She is the gold standard, the original pioneer of glamour modelling and now at 60, Linda Lusardi can still hold her own in front of the lens.

Linda Lusardi was born in Palmers Green in North London. From 1978 to 1989 Linda Lusardi was a Page 3 model in The Sun and, in 2005, she was voted The Sun’s most popular topless model of all time.

Linda Lusardi, together with her husband, actor Sam Kane, is a regular in pantomime.

Previously, Lusardi was married to a builder, Terry Bailey.

In February 2007, Lusardi started playing Carrie Nicholls in Emmerdale, but in September 2007 the BBC reported that Lusardi was leaving Emmerdale in 2008 with “a hugely dramatic storyline”.

Lusardi became such a popular culture icon that one of her bras featured in an exhibition at the Liverpool Academy of Art.

Linda Lusardi, like her fellow Emmerdale actress Emily Symons before her, partnered Dan Whiston on Dancing on Ice.

Linda Lusardi and Dan Whiston were eliminated in the seventh week of Dancing on Ice after losing a skate off to Zaraah Abrahams and Fred Palascak.

Dancing on Ice is not Linda Lusardi’s first go at competing in entertainment TV, having appeared in Channel 5’s The Games in 2004.

In December 2008, Linda Lusardi dialled 999 to ask if she could drive on the M25’s hard shoulder so she could reach the High Wycombe theatre in time for her pantomime appearance as the Wicked Queen in Snow White at the Swan Theatre.

In January 2009, Linda Lusardi appeared on Celebrity Come Dine With Me along with Rodney Marsh, Abi Titmuss, Lesley Joseph and Paul Ross.

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