British glamour model Keeley Hazell went from posing on the cover of FHM to landing gigs in Hollywood after hooking up with stars including David Walliams and Jason Sudeikis.
Keeley, 35, from London, came from humble beginnings, and was born to mother Amber, a dinner lady, and her father Roy, a window fitter, in Bromley.
However as a teenager, she became known for her career as a glamour model – having found fame posing topless for The Sun’s Page 3, and regularly appearing in men’s magazines including FHM, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo Weekly.
After a short-lived music career, she was regularly spotted out on the London social circuit with stars including Walliams and presenter Steve Jones.
However following a minor role in the 2006 film Cashback, the model developed the acting bug and decided to hone her craft by spending time studying acting in Los Angeles.
It was there she met Jason, landing a role in his show Ted Lasso, and later having an on-off relationship with the father-of-two.
It emerged today the couple had reportedly split less than a year after they went public with their romance.
British glamour model Keeley Hazell went from posing on the cover of FHM to landing gigs in Hollywood after hooking up with stars including David Walliams and Jason Sudeikis
As a teenager, Keeley became known for her career as a glamour model – having found fame posing topless for The Sun’s Page 3 (left). She was regularly spotted out on the London social circuit with stars including Walliams and presenter Steve Jones at the end of the Noughties (right)
Keeley was born in Lewisham and grew up in Grove Park, in South East London with her father Roy, a window fitter and her mother Amber, who worked as a dinner lady.
Her parents split when she was 13-years-old and she has previously said her family were ‘poor’ and had ‘no money’ throughout her childhood.
She told The Independent in 2017: ‘I wanted to act from a young age and I didn’t seem like a reality for me growing up. My family were poor so really early I didn’t think that would be something that could happen.’
Throughout childhood Keeley dreamed of moving to the US to take acting classes, but she often played truant and struggled with her exams, in part due to her dyslexia.
In 2006, she had a small role as ‘Frozen Girl in Sainsbury’s’ in the film Cashback. She is pictured in London in 2006
She told The Sun: ‘I couldn’t abide by rules and found it restricting. Education is extremely important, but I like it on my own terms.’
At 16 she left school with ‘no education or income’ and says she took the first job she could working in a hair salon – admitting that she felt her lack of family connections would hold her back in the entertainment industry.
She told Huffington Post: ‘I left school at the age of 16 with no education or income; taking the first job I could get working in a hair salon.
‘It was there I realised that unless I was the daughter of someone famous, or from a wealthy, connected family, chances were I was going to struggle. That alone was enough to throw me into an enormous ball of panic.’
in 2017, she tried something new and released a pop music single called Voyeur. in the video, she could be seen writhing around a bed in her underwear as well as dancing on a pole
After her colleagues persuaded her to try modelling, the then-17-year-old competed in The Daily Star’s ‘Search for a Beach Babe’ contest and won.
While she was not old enough to pose on Page 3, she went on to study fashion at Lewisham College.
However after she went on to enter The Sun’s Page 3 Idol contest, she was named the winner in 2004.
She won £10,000 worth of ‘sexy clothes’, ‘a one-year membership of the Rex cinema and bar and a one-year exclusive glamour modelling contract with The Sun.
She went on to regularly appear in Nuts, FHM, Maxim and Zoo Weekly.
The 35-year-old now appears to have left Hollywood behind and started an Instagram account to document her renovations on a London warehouse
In 2006, she had a small role as ‘Frozen Girl in Sainsbury’s’ in the film Cashback, and the following year she was in talks with producers to be in a Baywatch movie.
But by 2007, she tried something new and released a pop music single called Voyeur. In the video, she could be seen writhing around a bed in her underwear as well as dancing on a pole.
While the music video now has over 1,000,000 views on YouTube, she quickly abandoned the music career.
That same year, she was also hailed by David Cameron as an ‘environment hero’ on a list which also included the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Writing in Daily Mail in 2007, she said: ‘I’ve been interested in green issues for some time. I don’t see how anyone who reads the papers or listens to the news can fail to be.
‘Global warming is something that seriously worries me and I’m happy to do anything I can to help slow down climate change.’
After winning several glamour modelling competitions in her teens, Keeley went on to have a successful career (pictured in 2008)
Two years on, she decided to give up modelling and singing up to pursue a career in acting.
It emerged she was in America receiving acting lessons at renowned Lee Strasberg Theater And Film Institute.
Remembering the experience, she told the Daily Actor: ‘I think it was great and I only see the positives. I only saw it as a fresh start and that was positive because that was what I needed and what I wanted. And the going out and doing that was kind of fun.
‘It was also a struggle. Struggle can be challenging and the challenge can be great, but it’s also a struggle when you haven’t done it.’
She landed her first role in 2010 in a short film Venus and the Sun, a comedic retelling of Ovid’s myth, Venus and Adonis.
Keeley then got her big break starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones in 2011’s rom-com Like Crazy.
She became a regular on the London nightlife scene (left, at the UK premiere for The Simpsons) and expanded her work beyond modelling (pictured right, with Emma Willis on Championship Gaming Series)
Meanwhile she was often snapped alongside David Walliams, who became a lifelong friend (pictured)
The movie won both the Grand and a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
The same year, she was pictured out and about with Steve Jones, the ‘X Factor USA’ host who’d previously had dalliances with the likes of Hayden Panettiere and Pamela Anderson.
Meanwhile her acting jobs began to ramp up – she played a supporting role in the British gangster movie St George’s Day before starring in the 2013 comedy film Awful Nice and the 2015 horror film Whispers.
She returned to glamour modelling in 2013, and defended her decision to return after a 13-month long break.
She told Daily Mail: ‘I suppose I came to a realisation that being a serious actress and being on the cover of FHM don’t need to be mutually exclusive.
She returned to glamour modelling in 2013, and defended her decision, saying you could be ‘both smart and sexy’ (pictured)
‘There’s this perception that you can’t be more than one thing. That if you’re dubbed ‘sexy’ you can no longer be anything else.
‘That you become intellectually uncomplicated, incapable of accomplishing anything other than appearing to be an object for men. And it’s rubbish.
‘Society tells you that you can’t be smart and sexy, and that’s totally wrong.’
The fiesty model continued: ‘The thing about sexiness is that it’s been painted as evil.
‘But the truth is that women want to be viewed as sexy. Shooting a cover like this is so empowering. It brings out a different side of you, which is incredibly liberating.’
It was 2014 when she landed a small role in the comedy flick Horrible Bosses 2 that she met her future beau.
She landed her first role in 2010 in a short film Venus and the Sun, a comedic retelling of Ovid’s myth, Venus and Adonis (pictured)
Meanwhile she went on to meet Jason on the set of Horrible Bosses 2 in 2014 (pictured right, in the red swimsuit)
She went on to star in E!’s first scripted drama, The Royals, as Violet, before appearing in the 2016 short film Queen of Hearts.
Two years later, she appeared in the 2018 TV Movie Vows of Deceit.
Her biggest role came in 2020, when she snagged a role in the first season of Sudeikis’ hit AppleTV+ series Ted Lasso.
On the show she plays Bex, the girlfriend of Rupert Mannion (Anthony Head), who replaces Hannah Waddingham’s Rebecca in Rupert’s affections.
However, shortly after the show came out, it appears her life changed once again when she and her unnamed partner of four years split.
She moved back to London and is thought to have launched a property development business.
In February 2020, she revealed on Instagram she was renovating a Grade II listed warehouse in East London.
In July 2020, it was reported Walliams had moved Keeley into his London home for nine months after she returned from the US, while the two also attended Ant McPartlin’s wedding together
By July 2020, reports emerged she had moved in with Walliams into his London home for nine months after she returned from the US.
But by October, she revealed she was looking for a new man in her life, as well as a new line of work as she told her followers: ‘Looking for a job and a boyfriend. Not sure where I’m going wrong.’
Months later, Jason and Keeley were first romantically linked, with sources saying in February 2021 the pair had started spending more time with one another when Jason was filming Ted Lasso in London.
Jason and Keeley sent tongues wagging in March 2021 when he appeared via Zoom at the Golden Globes to accept the award Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on Ted Lasso.
Her biggest role came in 2020, when she snagged a role in the first season of Sudeikis’ h it AppleTV+ series Ted Lasso
Eagle-eyed fans noticed that he was in the same living room where Keeley had posed in a recent social media post, sparking speculation they were already living together in London.
In June last year, Jason and Keeley appeared to confirm their romance as they were pictured embracing while sightseeing in New York City, in exclusive pictures obtained by MailOnline.
In 2020, the former Page 3 model shared a number of snaps of a warehouse conversion in London on Instagram, hinting at a new career as a property developer (left and right)
Speaking to The Sun, a source claimed: ‘Jason has always found Keeley incredibly attractive, and has told pals he’s had a crush on her since her Page 3 days.
‘When Jason found out about his wife and Harry, Keeley was one of the people whom he turned towards.
‘During this time he was understandably devastated, but she was brilliant and incredibly supportive.’
The couple have reportedly now split, and are believed to have cited their busy schedules as the reason for their separation, according to The Sun.