Estella Warren

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Estella Warren
Warren in November 2008
Born (1978-12-23) December 23, 1978 (age 44)
EducationSilverthorn Collegiate Institute
  • Actress
  • model
  • swimmer
Years active1990–present
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

Estella Dawn Warren (born December 23, 1978)[1] is a Canadian actress, fashion model and former synchronized swimmer. During her swimming career she was a member of the Canada national team and won three national titles. Since 1994, she has been modeling through publications; such as Sports Illustrated as well as working for campaigns for such brands as Perry Ellis and Victoria's Secret.

Warren later began a career as an actress, starring in such films as Tim Burton's 2001 re-adapted film Planet of the Apes as well as television roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Beauty and the Beast.

Early life[edit]

Estella Warren was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, to Esther, an elementary school headmistress, and Don Warren, a used-car dealer. She is the youngest of three daughters.[2]


Synchronized swimming[edit]

In 1990, Warren moved to Toronto to train with the national synchronized swimming team. In 1995, after becoming the senior national champion, Warren had the chance to move on to the 1996 Summer Olympics. She is a three-time Canada national team champion and the solo bronze medalist at the 1995 Junior World Championships.[3]

Fashion modeling[edit]

Estella Warren was discovered by Rhonda Broadbelt Fonte, the owner of Broadbelt & Fonte Models, in 1994 when she was a synchronized swimmer living in Ontario. Broadbelt Fonte then introduced Warren to George Gallier, the owner of American Models. She then went to New York City to shoot some photo tests. During that time, Gallier introduced her to fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, who booked her for a photo shoot for Italian Vogue.[4]

She began her international modelling career with the Cacharel fragrance campaign "Eau d'Eden" with French photographer director Jean-Paul Goude. The Chanel No. 5 campaign with director Luc Besson followed; both campaigns happened while she was managed by George Gallier.

Warren has appeared on the cover of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and in two television commercials for Chanel No. 5 perfume. Warren was ranked Number 1 on Maxim's Hot 100 List in 2000 when she was 21. She was ranked Number 52 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" special supplement and was the November 2007 entry in Stuff magazine's pinup calendar.

Warren also has appeared in campaigns for UGG Australia, Andrew Marc, Perry Ellis, Nine West, Cartier, Volvo, De Beers, and Cacharel, as well as in television advertisements for Samsung. Additionally, she has modeled for Victoria's Secret and hosted the television special for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She posed nude for the cover of the third issue of the 3D magazine World's Most Beautiful,[5] which came out in June 2013.[6]


Warren shooting the film Blue Seduction in November 2008

Warren's films include Driven (2001), Planet of the Apes (2001), Kangaroo Jack (2003), The Cooler (2003), Stranger Within (2013), and Just Within Reach (2017).

Warren appeared in That '70s Show in 2003, as well as a two-part crossover role in Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in September 2005. She also appeared in an episode of Ghost Whisperer in 2005.

Warren has appeared in music videos for INXS's "Afterglow", Blank & Jones' "Beyond Time" and Dr. Dre's "I Need a Doctor". She also appeared in the film Just Within Reach with Lenny Von Dohlen, Alex Cubis, Tami Romen and Thomas Duffy.[7]


On May 24, 2011, Warren was arrested in Los Angeles after she allegedly hit three parked cars with her Toyota Prius and then fled the scene. Police eventually found her and arrested her for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).[8] During her arrest she allegedly kicked an officer and resisted being handcuffed. Later, at the police station where her arrest was being booked, she managed to slip her cuffs and run, but was quickly recaptured. Ultimately she was charged with DUI, hit-and-run, battery on a police officer and resisting a police officer.[9] Her bail was set at $100,000.[10] On August 19, 2011, Warren entered a no contest plea to the drunken driving charge and the other charges were dropped;[11] she was ordered to a residential rehab facility for four months.[12]

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recorded Warren's date of birth as December 23, 1970.[13][14] Although Warren's 1978 birth year is well-established,[1][15][16] some news sources then reported that she was born in 1970 or cited her age as if she were born that year.[9][13]

In 2017, Warren was arrested for domestic violence after allegedly throwing cleaning fluid at her boyfriend.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfume Arrianne
2001 Driven Sophia Simone Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2001 Planet of the Apes Daena
2001 Tangled Elise Stevens
2003 Kangaroo Jack Jessie
2003 The Cooler Charlene
2003 I Accuse Kimberly Jansen
2004 Blowing Smoke Faye Grainger Television film
2004 Pursued Emily Keats
2004 Trespassing Kristy Goodman
2005 Her Minor Thing Jeana
2006 Taphephobia Jesse Lennox
2006 National Lampoon's Pucked Jessica
2007 Lies and Crimes Sally Hanson Television film
2009 Blue Seduction Matty Television film
2009 Beauty and the Beast Belle
2010 Irreversi Kat
2010 Transparency Monika
2010 See You in September Lindsay
2013 The Stranger Within Emily
Dangerous Intuition Laura Beckman Television film
2015 No Way Out Maria
Undateable John Jane
Decommissioned Rebecca Niles
2017 Just Within Reach Grace


Year Title Role Notes
2003 That '70s Show Raquel Episode: "The Kids Are Alright"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit April Troost Episode: "Design"
2005 Law & Order April Troost Episode: "Flaw"
2005 Ghost Whisperer Alexis Fogarty Episode: "On the Wings of a Dove"
2009 Mental Niobe Graham Episode: "Book of Judges"
2010 The Being Frank Show Episode #1.1
2017 Feel the Dead Skyler
2017 Age of the Living Dead Michelle


  1. ^ a b "Estella Warren". Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Vol. 69. Gale, 2006. Gale Biography In Context. Web. May 26, 2011.
  2. ^ "Estella Warren Biography (1978–)". Retrieved January 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Bean, Dawn Pawson (2005). Synchronized Swimming: An American History. McFarland. p. 312. ISBN 9780786419487.
  4. ^ Miller, Samantha (August 23, 2001). "Beauty and the Beasts". People. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Naked Truth is Revealed in the Third Issue of WMB 3D: World's Most Beautiful, Featuring Supermodel Estella Warren". WMB 3D. September 1, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  6. ^ Hislop, Rachel (May 22, 2013). "Nude & Beautiful: Estella Warren Strips Down To Her Positivity For WMB Magazine". Global Grind. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  7. ^ "Apple TV | Just Within Reach". Apple film "Just Within Reach". April 24, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  8. ^ Shira, Dahvi (June 9, 2011). "Estella Warren Charged with DUI, Battery on Officer". People. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Planet of the Apes actress Estella Warren arrested for assaulting police officer in Los Angeles". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). May 25, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  10. ^ "Estella Warren Arrested for DUI, Assault, Escape!". TMZ. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  11. ^ "Estella Warren Escapes Jail in Crazy DUI Case". TMZ. August 19, 2011.
  12. ^ Silverman, Stephen (August 20, 2011). "Estella Warren Pleads No Contest to DUI". People. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Thompson, Paul (May 29, 2011). "Estella Warren Driven To Tell Her Age". Sunday Express. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  14. ^ Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Inmate Information Center (archived copy of sheriff's department booking information).
  15. ^ "Sports Updates". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. January 26, 1996.
  16. ^ "Peterborough Teenager Joins Chanel's Team". The Record. November 19, 1998.
  17. ^ Brucculieri, Julia (May 8, 2017). "Planet Of The Apes Star Estella Warren Arrested For Domestic Violence". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 8, 2017.

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