Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beauty Now Has a New Hallemark

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beauty Now Has a New Hallemark

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Byline: By Will Mapplebeck

Former North cocktail waitress Cheryl Tweedy has shaken up a new list of the world's sexiest women.

The vibrant Girls Aloud star, who until last year was serving drinks on Newcastle's Tuxedo Royale floating nightclub, is number 24 on a list topped by Bond girl Halle Berry.

Cheryl shot into the list ahead of notable beauties like Penelope Cruz, Sophie Dahl and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Cheryl, 19, whose family still live in Heaton, Newcastle, is not the only North-East woman to make the elite 100.

Eastenders actress Jill Halfpenny makes it in at number 62, while fellow-former Byker Grove actress Donna Air makes number 73.

Donna, 32, made it into the list despite being pregnant. Donna and millionaire boyfriend Damian Aspinall are expecting their first child to arrive in the autumn.

Jill Halfpenny, 27, originally from Gateshead, is currently on our screens in EastEnders, playing hardman Phil Mitchell's love interest.

She started her career in youth theatre on Tyneside before landing jobs in Byker Grove and Coronation Street. Now based in London, Jill trained at the famous Webber Douglas acting academy.

Bond girl Berry, who is 34, is the oldest woman ever to hold the "World's Sexiest" tag.

The actress - who famously broke into tears as she picked up a best actress Oscar last year - is also the first black recipient of the FHM magazine honour.

She narrowly pipped soap star-turned-pop act Holly Valance to the top place in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2003 poll.

More than five million votes were counted from around the world for this year's competition.

She said: "I thank you very much for choosing me ... wow, that's a pretty heady title. I'm not so sure I live up to it, but thank you anyway."

1. Halle Berry

2. Holly Valance

3. Britney Spears

4. Rachel Stevens

5. Carmen Electra

6. Jennifer Lopez

7. Jennifer Love Hewitt

8. Anna Kournikova

9. Kylie Minogue

10. Jolene Blalock

11. Christina Aguilera

12. Sarah Michelle Gellar

13. Kelly Brook

14. Elisha Cuthbert

15. Beyonce Knowles

16. Nell McAndrew

17. Kristin Kreuk

18. …

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