Sophie Dahl (born Sophie Holloway; 15 September 1977) is an English author and former fashion model. She was notable in the 1990s and early 2000s for her heavy physical appearance which she used to her advantage on the international fashion stage. She also fronted a series of ad campaigns on behalf of designer brands and fashion magazines. As a writer, she completed her first successful novella in 2003 entitled The Man with the Dancing Eyes and followed this with Playing With the Grown-ups in 2008. In 2010 Dahl wrote The Delicious Miss Dahl, a cookery book which featured recipes that were recreated for a six-part BBC 2 series of the same name.Born in London, Dahl made her debut on the English catwalk in London's Fashion Week in the Autumn of 1997. That year, she was discovered by Isabella Blow, who was then a stylist for Vogue magazine. Blow introduced her to the management at the Storm Model Agency in London who signed her to a number of modelling campaigns for Versace, Alexander McQueen, Patrick Cox and Pringle, among others.Dahl is the daughter of actor Julian Holloway and writer Tessa Dahl. Her maternal grandparents were the children's author Roald Dahl and the American actress Patricia Neal. Her paternal grandparents were the actor Stanley Holloway and the former chorus dancer Violet Lane. Sophie Dahl was the inspiration for Sophie, the main character in her maternal grandfather's book The BFG. She is married to the singer Jamie Cullum. Wikipedia
Release of her book, "Playing with the Grown-Ups: A Novel".
Release of her book, "The Man with the Dancing Eyes".
Sister-in-law of Ben Cullum.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 35, a 2nd daughter Margot Cullum on March 4, 2013. Child's father is her husband, Jamie Cullum.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a daughter Lyra Cullum on March 2, 2011. Child's father is her husband, Jamie Cullum.
Engaged to jazz pianist virtuoso Jamie Cullum.
Older half-sister of Luke Kelly.
Her maternal grandmother Patricia Neal and paternal grandfather Stanley Holloway both co-starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in one of her best known films: the former in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and the latter in My Fair Lady (1964).
Was ranked #10 in Channel 5's "World's greatest supermodel".
Was immortalised in Roald Dahl's story "The BFG" as Sophie the little girl the giant befriended.
Her naked advertisement for Yves Saint-Laurent Opium perfume was banned by the British Advertising Standards Agency.
Is the new model for Pringle to promote their Argyle fashion
Starlet model/writer Lyndsy Spence (aka Lyndsylee Spence) has been compared to a teenage version of Sophie Dahl.
Has published a book 'The Man with the Dancing Eyes' (2003).
Her mother is an author Tessa Dahl and her father is the actor Julian Holloway.
Paternal granddaughter of actor Stanley Holloway and former chorus girl Violet Lane (who she called 'Gee Gee').
Was in a relationship with actor/director Griffin Dunne (2000-2001).
In addition to modeling and acting, she also writes short stories, several of which have been published in various magazines.
Was first discovered by Isabella Blow, a Vogue stylist/fashion expert who also lived in Sophie's building. Sophie had just had an intense argument with her mother, and was sitting on the front steps of their apartment weeping. The two women (who up until that point were strangers) struck up a long conversation, and Isabella was awestruck by Sophie's beauty. Soon after, she referred Sophie to Sarah Doukas of the Storm modeling agency in London.
Maternal granddaughter of children's author Roald Dahl and Acadamy Award winning actress Patricia Neal.
On her ideal of happiness: "Being incredibly rich, living in Italy, cooking pizza barefoot and pregnant."
I'd rather be treated like any other model - being booked because a client likes the look of me, not because I'm size 16 with big tits. There's nothing sexual about model's typical androgynous skinniness.
To my detriment, I'm quite rosey-visioned about the idea of love. It's slightly embarrassing but it's part of who I am.