Topless Review of 2008
The Topless Review was originally an attempt to keep a record of all the celebrity uncoverings that
occur in Newspapers, Magazines, and on Television in the current year. However in more recent years coverage of Newspapers has fallen away due to a combination of reduced awareness of anything of relevance and seemingly less instances of what used to be a fairly frequent event. Magazines even more so.
Therefore it is only now the Television section that retains any concerted effort to be as comprehensive as possible.
Also see the TV & British Actresses pages for a comprehensive coverage of movies.
Symbols Used (entries added
since the last update will show the symbol in RED)
J definite topless shots with one or both breasts bare with nipple(s) visible. This includes nipple slips and see-through shots.
L technically topless but covered due to careful or fortuitous posing.
K a topless image that is a new one from a previously seen set or occasion (that I've not seen before). Unless it is only very recently after the initial appearance.
N Images that may have been doctored by magazines or turn out to be fakes, etc.
All dates are formatted in the UK style of dd/mm/yyyy
Abbreviations. NOTW = News of the World
J Lily Allen (Singer) - a series of topless snaps while on holiday at Cap DAntibes on the French Riviera. (The Sun 14/05/2008; Daily Star 15/05/2008)
J Gabriela and Monica Irimia (The Cheeky Girls) (Singers) - a series of topless photos of them both on holiday in the South of France. (Seen 21/09/2008 on NOTW website which indicated the feature as an online exclusive - so presumably the pictures did not appear in the print edition)
Nothing to mention
Midsomer Murders (ITV1 - 01/01/2008) ep:
Shot At Dawn
J Charlotte Lucas (Sophie Hammond) - topless and rear nudity as she takes off her coat in an art studio, walks around a bit, and then resumes a modelling pose for her artist boyfriend Will Hicks (Tom Harper).
Honest (ITV1 - ep2:16/01/2008; ep3:23/01/2008;
J (ep2) Georgia Mackenzie (Catherine Flitt) - topless laying in a bed with her breasts seen above the level of the sheets as she waits for her boyfriend Taylor Carter (Matthew McNulty) who insists on playing out a naughty schoolboy fantasy first. (she is a teacher and he was one of her ex-pupils).
J (ep3) Maye Choo (Vicky Hong) - topless kneeling up on the floor in front of Taylor (Matthew McNulty) (whom she thinks is his twin brother Vin) after she has given him some (out of shot) oral sex while he is standing talking to his brother on a phone.
J (ep4) Georgia Mackenzie (Catherine Flitt) - topless lovemaking scene on a bed underneath Taylor in bed during which he can't stop thinking about Vicky (whose body occasionally substitutes Catherine's to illustrate this) - she is seen fully topless from various angles although the Vicky substitute shots are modestly framed
J (ep4) Maye Choo (Vicky Hong) - topless making love with Taylor in a swimming pool (he is now actively pretending to be his twin brother Vin)
J (ep5) Maye Choo (Vicky Hong) - topless laying on her back next to Taylor beside an indoor swimming pool as they talk
Trial and Retribution (ITV1 - 17/01/2008)
ep: Rules of the Game, part 1 of 2
J Olga Fedori (Sofia Petrenko) - Briefly seen topless as her dead body is removed from a metal suitcase by pathologists and put onto an autopsy table brief rear nudity laying on a bed apparently asleep as a friend tells the police about the last time she saw her (in a flashback). (non-speaking in part 1, although she does have flashback dialogue in part 2)
Fairy Tales (BBC1 - 24/01/2008) ep:
The Empress's New Clothes
J Denise Van Outen (Michaela) - rear nudity as she walks the red carpet past the paparazzi into an awards ceremony wearing an outrageous frock which does not cover her behind in the hope of making a media impact to stimulate her celebrity career.
The Last Enemy (BBC1 - pt2: 24/02/2008) (5-part
J Anamaria Marinca (Yasim Anwar) - topless stripping off in the back of a van alongside Stephen Ezard (Benedict Cumberbatch) when David Russell (Robert Carlyle) makes them remove all their clothing to be sure they are not electronically tagged.
Mrs In-Betweeny (BBC3 - 03/03/2008)
(No Freeview in my area, so I didn't get to see this therefore this entry is based on information received)
J Amelia Bullmore (Emma) - briefly seen topless as she takes off her towel in front of a mirror and rotates around.
Rock Rivals (ITV1 - ep1:05/03/2008)
L Sophia Dawnay (Jinx Jones) - most of her left breast is seen after she gets out of an outdoor swimming pool and stands talking to Sundae (Nicola Hughes) - she has her right arm crossed over and fully covering her left breast with the tips of her fingers just covering the nipple of her right breast - so no nipple nudity quite seen.
Skins (C4 - ep4:06/03/2008; ep6:20/03/2008; ep9:10/04/2008)
L April Pearson (Michelle) - most of the side of her right breast is seen after she takes off her top and bra while on a bed with her boyfriend Tony (Nicholas Hoult) and leans over towards him in a crawl position to try and seduce him into remembering the relationship they had before he lost his memory in an accident - no nipple nudity quite seen. (NOTE: In the letterboxed version shown on E4 there is also a moment during the subsequent lovemaking attempt when she is laying atop him and the full side of her right breast is seen with what would seem should be her nipple in view (although it may be possibly by covered with tape) - this is on the far right of the picture and not quite seen in the terrestrial full screen broadcast)
J Sia Berkeley (Scarlett) - topless with her left breast seen as she takes off her robe in uninhibited unison with her father (Tim Wallers) in front of his astonished new wife (Arabella Weir) as they prepare to try out a new hi-tec outdoor hot tub.
Episode 4 also contains a skinny dipping scene in the sea in which Sia Berkeley and Larissa Wilson (Jal) are involved - but it is shot at a distance in virtual silhouette and any nudity there might be is very fleeting and hard to spot.
J (ep6) Janet Montgomery (Beth) - topless as she leans up from laying on her front to kiss Matt (Oliver Mellor) her thanks for painting a tattoo on her back - then briefly topless with her left breast seen while sitting on a couch talking to Tony (Nicholas Hoult) - her hair mostly covers her topless and rear nudity in a lovemaking scene on a bed with Tony.
L (ep9) Hannah Murray (Cassie) - the back side of her left breast is briefly seen during a lovemaking scene with her boyfriend Sid (Mike Bailey) as she sits astride him - part of a series of carefully edited quickly cut moments - no nipple nudity seen.
Echo Beach (ITV1 - 07/03/2008) episode
10 of 12
J Hannah Lederer-Alton (Abi Marrack) - topless underneath Jimmy (Ed Speelers) as they make love on the beach - her breasts are seen as the picture is starting to fade/mix into the next shot.
White Girl (BBC2 - 10/03/2008)
J Anna Maxwell Martin (Debbie) - topless in a bathroom as she sits down against the wall crying over an upsetting development in her life and then speaking to her mother through the door when she calls out a question.
He Kills Coppers (ITV1 - 23/03/2008) part
1 of 3
L Kelly Reilly (Jeannie) - the back/side of her left breast is seen as she sits on a bed and takes her top off in front of Frank (Rafe Spall) - no nipple nudity.
Poppy Shakespeare (C4 - 31/03/2008)
J Anna Maxwell Martin ('N') - briefly seen topless as she has a bath to make herself presentable.
Love Soup (BBC1)
(Series 2 - 12 episodes)
Episode 8 - Lobotomy Bay (19/04/2008)
J Amelia Curtis (Fae Madison) - topless and full frontal nudity laying dead on a bed.
PROVISO NOTE: In the story she is playing the part of a TV actress who goes out with a man who turns out to be an obsessive fan who proudly shows off his collection of her memorabilia - including, to her horror, a replica of herself that he bought on an auction site which was originally made for use in a detective series morgue scene so that the character she had played in it could be seen dead with a missing right arm.
What is unclear is whether for the sake of expediency the life-like "replica" seen here was actually the real actress playing dead or whether it was actually a specially made replica. Since it was only seen on screen for a few seconds it would seem like a lot of trouble to have gone to for such a minimal usage. The "replica" is seen from three angles and in one angle the missing arm is evident although that aspect would have been easy to fake the way the shot was arranged. Also Amelia Curtis is seen looking at "herself" in the same shot which again might be easier to achieve through camera trickery than to have really created a replica.
In conclusion I can't really tell - the story said it was a replica but that doesn't mean it really had to be. It is worth noting that if it was a replica then it was not just a standard female body with her look-alike head attached - they went to the extent of recreating some exacting detail, in particular the size of her quite large areola area and a mole on the inner side of her right breast (both of which are previously glimpsed in her topless lovemaking scene in the 2001 film "South West 9").
UPDATE ON ABOVE PROVISO - EPISODE 10 DEMONSTRATED AMELIA CURTIS' WILLINGNESS TO DO SOME UNQUESTIONABLY REAL NUDITY SO THE UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE "REPLICA" WOULD SEEM TO BE SETTLED SINCE SHE CLEARLY WOULDN'T HAVE MINDED DOING IT.
Episode 10 - Whose God Is It Anyway? (03/05/2008)
J Amelia Curtis (Fae Madison) - topless as she falls down onto her back on a bed while acting in a lesbian love scene with another actress (Simona Armstrong) rear nudity standing in a bedroom wearing a skimpy top as she gets some clothes from a chest of drawers whilst talking to Alice (Tamsin Greig).
J Simona Armstrong (Marenka) - topless as she lays down beside Fae (Amelia Curtis) on a bed while acting in a lesbian love scene.
Episode Notes: Fae has filmed a lesbian love scene for a period drama and she takes her friend Alice to the dubbing studio to wait whilst she re-records her lines with a different actress being used to overdub Marenka's voice. The love scene is seen on screen twice - firstly with the original guide track and then again whilst the actresses are re-voicing the lines. Fae's bottom is also seen in the love scene and part of the joke is that Alice notices that is was a bottom-double (when she sees Fae's bottom for real later on) but Fae had not known about this and gets angry with the producers for thinking that her own bottom was not good enough to be seen on screen.
NOTE: If the IMDB entry for Simona Armstrong is correct then she was also a "Maria" contestant in "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" in 2006 (under the name of Simona Dumitrescu-Armstrong)
Criminal Justice (BBC1 - 30/06/2008) part
1 of 5
J Ruth Negga (Melanie Lloyd) - a brief glimpse of her topless laying on her back dead in bed is seen when Ben (Ben Whishaw) turns on the light and discovers her body later topless laying dead in bed as a detective (Bill Patterson) examines the murder scene - she has a bloody knife wound between her breasts.
The Tudors (BBC2 - Series 2) 10
Episode 1 - (01/08/2008)
J Natalie Dormer (Anne Boleyn) - a brief glimpse of her left breast is seen while she is in bed with Thomas (Jamie Thomas King) - (it turns out to be a fantasy he is having)
J Rebekah Wainwright (Catherine Brock) - rear nudity as she puts on a night-dress in a bedroom before she turns and comes to bed with her husband Charles (Henry Cavill) - nudity seen at a medium distance with her face seen afterwards in a continuous shot.
Episode 2 - (08/08/2008)
J Krystin Pellerin (Lady Elizabeth Darrell) - topless standing outdoors by a large tree as Thomas Wyatt (Jamie Thomas King) removes her dress and kisses her as he seduces her.
J Natalie Dormer (Anne Boleyn) - topless laying in bed as she welcomes the king (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) into bed with her - and then as they kiss on the bed.
Episode 3 - (15/08/2008)
J Andrea Lowe (Lady Eleanor Luke) - rear nudity laying on her front on a bed with the king (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) as he runs a chess piece down her back.
Wire in the Blood (ITV1 - 26/09/2008)
ep: Falls The
Shadow, part 1 of 2
J Lucy Brooks (Anna Walton) - (she is playing the part of a prostitute) topless as she pulls down the cups of her bra top to entice a curb-crawling motorist - seen from a medium distance topless laying on her back dead on wasteland wearing just an open coat - her face is badly bruised. (short cameo role, small speaking part)
Silent Witness (BBC1 - 01/10/2008)
ep: Safe, part 1
J Nicole Lecky (Shana Block) - full frontal nudity laying dead on a mortuary table as the pathologist (Emilia Fox) examines her. (Proviso: These days you can never be sure if they use body dummies or the real actors in such scenes - although her role was a minor one)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (BBC1 - 05/10/2008)
part 4 of 4
J Gemma Arterton (Tess) - a very brief glimpse of her left breast is seen in a lovemaking scene on a bed with her husband Angel (Eddie Redmayne).
Silent Witness (BBC1 - part1:08/10/2008; part 2:
ep: Death's Door
(Part 1) J Charlotte Weston (Frances Price) - Brief rear nudity standing in a shower.
(Part 2) J Naomi Bentley (Holly Farr) - Topless laying dead on an autopsy table as her blood smeared body is uncovered ready for examination. (NOTE: The body could very easily have been a dummy - particularly because she had a high-profile role in part 1 of the story)
Wire in the Blood (ITV1 - 24/10/2008)
ep: The Dead
Land, part 1 of 2
J Isabelle Gregson (Angela Clarke) - topless walking slowly across a bedroom and looking out of the window into the dark. (minor character, small speaking role in part 2)
Dead Set (E4 - 27/10/2008 to 31/10/2008)
First shown in 2008 on E4 in 5 parts (1x1hr + 4x30m) - this scene was in part 3 (on 29/10/2008)
Also shown in 2009 on C4 in 3 parts (3x1hr) - this scene was in part 2 (on 07/01/2009)
J Beth Cordingly (Veronica) - topless side view as she gets into the Big Brother shower with her right breast seen in a mirror reflection - then further brief topless side views as her fellow housemate Joplin (Kevin Eldon) sneaks out into the camera runs to spy on her through the two way mirror glass and she makes belittling remarks when she guesses he is watching.
Consuming Passion: 100 Years of Mills and Boon (BBC4 -
(No Freeview in my area, so I didn't get to see this, therefore this entry is based on some screen images seen)
J Emilia Fox (Kirstie)- topless lovemaking scene with a man in a library.
Silent Witness (BBC1 - 06/11/2008)
Rachel, part 2 of 2
J Nina Milner (Bethany Andrews) - topless as pathologist Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) uncovers the upper half of her body to begin a post-mortem. (She is seen alive in part 1 with a speaking role)
J Tinarie Van Wyk-Loots (Sian) - topless as she takes off her top in Harry Cunningham's (Tom Ward) hotel room as she gets ready to have a shower.
J Lindiwe Matshikiza (Rachel Harrington) - topless as she opens up her bath towel in a bedroom as she seduces Peter Ellis (Patrick Baladi).
(This story was filmed in South Africa - the first two actresses are South African according to information about them on IMDB. This Silent Witness story was the only credit for the other actress at time of checking)
Taggart (ITV1 - 14/11/2008)
ep: The Caring
J Charlotte Allan (Kyla McMartin) - topless as her dead body is lifted out of a bath by a forensics team and placed upon a stretcher. (Minor non-speaking role - she is seen alive in the prologue)
The Devil's Whore (C4 - part1:19/11/2008; part 2:
J Andrea Riseborough (Angelica Fanshawe) - (part 1) topless lovemaking scene underneath her husband Harry (Ben Aldridge) in bed (part 2) brief glimpse of her left breast as the top of her dress is yanked down by lusty corn merchant Chimney (Daniel Ryan) as he demands payment in kind for the meal he has given her rear nudity as she walks out into the middle of a pond topless lovemaking scene on a bed with Thomas Rainsborough (Michael Fassbender).
Apparitions (BBC1 - 27/11/2008)
episode 3 of 6
J Jenna Southworth (Mary Portman) - a very very brief glimpse of the full side of her left breast is seen as she is astride Father Daniel (David Gyasi) in the bottom bunk of a prison cell when he has a supernatural vision. (The scene is presented in unrevealing close-up except for this one momentarily seen establishing view - her face is not properly seen in the same shot although her role is a very minor one so it probably would have been her)
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