BASEketball, and Out Cold where she played up to her
Swedish-Blonde "Inga" character. Silvstedt is now acting in lead roles in
European films mainly based in Italy, and taking to the stage in North
Silvstedt became a spokesmodel for Guess? Jeans, following in the
footsteps of former Guess models, Eva Herzigova, Anna Nicole Smith, and
Shana Zadrick. In February 2006 she launched her own lingerie collection
during London Fashion Week.
As of November 2007 she has been in Italy promoting her new film,
Matrimonio alle Bahamas, an Italian comedy starring Massimo Boldi.
Silvstedt appears in a reality show centered around her life called My
Perfect Life, which airs in the U.K., Latin America, Australia, and the
Silvstedt speaks fluent Swedish, French, English, and Italian. She was
dubbed in three movies in Italian.
Silvstedt married the WCBS-TV, New York City, news anchor Chris Wragge in
June 2000 at Tuxedo Park Country Club in Tuxedo, New York.
In June 2006, Silvstedt and Wragge threatened legal action against Sky
News for slander, after pictures of her in Sardinia purportedly with a man
other than her husband were published over the Internet. Sky News later
removed the photographs. Silvstedt and Wragge later divorced.
Just for the Record (2010)
.... Sarah Freidreichs
"Bob Ghetto" (1 episode, 2009)
- Miss monde et Bob (2009) TV episode
Petites vacances à Knokke-le-Zoute (2009) (TV) .... Ingeborg
Un'estate al mare (2008) .... Eva
Matrimonio alle Bahamas (2007) .... Patricia Di Giacomo
La mia vita a stelle e strisce (2003) .... Wendy
"Ocean Ave." .... Detective Johanna Marsden (2003) (6 episodes,
... aka Ocean Ave (Sweden)
- Episode #1.141 (2003) TV episode .... Detective Johanna Marsden
- Episode #1.142 (2003) TV episode .... Detective Johanna Marsden
- Episode #1.143 (2003) TV episode .... Detective Johanna Marsden
- Episode #1.144 (2003) TV episode .... Detective Johanna Marsden
- Episode #1.145 (2003) TV episode .... Detective Johanna Marsden
The Last Race (2003) .... Devil's Woman
Sting of the Black Scorpion (2002) (V) (as Victoria Silvsted) ....
Boat Trip (2002) .... Inga
... aka Boat Trip (Germany)
Un maresciallo in gondola (2002) (TV) (as Victoria Silverstedt) ....
Out Cold (2001) .... Inga
"Son of the Beach" .... Eva Rommel (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
- Booger Nights (2001) TV episode .... Eva Rommel
- Mario Putzo's 'The Last Dong' (2000) TV episode .... Eva Rommel
"Black Scorpion" .... Hourglass (1 episode, 2001)
... aka Roger Corman Presents Black Scorpion (Canada: English title)
- Crime Time (2001) TV episode .... Hourglass
Cruel Game (2001) .... Ingrid
... aka Deception (USA: DVD title)
Naken (2000) .... Rosita
... aka Naked (literal English title)
Ivansxtc (2000) .... Melanie
... aka Ivans xtc. (To Live and Die in Hollywood) (USA: complete
The Independent (2000) .... Blossom
"Melrose Place" .... Blonde / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
- Asses to Ashes (1999) TV episode .... Ingrid
- I Married a Jock Murderer (1999) TV episode .... Blonde
"Malibu, CA" .... Inga (1 episode, 1999)
... aka Malibu (Australia)
- The New Cook (1999) TV episode .... Inga
"Unhappily Ever After" .... Brandi (1 episode, 1999)
... aka Unhappily...
- Tiffany Burger (1999) TV episode .... Brandi
Beach Movie (1998) .... Julie
... aka Board Heads (Australia)
... aka Boardheads (USA: alternative title)
"Sin City Spectacular" (1 episode)
... aka Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular (USA: alternative
- Episode #1.24 (????) TV episode
"Oddville, MTV" (1 episode, 1997)
- Episode dated 18 July 1997 (1997) TV episode