Louise Redknapp

British singer

Louise Elizabeth Redknapp (née Nurding, born 4 November 1974), professionally known as Louise, is an English singer-songwriter and media personality. She was a member of Eternal, an R&B girl group which rose to fame in 1993 with their quadruple-platinum studio album Always & Forever. In 1995 Louise left Eternal to start a solo career.

Louise Redknapp
Louise Redknapp attending the BAFTA Awards in 2009.
Louise Elizabeth Nurding

(1974-11-04) 4 November 1974 (age 49)
Lewisham, London, England
Other namesLouise
  • Singer-songwriter
  • media personality
  • actress
(m. 1998; div. 2017)
RelativesHarry Redknapp (father-in-law)
Musical career
Years active1992–present
  • EMI
  • Positive Records

Redknapp has presented several television shows and was a judge on the UK version of So You Think You Can Dance. She is married to the English former footballer Jamie Redknapp.

In 2016, she got to the final in the fourteenth series of BBC One's dance contest Strictly Come Dancing.

Early life


Louise Elizabeth Nurding was born on 4th November 1974 in Lewisham, London.[1] Her father was a builder and her mother worked at Gatwick Airport.[2] Louise and her two younger brothers grew up in Eltham, London, and Oxted, Surrey.

Music career




While out at a nightclub at the age of 16, Louise met the music producer Denis Ingoldsby, who wanted to make an all-girl group.[2][3] She subsequently introduced Denis to Kéllé Bryan.[3][4] Kéllé and Louise and sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett, formed the band Eternal in 1992.[3] The group performed R&B music and had a number of hits during the 1990s.[5] Eternal's debut single "Stay" entered the UK charts at number four,[1] and their debut album, Always and Forever became the first album by a female group to achieve over a million sales in the UK.[6] Louise left the group in 1995 to start a solo career,[7] whilst rumours went around saying she was forced to leave because a radio station in the United States that would play R&B would not promote the group.[8]

Solo career with EMI


Louise's debut solo album, Naked, was released in 1996 on the back of the single's success.

In 1997, Louise returned with her second solo album, Woman in Me, which peaked at number five in the UK and gained multi-platinum status.

In 2000, Louise released her third studio album, Elbow Beach, calling it her "most personal" album to date.

After Elbow Beach was released, she had one album left on her five-album deal with EMI (including Eternal's Always and Forever). In 2001, the label decided to release the greatest-hits compilation Changing Faces – The Best Of Louise.

Strictly Come Dancing series 14


On 15 August 2016, Redknapp was announced as a contestant for the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[9] She reached the 2016 finals with professional dancer Kevin Clifton,[10] but lost out on the title of series champion to BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba.[11]

Personal life


Louise married football player Jamie Redknapp in Bermuda on 29 June 1998.[12][13] The couple got divorced on December 29, 2017 due to Jamie's "unreasonable behaviour".[14]


  • Released: 1996
  • Chart positions: No. 7 UK
  • UK certification: Platinum
Woman In Me
  • Released: 1997
  • Chart positions: No. 5 UK
  • UK Certification: Platinum
Elbow Beach
  • Released: 2000
  • Chart positions: No. 12 UK
  • UK Certification: Silver
Changing Faces – The Best Of Louise
  • Released: 2001
  • Chart positions: No. 9 UK
  • UK Certification: Gold
Finest Moments
  • Released: 2002
  • Chart positions: No. 6 UK (Budget Album Chart)
  • UK Certification: N/A



Year Single Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart AUS
1995 "Light of My Life" 8 18
1996 "In Walked Love" 17 47
"Naked" 5 70 11
"Undivided Love" 5 13
"One Kiss from Heaven" 9 28
1997 "Arms Around the World" 4 11 95
Woman in Me
"Let's Go Round Again" 10 14 30 70
1998 "All That Matters" 11 33
2000 "2 Faced" 3 13
Elbow Beach
"Beautiful Inside" 13 44
2001 "Stuck in the Middle with You" 4 19
Changing Faces – The Best Of...
2003 "Pandora's Kiss/Don't Give Up" 5 12


Other tracks

  • 1995 "Real Love" ("Light of My Life" B-side)
  • 1996 "All of You" ("In Walked Love" B-side)
  • 1996 "Do Me Right" ("Naked" B-side)
  • 1996 "Keep the Lovin' In" ("Naked" B-side)
  • 1996 "How in the World" ("Undivided Love" B-side)
  • 1996 "Better Next Time" ("Undivided Love" B-side)
  • 1997 "Don't Be Shy" ("Arms Around the World" B-side/Woman in Me album track)
  • 1997 "Intimate" ("Arms Around the World" B-side)
  • 1997 "Just When I Thought" ("Let's Go Round Again" B-side)
  • 1997 "How You Make Me Feel" ("Let's Go Round Again" B-side)
  • 1997 "Distraction" (Japanese Woman In Me album bonus track)
  • 1998 "Woman In Me (Live)" ("All That Matters" B-side)
  • 1998 "When Will My Heart Beat Again (Live)" ("All That Matters" B-side)
  • 1998 "If I Can't Have You" (A Tribute To The Bee Gees album track)
  • 2000 "Say Yes" ("2 Faced" B-side)
  • 2000 "Lost" ("2 Faced" B-side/Elbow Beach album track)
  • 2000 "Clear Water" ("Beautiful Inside" B-side)
  • 2000 "Better Back Off" ("Beautiful Inside" B-side)
  • 2003 "Don't Give Up" ("Pandora's Kiss" B-side)


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Louise Redknapp: Jamie and I are happy – but I still check his text messages". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. 11 December 2010. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Spotlight on... Louise Redknapp". Western Mail. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
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  5. Fletcher, Alex (19 February 2013). "Eternal not interested in 'Big Reunion'". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  6. Madden, Chris (5 August 2013). "Louise Redknapp to reunite with Eternal on ITV according to The Sun". Surrey Mirror. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  7. "Louise Redknapp 'Wouldn't Be Upset' If Eternal Did 'The Big Reunion' Without Her". The Huffington Post UK. 24 May 2013. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  8. "Louise – just the girl next door". The Straits Times. 30 November 1997. p. 24. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  9. "Louise Redknapp joins Strictly Come Dancing line-up". BBC News. BBC. 15 August 2016. Archived from the original on 10 October 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  10. "Strictly 2016 final: Danny Mac, Louise Redknapp, Ore Oduba – what you need to know". BBC News. BBC. 17 December 2016. Archived from the original on 16 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  11. "Strictly Come Dancing final: Ore Oduba wins glitterball trophy". BBC News. BBC. 18 December 2016. Archived from the original on 17 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  12. "Dana cancels over TV threat". BBC News. BBC. 29 June 1998. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  13. "Singer Louise and footballer Jamie wed". BBC News. BBC. 30 June 1998. Archived from the original on 18 June 2003. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  14. "Louise Redknapp Pictured in Liverpool wearing wedding ring - minutes after divorce". Liverpool Echo. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
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