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Jordan (Katie Price)
Katrina Amy Alexandria Alexis Infield was born to Ray Infield and Amy (née Charlier) in Newport, Wales and raised in Brighton, England. Her maternal grandmother is Jewish. When Katie was four, her parents split up. In 1988, her mother married Paul Price, after which Katie took her stepfather's surname. She has an older brother named Daniel and a maternal half-sister, Sophie (born 1989).She attended secondary school at Blatchington Mill Secondary School which she later revisited for a TV show called "With a Little Help from My Friends".
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Her decision to start modelling came after a friend suggested she have some professional photographs done. The pictures were sent to a modelling agency in London and, to her surprise, the agency invited her into their studios for a photo shoot and to discuss a contract. She began appearing on Page Three of The Sun newspaper (topless modelling). Jordan has made frequent appearances as a model on Page 3 and in men's lifestyle magazines.
During the 7 June 2001, British General Election, Jordan ran as a candidate in Stretford and Urmston under her real name using the slogan: 'For a Bigger and Betta Future'. As part of her comical election campaign, she promised free breast implants, more nudist beaches, and a ban on parking tickets. In the end, Jordan won 713 votes,1.8% of the votes cast.
In an attempt to cross over from modelling to other areas, Price auditioned for a part on the television series Baywatch in 1998, guest presented The Big Breakfast and played herself in an episode of Dream Team.
Jordan began 2004 by appearing (as Katie Price which she prefers to be known while not modelling) on the reality TV series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, alternately falling out with John Lydon and flirting in the jungle with singer Peter Andre whom she eventually married. She appeared in several Bushtucker trials, including one where she had to brave a tank full of small, harmless jellyfish for points. Although she performed well, she gave up on account of the creatures becoming trapped in her bikini, prompting her to drag herself out of the water in hysterics. Price appeared on Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on 23 May 2004. She completed the lap in 1min 52secs. She also made a cameo appearance playing herself in an episode of the television drama series Footballers' Wives and appeared in the programme Jordan Gets Even for Five.
She appeared in the documentaries Jordan: Living With a Dream (Channel 4), Jordan: The Truth About Me, Jordan: Model Mum, Jordan: You Don't Even Know Me (BBC Choice), Jordan Gets Even (Five) and the series When Jordan Met Peter (ITV), Jordan & Peter: Laid Bare (ITV2), Jordan & Peter: Marriage and Mayhem (ITV2), and the Katie & Peter series, including Katie & Peter: The Next Chapter (ITV2) and Katie & Peter: The Baby Diaries. Katie & Peter was also shown in the United States; it aired on E!.
In summer 2005, Jordan was one of many guest hosts of the first series of The Friday Night Project. In December 2005 she released an exercise fitness DVD The Jordan Workout featuring "The Juice Master" Jason Vale.
Katie & Peter: Unleashed began on Friday 19 October 2007 at 9pm on ITV2. A new series titled, Katie & Peter: The Next Chapter Down Under aired on ITV2 on 27 March 2008 at 9pm running for 13 weeks. Katie & Peter: Stateside began on Thursday 16 April 2009 on ITV2 and followed the family as they relocate to Malibu, California for three months, where Andre recorded his new album.
A further series aired in August/September 2009 called What Katie Did Next, which showed Katie's life/career after her split and eventual divorce from Peter Andre.
On 15 November 2009, Katie made a return visit to I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!. Presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, insinuated during the broadcast that the surprise of Price's return had been ruined by the media. Whilst in the Jungle, the public repeatedly voted for Price to undertake each and every "Bush Tucker Trial" challenge. After it had been announced that Price had again been selected for a trial - her seventh consecutive trial - Price stated that she would quit the show and left the competition one week after her 23 November 2009 arrival.
Under the name Katie Price, she was one of the acts competing for the right to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, to be held in Ukraine. On 5 March 2005, singing a song titled "Not Just Anybody", wearing a skin-tight latex pink catsuit whilst heavily pregnant, coming in second place in the pre-selection show Making Your Mind Up, behind Javine. The other contestants were the 1996 UK entrant Gina G, as well as Andy Scott-Lee, and the group Tricolore.
Price and Andre released a duets album on 27 November 2006 titled A Whole New World, with all proceeds going to their chosen charities affiliated with the many health conditions of her eldest son and as a father figure to her son, Harvey. The album debuted at #20 in the UK album chart and achieved platinum status. She Also appeared in Peter Andre's music video, "The Right Way".
To coincide with her appearance on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! earlier in the year, Price released the first of three autobiographies – Being Jordan – in May 2004. Initially turned down by the mainstream publishing houses after demanding a £1 million advance, she was eventually signed up by small independent publisher John Blake, a former tabloid journalist, for £10,000 plus royalties. In a departure from industry norms, she conducted a 10 day book signing tour which provoked enough interest—contrary to expectations, almost exclusively female—to propel her to first position in the Nielsen BookScan hardback sales chart and to sell 97,090 copies in little over a year and over one million, as of January 2007.
Her second autobiography – Jordan: A Whole New World – detailing her wedding and family life — reached number two in the hardback general category, selling 198,105 copies by 1 April 2006. Price's third autobiography Pushed to the Limit was released in February 2008.
Her first ghostwritten novel, Angel, about a young woman who becomes a model, was published in June 2006, and sold 300,000 copies in six weeks.
Her second ghostwritten novel, Crystal, about a young woman's efforts to become a singer, sold 159,407 copies during the first three months after its release in June 2007.All four books were ghostwritten by Rebecca Farnworth.
In 2006 Price signed a £300,000 advance with Random House for Katie Price's Perfect Ponies, a series of children's books, with the first 6 released in 2007. Three more books have been released throughout 2008. A title from that series, My Pony Care Book, was nominated for the WH Smith's Children's Book of the Year. In 2008, she released a new children's book series entitled Mermaids & Pirates, with six in the series. Four more are expected for release in April 2008.
Price continues to write a regular advice column in OK! magazine.
In 2009, Price released a novel entitled Sapphire which has been No.1 on the hardback fiction chart for 4 consecutive weeks and sold 42,215 copies in its first two weeks in the UK alone.
In October 2003, Price appeared in an advertising campaign for the supermarket chain Kwik Save. To publicise the chain's promotion to cut the prices of their leading lines in half, Price was sawn in half by magician Peter McCahon.
In November 2006, Price launched The Katie Price Lingerie Collection in conjunction with Panache, available exclusively at Asda stores, as well as a follow-up jewellery deal with Argos.
In 2007, Price was announced as the new face of Foxy Bingo and launched a hair care range at Superdrug. She also brought out her first perfume, 'Stunning', in August. Her second perfume, 'Besotted', was released in September 2008. November 2007 saw Price releasing her 'Jordan' hair care electrical range at Superdrug. There was a hairdryer, straighteners and curlers. She released a second, similar range in November 2008 under the name 'Katie Price', to somewhat differing design.
In 2008, Price signed a deal with Derby House to launch her equestrian range named 'KP Equestrian'.On March 23, Price launched her springwear of KP Equestrian as well as KP Pony, which is for children.
In 2008, Price was refused admission to Guards Polo Club for the most prestigious day in the international Polo Season and a highlight of the British Social Season, the Hurlingham Polo Cartier International match for the Coronation Cup, presented by Prince Charles. She attempted to circumvent this by buying a table at the Chinawhite marquee for £6,000 through her agent, but this was refused as well. A statement said "Jordan has been told she is not welcome. Polo is very prestigious and there are certain names they want there and others they definitely don’t. Jordan is still too 'chavvy' as far as Cartier is concerned. Having Jordan there just wouldn’t be in keeping with Cartier’s image. If she turns up she will not be allowed access".
In 2009 Price was named as the Patron of a charity polo match that was played at an Estate, near Epping, Essex. She was photographed arriving by helicopter, wearing a mini-dress and stiletto heels. Ex-boyfriend Dane Bowers and Jade Goody's widower Jack Tweed also attended.
In October 2006, an article was published in the Daily Mail called The Chav Rich List. Price and her husband Peter Andre were ranked at #2, second only to David and Victoria Beckham.
In 2006 the famous private banking house Coutts & Co (bankers to the British Royal Family and to the rich and famous of British Society) refused to accept Price as a client, in spite of her estimated wealth.Coutts are known to be extremely selective in whom they accept as customers and their criteria for acceptance is not solely based on their well-known requirement that their clients must have at least £500,000 in 'disposable funds' - not including houses.
In 2009 it was reported she had earned £6.5 million with £4.5 million earned the previous year taking her total wealth to a reported £40 million. Price has raised over £1 million for Vision Charity.
Price and her ex-husband Peter Andre were criticised for sexually explicit behaviour in their reality show. In taping the show the couple re-enacted sex scenes (while fully clothed) and had frank discussions about sex.
The couple were libelled by an ex-employee and later accepted damages from the News of the World newspaper after it published the accusations about their parental abilities.
In May 2009, three days after her announced separation from Andre, her management company of five years said that they would no longer represent her. They have chosen to represent Andre instead.
Peter Andre and Price during the 2009 London Marathon
Price embarked on several brief relationships with celebrities and sports stars including footballers Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke, singer Gareth Gates, and the TV Gladiator 'Ace' (real name Warren Furman).Jordan had a much publicised relationship with Dane Bowers of the boy band Another Level. She had an abortion after discovering he had cheated on her.
In May 2002, she gave birth in Brighton to her first son, Harvey. Harvey's father is the former footballer Dwight Yorke. Jordan has said she had intended to have at least one birth shown live over the Internet, but she later decided to keep it private.He was found to be blind, having a condition known as septo-optic dysplasia, meaning that the development of his optic nerve was unpredictable. As he has matured, she has also discovered that he is on the autistic spectrum, gains weight easily, and finds walking difficult.
In 2002, Price was treated for cancer. She had a leiomyosarcoma on her finger and the tumour was removed at a Nuffield Hospital near her Brighton home.
In June 2005, Price gave birth in Westminster, London, by Caesarean section to her second child, a boy named Junior Savva Andreas Andre. In September 2005, she married the boy's father, Peter Andre, at Highclere Castle, Hampshire. In June 2007, she gave birth to her third child, a daughter named Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther Andre.
In December 2007, Price underwent surgery in the U.S. to reduce the size of her breast implants and also had rhinoplasty. However, she was not happy with the results of her breast implants, so returned to Beverly Hills, California in July 2008 for corrective surgery. She returned to the UK five days later, showing off much smaller breasts, a size 32C.
In May 2009, Andre and Price announced that they were separating after three and a half years of marriage.
In a TV interview with Piers Morgan in July 2009, Price claimed that their break-up was partly due to Andre's jealousy over her relationship with dressage trainer Andrew Gould, which she claimed was entirely platonic. However the final nail came when she was photographed in a Bristol nightclub after they had agreed that they would not go out without each other. She also revealed that she had recently miscarried.
In July 2009, Price began dating MMA fighter and former Hollyoaks actor Alex Reid.
In September 2009, Price claimed that she had previously been raped by a "famous celebrity", but had not reported the incident. Price insisted that she would "absolutely never" reveal who the attacker was.
Surrey Police stated that they had not contacted Price: "No allegation of rape has been made and Miss Price will not be making a statement to police."
On 2 February 2010 Price married Alex Reid in a private ceremony in Las Vegas at the chapel in the Wynn Hotel, although according to US officials their wedding was not legal
Year Album Peak chart positions Sales
2006 A Whole New World
Released: 27 November 2006
Label: Sony BMG
Being Jordan (2004)
Jordan: A Whole New World (2006)
Jordan: Pushed to the Limit (2008)
Angel Uncovered (2008)
Katie Price's Perfect Ponies series x13 Books (2007–2010)
Katie Price's Mermaids and Pirates series x12 Books (2008–2010)
Standing Out (released 22 October 2009)
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Loaded Cover-Girl of the Decade N/A Won
2005 British Book Awards The Biography of the Year Being Jordan Nominated
2007 Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year N/A Won
Grattan Celebrity Mum of the Year N/A Won
2008 British Book Awards British Children's Book of the Year My Pony Care Book (Katie Price's Perfect Ponies) Nominated
2009 Bounty Celebrity Mum of the Year N/A Nominated