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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Izabella Scorupco

Izabella Scorupco was, for a brief time, a pop star, before embarking on an acting career. So why?

Born in Bialystok, Poland in June 1970, Izabela Dorota Skorupko was born to a musical father. She became a model aged 17 and appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1987. But, like her father, music was what she knew best and in 1990, she was signed by Virgin Records who wanted to develop her as a singer. She released her debut record, “Substitute”, a cover of a Righteous Brothers hit, in late 1990, which reached No.3 in Sweden.

Her follow up, “I Write You A Love Song”, joined “Substitute” with a top ten placing in Sweden and briefly on the german singles chart. Izabella released her debut album, “Iza”, in early 1991, which peaked at No.11 in Sweden and featured the single “Brando Moves” and her cover of Shirley & Company’s 1974 classic, “Shame, Shame, Shame”, which became her biggest hit of all, charting top ten in across most of mainland Europe. Despite its success, it would become Izabella’s last release as she abandoned music for other pastures.

Izabella had made her acting debut in 1991 in the film ‘Bert’ and later appeared in a number of Polish TV series in supporting roles. But in 1994 she hit the jackpot when she was cast as Natalya Simonova in the Bond film ‘GoldenEye’. It launched a continuing, if not intermittent, acting career that would see her reunite with ‘GoldeEye’s director Martin Campbell for the 2000 film, ‘Vertical Limit’.

In 2011, Izabella made a brief return to singing, duetting with Swedish singer Peter Jöbac on his single “Jag Har Dig Nu” as well as appearing in the music video. The following year, she hosted the TV series Sweden’s Next Top Model before reigniting her movie career in 2017 with ‘Sleepwalker’. Izabella seems to move in and out of different boxes as she pleases but in respect of her music career, well, one can only say it’s a shame. A shame, shame, shame!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!