Geri Halliwell (born Geraldine Estelle Halliwell; 06.08.1972)
Geri Halliwell is an English singer best known for being a former member of the girlband Spice Girls and donning the moniker Ginger Spice.
Geri Halliwell: Childhood
Geri Halliwell was born in Watford. Her parents are Laurence Francis Halliwell and Ana María.
She grew up on a council estate in North Watford and attended Watford Grammar School for Girls.
Before joining the Spice Girls, she worked as a nightclub dancer, a TV presenter and a glamour model.
Geri Halliwell: Musical career
Geri Halliwell joined the Spice Girls in 1994 and was dubbed Ginger Spice in 1996 by Top of the Pops magazine.
She was popular for her vibrant outfits, particularly her Union Jack dress that she wore at the 1997 BRIT awards.
The band became the biggest selling girlband ever and sold more than 65 million records. Their debut single 'Wannabe' shot to number one and they subsequently had eight other number one singles including 'Mama' and '2 Become 1'.
In 1998, she left the group due to musical differences and because she was suffering from depression.
In 1999, she released her debut solo album 'Schizophonic' with number one singles 'Mi Chico Latino', 'Lift Me Up' and 'Bag It Up'.
In 2001, she released her second album, 'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster', on which she covered 80s hit 'It's Raining Men' by the Weather Girls. It was a massive hit and landed platinum certification.
In 2004, she released single 'Ride It', which reached number four in the UK. She arranged a UK tour that never came to fruition due to poor ticket sales.
In 2005, she released her third album 'Passion'.
In 2007, she announced that she would take part in a Spice Girls reunion tour entitled Return of the Spice Girls.
In 2012, she reunited with the band yet again for the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Geri Halliwell: Other career ventures
Geri Halliwell released her autobiography 'If Only' in 1999.
In 2002, she became a judge on the TV talent show 'Popstars: The rivals' with Pete Waterman and Louis Walsh. She also became a judge on the show 'All American Girl'.
In 2003, she published a second autobiography entitled 'Just for the Record' and released two Yoga DVDs, 'Geri Yoga' and 'Geri Body Yoga'.
She has made various other TV and film appearances including on 'Sex and the City' and in the movies 'Fat Slags' and 'Crank: High Voltage'.
In 2007, she signed a book deal with Macmillan Children's Books to release a book series called 'Ugenia Lavender'.
In 2010, she was a guest judge on 'The X Factor' and returned once again in 2012.
She released her own bikini through Next in 2011.
Geri Halliwell: Personal life
Geri Halliwell had a daughter called Bluebell Madonna in 2006 and it is thought, but not confirmed, that the father is film director Sacha Gervasi.
She supports Watford Football Club.
In 1999, she became a representative for the United Nations Population Fund and subsequently travelled the world on behalf of the charity, visiting Zambia to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.
In 1997, she was a vocal supporter of Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party. In 2001, her political affiliations had changed in favour of Tony Blair and the Labour Party.