50 facts about Natalie Imbruglia: known for her internationally successful single "Torn"

50 things you missed about your favorite singer Natalie Imbruglia.

1. Natalie Jane Imbruglia is an Australian singer-songwriter, model and actress.

2. In the early 1990s, she played Beth Brennan in the Australian soap opera Neighbours.

3. Three years after leaving the programme, she began a singing career, with the cover and hit "Torn".

4. Her subsequent album, Left of the Middle (1997), sold 7 million copies worldwide.

5. Further releases, White Lilies Island (2001) and Counting Down the Days (2005), did not sell as well, although the latter became number one in the UK.

6. In 2007 she made Glorious: The Singles 97-07, a hits compilation featuring the single "Glorious", which peaked at 23 in the UK singles chart.

7. Since 1997 Imbruglia has sold 10 million album copies.

8. She co-starred in the 2003 film Johnny English and was leading actress in the 2009 film Closed for Winter.

9. On 3 December 2014, Imbruglia announced plans to release a newly recorded album of songs originally performed by male artists. The album, her first since 2009's Come To Life, is scheduled for release in July 2015, to be followed by an album of original material.

10. Natalie Imbruglia was born on 4 February 1975, in Sydney, Australia, second of four daughters of Maxene (Anderson) and Elliot Imbruglia.

11. Her father is of Italian descent (a Sicilian from Lipari. Her mother has English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish ancestry.

12. Natalie Imbruglia grew up in Berkeley Vale, New South Wales, between Sydney and Newcastle.

13. At 15, she moved to Sydney with her family and studied ballet, tap and highland dancing, hoping to make a career of it.

14. Natalie Imbruglia appeared in Australian television commercials for Coca-Cola and the Australian snack Twisties.

15. Natalie Imbruglia left school at the age of 16, to pursue acting.

16. Natalie Imbruglia secured a role as Beth Brennan on the Australian soap opera Neighbours

17. By the end of her second year, she left the show to move to London in 1994.

18. Natalie Imbruglia occasionally met Anne Barret, who became her manager and convinced her to record a demo of four songs.

19. She signed a record deal with BMG, after a demo of "Torn" impressed RCA Records.

20. Imbruglia's first international single, "Torn" (originally recorded by Lis Sørensen as "Brændt"), was a cover of an Ednaswap song. It reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in November 1997, number one on airplay around the world and number one on the Billboard Airplay chart for 14 weeks. It sold more than one million copies in the United Kingdom alone.

21. As of 2011, 'Torn' was the most played song on Australian radio since 1990, played 300,500 times since 1998, an average of 75 a day, based on data compiled by the Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA). It was released as a radio single in the US, but not on CD.

22. Imbruglia appeared with David Armand midway through his 'interpretative dance' to sing Torn at Amnesty International's The Secret Policeman's Ball (2006).

23. Imbruglia's debut album Left of the Middle was on 8 December 1997. It sold 350,000 in the UK three weeks after release and was certified platinum.

24. In 1999, she recorded a cover of Never Tear Us Apart by INXS with Tom Jones which appeared on his album Reload.

25. Natalie Imbruglia received an MTV Award for Best New Artist in 1998, and three constitutive Grammy nominations in 1999.

26. That year, she won two Brit Awards for Best International Newcomer and Best International Female.

27. Natalie Imbruglia was ranked No. 11 on Rock of the Net's single artists of the year in 1998, and No. 76 in 2001.

28. Natalie Imbruglia tied up her four-album deal with BMG after her compilation album, Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007.

29. Imbruglia's next album, White Lilies Island, in 2001, was named after where she lived beside the River Thames at Windsor. Imbruglia co-wrote every track over three years.

30. Natalie Imbruglia moved to Los Angeles and hired acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.

31. Natalie Imbruglia appeared in three movies.

32. In April 2014 she made her stage debut in an adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love at the Theatre Royal, Bath.

33. On 3 December 2014, Imbruglia signed with Sony Masterworks and planned to make her first album in five years.

34. In May 2010, Imbruglia became a judge on the second season of the Australian version of The X Factor.

35. She mentored the Under 25 Girls category, in which her final act Sally Chatfield was the runner up of the series.

36. In 2011, she didn't return for the third season and was replaced by Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

37. In June that year, Imbruglia appeared on the original British version of the show, where she was a guest judge for the Birmingham auditions on its seventh series.

38. On New Year's Eve 2003, Imbruglia and her boyfriend of three years, Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns, married in a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

39. While Imbruglia lived mainly in Windsor, England, Johns lived in Newcastle, Australia.

40. They announced their divorce in January 2008, saying they lived too far apart.

41. Natalie Imbruglia has been romantically linked to Prince Harry and David Schwimmer.

42. Natalie Imbruglia is the elder sister of singer-songwriter Laura Imbruglia.

43. Natalie Imbruglia became a naturalised British citizen on 28 February 2013.

44. Natalie Imbruglia is an ambassador for Virgin Unite and supports campaigns to end poverty and to bring attention to obstetric fistula.

45. She appeared in a sketch at the Secret Policeman's Ball for Amnesty International on 31 October 2006.

46. She has spoken of clinical depression to raise awareness about the disorder.

47. 2008 saw her support the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, alongside comedian Alan Carr, DJ & presenter Edith Bowman, actress Anna Friel and model Twiggy.

48. Natalie Imbruglia was named sixth most naturally beautiful woman of all time in 2004.

49. Imbruglia has tattoos of Sanskrit/Hindi inscription "Shreya" on her neck, a Chinese word for courage on her left foot and Sanskrit Aum on her lower back.

50. Besides modelling for L'Oréal, Imbruglia also modelled Sass and Bide's "The Mad Ones" dress to raise money for cancer research.


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