Copyright 2004

[ December 16th 2004 ]

Model, television presenter and marathon runner Nell McAndrew, 31, carried the Olympic torch across Londonís Millennium Bridge in the first-ever World Relay this year. As the forcesí sweetheart, she has visited Northern Ireland, Germany and Iraq. Her wartime visits to the troops in the Gulf in May and December 2003 gained her a commendation by the Queen.

In 2002 McAndrew appeared on ITVís first Iím a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. She has presented Racing Rivals for ITV, Itís a Knockout and fitness tips for The Big Breakfast. During 1996 and 1997 she was the real-life version of the video-game character Lara Croft and toured as the Tomb Raider heroine. Born Tracey McAndrew, she grew up with her older sister and two younger brothers in Belle Isle, Leeds. She went to Middleton Park High School, leaving at 16 to work as a clerk at Yorkshire Bank. After a year she quit to try modelling.

McAndrew joined an agency in Manchester and spent time in Paris and Milan, working as a waitress to support herself between modelling assignments. Her success has been a gradual progression over a 14-year career. At the end of this month she plans to release her third fitness video, Ultimate Challenge, Ultimate Results. She recently married property developer Paul Hardcastle. They own a house in Leeds and rent a flat in Londonís West End.

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