Holly Valance biography 2022

Singer Holly Valance

Holly Valance biography


Holly Valance was born in New Zealand on May 11, 1983, and moved to Brighton, Australia, when she was still a teenager.

Holly never thought about the entertainment industry, but her mother, Rachel - one of Australia's top models (by the way, Holly's father, Ryko is also a model) - encouraged her to pursue it. So, using her mother's booking and agent connections, Holly soon found herself posing for Kmart catalogs and strutting down runways in lingerie at the tender age of 14.

In 1999, the then 17-year-old Holly had her first big break. Her agent heard about a casting call for a role on the long-running Australian soap opera Neighbours. Believing that Valance would be perfect for the part, he sent her to audition, and after several callbacks, Valance was cast as Felicity "Flick" Scully.

Along with the role came a considerable sacrifice; unable to handle work and her studies, Valance decided to drop out of school in the 11th grade. And while she certainly regrets not getting her diploma, this brave move paved the way for a successful acting career.

Valance and her character became an instant fan favorite and remained so for the next three years. But although a permanent job on a hit soap was great, she chose not to renew her contract in 2002.

Instead, she set her sights on a singing career, something she had been practicing since she was 13. Her first single, "Kiss Kiss," was an instant hit in Europe, going all the way to number one in the UK and Australia (her second single, "Down Boy," due in September 2002).

Valance is now busy with record producer Nellee Hooper (who also worked with Madonna and No Doubt) putting the finishing touches on her debut album.

In addition to receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike, Valance received some accolades from the publishing world. As if being named one of the "sexiest women in the world" by FHM in 2000 wasn't enough, Valance also received the GQ Award for "Woman of the Year" in London last year, beating competitors such as Dido and Rachel Weisz out.

When she's not working, Valance loves hanging out with her high school friends, going to bars and restaurants (especially Lebanese and Greek), and enjoying the single life. Valance filmed her final scenes on Neighbors in August 2002, and her debut album is on the way.


last updated October 2022

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