Thaila Zucchi

Thaila Lucia Zucchi (/ˈtaɪlə/ [luˈtʃiːa ˈdzukki]; born 19 January 1981) is a British singer and actress of English and Italian descent.[1] She began her career as a member of the British band allSTARS* before transitioning into acting, appearing in Big Brother 8 in the UK, where she played the part of fake Australian housemate Pauline. She has also appeared in Balls of Steel and Star Stories.

Thaila Zucchi
Thaila Lucia Zucchi

19 January 1981 (age 37)
OccupationActress, singer

Music career

Zucchi was a member of allSTARS*, a band that started out on the children's television show STARStreet (shown on CITV). She performed in more than twenty arenas around the UK, and on Top Of The Pops, CD:UK, and SMTV numerous times. The band was contracted to Island Records and enjoyed four top 20 hits and released an album, with tracks that were featured in the movies Thunderpants and Scooby Doo.[2][3] Zucchi remains close friends with the other band members.

Television career

Zucchi appeared in Channel 4's Balls of Steel. Her role on the show is known as the Bunny Boiler. She would find a man in a public place with his partner, and outrageously flirt with him to antagonise his partner. Her other television credits include The IT Crowd, Massive Balls of Steel, Popworld, Hyperdrive, non-televised pilots Pear Shaped and New Dogs, and as a presenter for Nickelodeon and The Record of the Year. In 2006 and 2007, she had several roles in the Channel 4 comedy series Star Stories, including Courteney Cox, Sharon Osbourne, and also Geri Halliwell in Simon Cowell - My Honesty, My Genius.

In 2007, Zucchi entered the Big Brother UK house, pretending to be Pauline, a housemate from Australian Big Brother. She was working secretly for Big Brother as a mole, going to and from the house to appear on Big Brother's Little Brother.[4] She presented Big Brother's Big Mouth, another spin-off show from 17–20 July 2007, as part of the lineup replacing ex-'Big Mouth' presenter, Russell Brand. Zucchi also appears in a DOE advertisement about the dangers of drunk driving. She was seen on the Hula Hoops adverts (Captain! The intercom!) and UK adverts for Brunchettas. Zucchi could once be seen with Des Lynam advertising Setanta Sports' coverage of Premier League football.[5] This advertising stopped with Setanta Sports going into administration.

In 2007, Zucchi appeared in an episode of sitcom Not Going Out as lap-dancer Rosie. She appears in season 2 of Strutter on MTV. She has presented a show on Virgin 1 called "Boob Envy" about how women see their breasts, during which she revealed she has 'permanently erect nipples', and is also part of the presenting team of Sky One's Brainiac and the cast of the second series of Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor for BBC Three. In 2009, she played a small role in one episode of Skins and an episode of Law and Order: UK broadcast on ITV on 23 September 2010. She is also in Richard Hammond's Blast Lab and presents the "How Hard is Your Thing?" segment in Brainiac: Science Abuse.

Zucchi acted in Coming of Age in one episode as a French teacher which was first shown on 26 January 2010, has appeared in the series Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights, which started airing on 30 November 2010 and has starred in adverts for Sky Broadband.[6] Most recently, she acted in several sketches in Charlie Brooker's How TV Ruined Your Life. She appears in BBC reality TV series World Series of Dating as fictional host Poppy Weathers, which started airing on 26 March 2012. In January 2013 she played Paquita Manganara in BBC One's comedy series Blandings.

She appeared as Police Sergeant Randall in the Channel 4 show Shameless.[7]




Year Title Role Notes
2001-02 Starstreet Thaila
2005 Balls Of Steel Bunny Boiler Series 1
2007 Not Going Out Rosie, the lap dancer
2013 Shameless Police Sergeant Randall Series 11
2013 Hollyoaks Later Maria Gonzalez Series 6


  1. ^ "Thaila Zucchi: Big Brother contestant on her acting career". The Independent. London. 16 August 2007.
  2. ^ Zucchi's RDF Management CV
  3. ^ Zucchi's RDF Management Page
  4. ^ "Housemates to face Big Brother's 'Fake Week'". Digital Spy. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2007.
  5. ^ Sweney, Mark (27 July 2007). "Lynam fronts Setanta campaign". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Sky Broadband - Happy Ever After Broadband for Princely Frogs". Visit4info. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  7. ^

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Allstars (band)

Allstars (stylised allSTARS*) were a British pop group, who were active between 2001 and 2002, achieving some chart success in the UK. Consisting of Sam Bloom, Thaila Zucchi, Ashley Taylor Dawson, Rebecca Hunter and Sandi Lee Hughes (the initial letters of the band members' names making up the "stars" of in the name of their group), they were probably best noted for having their own television show, STARStreet*, on CITV between 2001 and 2002.

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Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights

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List of Big Brother 8 housemates (UK)

There were 24 housemates in total in the eighth series of Big Brother in the UK where they were observed by television viewers 24 hours a day and each week, one or more housemates were voted to be evicted by the general public until the winner, Brian Belo, was left.

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List of British Italians

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Heidi Alexander – former Labour Party MP for Lewisham East

Dean Ashton – Premiership footballer, played for West Ham United, born in Swindon

Colin Bailey – drummer

Ralph Bates – writer

Carl Benjamin – Youtuber, political commentator

Billy Bodin – footballer, born in Swindon

Mark A. Brennan – Canadian landscape painter, born in Swindon, 1968

Jazz Carlin – swimmer, World Champion in 400m and 800m freestyle

Julian Clary – comedian, formerly a resident of Rodbourne, but not born in Swindon. His family still lives in the area.

Jamie Cox – boxer, ABA light-welterweight champion. Won a gold medal for the England team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Jack Dangers – musician, producer, founder of electronic band Meat Beat Manifesto

Rick Davies – founder and member of the band Supertramp

Diana Dors – actress, born in Swindon; celebrated by a larger-than-life-statue outside the West Swindon cinema complex. The statue forms part of the West Swindon sculpture walk.

John Eatwell, Baron Eatwell, economist and Labour peer

Harold Fleming – Swindon Town footballer 1907–1924, capped nine times for England

John Francome – novelist, sports commentator and former jockey

Tommy Hatto – actor, most notable in the films Thor: The Dark World and Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again 3D. Born in Swindon.

Justin Hayward – lead guitarist, vocalist and composer for The Moody Blues

John Helvin – artist, author and magician

David Hempleman-Adams – explorer

Alex Henshall – footballer for Manchester City. Born in Swindon.

Nick Hewer – public relations officer and businessman. One of Alan Sugar's advisers on The Apprentice. Born in the town.

Ross Hornby – YouTube celebrity of the group Hat Films

Samuel Lewis Spencer – Film writer, director and musician with Pre-Infection and Mute8

David Howell – Ryder Cup golfer and five-time winner on the European Tour

Richard Jefferies – Victorian nature writer, born at Coate

David Murray John – Swindon's town clerk 1938–1974 and a driving force behind Swindon's development and growth

Bob Kilby – speedway rider

Josh Kumra – singer and songwriter

Mark Lamarr – TV presenter, comedian, and radio DJ. Grew up in Park South.

Jon Lewis – England and Gloucestershire cricketer

Melinda Messenger – former glamour model and television presenter

Antony Micallef – artist

Hannah Miley – swimmer, 400m medley champion at the World Short Course Championships

Levi Lapper Morse – English grocer and draper and Liberal Party politician

Gilbert O'Sullivan – Irish born, Swindon raised, singer/songwriter

Billie Piper – actress and former pop singer, played Rose in the 2005/2006 seasons and the 2008 season final of BBC Sci-Fi TV programme Doctor Who

Don Rogers – Swindon Town footballer

Rachel Shelley – actress (The L Word, Ghost Whisperer), born in Swindon

Tim Smith – Radio 2 broadcaster and co-presenter of Radio 2's "Steve Wright in the Afternoon"

Sir William Arthur Stanier – Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, member of the Royal Society, designed Princess Coronation Class engines, born in Wellington Street, Swindon in 1876

Ben Thatcher – football player with Ipswich Town F.C.

Mark G. Thomas – scientist

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Tom Wisdom – actor (300, The Boat That Rocked)

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Dave Gregory – lead guitarist from 1979 to 1999. Born in Swindon.

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Star Stories

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Starstreet (TV series)

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Strutter (TV series)

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The Hippopotamus (film)

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The Law of the Playground

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World Series of Dating

World Series of Dating is a British comedic speed dating reality television show. Several young men compete to be judged best dater by four young women they date during the show. It airs on BBC Three in 30 minute episodes. It is presented by Rob Riggle, Tom Price and Thaila Zucchi. Bentley Kalu is the referee.


Zucchi is an Italian surname, and may refer to:

Antonio Zucchi (1726-1795), Italian painter

Antonio Zucchi (field hockey), Argentine hockey player

Augusto Zucchi (born 1946), Italian actor and theatre director

Carlo Zucchi (general) (1777–1863), Italian general and patriot

Carlo Zucchi (1789–1849), Italian architect

Francesco Zucchi (1692-1764), Italian engraver

Franco Zucchi (disambiguation), several people

Giacomo Zucchi (c.1800–1820), Italian composer in Milan and student of Alessandro Rolla

Giovanni Zucchi (born 1931), Italian rower

Giuseppe Zucchi (1721-1805), Italian engraver

Jacopo Zucchi (1541-1590), Florentine painter

Niccolò Zucchi (1586-1670), Italian Jesuit astronomer and physicist

Roby Zucchi (born 1951), Italian water-skier noted for slalom

Thaila Zucchi (born 1981), Italian-English singer and actress

Virginia Zucchi (1849-1933), Italian ballerina

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