Estella Dawn Warren (born December 23, 1978) is a Canadian-American 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, and 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 and television roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Beauty and the Beast.
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.
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.
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 immediately saw Estella’s beautifully unique looks and booked her for a photoshoot for Italian Vogue.
Her international modeling career and recognition worldwide was set after she shot the Cacharel fragrance campaign “Eau d’Eden” with French photographer director Jean-Paul Goude, then followed the Chanel No. 5 campaign with director Luc Besson, all while George Gallier managed her.
Warren has appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and 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 and television advertisements for Samsung. Additionally, she has modeled for Victoria’s Secret and hosted the television special for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
She appeared on the cover in the nude for the third issue of the 3D magazine World’s Most Beautiful, which came out in June 2013.
Warren’s films include Driven (2001), Planet of the Apes (2001), Kangaroo Jack (2003), The Cooler (2003), and Stranger Within (2013).
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.”