Nicola Maria Roberts
(born 5 October 1985) is an English singer-songwriter, actress, model and entrepreneur.
Roberts rose to fame in 2002 after auditioning for the ITV reality television
programme The Rivals
and winning a place in the girl group Girls Aloud
. The group was one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success, amassing a joint fortune of £
25 million by May 2009. With Girls Aloud, Roberts has been successful in achieving a string of 20 consecutive UK top ten singles (including four number ones), two UK number one albums, and received nominations for five BRIT Awards
, winning Best Single in 2009 for "The Promise
". Girls Aloud announced that they would take a break to pursue solo projects. She created her own make-up range entitled Dainty Doll, targeted towards people with pale skin tones. She advocated a ban on the use of sunbeds
Life and career
1985–2001: Early life and Popstars
Nicola Roberts was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire
and raised in Runcorn
. She has one sister, Frankie, and two brothers, Harrison and Clayton. Roberts says that she holds family values close to her heart and tries to visit often in order to stay close (as seen in Off the Record and The Passions of Girls Aloud). Roberts started her career singing with a girl group at her local discotheque with a local DJ. The group performed under the name 'The 5 Musketers', which was later reported to have been a name suggestion in the early......