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Holly Carpenter (born 9 October 1991)[1] is an Irish model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Ireland 2011 on 13 August 2011.[2][3] She represented Ireland in the Miss World 2011 pageant held on 6 November 2011 in London, England.[4][5] Since 2015 she has written a Friday column for the Herald newspaper[citation needed] on topical issues such as Arsenal, abortion[citation needed] positive body image[6] and dating.[7]

Holly Carpenter
Born (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 28)
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
TitleMiss Ireland 2011
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorGreen

Media careerEdit

Her modelling career began in 2011 when she was entered into the Miss Ireland national beauty pageant by a friend which she won but was subsequently unplaced in the Miss World 2011, despite being many bookmakers' favourite to finish within the top 5.[citation needed] She ranked only 42nd in the competition which she attributes to not having a polished promotional video. Having won Miss Ireland, her modelling career took off and she found work easily in Ireland and the UK.

Britain and Ireland's Next Top ModelEdit

In 2013, Carpenter was named among 28 semi-finalists for the 9th cycle of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. She was chosen as one of the 14 finalists competing for the title. After several appearances in the bottom three/four, she was eliminated in episode 9 and placed 7th.

Celebrity MasterChef IrelandEdit

In January 2017, Carpenter appeared on Celebrity MasterChef Ireland. She was eliminated in the first week of the competition.[8]

Dancing with the StarsEdit

Carpenter appeared on the 2019 series of the Irish edition of Dancing with the Stars. She was eliminated from the competition in week four.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Carpenter was born and raised in Raheny, Dublin, Ireland.[2][11] She is the granddaughter of the social diarist Terry Keane[1][12] In 2011, she was working towards an arts degree in textiles at the National College of Art and Design.[1][2][11][12] She speaks English, Irish and French.[11][13]

She was in relationship with Leinster and Ireland Rugby International Cian Healy for two years before they split up in July 2014.[14]

Between 2015 and 2016 she dated Danny O’Reilly of Irish rock band The Coronas.[15][16][17]

She dated football pundit, Richie Sadlier for five months in 2017.[citation needed] They split after Carpenter claimed Sadlier, who is twelve years her senior, was too old for her.[18]


  1. ^ a b c "Róisín Ingle: Miss University wins national lovely girls crown". The Irish Times. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Miss Ireland World 2011 - Holly Carpenter's Photos & Profile/Biography". 6 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Holly Carpenter (Miss Ireland 2011)". 1 March 2011. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Miss Ireland 2011 (to Miss World 2011): Holly Carpenter, Pageant Updates". Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Miss Venezuela crowned Miss World in London". 6 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Holly Carpenter: "If you keep looking in the mirror and finding faults, you're fighting a losing battle"". VIP Magazine. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Single Holly Carpenter shares her dating do's and don'ts -". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Celebrity Masterchef Ireland got off to a hugely entertaining start last night". Daily Edge. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Comedian and Irish model are the newest stars announced for Dancing with the Stars". Irish Examiner. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  10. ^ "'I don't care what people say' - Holly Carpenter responds to criticism of her reaction to getting DWTS axe". Irish Independent. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "The Miss World 2011 Contestants". Archived from the original on 9 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  12. ^ a b "SuburbiaSPECIAL: Holly Carpenter". Suburbia. October–November 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Miss University Holly Carpenter". The Sunday World. 8 (50). 7 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Holly Carpenter talks dating as ex Cian Healy cuddles up to someone new". 3 November 2015.
  15. ^ "'We're on a boat!' Holly Carpenter and Danny O'Reilly live it up in Dubai". 14 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Holly Carpenter makes grand romantic gesture for new boyfriend Danny O'Reilly". 10 December 2015.
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