Liz McClarnon

Liz McClarnon

Liz McClarnon, will be best known to you as one third of Britain’s most successful girl group of the noughties: Atomic Kitten, but recently she has shown herself to be so much more than that – the proof as they say, is in the proverbial ‘pudding’!

The Liverpudlian girl group formed in 1998 really were the hardest working band around. Playing in clubs and venues up and down the UK building their fan base really paid off when Whole Again hit number 1 in 2001. This now infamous anthem sold over a million copies in the UK and stayed at the top spot for 4 weeks. It didn’t stop there however, word spread and through a lot of hard work and extensive promotion the girls hit the top of the charts in 17 countries – spending 6 weeks there in Germany. Having just got used to their success in the UK it was suddenly being repeated on a global scale. Liz said:

It’s one thing to hear your own music playing in your own country, but to then go on holiday or anywhere abroad and hear people talking about you in different languages, in places you never knew about, is crazy!

Atomic Kitten went on to have 15 top 10 singles in the UK including 3 number 1’s, along the way selling 10 million records worldwide. This phenomenal success saw them have hits and perform in Asia, New Zealand and Australia and even perform at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Jubilee in 2002.

Solo success was to follow in the shape of top 5 hit ‘Woman in Love’ the Barbara Streisand classic, that was produced for her by Robin Gibb (The Bee Gee who wrote the hit back in 1979).

More recently Liz has been back on our screens for an altogether different reason – swapping microphone for apron, she embarked on a new challenge when she entered ‘Celebrity Masterchef’. This may seem like a huge departure for Liz, but she said “What’ve I got to lose? I’ve never tried to cook and hey, maybe I’ll learn something!”

Five million people regularly saw Liz take on everyone and every challenge put in front of her. Her natural culinary ability and hard work helped her win the title of Celebrity Masterchef 2008.

Making the most of her cooking success on the small screen saw Liz go on to present and feature on LK today (her own 4 week cookery slot where she cooked some of her favourite dishes as well as those created on Masterchef), This Morning, Ready Steady Cook, Market Kitchen (where she has been a regular) and cook Christmas Dinner for the BBC Breakfast presenters!

Cooking took Liz into the world of television where she discovered another area she also enjoyed immensely – presenting and debating. To this end she has appeared regularly on panel shows such as the Matthew Wright Show and Angela and Friends. She has presented the National Lottery for BBC1 to over 4 million viewers and taken on the sometimes-scary challenge of interviewing celebs on the red carpet at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

It was only a matter of time before Liz fronted her own TV show and in 2010 she did just that for BBC3. ‘Hotter than my Daughter’ debuted in February 2010 surpassing everyone’s expectations and gaining viewers each week. The second series was aired on February 2011, with great viewing figures again and she filmed a third series around September that year.

April 2011 saw Liz film another show for Sky called “How To Nab A Prince” with Pasty Kensit, and she is currently in talk about another further two TV shows for this year.

With all this to keep her busy, you could be forgiven for thinking the scouse songstress had left her musical roots behind, but that’s very far from the truth.

November 2010 saw her hit the stage again as she takes on the lead female role in Jeff Wayne’s ‘The War of the Worlds’ starring opposite Jason Donovan. This three month, 25th Anniversary production saw her play to hundreds of thousands of people across Europe including Holland, Germany, Dublin, Belgium and a full UK tour which took in London’s 02 arena.

June to December 2011 saw Liz back on touring in the amazing ‘Legally Blonde’ playing Paulette. With rave reviews about her singing and her comedy timing she only wished she had more time to stay and play Paulette for longer.

Liz has just finished her first documentary for Channel 5, due to air in August 2013 and has also starred in her first feature film. December 2012 saw Liz start filming the massive Big Reunion Show with her old bands mates Natasha and Kerry, aka Atomic Kitten, for ITV2. The show has been the biggest TV show for five years on ITV2, with massive ratings throughout the year, and went on to sell out 38 arena dates. She also started in January presenting for the Alan Tichmarsh Show for three months.

Charity work:

Liz was offered the opportunity to help the United Nations food programme and readily accepted. In 2009 she designed her own Tuscan pasta dish, which appears on the menu at Pizza Hut – the first celebrity to ever do so. A percentage of the profits went to the cause.

Also in 2009 Liz took part in the world Vision 24 hour famine and designed her own Race for Life T Shirt. Selling through the Race for Life website with all proceeds going towards Cancer Research UK, her design was a phenomenal success. It became Cancer Research UK’s biggest selling T Shirt, raising over £500,000 for the charity.