Kimberley Jane Scott (née Walsh; born 20 November 1981) is an English singer, model, variety performer, television presenter, actress, and dancer. She rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality series Popstars. British singer, actress, and TV presenter Kimberly Walsh is best known as a member of the all-girl pop group Girls Aloud. Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire,
Walsh was an aspiring child actor and appeared in various musical productions, as well as some commercial work as an adolescent. From 1997 to 2000, Walsh portrayed the character, Sally McDonald, on the British television soap opera Emmerdale. In 2002, she auditioned for and was accepted onto the reality television singing competition Popstars: The Rivals. During the show, Walsh joined with contestants Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Cheryl Cole to form the group Girls Aloud, who ultimately won the competition. After the show, Girls Aloud released several highly successful albums including 2003's Sound of the Underground, 2004's What Will the Neighbours Say?, 2005's Chemistry, 2007's Tangled Up, and 2008's Out of Control.
Besides performing with Girls Aloud, Walsh has appeared as a presenter for several television shows including The X Factor. From October of 2011 to May of 2012, she played Princess Fiona in a West End theatre production of Shrek: The Musical. Also in 2012, she was a contestant on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. In 2013, Walsh released her debut solo album, Centre Stage, which featured covers of songs from Broadway musicals.
Walsh co-hosted the 25 August 2006 episode of The Friday Night Project with Cheryl Cole and Sarah Harding, on which she did an impression of Pop Idol and X Factor judge Simon Cowell.
Walsh was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and grew up with two sisters and one brother in its Allerton suburb. She attended Sandy Lane First School, Stoney Lee Middle School, and Beckfoot Grammar School and had her first taste of fame starring in an advert as a child.
In 2000 she tried out for the role of Maria Sutherland in the soap opera Coronation Street, losing out to Samia Smith. Later she appeared in the television series This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper as Gillian Oldfield, and in the same year she starred in a BBC Educational Schools program called Focus. In 2001 Kimberley played Tracy in Dream Back.
While studying for a BA degree in English and Media at Trinity and All Saints College, University of Leeds, in 2002 during her second year Walsh auditioned for a reality television show dedicated to assembling a new girl group: Popstars: The Rivals. She and future bandmate Nicola Roberts did not originally make the final ten, but Walsh was brought back to the competition when original finalist Hazel was found to be over the age limit - she resultantly dropped out of university.
On the show she performed:
"Baby Can I Hold You"
"Unbreak My Heart"
Walsh was the fourth girl to be voted into Girls Aloud, much to the delight of her friend and new bandmate, Nadine Coyle, with whom she had become good friends during the course of the show.
While in Girls Aloud, Walsh has been popular among the band's male fan base. In April 2004, Heat magazine named her toned stomach as the fifth-best in the world, ahead of superstar Beyoncé and singer Rachel Stevens. In 2005, Walsh was ranked forty-fourth in the "100 Sexiest Females In The World" list published by FHM magazine; in 2006, she was ranked at sixty-six.