Kym Valentine

Kym Valentine (born May 24, 1977 in Blacktown, New South Wales) is a Maltese Australian actress best known for her portrayal of Libby Kennedy in the soap opera Neighbours.
Valentine attended Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta, beginning her acting career in a McDonald's fast food advertisement at age five. Her television appearances have included My Two Wives, Adult Illiteracy, At Bathurst, Candid Camera, Home and Away, Swap Shop, HoopsTV and Cheez TV

In 1994, at age 17, she joined the cast of Neighbours, moving to Melbourne and remained on the show until 2004, wanting to start a family and extend her acting repertoire, by returning to the stage, and her character was written out with the option of a return. Valentine married singer Fabio Tolli, but after having daughter Millana Valentine-Tolli, they split in 2007.[1]

In 2005 Valentine took the lead role of Baby in Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage at the Theatre Royal, Sydney. She was set to reprise her role when the production moved to London's West End from summer 2006, but did not get the part after an audition.

In June 2007, Valentine rejoined Neighbours on a permanent basis. In April of 2008 it emerged that Valentine was involved in a relationship with Australian actor Vince Colosimo. It was suggested this may cause tension on the Neighbours set as Colosimo had recently separated from fellow Neighbours actor Jane Hall.[2] However in October 2008 Kym publicly announced that she and Colismo were no longer dating and that they had only ever been friends. In July 2008 Valentine contracted pneumonia, and suffered a collapsed lung on a flight from New York to Melbourne causing her to pass out. The cabin crew gave the actress oxygen during the flight and when she arrived in Melbourne was taken to hospital for further treatment. She stayed in hospital for several days before recuperating at home.[3][4] On August 10, 2008 it was reported that Valentine had to temporarily pull out of her role in Neighbours in order to complete her recovery process. Fellow actress Michala Banas of McLeod's Daughters took over the role for a month,[5] though Valentine will return for the first episode of the 2009 series.

Kym Valentine

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