In the nineties it was next to impossible to turn a page in a newspaper or flip a page on the television screen without being greeted with the face of Abi Titmuss.
The 44-year-old former Newark-on-Trent nurse first dominated the headlines when she became the girlfriend of 55-year-old television presenter John Leslie They met on April 10, 1999 in a bar in Fulham.
And Abi, once voted the 7th Sexiest Woman in the World, was embarrassed when a sex tape she made with John and an aspiring female model was released to the public.
After going their separate ways around 2004, Abi worked as a traveling reporter for Richard and Judy before appearing on a selection of reality shows – including Hell & # 39; s Kitchen, Celebrity Love Island and Come Dine With Me.
But Two decades later, Abi is the wife and mother of one who has had a successful acting career in the United States.
Abi Titmuss, 44, of Newark-on-Trent first made headlines when she started dating John Leslie (pictured together) after meeting at a bar in Fulham in April 1999
Pictured, heavily pregnant Abi and husband Ari Welkom leaving his band's concert holding hands at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, California on July 5, 2017
In 2015 Abi landed her biggest role to date in the soap opera Days Of Our Lives, in which she played sister Jackie (picture)
It comes as John Leslie cried today after being fondled by a woman at a party in 2008.
The former Blue Peter host was accused of grabbing a woman's breasts at a famous Christmas party, but said the incident never happened.
The 55-year-old was released from Southwark Crown Court today after a jury of nine men and three women found him not guilty of sexual assault after just 23 minutes of deliberation.
Abi was his girlfriend when he was accused of sexually assaulting another woman in 2003 and was still working as a nurse, despite having trained as an actress and dreaming of working in film.
When the case against Leslie collapsed and she walked out of court with him, her combination of reserved looks and plunging neckline made her an overnight sensation.
She went on to appear on the cover of various men's magazines – including Nuts, Loaded, and FHM.
"I didn't think I deserved the attention. The more money I made, the worse I felt," she said, speaking to FEMAIL in 2012. "I could make £ 30,000 on a shoot, but I knew how third-rate." I was. I could feel my lack of discernible talent like wearing it. & # 39;
Abi also starred in the movie Girls After Dark, in which she played the character of Loretta Berman (pictured)
Abi was John Leslie's girlfriend (pictured together) when he was accused of sexually assaulting another woman in 2003 and was still working as a nurse despite having trained as an actress and dreaming of working in film
John Leslie returned home with ABI Titmus after being questioned by police in December 2002
The first pictures of Abi and husband Ari Welkom with their new baby in Los Angeles, California were shared in January 2018
Ari Welkom (pictured), 41, is an American rock star and actor who rose to fame in 2005 for appearing on Brick alongside Joseph-Gordon Levitt
She later told the publication, “I was suddenly offered a lot of money to film. I thought I could handle it. But I could not.
“You created this caricature of a person I didn't recognize. I was always the same Abigail inside. I learned Latin at school and come from a good family. But the picture that was created was nonsense. & # 39;
ABi later recounted the time the sex video, made with John and an aspiring female model, was released to the public the Daily Star: & # 39; I was devastated by the injury. It hit me very much. I think there was something accessible about me. & # 39;
In the mid-1990s, she decided to focus on her acting career and attended the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Abi was wearing her wedding dress when she came to her wedding ceremony in Malibu on May 7, 2017
The former nurse showed off her growing baby bump as she ran errands while running her dog near the LA home she shared with her now-husband Ari Welkon in April 2017
Abi previously took to Instagram to reveal that she and her husband were about to star in an exciting new Rolls-Royce ad (pictured).
Abi (pictured) had a successful theater career before moving to the United States – where she met her husband Ari
Abi starred in a Hollywood movie called "Ava's Impossible Things" in March 2017
Abi Titmuss stars in a Hollywood film called "Ava's Impossible Things" (picture)
A brief stint at the theater beckoned, where Abi received a Fringe Report Award for best West End debut in Two Way Mirror before playing Lady Macbeth at Lowestoft.
After starring in Hotel Babylon in 2012 and then in Casualty, she fled to the United States, changed her name to Abigail Evelyn, and landed the role of nurse Jackie on the long-running soap opera Days Of Our Lives in 2015.
There she met her husband Ari Welkom (41), an American rock star and actor who became famous in 2005 after appearing in Brick alongside Joseph-Gordon Levitt.
She said what drew her to Ari, who plays Aldo in the soap, was his lack of judgment about her naughty previous career.
"I wanted to meet someone who didn't know anything about me, so that I could know 100 percent in my heart that this person only liked me for me and had no judgment."
The 44-year-old once said what attracted her to Ari, who plays Aldo in the soap, was his lack of judgment about her naughty previous career (pictured together)
Abi – now wife and mother of one child – has started a successful acting career in the US (picture)
The mother of one child (pictured) admitted that the arcs of fame drove her into suicidal depression that required years of therapy and a move across the Atlantic to break
It was around this time that Abi admitted the arcing lights of fame drove her into a suicidal depression that required years of therapy and a move across the Atlantic to break.
Abi spoke to Mail Online in 2015 about whether she actually thought of killing herself: “Yes, many times. It took me years of therapy to cope with the depression. It was a traumatic experience. I don't think it will ever go away. & # 39;
Abi and Ari The knot was tied in May 2017, and the media learned she was pregnant in January 2018 when the couple was seen leaving the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.
After exchanging her vows, the blushing bride confessed hello! Magazine that she was aware of the baby's presence during her big day.
The successful US actress was out and about with Ariin Primrose Hill, London, in April 2015
Ari (pictured) rose to fame in 2005 after appearing on Brick alongside Joseph-Gordon Levitt
She told the publication, “I knew throughout our wedding day that three, not two, were experiencing it together.
“The baby can hear now and it was nice to think he or she could have listened to us taking our vows.
"When the harpist started playing I could feel him or her moving."
The news came to Abi, who earlier was delighted with David Walliams, soccer player Lee Sharpe and actor Marc Warren. revealed that given their engagement, she was "ready to be a mother."
"I am engaged to the love of my life and ready to be a mother," she said in an interview with The Sunday Mirror.
Abi continued: "Having children has always been very important to me."
She also starred in the film Girls After Dark, in which she played the character of Loretta Berman – a mysterious character whose path connects with Clyde Cooper, a private eye from Silicon Valley. He is hired to hunt down a missing woman who has mysteriously disappeared.
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