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Natalie Imbruglia, 1999

Polly Borland

type C photograph (image: 48.7 cm x 38.6 cm)

Natalie Imbruglia (b. 1975), singer-songwriter, appeared in several television commercials before joining the television soap Neighbours. She moved to London in 1996, began writing songs and signed a record contract with RCA in 1997. Her first album, Left of the Middle, was released that year and has since sold more than six million copies worldwide. The single ‘Torn’ topped the UK charts for nine weeks and earned Imbruglia a string of awards, including Best Song at the MTV Europe Music Awards. She has also received two Brit Awards, six ARIAs, and been nominated for three Grammys. Her second album, White Lilies Island, was released in late 2001 and the hit ‘Counting Down the Days’ in 2005; by 2007 she was in a position to release Glorious: The Singles 1997–2007. Meanwhile, from 2002 to 2007 she was the radiant ‘face’ of French cosmetics giant l’Oréal. A British citizen since 2013, Imbruglia lives in London; her most recent album is Male (2015), comprising covers of hits originally sung by men.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

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Accession number: 2001.54

Currently on display: Gallery Eight (Temporary Exhibition Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Polly Borland (age 40 in 1999)

Natalie Imbruglia (age 24 in 1999)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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