Kirsten Fiona Imrie|
26 October 1967
Kensington, London, England
|Other names||Kirsten Stewart|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
Born in west London, Imrie was raised in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland from the age of three. After leaving school at the age of 16, she worked in various blue-collar jobs in the Edinburgh area. Aged 18, she married a local man from Haddington, East Lothian, but the marriage soon dissolved.
Imrie then moved to London and began a glamour modelling career. She started appearing as a Page 3 girl in The Sun in November 1988, shortly after her 21st birthday, and continued to appear regularly on Page Three until August 1993. She also posed nude for a wide range of men's magazines, including the US edition of Penthouse, which featured her as its cover girl and Penthouse Pet for December 1989 (modelling under the pseudonym Kirsten Stewart). She continued to pose for glamour photographs through her late thirties, appearing in the April 2007 edition of Mayfair magazine at the age of 39.
Imrie also worked as a television presenter. In 1995, she appeared on the newly launched adult television channel Television X. In 1996, L!VE TV recruited Imrie as a television sports presenter. She replaced another former Page 3 girl, Gail McKenna, who had moved to the channel Five.
Controversy and personal strugglesEdit
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, British tabloid newspapers regularly featured stories about Imrie's jet-setting lifestyle, her alleged alcohol and cocaine abuse, her celebrity relationships, and even her alleged lesbian affairs with other glamour models.
In the mid-1990s, Imrie began to struggle with debt. On 27 September 1994, when she appeared in a London court on charges of driving under the influence, her solicitor told the court that she was no longer receiving regular modelling work, was struggling under a "mountain of debt," was living on unemployment benefits, and was "almost on the breadline".
In November 2000, tabloid newspapers ran stories reporting that Imrie was penniless and sleeping rough on Clapham Common, having sold her house to pay off debts. The tabloids later claimed that readers' donations had enabled Imrie to rent a flat in South London, resume her modelling career, and turn her life around.
In 2003, Imrie spoke about her homelessness and addiction problems in the UK television documentary The Curse of Page 3.
- Gold, Andrew (1994-09-25). "Hell for the Angel: Scots model in drugs and drink ordeal". Sunday Mail.
- Davidson, Gina (2002-10-29). "Addicted to the High Life at All Costs". Edinburgh Evening News.
- Page 3.com official statistics: http://www.page3.com/girl/kirsten_imrie/index.shtml
- Penthouse magazine, Volume 21, Issue 4 (December 1989)
- Mayfair, Vol. 44, No. 4 (April 2007)
- "A Star is Porn: Family Fury as Kirsten is New TV Sex Queen". Sunday Mail. 1995-06-04.
- "Topless Angel's Going Bust: Drink-drive Shame of Dole Model". Daily Record. 1994-09-28.
- Bussey, Emma (2000-11-05). "Page 3 Kirsten is Tramp Sleeping on Park Bench". Sunday People.
- "Page 3 Helen let me tie her to the bed" James Weatherup, News of the World, 23 October 1994,
- Jeffs, David (2000-11-05). "Fallen Model Kirsten Dosses on Park Benches". News of the World.
- Bussey, Emma (2001-06-03). "Sunday People Helps Page 3 Kirsten Get a New Life". Sunday People.
- Jeffs, David (2000-11-12). "We Turn Tramp Back Into a Lady". News of the World.
- "The Curse of Page 3 (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-27.