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Twiggy (born September 19, 1949) is a British actress, model and singer, now usually known by her married name of Twiggy Lawson.


Born Lesley Hornby in Neasden (a suburb of London) to William Norman (a master carpenter) and Helen Hornby (a half Jewish counter girl at Woolworth's). Twiggy became famous at the age of sixteen, under the influence of her boyfriend and manager, Justin de Villeneuve. Soon she was regarded as "the face" of swinging 1960s London, and gained her nickname from her stick-thin pubescent figure. As she matured, she left Villeneuve, quit modelling, and broadened her horizons, appearing as an actress and singer, notably in Ken Russell's 1971 film version of The Boy Friend. Since then she has played a variety of roles on stage and screen, including My One and Only and as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, opposite Robert Powell, in a 1981 television production. In May 2005, Twiggy was announced as a replacement for Janice Dickinson on UPN reality series America's Next Top Model.

Her first marriage, to the American actor, Michael Witney, ended with his sudden death from a heart attack. In 1988, she married the actor Leigh Lawson.

Comedienne Fran Drescher went on a cruise with friend Twiggy and Twiggy's family. The culture shock Drescher experienced inspired her to create her hit sitcom The Nanny.

In 2005, Twiggy returned to modelling, fronting a major new TV, press and billboard campaign for Marks & Spencer, the UK department store chain. Her appearance alongside younger models was intended to portray the breadth and choice of the M&S clothing range, as well as the fact that older women are equally entitled to look good.


  • Popcorn (1969) (documentary)
  • All Talking... All Singing... All Dancing (1971) (short subject)
  • The Boy Friend (1971)
  • W (1974)
  • The Butterfly Ball (1976) (voice)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • There Goes the Brides (1980)
  • The Doctor and the Devils (1985)
  • Club Paradise (1986)
  • The Little Paradise (1987)
  • Madame Sousatzka (1988)
  • Istanbul (1989)
  • Edge of Seventeen (1998)
  • Woundings (1998)
  • Stray Dogs (2004)

TV Work[]

  • Twiggy (1975) (canceled after 7 weeks)
  • The Muppet Show (guest star- daisy in 1977)
  • Pygmalion (1981)
  • Sun Child (1988)
  • The Diamond Trap (1988)
  • Young Charlie Chaplin (1989)
  • Princess Amelia (1991) (canceled after 7 episodes)
  • Body Bags (1993)
  • Something Borrowed, Something Blue (1997)
  • This Morning (presenter in 2001)
  • Absolutely Fabulous (guest star in 2003)
  • America's Next Top Model (judge in Cycle 5) (2005)
  • ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew (2005)


  • She didn't get her ears pierced until the late 1970s, after she'd finished full-time modelling.
  • She was once sawed in half by magician David Nixon on one of his TV shows.
  • She also assisted magician Robert Harbin in one of the first televised performances of his Zig Zag Girl illusion, where he divided her into three and removed her middle section.