Catalina Jane Guirado ,was born in Auckland, New Zealand, is a British model and TV personality. She became a television favourite in the late 1990s after appearing on Channel 4's cult hit show TFI Friday. Born to internationally acclaimed Spanish surrealist- essentialist artist father "Juan Antonio Guirado", and English mother "Audrey Ballard", as a child ,she was an talented violinist, performing at the Royal Festival and London's Royal Albert Hall by the time she was 11. At 12, she played a transcription of the first violin solo of the Bach double violin concerto in D minor as part of the School's Proms at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. She went on to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Discovered by British Vogue's booking editor, Catalina started modelling at 15. She went on to walk runway shows for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Scott Henshall, Michiko Koshino, and Rifat Ozbek. She also appeared on the covers of and featured in magazines including Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, FHM, Maxim, and Loaded. She has appeared in campaigns for Wella, Charro Jeans, Toni & Guy, L'Oréal, and Lynx men's body spray.
Guirado first appeared on television in TFI Friday when she became a household name and London "it girl". She is most famous for appearing in the reality TV shows I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and Back to Reality. Guirado has also appeared on Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes, Celebrities Under Pressure, and Bo' Selecta!, hosted Catalina's Clips and VH1's Spice, and was a guest on This Morning, Celebdaq, Celebrity Weakest Link, Ready Steady Cook, as well as many others. She also acted in the independent movies "Blue Sombrero" and in 2005's "Private Moments".