Sophie Ellis Bextor

Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor is an English singer and songwriter. She first came to prominence in the late 1990s, as the lead singer of the indie rock band Theaudience. After the group disbanded, Ellis-Bextor went solo, achieving success in the early 2000s. Her music is a mixture of mainstream pop, disco, nu-disco, and 1980s electronic influences. Her solo debut album, Read My Lips, was released in 2001. The album reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. The record experienced international success, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide. It produced four singles, three of which reached the top three in the UK. In 2003, Read My Lips won the Edison Award for "Best Dance Album". Ellis-Bextor's second album, Shoot from the Hip, was released in 2003. The album reached number 19 in the UK and produced two top ten singles.

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Westlife take to the stage at their sold-out first ever Wembley headline show

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor blows out candles and celebrates her 43rd birthday

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor wows in a pink ruffle dress during the last night of her Kitchen Disco Tour

Sophie Ellis-Bextor puts on a leggy display as she performs her Kitchen Disco Tour in Manchester

Sophie Ellis-Bextor puts on a leggy display while she straddles a life-size fake horse on stage

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor puts on a leggy display on a life-sized plastic horse in Birmingham

Rachel Riley poses alongside Sophie Ellis-Bextor on Countdown set

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