Jodie Elizabeth Kidd (born 25 September 1978) is a British (England)fashion model and television personality.[1]

Jodie Kidd
Kidd in 2008
Jodie Elizabeth Kidd

(1978-09-25) 25 September 1978 (age 45)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Occupation(s)Model, racing driver, television personality
Aidan Butler
(m. 2005; div. 2007)
David Blakeley
(m. 2014; div. 2015)
PartnerAndrea Vianini (until 2013)
RelativesJemma Kidd (sister)
Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (great-grandfather)

Early life


Kidd was born in 1978 and is the daughter of the businessman and former showjumper Johnny Kidd. She is the granddaughter of The Honourable Janet Gladys Aitken. 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]


Kidd in 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 the age of 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 her weight to become a dress size 14.[9]

Kidd, with a face not dissimilar to that of Kate Moss, 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 beaten 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 Gumball 3000 rallies.

Kidd in a Sweet Shop
YouTube information
LocationUnited Kingdom
Years active2021–present
(10 November 2023)
Total views11,692,477
(10 November 2023)
 100,000 subscribers2023



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 production


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 life


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 marriage ended after 18 months.[19]

Kidd's son by her partner Andrea Vianini, an Argentinian polo player, was born on 5 September 2011.[20][21] Kidd and Vianini's relationship ended in the summer of 2013. Kidd subsequently married Captain David Blakeley.[22][23] The couple separated in January 2015, after four months of marriage.[24]

She owns a pub, The Half Moon in Kirdford, West Sussex, where she has installed electric charging points for drivers.[25] The renewable energy motoring advocate is also a fan of hydrogen-powered vehicles, as she explained to popular automotive podcast Fuelling Around. [26]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Prince Valiant Uncredited
1999 Mad Cows Tracey
2000 The Fast Show Insecure Girl in Dress The Last Fast Show Ever - Part 1
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.[27]
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.[28] 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.[29]
2016 Stars in Their Cars Guest star Series 1, Episode 10
2016 Cut N' Dry Talent TV Girlfriend - Music Video Episode #3.5
2017 The Crystal Maze Team captain Episode 2
2018 Peng Life Guest Episode 1
2020 Don't Rock the Boat Contestant
2021 Celebrity Yorkshire Auction House Guest Series 1 Episode 5
2021– Kidd in a Sweet Shop Presenter Her own Youtube channel
2021 W Series Village Pub Landlady 2022 Race 4 - Silverstone (United Kingdom)


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  25. ^ "Hydrogen vehicles 'will be the way forward', Jodie Kidd says - 'This is my dream and it will happen!'". GB News. 18 February 2024. Retrieved 29 April 2024.
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  28. ^ "Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Series 3, Number 14. James Martin and Jodie Kidd". Radio Times. 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
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