Born in England but raised down under, alluring actress Sophie Monk achieved fame in the spring of 2000, when she enrolled in a 13-part American Idol-style music competition on Australian television's Channel 7 network. Monk did so opposite innumerable hopefuls, five of whom (including her) were tapped for involvement in the "manufactured" all-girl band Bardot. The group's musical success took off meteorically; not long after, Monk branched out into acting. She bore more than a passing resemblance to Marilyn Monroe, so it seemed fitting that she would be tapped to fully evoke the legendary screen goddess in Peter Bogdanovich's telemovie The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004); subsequent assignments included roles in such Hollywood programmers as Date Movie (2006), Click (2006), and the fantasy-tinged sex comedy Sex and Death 101 (2007). The following year, Monk appeared in a small role as a sexy coed in the farce Spring Breakdown (2008).