Cheryl Ann Tweedy was born on 30th June 1983, in Newcastle, in the North-East of England. She has two brothers and sisters.
As a young girl she was a keen dancer and during her teens she decided to live her passion by performing in ballets, entering dance competitions, winning several awards along the way.
At 16 she enrolled in the Royal Ballet Summer School London beating 9000 other hopefuls. As a teenager she also appeared in several TV adverts.
In 2002 she took part in the reality TV show “Popstars: The Rivals”, a competition to search for budding popstars in the UK. She was the first contestant to be picked for the Girl Group that would become “Girls Aloud”, who today are one of the most popular groups in the UK.
On 26th May 2003 the group released their first album “Sound of the Underground”, the 2003 Christmas number 1 in the UK charts. On 24th November 2004 the group released their second album “What Will the Neighbours Say?”
This was also a hit, but exclusively in England. As a result of this, the girls decided to go on a European tour. In 2005 the group released their third album “Chemistry”. This album, although a success, was not released abroad.
In 2007, the group released a Best Of album and their 4th album “Tangled Up”.
In 2008 she signed up as a judge on Simon Cowell’s reality TV show popstar search “X-Factor”, with acts she mentored winning the competition 2 years in a row.
She used the show to launch her solo career in 2009 and performed her first solo single “Fight For This Love” on the X-Factor stage.
The single made it to number one in the UK charts and quickly became the fastest selling record of 2009. Her first solo album “3 Words” went straight to number one when it was released a short time after her first single.
In the same year, Cheryl Cole was voted the sexiest woman on the planet by FHM UK and year was also featured on the covers of British Vogue and UK Elle magazine.
As her career was going from strength to strength, her personal life plummeted into turmoil in 2009.
On 15th July 2006 she married Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, but in 2009 it was revealed that he had been unfaithful.
Cheryl stayed with her husband, but more stories of the footballer’s infidelity emerged again in 2010.
Shortly after this Cole confirmed the couple had separated and they divorced in September 2010.
In 2011 Cheryl made a failed reconciliation bid with her ex-husband.
Cole has been linked to a possible romance with Black Eyed Peas frontman, Will.i.am and had a brief relationship with dancer Derek Hough in 2010. This relationship finished in 2011.
The couple had taken a trip to Tanzania where Cole had caught malaria. Doctors warned Cole that she may die from the disease if she did not put on weight.
The star returned in 2011 looking amazing (and slightly more curvaceous) in time to re-join “X-Factor”.
However, in May 2011 it was announced that Cheryl Cole had quit the judging panel on the UK “X-Factor” show to join the judging panel across the pond on the American version of the “X-Factor”.
However, Cole was fired from the show after only 3 weeks following claims of rivalry between her and fellow judge Paula Abdul.
Unperturbed by this setback, Cole went on to make her film debut with a cameo appearance in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, alongside Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez and most recently she has teamed up with stylistpick.com to design an affordable clothing range.
Cheryl Cole has also participated in several charity events, with the most impressive when she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2009 with a group of other celebrities. The trek raised £3.4 million for Comic Relief.
She has also set up “The Cheryl Cole Foundation” through the Prince’s Trust to help disadvantaged young people in the North East of England and as the face of L’Oréal, she has also helped to produce a lipstick, for which part of the profits will go to charity.
Cheryl Cole’s career keeps going from strength to strength and we can be assured that we will see much more from the star throughout 2012.