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The Life and Career of Holly Valance Actress, Pop Singer, and Fashion Model

Updated on March 25, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Who is Holly Valance and why is she famous?

This world contains many gorgeous women and one of them, Holly Valance, became best known for her appearance on the famous Australian soap opera called Neighbours. Pretty much all celebrities that become famous do so because of that first big break. And for Holly it was because of Neighbours that got her into the spotlight. She played the role of Felicity Scully who is considered a very feisty kind of character. That is how that title is spelled. So who is Holly Valance you might ask? That’s a great question. This article covers her life and career.

A Little Bit About Holly Valance's Personal Background

Born on May 11, 1983, Holly has what you could say a sort of exotic background in terms of her ancestry. She is a mix of English and Serbian (at the time of her birth, that part of the world was called Yugoslavia). She was born Holly Rachel Vukadinovic to Rayko and Rachel. Holly’s mother Rachel is from Southampton, England and she was a fashion model. Holly’s father is skilled as well, knowing how to play the guitar and piano as well. I first found out about Holly back in 2011 and feel that she deserves coverage because of her beauty, skills, and talent. Holly was born in Melbourne, Australia but she is now living in London. In 2004, Holly would move to Los Angeles and she said while laughing "there's only so much sushi and sun a girl can handle!" This of course came during an interview in 2011 that was for only five minutes.

Holly Valance the fashion model, pop singer, and film actress

When Holly reached her teenage years, she began modeling for runway shows, various commercials and many catalogs. However, Holly would get some notoriety, having a brief modeling session with model Naomi Campbell at a fashion show in Melbourne. But it would only get better for Holly after this. For the website Ask Men, Holly was ranked at #69 in 2005 on a list of the top 99 most desirable women. Six years later in 2011, Valance was ranked #80 in Australia’s version of the FHM Magazine. Holly was on an exclusive list of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World. Holly would depart from the soap opera Neighbours in August 2002 because she wanted a career as a pop music singer. I don’t know if she knew this was going to happen, but she experienced success almost overnight. Her debut single Kiss Kiss was a #1 chart topping hit in both the UK and Australia! The single did so well that it even beat anything Kylie Minogue had released to that point. Holly released her debut album called Footprints. She would release a second single called Down Boy. This song did very well in the UK, peaking at #2 and in Australia, it was in the 4th position. Holly’s 3rd solo single called Naughty Girl was at the 3rd position in Australia and it fell down a bit though in the UK, dropping to #17. Holly would release her 2nd solo album called State of Mind in 2003. She would follow that up by releasing her 4th solo single called State of Mind. This single would go up to the 8th position in the UK. Holly actually claimed that she had shown the music video for Kiss Kiss to her parents and grandmother. Luckily for Holly, her family loved the video. In the video, there are images of the human lip that is blowing kisses back to viewers. The style of the song has a sort of Greek music kind of feel to it and sounds also kind of like an R & B song. Holly is now married to Nick Candy, an assistant director since September 2012. In November 2013, she gave birth to a daughter named Luka Violet Toni Candy.

More Photos of the Stunning Holly Valance


The Single "Kiss, Kiss" That Put Holly Valance in a Whole New Category of Fame

Other Interesting Facts About Holly Valance

  • The late comedian Benny Hill’s cousin was Holly’s grandfather.
  • Holly has both Australian and British citizenship.
  • Holly is extremely athletic. In her spare time, she enjoys going for a walk, swimming, and even likes to do kickboxing! Holly also used to practice a sport called Muay Thai.
  • Holly is also a fan of walking outside and she goes to bars, clubs, and restaurants.
  • On a related note, her favorite foods include antipasto (pasta salad), Greek food, Lebanese food, and rocket and Parmesan cheese salad.
  • During an interview with the BBC, Holly revealed that she really enjoyed her time on the reality TV show Strictly Come Dancing. There is a US equivalent called Dancing With the Stars.
  • Holly even has Spanish grandparents!

Holly Valance Interview In 5 Minutes

Holly Valance (Holly Candy)

Naughty Girl (Music Video)

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