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Danielle O’Neill (formerly O'Hara; born 16 December 1983) is an English glamour model and television personality. A former Miss England (2004) and Miss Great Britain (2006), she first rose to prominence when she was stripped of her Miss Great Britain title after posing nude in the December 2006 edition of Playboy magazine. Her title was reinstated in 2010. In January 2007 she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. She won the celebrity edition of The Weakest Link in 2008 and Total Wipeout in 2010.

Danielle O'Neill
Danielle Lloyd.jpg
Lloyd in 2007
Born (1983-12-16) 16 December 1983 (age 35)
Liverpool, England
OccupationModel, television personality
Spouse(s)
Jamie O'Hara
(m. 2012; div. 2014)
Michael O'Neill (m. 2019)
Children4
Modelling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair colourBrunette
Websitewww.daniellelloyd.com

Early lifeEdit

Upon finishing school, Lloyd decided to pursue a dual career in modelling and as a beautician specializing in massage. She is a former nail technician.[1][2]

Pageantry and early careerEdit

Lloyd was crowned Miss England on 17 July 2004,[3] and competed at Miss World 2004. On 26 February 2006, Lloyd was named Miss Great Britain 2006.[4]

On 2 November 2006, she was stripped of her title "following recent claims in the press and magazines and the publicity given on the Playboy website for their next issue", according to the Miss Great Britain website.[5]

 
Lloyd in 2007

Lloyd appeared in FHM magazine and was a finalist of Miss Maxim 2006.[6]

In 2006, Lloyd made an appearance on BBC One's Test the Nation. She revealed that she thought a statue of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill was a statue for the first black President.[7] However, at the end of the show it was revealed that her IQ was 152,[clarification needed] and she would go on to win a special episode of The Weakest Link.[1][8]

Celebrity Big BrotherEdit

Lloyd joined Celebrity Big Brother on 3 January 2007, at the start of the series.[9] Lloyd incurred significant negative publicity about her, Jade Goody, and Jo O'Meara's involvement in the racial controversy with rival housemate Shilpa Shetty.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

A large upsurge in complaints occurred after a conversation between Lloyd and O'Meara was shown, during which Lloyd mentioned that she didn't like Shetty touching her food because she didn't "know where her hands have been".[16] Lloyd, O'Meara and Goody repeatedly maintained a belief that Shetty was "fake", and "a mole".[17]

The tensions in the house came to a peak on Day 15, when an explosive argument between Shetty and Goody erupted, seemingly over stock cubes. Witnessed by a giggling O'Meara and Lloyd.[18]

As a result of her racist bullying of Shetty, Lloyd lost six-figure modelling contracts with motorcycle insurance firm Bennetts[19] and urban fashion label Rocawear.[20]

Lloyd donated her winnings from both Celebrity Big Brother and The Weakest Link to the Linda McCartney Centre located at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.[8]

Later careerEdit

Lloyd has also appeared on the cover of Maxim, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo several times, as well as featuring in FHM and Ice.[21][22] She has also secured a contract as the face of Ladbrokes Poker.[23]

 
Lloyd in 2007

In 2007, Lloyd launched a mobile phone safety campaign after her own mobile was stolen in a Liverpool club. The "Keep It Safe & Secure" (KISS) campaign, backed by the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit encourages mobile users to take greater safety precautions when using their phone.[24] In December 2007, Lloyd released a workout DVD entitled Keep Fit, Look Fit.[25]

Throughout 2007 and 2008, Lloyd made numerous television appearances including a guest spot on ITV2's WAGs Boutique and the celebrity edition of Gladiators. She also participated in a Glamour Models Special of The Weakest Link, winning £8,950. January 2007, Danielle appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. Along with Jade Goody and Jo O'Meara. All three were accused of racist and bullying behaviour toward fellow contestant Indian actress Shilpa Shetty, resulting in a record number of complaints to Ofcom, national and international media coverage, and condemnatory statements from the British and Indian governments.

2008–present:Edit

Lloyd appeared in her own documentary, Dangerous Love: A Comic Relief Special (first broadcast on 3 March 2009), which examined the subject of violence against females in teen relationships. In the programme, she described the abuse she received (including a broken cheekbone) during her turbulent relationship and visited organisations funded by Comic Relief.[26]

On 2 January 2010, Lloyd participated in a celebrity edition of Total Wipeout. She cleared all the rounds and went on to win the entire competition. She raised £10,000 for the charity Guiding Light/The Lantern Project.[27]

In December 2010, she appeared on a celebrity edition of Come Dine with Me on Channel 4. She received the highest average scores from the other contestants and won the competition. She donated her prize money to Bliss, the special care baby charity.[22]

In 2014, Lloyd participated in celebrity show Splash!.[28]

On 18 January 2015, Lloyd took part in celebrity talent show Get Your Act Together.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

She married Jamie O'Hara on 26 May 2012.[30] The couple had three sons together. They divorced in 2014. Lloyd gave birth to her fourth son in 2017, the first with new fiance, electrician, Michael O’Neill.[21][31] Lloyd married O'Neill on 6 April 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The One to Watch: Danielle Lloyd". Liverpool Confidential. Retrieved 25 December 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Official Biography". daniellelloyd.com. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Miss England Danielle Lloyd Portfolio". Archived from the original on 21 January 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2007.
  4. ^ "Miss Great Brblalalhhhitain". 27 February 2006. Retrieved 15 May 2006.
  5. ^ "Danielle Dropped!". Archived from the original on 22 October 2007.
  6. ^ "7 Questions with Danielle Lloyd". uk.askmen.com. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Quotes of the week". BBC News. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2006.
  8. ^ a b Innes, Caroline (14 June 2008). "Danielle Lloyd's gift of life to Royal Liverpool Hospital". liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Danielle Lloyd's Gossip! Celebrity spotlight-Danielle Lloyd's Column". Archived from the original on 28 January 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2007.
  10. ^ "Anger over Big Brother 'racism'". BBC News. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2007.
  11. ^ "Big Brother: Thousands complain". Channel 4 news. 16 January 2007. Archived from the original on 24 January 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2007.
  12. ^ "Indian government to raise Big Brother racism concerns" Archived 13 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine 17 January 2007, Scotsman
  13. ^ "Big Brother sponsor suspends deal". BBC News. 18 January 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2007.
  14. ^ Brook, Stephen (18 January 2007). "Shilpa complains of racism". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  15. ^ "Big Brother row goes global", The Guardian, 17 January 2007.
  16. ^ "Anger over Big Brother 'racism'". BBC News. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  17. ^ Saney, Daniel (9 January 2007). "Jade: "Shilpa comes across as fake"". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 21 January 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2007.
  18. ^ Brook, Stephen (18 January 2007). "Shilpa complains of racism". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  19. ^ Kirby, Terry (19 January 2007). "Big Brother backlash begins as sponsor pulls out and contestants lose contracts". London: independent.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  20. ^ Rawlins, Ahsmi (16 November 2007). "Former Rocawear Model Accepts Settlement from Tabloid over 50 Cent Sex Rumor". xxlmag.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  21. ^ a b Sophie McCoid (15 January 2017). "How Danielle Lloyd went from glamour model to full time mum". Liverpool Echo.
  22. ^ a b Namita Nayyar (5 October 2016). "Danielle Lloyd: Exceptionally Talented Model & Star Icon Reveals Her Workout, Diet & Beauty Secrets". womenfitness.net.
  23. ^ "Biography". askmen.com. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  24. ^ Gary Fennelly (24 July 2007). "Pin-up Dani backs mobile security campaign". Belfast Telegraph. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  25. ^ Bourne, Dianne (1 April 2008). "Star bodies". manchestereveningnews.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  26. ^ "Dangerous Love: A Comic Relief Special". BBC.
  27. ^ "Danielle Lloyd gives Celebrity Total Wipeout winnings to charity". Sunday Mercury. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  28. ^ Eleanor Barlow (31 December 2013). "Splash: Danielle Lloyd to appear in new series of Tom Daley show". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  29. ^ "Get Your Act Together Episode 1".
  30. ^ Christina Savvas (25 May 2012). "Danielle Lloyd speaks of excitement over wedding to Wolves star Jamie O'Hara". Birmingham Mail.
  31. ^ Lara Martin (13 September 2017). "Danielle Lloyd gives birth to her fourth son - and first with new husband Michael O'Neill". The Sun.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Jackie Turner
Miss England
2004
(relinquished)
Succeeded by
Hammasa Kohistani
Preceded by
No contest
Miss Great Britain
2006
(relinquished)
Succeeded by
Preeti Desai