Holly Valance was born in New Zealand on May 11, 1983, and moved to Brighton, Australia when she was still a youngster. Holly never gave the entertainment industry much thought, but her mother, Rachel — one of Australia’s top models (incidentally Holly’s father Ryko is also a model) — encouraged her to pursue it. And so, using her mom’s booking and agent connections, Holly soon found herself posing for Kmart catalogues and strutting down runways in lingerie at the tender age of 14.
In 1999, then 17-year-old Holly got her first big break. Her agent heard about a casting call going out for a role on the long-running Australian soap opera, Neighbours. Thinking that Valance would be perfect for the part, he sent her for the audition and after several callbacks, Valance got the part of Felicity “Flick” Scully.