Agyness Deyn /ˈæɡnɪs diːn/ (born Laura Michelle Hollins; 16
February 1983) is an English model and actress.
1 Early life
2.4 Design ventures
3 Personal life
5 External links
Deyn is from Littleborough, near
Rochdale in Greater Manchester.
Deyn later moved to
Failsworth near Oldham. The second of three
children, she moved to Rossendale, Lancashire, and attended All Saints
Roman Catholic High School, as well as Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar
School and Sixth Form, Waterfoot.
Deyn's name was apparently coined to further her modelling career
after she consulted her mother's friend, a numerology expert, who
advised her of the most 'fortuitous' way to spell the name
'Agnes'. It was reported that her mother Lorraine (a nurse), and
her sister Emily both changed their surname to Deyn, while Lorraine
has changed the I in her first name to Y.
Deyn's working life started at a fish and chip shop in Stubbins,
Rossendale, where she was a part-time server at the age of 13. Even at
an early age she had an eye for style and by 17 she had already had
her head shaved. "I've had short hair since I was 13, and when I was
17, I had a skinhead." In 1999, she won the
Rossendale Free Press
"Face of '99" competition, aged just 16.
She then moved to London, working in a fast-food restaurant during the
day and a bar at night but admits: "It didn’t quite work."
Anna Sui in 2008
Deyn's biography claims that she was "spotted" while shopping with
fashion designer Henry Holland in Kentish Town, London. She then
signed with SELECT model management.
In May 2007, she was featured on the cover of American Vogue,
alongside Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha
Pivovarova, Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda,
Chanel Iman and
Lily Donaldson as "The World's Next Top Models." She has also been
featured on the covers of: UK Vogue, the Observer Woman supplement,
The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times Style, Pop, Grazia, Time, Style & Life, Vogue
Italia and numerous other international publications.
She has walked the runways for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry,
Hermés, Dior, Lanvin, DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld, Moschino, Versace,
Michael Kors, Zac Posen, Celine, Roberto Cavalli, Bottega Veneta,
Proenza Schouler, Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf,
Max Mara, Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren, Giles Deacon, Alexander
Wang, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, Carolina Herrera, and Yves
Deyn has appeared in advertisements for Dior, Burberry, Emporio
Armani, Calvin Klein, Moncler, Anna Sui, Giorgio Armani, John
Galliano, Gianfranco Ferré, Blumarine, Vivienne Westwood, Cacharel,
Doc Martens, Shiseido, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Adidas, and Reebok.
She has been the face of fragrance The Beat by Burberry, Gold by Giles
Deacon at New Look replacing Drew Barrymore, Jean Paul Gaultier's
fragrance Ma Dame,
Shiseido (replacing Angelina Jolie), Rock Me! by
Anna Sui, and childhood friend Henry Holland's label House of Holland.
In 2009, Deyn landed a
Uniqlo campaign and appeared in a commercial
with Gabriel Aubry.
In May 2008, Deyn was guest editor of i-D magazine. The issue was
devoted to her and includes articles written by and about Deyn, as
well as interviews she conducted with fashion designers such as
Vivienne Westwood. Deyn's was on one of the fourteen covers of V
magazine autumn issue. Each cover employs a head shot of a famous
model, either from new models or established supermodels; it was
Inez van Lamsweerde
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
In June 2009, the
Daily Mirror reported that Deyn had quit modelling
to spend more time with her then boyfriend, Singer-songwriter Miles
Kane. The newspaper quoted a source[who?] as saying that modelling had
started to bore Deyn and that she had hired an acting agent to pursue
an acting career in British independent films.
Vogue Paris described her as one of the top 30 models of the
Deyn appeared in the May 2011 British Vogue editorial, photographed by
In October 2012, Deyn once again announced that she has retired from
modelling in an interview with The Independent. She stated, "I suppose
I have stopped modelling officially. I've not done any for a good long
while now. I think it was about four years ago when my feelings were
changing towards the industry. I didn't hate it, but I was yearning to
do something different. I was on a gradient. It was a gradual thing."
She intends to focus on her acting career.
Deyn provides vocals for the single "Who" by
Five O'Clock Heroes
Five O'Clock Heroes as
well as featuring in the video. The single was poorly received by NME,
who gave it only a 2/10. The single charted at No. 109 in the
UK. Until recently she was a member of the now defunct group Lucky
Knitwear. Deyn's voice can be heard at the beginning of Rihanna's
music video for "We Found Love".
In the 2010 film Clash of the Titans, Deyn played Aphrodite, Greek
goddess of beauty, love, and sex.
In March 2011, Deyn appeared as an owl-bearing warrior in Woodkid's
debut music video, "Iron".
In 2012, Deyn starred opposite
Richard Coyle in Pusher, an English
language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's Danish film of the same
name, where she played Flo, a strong-minded stripper.
On 28 February 2012, Deyn played her first role on the West End stage,
as Paula in François Archambault's comedy, The Leisure Society.
After receiving excellent reviews[by whom?] for her role in that play,
Deyn was cast to play the main female role, Chris Guthrie, in a film
adaptation of the Scottish-set novel Sunset Song.
In 2013, Deyn played the lead role in Electricity, a film adaptation
of the novel by Ray Robinson, about the journey of a young woman with
In 2015, she starred in fantasy-horror thriller film Patient Zero.
In 2017, Deyn began filming Hard Sun, a pre-apocalyptic crime drama
for the BBC at Hanstead Park in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire.
In 2010, Deyn collaborated with her younger sister Emily to create a
line of T-shirts and tank tops for high street chain Uniqlo.
In 2012, Deyn began a design partnership with
Dr. Martens called
Agyness Deyn for Dr. Martens,  a line of accessories, shoes, and
clothing. In spring of 2014, she planned to release a third
collaboration with the brand.
She currently works with the agencies Elite New York City, Why Not
Model Agency in Milan, and Oui Management in Paris.
Deyn was married to American actor
Giovanni Ribisi from 2012 to
In August 2016, Deyn married hedge fund manager Joel McAndrew in New
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