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Jodie Elizabeth Kidd (born (1978-09-25)25 September 1978 in Guildford) is an English fashion model, race car driver, and television personality.[1]

Jodie Kidd
Jodie Kidd (2008).jpg
Kidd in 2008
Jodie Elizabeth Kidd

(1978-09-25) 25 September 1978 (age 41)
Guildford, Surrey, England
OccupationModel, race car driver, television personality
Aidan Butler
(m. 2005–2007)

David Blakeley
(m. 2014; div. 2015)
Partner(s)Andrea Vianini (until 2013)
RelativesJemma Kidd (sister)
Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (great-grandfather)

Early lifeEdit

Kidd was born in 1978, the daughter of the businessman and former showjumper Johnny Kidd. One of Kidd's maternal great-grandfathers was the Canadian press baron Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook.[2] Kidd's mother, Wendy Madeleine Kidd (née Hodge), is one of the three daughters of Sir John Rowland Hodge, 2nd Baronet,[2] and runs the Holders Festival on Barbados.[3] Kidd's aunt is the model Vicki Hodge.[2]

Jodie was a showjumper as a child and attended St Michael's School, Burton Park, Petworth, West Sussex.[4] Kidd has two siblings. Her elder sister, Jemma Kidd (born 1974), married Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, son of the current Duke of Wellington, in June 2005.[5] Kidd's brother, Jack Kidd (born 1973) is a polo player.[6] Kidd also has a half brother, the entrepreneur Nick D'Arcy Whiting (born 1962) and a half sister Debbie Parris (born 1964).[7]


Jodie Kidd, London 2008


Kidd was 15 when she was discovered by photographer Terry O'Neil on a beach in Barbados.[citation needed] Her modelling career began when he introduced her to model agent Laraine Ashton.[citation needed] When Kidd began modelling at 16 there was an uproar – accusations were made that promotion of her slender figure encouraged teenage girls to become anorexic when they tried to mimic her looks.[citation needed] Her skeletal figure led to accusations, because she is tall 185 cm (6 ft 1) and at the time her weight was 48 kg (106 lb) (BMI of 13.6; WHO class[8] at 16 years, "severe thinness") and a German magazine called her "locuste model",[citation needed] sometimes referred to as "heroin chic".[9] However, following an eight-month break in modelling, Kidd increased weight to become a Size 14 dress size.[9]

Kidd modelled with the leading models from Capellino, Chanel, Ernesto Esposito, Fendissime, Gai Mattiolo, Ghost, Lagerfeld, Malhas, Monsoon, and Motorola and also featured in campaigns for Chloé 'Innocence' perfume and Yves Saint Laurent.[citation needed] She also appeared on the cover of Elle magazine in Australia, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden and the United States[citation needed] and made appearances on The Face and Comme des Garçons.[citation needed]

In 2014, Kidd was the face of Jaeger's AW/14 campaign.[10] She was one of three iconic British models who were photographed with their mothers, alongside Jasmine Guinness and Kirsty Hume.[11]


She drove a Maserati and became known for completing the fastest Celebrity Lap in the Suzuki Liana on the Top Gear car show (Series 2 Episode 8 : 6 July 2003). She was later overtaken by Simon Cowell (Series 3 Episode 5 : 9 November 2003) and is now ranked 11th fastest.[12]

On 4 December 2004, Kidd and her co-driver, Fabio Babini, took first place in Bologna, Italy at a Maserati Trofeo Pro-Am event. It was only Kidd's third race.[13] She has also taken part in several rallies of the Gumball 3000.


Kidd's career as a television personality has included participation on Strictly Come Dancing 2008, in which she partnered with professional dancer Ian Waite; they finished in sixth place, and Kidd left the show in a "dance-off" against former model and television presenter Lisa Snowdon. In 2014, Kidd was a finalist in the BBC's annual cookery programme Celebrity Masterchef; she lost the championship to actor Sophie Thompson. In 2015 she appeared in series 2 of The Jump, where she was sixth to be eliminated. In 2015 Kidd appeared as one of the hosts of the Channel 5 automotive show The Classic Car Show with co-host Quentin Willson.

In the summer of 2015, Kidd was tipped to become Chris Evans's co-host on the revamped Top Gear following Jeremy Clarkson's exit. However she ruled herself out of the job stating that she wanted some time out of the limelight.[14] Kidd also appeared with her son Indio on the fifth series of Big Star's Little Star where they won £9,000 for charity.

Kidd formed part of the ITV4 presenter line up for the Isle of Man TT coverage of 2018.[15]

Musical productionEdit

Kidd and her father are producers of the musical Yarico, a tale of romance and slavery in Barbados, based on the 17th-century operetta Yarico and Inkle.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Kidd's other hobbies include polo, golf[17] and horse riding.[18]

Following a year long romance and engagement, Kidd married Internet entrepreneur Aidan Butler on 10 September 2005 at St Peter's Church, Twineham, West Sussex. The couple split up after 18 months of marriage.[19]

Kidd's son by her partner Andrea Vianini, an Argentinian polo player, was born on 5 September 2011.[20][21] Kidd and Vianini split in the summer of 2013. Kidd subsequently married David Blakeley. The couple split in January 2015, after four months of marriage.[22]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Prince Valiant Uncredited.
1999 Mad Cows Tracey
2003 Top Gear Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Lap time: 1 min 48 seconds (Series 2, episode 8).
2006 Gumball 3000: Drivin' Me Crazy
2008 Who Do You Think You Are? Appears as herself to trace her family tree.[23]
2008 Clarkson: Thriller Appears as herself to race Jeremy Clarkson in a Fiat 500.
2010 Countryfile Presenter in December 2010.
2011 Top Gear Guest in race – Top Gear UK versus Top Gear Australia – for the Ashes.
2013 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Competitor, against James Martin.[24] Series 3, Episode 14
2014 Celebrity Masterchef Contestant.
2015 The Classic Car Show Presenter with Quentin Willson
2015 The Jump Contestant. Eliminated, 3 February 2015.[25]
2016 Stars In Their Cars Guest star. Series 1, Episode 10
2017 The Crystal Maze Team Captain. Episode 2
2018 Peng Life Guest. Episode 1


  1. ^ "Jodie Kidd". Fashion Model Directory. 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Burke's Peerage, volume 1 (1999), p. 232
  3. ^ Carole Cadwalladr. "It's super-duper, but definitely not Jilly Cooper". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Arthur Wellesley - Title, family, Jemma Kidd & children - Tatler List". Tatler. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  6. ^ "The rock star, the polo set and the man who played them for fools". The Daily Telegraph. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  7. ^ Burke's Peerage volume 2 (2003), p. 1,932
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b "Former Heroin Chic Model Jodie Kidd Is Proud Of Her Size 14 Figure". Talent Management. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Interview: Jodie & Wendy Kidd | AW14 campaign | Womenswear | Jaeger Journal". Jaeger. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  11. ^ "New Jaeger film celebrates three iconic British models and their mothers - Telegraph". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Top Gear Track Guide". Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  13. ^ Carter, Melanie (6 December 2004). "Supermodel Jodie Kidd Wins Her First Ever Motor Race". Car Pages. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Jodie Kidd: the truth about why I won't do Top Gear". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  16. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa. "Jodie Kidd brings story of love and slavery to the London stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  17. ^ "BBC Sport: Golf: Winter warriors". London: BBC. 14 January 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  18. ^ Stadlen, Matthew (25 September 2014). "Ryder Cup ambassador Jodie Kidd: 'I could have been a professional golfer'". The Daily Telegraph. London. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Jodie's marriage falls apart". Metro News. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  20. ^ "'Excited' Jodie Kidd expecting first baby". Hello!. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  21. ^ "Exclusive: Jodie Kidd happy to announce the birth of her first child". Hello!. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  22. ^ Thistlethwaite, Felicity (30 January 2015). "Jodie Kidd and David Blakeley split after four months of marriage". Daily Express. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? - Jodie Kidd". BBC One. 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  24. ^ "Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Series 3, Number 14. James Martin and Jodie Kidd". Radio Times. 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  25. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (3 February 2015). "The Jump 2015: Louie Spence and Jodie Kidd eliminated as Louise Hazel gets highest leap". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 9 February 2015.

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