People

Charlotte Church: life in photos

Published

Charlotte Church is Stylist's cover star this week and to celebrate, we take a look at how one of Wales' biggest personalities has evolved over time. From a fresh-faced youngster singing Pie Jesu on ITV to pop diva, TV presenter, actress, privacy campaigner and mother, she's a woman of many talents and - unlike many celebrities who fall off the radar - has courted attention and professional respect from the moment she stepped into the public sphere aged 11. Come take a look back at the life and times of an extraordinary talent:

Click here to read Charlotte's interview with Stylist.

Photos: Rex Features

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    "The Voice Of An Angel" was launched as Charlotte first hit the spotlight aged 11 in 1997, on Jonathan Ross' The Big Big Talent Show. Charlotte was on the programme to introduce her aunt, Caroline Cooper, but ended up singing a flawless, clear-voiced rendition of Pie Jesu - a performance that sealed her breakthrough into stardom.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    Several months on, in 1998, Charlotte clinched a five-album record deal with Sony. Not bad for a 12-year-old.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    Her first album, Voice of an Angel featured arias and traditional songs and was an immediate success, selling millions around the world.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    By 1999, Charlotte was already well-honed in the red carpet routine, donning a tiara and party dress to attend the premiere of Star Wars 1 One - The Phantom Menace.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    Her second self-titled album, released in Christmas 1999, delivered a mix of religious and operatic tracks including Just Wave Hello. By this time, Charlotte had found a stronghold of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. She was also the youngest artist ever to top the UK classical chart.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    In 2001, Charlotte took two personal tutors on a world tour with her and sat one of her GCSEs at the White House, before performing at the inauguration celebration for former US president George W Bush (pictured here).

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    By 2001, Charlotte's third album, Dream A Dream, had become a smash hit and her management (by this time headed up by her mother, Maria) rolled out a fourth studio album Enchantment to resounding plaudits.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    Charlotte is pictured here on her 16th birthday in 2002. And she certainly had a lot to celebrate; by this point, the singer was a regular fixture in The Sunday Times' rich list and was lauded by critics and fans alike.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    Attending a Women Of Achievement reception at Buckingham Palace in March 2004. The past year had seen Charlotte score another chart hit with opera song Jurgen Vries and branch out into acting with 2003 comedy I'll Be There.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    2005 was another landmark year for Charlotte - just as some questioned whether her ability to rule the charts was waning, she reinvented herself as a pop singer with single Crazy Chick and her first pop album Tissues And Issues. Both were massively successful and the songstress was once again a big deal in the music industry.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    In December 2005, Charlotte threw herself into the festive spirit of things, appearing as Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz pantomime on The Paul O'Grady Show.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    2006, and Charlotte had found happiness in her private life with rugby star Gavin Henson, whom she started dating the year before (she went onto have two children, Ruby and Dexter, with him).

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    During this time, Charlotte was often found cheering pitch-side at one of Gavin's matches - including this Wales versus South Africa play-off in November 2007.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    She had also established a career for herself as a media commentator and presenter. At the age of 20, she was given her own comedy talk show (Channel 4's The Charlotte Church Show) after guest-presenting Have I Got News For You because "someone thought I was good at it". She also maintained her public profile with regular appearances on programmes like Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (pictured here in June 2008).

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    Pictured at the V Festival in Chelmsford, August 2009. By now, Charlotte had sold over 11 million albums worldwide and was worth an estimated £20 million.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    In 2010, Charlotte released her sixth studio album Back to Scratch. The album featured a cover of Joni Mitchell's River and Charlotte later revealed that it was inspired in part by issues in her personal life, after she split from long-term partner Gavin Henson. She's pictured here on the Chris Moyles Quiz Night show in October 2010.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    Performing on the Paul O'Grady Live TV programme in London, April 2011. A few months later, Charlotte covered Zoë Ball on BBC Radio 2's Saturday breakfast show.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    The same year, Charlotte appeared before the Leveson Inquiry to testify about media intrusion into her personal life. "There was nothing left; no skeletons," she told Stylist of her treatment at the hands of some media outlets. "They couldn’t get at me anymore and the injustice sickened me."

    Here she is reading a statement outside London's High Court in February 2012, after receiving damages of £600,000 from News Group Newspapers in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    Charlotte performing on This Morning in September 2013. This was just after the release of her EP Three.

  • Charlotte Church: life in photos

    Appearing as Stylist's cover in February 2014. In a wide-ranging and candid interview, Charlotte talks about feminism, her fight for press privacy, Miley Cyrus and why she's happy to be running her own record label. The singer releases her fourth EP, Four, on March 10.

Share this article

Author

Other people read

More from People

More from null