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Sophie Monk was born in England, but her parents moved to Australia's Gold Coast in Queensland. She also spent time at Somerset College and MacGregor State High School . Whilst at MacGregor State High School, she was a School Captain in her senior year (1997), and was enlisted in the school's CAD (Center of Artistic Development) Program. Prior to, during and after her experience as a member of Popstars, Monk dated Chris Cooper from Tasmania, with whom she split shortly before moving to the United States.

Her professional music career began in 1999 when she responded to an advertisement at the recommendation of her mother which requested girls with vocal and dance experience. The advertisement was for the Australian television series, Popstars, a TV talent show which aimed to create a successful new girl group. Monk, who has been trained in classical and pop singing and has been performing since she was eight years old, drove all night to audition.

She began work on her solo career, re-signing a solo contract with Warner Music. She travelled overseas to work with some well-known producers including hit maker Rob Davis (famous for co-writing Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head") and this resulted in two tracks, "Inside Outside", Monk's debut solo single and the album track "Don't Push It". Sophie performed her new single for the very first time in September on the grand final edition of the AFL Footy Show at Rod Laver Arena.

Sophie Monk has since established herself in Hollywood. Although most of her roles have been reasonably small, she did play Marilyn Monroe for a high-budget telemovie The Mystery Of Natalie Wood (2004) and starred in the music video "Always" for rock group blink-182.