Well where shall I start ?
I was born in Leeds on 6th November 1973. Tracey Jane McAndrew. I grew up with my older sister and two younger brothers. I was a chubby baby, weighing 9lb 2oz at birth.
I blossomed into a freckle faced little girl with a stubborn streak! Even after my mum, the photographer and everyone else around had begged and pleaded for me to smile nicely for my school photo, I repeatedly refused! I pursed my lips tightly together whilst my sister smiled sweetly beside me. Who would have thought I would go on to earn a living from smiling?
After leaving school I began working as a bank clerk for Yorkshire Bank. It was a great experience but I soon realised it wasn’t for me. I took a day off work to go and see a Manchester modelling agency after a hairdresser told me I should. I wore a pair of pale blue cycling shorts – I still can’t believe I wasn’t arrested by the fashion police en route!
It took me a long time to build up my modelling work and I waitressed evenings and weekends to make a living. Gradually I began working more regularly and took part in lots of hair shows amongst other things. As you can see from the picture, they went for the natural look! I’m surprised I didn’t scare the audience away!
Since then I have appeared on covers such as, FHM, Loaded, Zoo and many health, fitness and hair magazines including Shape and Personal Trainer. I was also, apparently, the first British woman to appear on the cover of American Playboy.
I released my first fitness video in 2002 called ‘Peak Energy’ which soon became the number one fitness video. My second ‘Maximum Impact’ was released in December 2003. I am set to release my third fitness video ‘Ultimate Challenge, Ultimate Results’ on 27th December 2004. Jane Fonda eat your heart out! All of the people in the video are who I really train with every week. Liam who takes the class and his partner Michele choose and mix all the music. They have been training together for around 15 years and all of the videos are based on their classes. We just can’t get enough exercise, we love it. No pain, no gain!
Shooting my 5th Calendar in Tobago sounds glamorous but we had four days of rain and were eaten alive by mosquitos!
I was one of the human guinea pigs who appeared in the first series of ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’. It was a great experience and I’m really glad I did it. Twelve days was definitely enough though.
I have had a great time presenting shows like Racing Rivals for ITV1 and ITV2, It’s a Knockout and Born to Fight for UK Horizon for which I got to meet and train with amateur and unlicensed boxers. For The Big Breakfast, I had to try out beauty treatments like the Hawaiian four hand massage, (how lucky am I getting paid to have a massage!) I also interviewed celebrities and I shared my fitness tips.
Hosting the MOBO Unsung Awards 2003 was brilliant as I got to see all the acts perform live.
Dressing up like Lara Croft was my job between 1996 and 1997. Being the real life version of the character took me all over the world to promote Tomb Raider 3. My favourite place was Nashville, Tennessee. It was there I met Elvis himself, or so I thought, until I came across another Elvis at the same place. Sydney was a close second, where we stayed at the Ritz in Double Bay.
I love visiting our Armed Forces and have been named the ‘Forces Sweetheart’. My visits have included the HMS Ark Royal, several bases in Northern Ireland, Germany and all over the UK. I made two visits in May and December 2003 to boost morale for our troops. On both occasions I personally met around 3000 people. It was an emotional experience and I am really glad I did it. I just wish I could bring them all back home with me.
When I met the Queen at the Women in War Exhibition at The Imperial War Museum in November 2003, I told her of my visits and she said ‘they are very important’.
Since then I was very privileged to be invited to Buckingham Palace for The Not Forgotten Society Garden Party. There I met war veterans of all ages, it was a very humbling experience. I have now met the Queen and been to her house, I’ll have to invite her round to mine next – would definitely have to get my best crockery out for that!
I am extremely proud to be patron of the Support Our Soldiers charity. They do a great job in sending out Christmas packages to all the lads and lasses who will be spending Christmas away from their family and friends in the Gulf, as well as lots of other invaluable things.
To be part of the Torch Relay to launch the 2004 Olympics was amazing. I offered to run the same leg as Tom Cruise to help him carry his torch but was then asked to carry the flame over the Millennium Bridge instead. A very proud moment in my career.
I didn’t really marry Dale Winton! Dale’s Wedding was a documentary style show for the BBC. I got to ‘marry’ Dale Winton at an amazing location, wear a fab dress and even kiss him! He was lovely to work with and everyone had a great time. I can remember seeing Mystic Meg as I walked down the isle to my waiting ‘husband to be’. There were all of these people there who I knew from seeing them on tv or in magazines but I didn’t know personally, so it was a really weird but extremely enjoyable experience. It was my dress rehearsal for when I get to do it for real.
Supporting charities is very important to me. I raised over £50,000 for Cancer Research UK by appearing on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. After training hard for 3 months, I completed the 2004 London Marathon along with 39,999 others. My finish time was 3 hours 22 minutes. I still can’t believe I managed it in such a good time without getting a stitch, cramp or even worse needing the loo! I raised over £50,000 with The Sun newspaper’s help which I donated to 4 charities: DebRA, Cancer Research UK, The Lymphoma Association and SSAFA.
In May I took part in the Playtex Moonwalk for Breast Cancer Awareness, no wonder my feet turned in to trotters, my ankles ballooned and my legs broke out in a red blotchy heat rash after walking the 26.2 miles in about 8 hours! Please don’t let that put you off, I intend to do it again next year.
I am an ambassador for Help The Aged and took part in a photo shoot with my Grandad for the Generations Exhibition. In November 2003 I raised £5,000 for Help The Aged by running in the Leeds Abbey Dash. I am due to run again this year and raise another £5,000, kindly donated by the Yorkshire Bank.
I got to work with top photographer Terry O’Neil to help support NCH children’s charity.
The Lymphoma support website is called ‘LIFESITE’ and I helped to launch it with The Sun newspaper in November 2003. I had to make a speech and completely broke down as my Dad was undergoing several treatments of chemotherapy at the same time, so I found it very hard to keep myself together. Everyone was so lovely and there were lots of people there who had experienced the same and constantly hugged and reassured me to stay strong.
Heading the ‘Drink Milk’ campaign for Scottish milk was great as I love milk and got to drink milk and shakes all day long! My milk moustache pictures were put on the side of huge tankers to be driven all over the country.
I allowed myself to be body painted to support the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts campaign for Valentines 2004.
If all else fails I have tightrope walking to fall back on! I appeared on ‘Celebrities Under Pressure’ for ITV1. After being trained by the Moscow State Circus, I completed my challenge and won the family I was representing a hot tub, a quad bike, a shopping trip and a weekend away. Not bad for a nights work! I am still in touch with the family as they were just so lovely and really looked after me when I stayed with them. They ran me a bubble bath and made me a wonderful cocktail to enjoy in my relaxing bath after my long training session with the circus.
I have promoted the Formula One Team Jordan on more than one occasion. I have even been helicoptered in to Silverstone to watch the Grand Prix. Also, when I worked with McLaren I got to have a ride in the McLaren two seater. It went 5 laps around Brands Hatch averaging 133 miles per hour. A truely amazing experience!
I loved working on the Ariel Tennis Ace Initiative. It is the second year I have worked with Tim Henman to encourage young people to become involved in tennis. Although I have to say, tennis isn’t really my forte and there is definitely room for improvement!
In September 2004 I took part in the Flora Light Challenge and knocked 2 minutes off my best time from the previous year, finishing it in 20 minutes.
I love going back home to Yorkshire and when I was voted The Yorkshire Woman of The Year 2003 I felt very honoured. My family were really proud. I have also won a Yorkshire Young Achiever Award, better than an Oscar any day, honestly!
Oh, and Zest magazine voted Brad Pitt and me the fittest celebrities on the planet!
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