Abigail Rose Clancy (born 10 January 1986), also known as Abi Clancy or Abbey Clancy, is an English lingerie and catwalk model who made headlines during the 2006 FIFA World Cup as the girlfriend of England football star Peter Crouch.
Born in Liverpool, Clancy was member of girlband Genie Queen, who were managed by 80s popstar Andy McCluskey from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The highlight of their career was supporting boyband Blue on tour. However, the band didn’t secure a record deal and fell apart.
In the summer of 2006 the second cycle of Living TV’s Britain’s Next Top Model hit UK screens and Clancy featured as one of the twelve finalists in the competition, competing over 10 weeks for a desired modelling contract. Clancy was determined to go far in the competition, however was criticized for being too glamour than high fashion. Clancy made it to the final runway show with fellow contestant Lianna Fowler, at the final judging Clancy lost out and finished second place in the competition. During the show, which coincided with the 2006 FIFA World Cup, that her relationship with football star Peter Crouch was revealed. This together with BNTM caused her to make headlines and start a successful media career.
Since appearing on the show Abigail has modelled for Maxim magazine (December 2006), Nuts magazine (November 2006), OK! magazine, GQ magazine (August 2006), The Sun newspaper, the Daily Star newspaper, Sugar magazine, Stars on Sunday magazine and numerous other publications. In 2006, Clancy was the face and body of Pussy Glamore’s winter Lingerie collection alongside Elizabeth Jagger in photos shot by Bryan Adams. She has graced the front cover of FHM magazine twice (December 2006 & November 2007).
Clancy has appeared as a talking head in the documentaries Slave To Fashion and The Ultimate Bikini Guide for Channel 4, as a guest on programmes such as Richard and Judy and GMTV and in her own Reality TV series Abbey and Janice: Beauty and the Best which followed her attempts to break the Los Angeles modelling scene guided by Janice Dickinson who acted as her mentor. The show aired from May 14th to June 18th 2007 on Living TV and also followed her as she walked the runway for Christian Audigier’s Ed Hardy. In May 2007, Clancy appeared on the front cover of Arena magazine, modelled the Triumph Bonneville Motorbike in the Daily Mail newspaper and was ranked 37th in FHM magazine’s Annual 100 sexiest women in the world poll of 2007.
Clancy featured in the third series of the UK edition of Hell’s Kitchen. She was the third contestant to be voted off the show by the public, and the 5th to leave overall.
Clancy is currently the face of Euromillions. Her official 2008 calendar is available in stores and online and she can be seen in an innovative Online re-run of Abbey and Janice: Beauty and the best as a companion series to the third season of the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency on the Oxygen network’s shedidwhat.tv site.
Clancy is the new face (and body) of Ultimo Lingerie for spring/summer 2008 alongside Sarah Harding and Gemma Atkinson.
In November 2007 it was reported in the Press that Clancy is planning to launch a new career as Pop Music Singer. An article in The Sun quoted an Industry source that ‘Abbey is determined to launch herself as a big pop star. She’s currently doing the rounds looking for songs that sound like early Madonna…Gordon Charlton is going to make sure she makes a mark on the charts. He works for Universal Records and has a good track record with other up and coming artists.’
After football striker Peter Crouch signed for Liverpool, the pair started dating. Clancy became a fully fledged WAG, and became part of the England teams WAG group during 2006 FIFA World Cup. However, during the tournament, allegations surfaced in several tabloids of cocaine-taking as well as cheating on Crouch with an ex-boyfriend. Clancy was sent home in disgrace half way through the competition, with Crouch having dumped her via a fax issuing a statement via his lawyer disclaiming any further involvement with her: “In light of this, I wish to make the situation absolutely clear: Abi and I were in the early stages of a relationship which, for a number of reasons I decided to end, and accordingly informed Abi of my decision.” Clancy announced via the media that the pictures were taken during her short lived musical career when she was a teenager.
In the period after the England team exited the World Cup, rumours began to surface that the pair were dating again, later confirmed by Crouch removing his legal statement in the Autumn. The pair are now an irregular feature of various media stories, focusing on their relatively quiet and stable relationship. Her brother, Kyle Clancy is a professional footballer currently playing for Blackpool, and her other brother, Sean Clancy plays for Conference North club, Burscough.