Alexandra Burke

Occupation: Singer, actor

Nationality: British

Born: August 25, 1988 (27)

Alexandra Burke got her big break through UK reality show The X Factor, which she first auditioned for in 2002 and subsequently won in 2008. Her first single, 'Hallelujah', broke a European sales record after clocking up over 105,000 downloads in one day and later became the 2008 Christmas No.1, the biggest selling record of the year and the fastest selling single ever released by a woman in the UK. Since her phenomenal debut, Burke has had four consecutive UK top 10 singles, including two further No.1s, and released a chart topping album. She currently stars in The Bodyguard in London's West End.
The singer admits she was nervous recording the late star's greatest hits for the Bodyguard soundtrack. Alexandra Burke: I never try to be Whitney Former X Factor star says she still seeks advice from her old record label. Alexandra Burke: I learned a lot from Cowell You can now listen to studio versions of the star's The Bodyguard - The Musical performances. Listen to Alexandra Burke take on Whitney hits 'Renegade' is taken from the EP of the same name, which is out today. Alexandra Burke has new video and new look Interview: The singer discusses her new Renegade EP and future full-length album. Alexandra Burke: 'It's scary giving your all' The singer has teamed up with Shakka for her Renegade EP. Listen to a new Alexandra Burke song The singer's new EP will be released in full on April 27. Alexandra Burke is back with a new song 'Battle Scars' singer Guy Sebastian will represent Australia at Eurovision 2015. Australia's Eurovision entrant revealed The star will not be representing the UK in Vienna this May. Alexandra Burke denies Eurovision claims Singer reveals to fans that new music will be released in March. Alexandra Burke announces new EP We've had ten X Factor winner's singles. Which is the best (and which is the worst)? The X Factor: Ranking the winner's singles The star says she is no longer with KWL after a "challenging" few years. Alexandra Burke splits from management Including Leona Lewis, One Direction, Cher Lloyd and Little Mix. Are these the X Factor's Top 10 albums? The tracks will feature on compilation album Now That's What I Call a Million. Take That, Journey hits pass 1m sales in UK The singer also discusses her new album at Cosmopolitan #FashFest. Alexandra Burke rules out X Factor return Former X Factor winner tells Digital Spy that The Bodyguard has given her "a taste for acting". Alexandra Burke: 'I've got the acting bug' The show will visit Southampton, Glasgow and Cardiff and more cities next year. Bodyguard musical to head out on UK tour DS's Showbiz Reporter on This Morning, Ryan Gosling baby rumours and more. Anna Williamson's Showbiz Peek at the Week Gabby Logan discovers a novel way to go to the toilet, Rebel Wilson is attacked by a sheet in our Twitter roundup. Mariah & Courtney Love - new celeb BFFs? Auditions for the ITV show's 11th series kick off in Manchester. X Factor judges: The first panel picture It's a shaky start for the X Factor winner, but a little confidence goes a long way. The Bodyguard: Is Alexandra Burke any good? 2008 X Factor winner also predicts that Mel B and Cheryl Cole will "get on great". Burke: 'Mel B will be fiery on X Factor' The first pictures of Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard are released See Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard Burke appears alongside Wretch 32 and former EastEnders actor Chucky Venn. Watch Alexandra Burke in new video They've both played Rachel Marron on stage, but who knows more about the Whitney Houston epic? We find out! Burke v Bev: Who knows The Bodyguard better? X Factor winner confides in DS about pre-show nerves and honouring Whitney. Alexandra Burke opens up about The Bodyguard Veteran singer denounces "constant barrage" of nudity from young stars. Beverley Knight upset by stripping stars Singer discusses passing on the torch to the former X Factor winner. Beverley Knight talks Bodyguard, Burke The X Factor winner releases her WellChild charity single on iTunes. Listen to new Alexandra Burke ballad The 25-year-old will perform renditions of 'Amazing Grace' and her new single. Alexandra Burke for BBC's The Passion Alexandra will replace Beverley Knight in the role of Rachel Marron. X Factor Burke joins Bodyguard musical The singer is currently 4,000 copies ahead of her nearest rival. Sam Bailey set for No.1 with debut album Relive the highs and lows of the Geordie star's time on Simon Cowell's show. Cheryl's X Factor journey in pictures Singer reveals that she is coming back as a judge on ITV talent show. Cheryl Cole confirms return to X Factor The producer reveals Burke was "chasing" him for a collaboration. DJ Fresh snubs Alexandra Burke duet Flick through today's gallery of stars, including Jessie J and Alexandra Burke. Dockery, more: Today's Celeb Pictures X Factor winner also reveals she has no plans to join the ITV show's panel. Alexandra Burke trains to be life coach Chris Hoy, Alexandra Burke and more will take part in show's final episodes. Millionaire reveals final celeb lineups Digital Spy presents the "original" X Factor versions to be covered again. X Factor anniversary songs - first time The ITV singing competition will celebrate its 10th birthday on Saturday (November 23). X Factor: 10 years in 60 seconds - watch