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Charlotte Church

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Charlotte Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed on 21 February 1986) is a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress and television presenter. She rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, she had sold more than 10,500,000 albums worldwide and is said to be worth as much as £20m. She recently hosted the third series of her Channel 4 chat show The Charlotte Church Show. Church currently has two children, Ruby Megan Henson and Dexter Lloyd Henson.

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Charlotte Church was born Charlotte Maria Reed[2] in Llandaff, a district of Cardiff, Wales.[3] She was raised Roman Catholic by her mother, Maria, who was separated from Church’s biological father, Stephen Reed. Church was adopted by her mother’s second husband, James Church in 1998. Her break came at 11 when she sang “Pie Jesu” over the telephone on the television show “This Morning” in 1997, followed by her performance on ITV’s Big, Big Talent Show in 1997[4]. This led to concerts at Cardiff Arms Park, the Royal Albert Hall and opening for Shirley Bassey in Antwerp. She also received a vocal scholarship to Howell’s School Llandaff in Cardiff where she started in 1998. She balanced performing and school with help from tutors for when she was on the road and said in many interviews that she was “just like every other girl her age”.

1998–Present: Classical career

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