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Kerry Katona
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Katona in 2005
Born Kerry Jayne Elizabeth Katona
(1980-09-06) 6 September 1980 (age 37)
Warrington, Cheshire, England
Other names Kerry McFadden
Occupation
  • Singer
  • musician
  • television personality
  • media personality
  • author
  • presenter
Television Loose Women
The Big Reunion
Spouse(s) Brian McFadden (m. 2002; div. 2006)
Mark Croft (m. 2007; div. 2011)
George Kay (m. 2014)
Children 5
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1998–present
Labels Virgin
Associated acts Atomic Kitten
Website kerrykatona.biz

Kerry Jayne Elizabeth Kay (née Katona, formerly McFadden and Croft; born 6 September 1980)[1] is an English singer and media personality. She was a member of girl group Atomic Kitten from 1998 until her first departure in 2001 and again from 2012 until her second departure in 2017. Her television work is predominantly in light entertainment and reality shows.

Katona was the winner of the third series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2004, making her the first queen of the jungle, and runner-up of Celebrity Big Brother 8 in 2011. On 21 November 2012, Katona confirmed she had rejoined Atomic Kitten, replacing Jenny Frost.[2]

Early life[edit]

Katona was born in Warrington, Cheshire. Katona’s maternal grandfather is Hungarian who fled Budapest to Britain during the Second World War.[3] As a child she was placed in care and brought up by four sets of foster parents and attended eight different schools.[4] She left school at sixteen to become a lap dancer, then joined a dance troupe that toured Europe.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1999, 18-year-old Katona rose to fame as a member of Atomic Kitten, an all-female pop trio created by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark frontman Andy McCluskey. The other original members were Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon. Their debut single, “Right Now”, was released in late November 1999 and reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart. Their second single, “See Ya“, followed in March 2000 and was an even bigger success, reaching #6.[6] Following this initial success, Atomic Kitten performed an Asian tour and scored their first #1 hit there with “Cradle”. The album, Right Now, was first released in Japan on 16 March 2000, and subsequently released in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2000 following the release of two further singles, “I Want Your Love” and “Follow Me“, with a slightly modified track list. In 2000, the group also recorded a cover version of “The Locomotion” for the movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

Right Now was unsuccessful upon its first release, peaking at only #39 in the UK album chart.[6] Initially, there were no plans to focus on the global market and Atomic Kitten’s record label, Innocent Records, was even considering dropping them because of their limited success. However, the record company were persuaded to allow the group to release one more single from the album.[7] That single, “Whole Again“, became their first #1 hit in the United Kingdom and stayed at the top for 4 consecutive weeks.[6] Due to this success, “Whole Again” was released globally and reached #1 in 18 other countries, including 6 weeks in Germany and New Zealand.[8] The song and video for “Whole Again” originally featured Kerry Katona but she left the group several days before the single’s release because she was pregnant.[9] Former Precious singer Jenny Frost replaced Katona in the lineup and the single was re-recorded.

After marrying Brian McFadden and taking his surname, Katona moved into television work, appearing on and presenting a mix of light-entertainment programmes such as Britain’s Sexiest…, Loose Women, and elimiDATE. She appeared on Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank in 2001.[10] In February 2004, she won the third series of the British reality TV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!. That July, she and McFadden appeared as judges on the RTÉ talent show You’re a Star, which was used to select the Republic of Ireland’s Eurovision Song Contest entry. On separating from McFadden in September 2004 she reverted to her maiden name.

In July 2005 Katona starred in My Fair Kerry on ITV, where she was taught airs and graces to transform herself from ladette to lady. She also starred in an Irish drama called Showbands that year.[11]

Between 2007 and 2009, Katona was the subject of three MTV reality shows: Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love, Kerry Katona: Whole Again, and Kerry Katona: What’s the Problem? From a peak audience of 500,000 for Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love, viewership for Kerry Katona: What’s the Problem?, a series about Katona’s bipolar disorder, slumped to just 19,000 and MTV dropped her in August 2009.

In late 2009, Katona attempted to become a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother 2010 but was rejected by the show’s executives after she failed the required psychological tests.[12]

Katona’s latest reality show Kerry Coming Clean aired on 24 June 2010. Katona was a contestant on Dancing on Ice Series 6 with English ice skater Daniel Whiston. They were eliminated in week 5 in a skate-off against Jeff Brazier and partner Isabelle Gauthier.

Katona was the first housemate to enter the Big Brother House for the 2011 series of Celebrity Big Brother alongside Amy Childs and Tara Reid and others. She was voted the runner-up in the final after Paddy Doherty on 8 September 2011.

In March 2012, Hamilton confirmed that the group were reuniting for a summer tour, including a performance at Diamond Jubilee Concert. Hamilton also stated that the group were in talks to star in their own reality TV show regarding the comeback, following on the success of the 2011 Steps reunion and reality show.[13] Hamilton stated that she hoped former member, Kerry Katona, who quit the trio in 2001 before they found chart success, would join them on stage for a performance. The reunion was later dismissed by all three members due to the fight between Katona and Frost. In June 2012 Katona performed at Birmingham’s Gay Pride singing some of her Atomic Kitten hits including Whole Again and Right Now. It was the first time in over 11 years that Katona performed.

However, it was announced on 18 October that the original members of Atomic Kitten would reunite for an ITV2 series along with other pop groups of their era, including B*Witched, Five, Liberty X and 911.[14][15] Natasha Hamilton tweeted to a fan that the reason Frost was not involved was that she was expecting twins, but she would be welcome to rejoin the group whenever she was ready.[citation needed]

Other projects[edit]

Formerly represented by publicist Max Clifford, with whom she parted by mutual agreement in October 2008,[16] Katona has had endorsement deals with Iceland and Asda supermarkets. On 17 August 2009, Iceland released Katona from her £290,000 contract. The company stated that it was “impossible” to continue featuring Katona in its advertising campaigns after photographs appeared in the News of the World tabloid, allegedly showing her taking cocaine in the bathroom of her home.[17]

Katona has released an autobiography, Kerry Katona: Too Much, Too Young; a self-help book, Survive the Worst and Aim for the Best: How to Get Your Life Back on Track; and three novels, Tough Love, The Footballer’s Wife, and Glamour Girl. All of her books have been ghostwritten. Until 2008, she wrote a regular column for OK! Magazine. Then again until December 2012. On 11 May 2016 Katona rejoined the panel of Loose Women since leaving the series in 2004.

In January 2013 Katona has had an endorsement deal with CashLady [18] promoting short term loans. The relationship was ended in July 2013.

Katona is a patron of The Shannon Bradshaw Trust,[19] a Warrington-based charity which helps children with life-threatening conditions and their families.

In March 2016 Katona launched an online bingo site called Bingo With Kerry. In May 2016 the site won ‘New Site of the Year’ at the WhichBingo Awards [20] and ‘Best casino site’ at the New Casino Sites Awards[21] in 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

Katona has five children from three marriages. She has two children with former Westlife star Brian McFadden. On 5 January 2002, the couple married at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rathfeigh, County Meath, Republic of Ireland.[22] The couple honeymooned in Mauritius. McFadden filed for divorce from Katona in September 2004 and was separated for two years, until their divorce was finalised in December 2006.[citation needed]

On 14 February 2007 Katona married taxi driver Mark Croft in a private ceremony in Gretna Green.[23] Six days later, on 20 February 2007, the couple’s daughter was born.[24] She gave birth to a baby in 2008.[25] They announced a breakup in 2009[26][27] but reconciled, then divorced in 2011.

Legal issues[edit]

On 15 July 2007, Katona, Croft, and their young daughter Heidi were held hostage at their £1.5 million home in Wilmslow, Cheshire. They reported that three men forcibly entered their home, one of them holding Katona at knife-point while the others forced Croft to show them where valuables were kept.[28] Nobody was physically harmed, but the men left with a blue BMW and other valuables with an estimated total value between £100,000 and £150,000.[29][30] On 19 July 2007, police found the undamaged car 10 miles away on Reeves Road in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. That same day, Katona was admitted to The Priory hospital[31] suffering from bipolar disorder. Her publicist, Max Clifford, claimed she had suffered from the disorder for some time, but the trauma had aggravated her symptoms.

On 21 August 2008, Katona was declared bankrupt at the High Court in London after failing to pay the final £82,000 of a £417,000 tax bill.[32][33] After losing her Iceland contract, her magazine column, and her MTV shows, Katona suffered further financial setbacks. In December 2009, she received a repossession order on her £1.5 million home, having not paid her mortgage in months.[34]

On 2 July 2013, Katona filed for bankruptcy at Wigan County Court.[35]

Filmography[edit]

Year TV programme Role
2001 Atomic Kitten: So Far So Good Archive Footage
2002 ElimiDate Presenter
2003–04, 2016 Loose Women Panellist
2004 I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Contestant, Winner
2005 My Fair Kerry Herself
2007 Kerry Katoma: Crazy In Love MTV Reality Series
Kerry Katona: Whole Again MTV Reality Series
2009 Kerry Katona: What’s The Problem? MTV Reality Series
2010 Kerry Katona: Coming Clean ITV2 Reality Series
2010 Kerry Katona: The Next Chapter ITV2 Reality Series
2011 Dancing On Ice Contestant
2011 Celebrity Big Brother Contestant, Runner Up
2012 The Big Reunion Herself
2016 The Ray D’arcy Show Herself
2016 In Therapy Herself

Discography[edit]

Writing[edit]

Emily Herbert’s biography of Katona, Kerry: Story of a Survivor, appeared in September 2005.

Katona released her autobiography, Too Much, Too Young 5 October 2006, written with ghostwriter Fanny Blake[4] and Sue Katona, who consented to have her story told as well.[36]

In October 2007, Katona released her first novel. Tough Love (produced with the aid of a ghost-writer[37]) follows the story of the Crompton family and was published by Ebury Press. A second ghostwritten novel, The Footballer’s Wife, was published in 2008.

Modelling[edit]

Katona is also well known for her glamour modelling.[38] She first posed for Page 3 at the age of 17.[38] Katona has also posed for the men’s publication Zoo.[39] She has also done glamour modelling for a host of other high-profile publications appearing in the likes of New!,[40][41] Now Magazine.[42] and Star.[43]

Barely two months after having £15,000 worth of plastic surgery, which included having a breast reduction as she had her 32GG breasts reduced to an E cup in August 2008, Katona posed for Zoo Magazine in October 2008.[39]

Actress (3 credits)
 2008 A Deal Is a Deal
Mary Loughlin
 2006 Showbands II (TV Movie)
Denise
 2005 Showbands (TV Movie)
Denise

Self (84 credits)
 2003-2018 Loose Women (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter / Herself / Herself – Performer

Episode #22.103 (2018) … Herself
Episode #22.5 (2017) … Herself – Performer
Episode #21.221 (2017) … Herself
Episode #20.190 (2016) … Herself
Episode #20.160 (2016) … Herself – Presenter
 2016 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2016 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2015 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2015 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Singer
 2015 Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films Ever (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Television Personality
 2011-2015 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 28 August 2015 (2015) … Herself
Episode dated 9 January 2015 (2015) … Herself
Episode dated 16 August 2012 (2012) … Herself
Episode dated 15 August 2012 (2012) … Herself
Episode dated 23 June 2012 (2012) … Herself
 2015 20 Moments That Rocked Pop (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Atomic Kitten
 2004-2015 This Morning (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 12 February 2015 (2015) … Herself
Episode dated 10 December 2014 (2014) … Herself
Episode dated 18 July 2013 (2013) … Herself
Episode dated 18 February 2013 (2013) … Herself
Episode dated 11 February 2013 (2013) … Herself
 2014 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2014 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Pop Star / Big Reunion, 2013
 2014 The 50 Funniest Moments of 2014 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2014 Tricked (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.3 (2014) … Herself
 2011-2014 Dancing on Ice (TV Series)
Herself – Contestant / Herself – Audience Member

Week 10: The Grand Final (2014) … Herself – Audience Member (uncredited)
Episode #6.3 (2011) … Herself – Contestant
Episode #6.2 (2011) … Herself – Contestant
Episode #6.1 (2011) … Herself – Contestant
 2013 My Secret Past (TV Series documentary)
Herself

 2013 The 50 Funniest Moments of 2013 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2013 Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2013 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2013 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2013 50 Greatest Kids Shows (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2013 Through the Keyhole (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.3 (2013) … Herself
 2004-2013 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Atomic Kitten

Episode #10.5 (2013) … Herself – Atomic Kitten (uncredited)
Episode #3.6 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
Episode #3.1 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2013 The Big Reunion (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.4 (2013) … Herself
Episode #1.2 (2013) … Herself
 2012 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2012 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2012 The Jeremy Kyle Show (TV Series)
Herself

Kerry Katona – My Cocaine Shame! (2012) … Herself
 2012 Pointless Celebrities (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #3.8 (2012) … Herself
 2012 The Golden Rules of TV (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Episode #1.6 (2012) … Herself
Episode #1.5 (2012) … Herself
Episode #1.3 (2012) … Herself
Episode #1.1 (2012) … Herself
 2012 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.4 (2012) … Herself
 2012 Big Brother (TV Series)
Herself – Special Guest

The Auditions (2012) … Herself – Special Guest
 2012 Come Dine with Me (TV Series)
Herself

Jubilee Special (2012) … Herself
 2012 This Week (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 24 May 2012 (2012) … Herself
 2012 Peter Andre: My Life (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.4 (2012) … Herself
 2012 National Television Awards: The Party (TV Special)
Herself
 2012 Celebrity Wedding Planner (TV Series)
Herself

Kerry Katona (2012) … Herself
 2011-2012 Daybreak (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 5 January 2012 (2012) … Herself
Episode dated 21 February 2011 (2011) … Herself
 2011 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2011 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2011 Celebrity Big Brother (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #8.22 (2011) … Herself
Episode #8.21 (2011) … Herself
Episode #8.20 (2011) … Herself
Episode #8.19 (2011) … Herself
Episode #8.18 (2011) … Herself
 2011 Britain’s Got More Talent (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #5.11 (2011) … Herself
 2011 Peter Andre: The Next Chapter (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #4.5 (2011) … Herself
 2010-2011 Kerry Katona: The Next Chapter (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Episode #2.6 (2011) … Herself
Episode #2.5 (2011) … Herself
Episode #2.4 (2011) … Herself
Episode #2.3 (2011) … Herself
Episode #2.2 (2011) … Herself
 2011 Alan Carr: Chatty Man (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #5.6 (2011) … Herself
 2010 Kerry Katona: Coming Clean (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2010 Kerry and Me (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 (TV Special)
Herself – Presenter
 2008 Celebrity Juice (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.5 (2008) … Herself
 2008 Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.3 (2008) … Herself
Episode #1.2 (2008) … Herself
Episode #1.1 (2008) … Herself
 2007 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #13.14 (2007) … Herself
 2007 Have I Been Here Before? (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Episode #2.12 (2007) … Herself
 2006 The Sharon Osbourne Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.36 (2006) … Herself
 2006 The Charlotte Church Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.7 (2006) … Herself
 2005-2006 The Late Late Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 13 October 2006 (2006) … Herself
Episode dated 14 January 2005 (2005) … Herself
 2006 TV’s 50 Greatest Stars (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2006 Celebrity Daredevils (TV Series short)
Herself

Kerry Katona (2006) … Herself
 2006 The Prince’s Trust 30th Birthday: Live (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2006 The 3rd Meteor Ireland Music Awards (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Presenter
 2005 The Greatest TV Wind-Up Moments (TV Special documentary)
Herself – Host
 2005 My Fair Kerry (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2004 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series)
Herself / Marilyn Monroe

Celebrity Christmas Special 3 (2004) … Herself / Marilyn Monroe (as Kerry McFadden)
 2004 GMTV (TV Series)
Herself – Guest Presenter

Episode dated 3 December 2004 (2004) … Herself – Guest Presenter
 2004 With a Little Help from My Friends (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.2 (2004) … Herself
 2004 The Keith Barret Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.2 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2004 Today with Des and Mel (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 7 April 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2004 The Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2004 (TV Special)
Herself – Presenter (as Kerry McFadden)
 2004 Back to Reality (TV Series)
Herself – House Guest / Herself

Day 2 (2004) … Herself – House Guest (as Kerry McFadden)
Episode dated 16 February 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2004 Brit Awards 2004 (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Presenter (as Kerry McFadden)
 2004 I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #3.17 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
Episode #3.16 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
Episode #3.15 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
Episode #3.14 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
Episode #3.13 (2004) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2003 The Terry and Gaby Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 19 November 2003 (2003) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2003 The Frank Skinner Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #7.5 (2003) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2001-2003 Kelly (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 3 October 2003 (2003) … Herself
Episode dated 31 December 2001 (2001) … Herself
Episode dated 12 October 2001 (2001) … Herself
 2003 Celebrities Under Pressure (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.2 (2003) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2003 Summerdate (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Presenter (as Kerry McFadden)
 2003 Bo’ Selecta! (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.3 (2003) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2003 Russian Roulette (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Boys v. Girls (2003) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2003 You’re a Star (TV Series)
Herself – Judge

Episode #1.10 (2003) … Herself – Judge (as Kerry McFadden)
 2002 The Pop Years (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Regular Contributor (as Kerry McFadden)
 2002 Britain’s Sexiest (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter (as Kerry McFadden)
 2002 South Africa Freedom Day: Concert on the Square (Video)
Herself – Atomic Kitten
 2002 Liquid News (TV Series)
Herself

Christopher Price Tribute (2002) … Herself (voice)
 2002 Never Mind the Buzzcocks (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #10.5 (2002) … Herself (as Kerry McFadden)
 2001 Al salir de clase (TV Series)
Herself

Mi querido tío (2001) … Herself (as Atomic Kitten)
 2001 Night Fever (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #5.10 (2001) … Herself
 2001 Blankety Blank (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #15.15 (2001) … Herself
 2000 Barrymore (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #7.1 (2000) … Herself (as Atomic Kitten)
 2000 CD:UK (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 7 October 2000 (2000) … Herself (as Atomic Kitten)
 2000 Top of the Pops (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 14 July 2000 (2000) … Herself (as Atomic Kitten)
Episode dated 7 April 2000 (2000) … Herself (as Atomic Kitten)
 2000 FM Unplugged (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Episode #1.5 (2000) … Herself
 1997 Exclusive (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Reporter (2002) (as Kerry McFadden)
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