Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (born 18 April 1987) is an English model and actress. She is best known for her work for lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret and for being one of their brand “Angels” and has also worked for Burberry being the face for their 2011 brand fragrance “Burberry Body”, and for M&S.
Moving into acting, she became known for her supporting role as Carly Spencer in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third installment in the Transformers film series, and for a role in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Huntington-Whiteley was born in Plymouth, Devon, the daughter of Fiona née Jackson, a fitness instructor, and Charles a chartered surveyor. and grew up on a farm near Tavistock, Devon. Educated at Tavistock College, she later revealed that she was bullied and teased at school for having a double-barrelled name, small breasts and full lips.
Her paternal great-grandfather, Wing-Commander Eric Huntington-Whiteley JP, was from an aristocratic family, being the younger son of politician Sir Herbert Huntington-Whiteley, 1st Baronet; Eric’s wife, Rosie’s great-grandmother, Enid Kohn, was from a family of Polish Jews who emigrated to England in the 1870s. Rosie’s paternal grandmother, Gillian, also from a Jewish family, was the daughter of Jacob Franks, a prominent surgeon in Sussex.
While a 15-year-old student, she undertook work experience at London West End-based model agency Profile, before taking her GCSEs.Signed after leaving school in summer 2003 aged 16, her first modelling session was for a Levi’s jeans commercial. She got her first big break in January 2004 when she travelled to New York for a shoot with Teen Vogue. She later made her catwalk début alongside Naomi Campbell in New York in Spring 2004, and was then photographed by Bruce Weber for Abercrombie & Fitch.