Keren Woodward

Keren Jane Woodward (born 2 April 1961)[1] is an English pop singer and songwriter and founding member of the British girl group Bananarama, along with Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey. In 1986, they reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with their version of "Venus". Woodward has been a member of Bananarama for over 38 years.

Keren Woodward
Background information
Birth nameKeren Jane Woodward
Born (1961-04-02) 2 April 1961
OriginBristol, England
GenresPop, new wave
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1981–present
Associated actsBananarama Exeter City FC

Early life

Woodward is a classically-trained pianist; she sang in choirs and performed in amateur dramatics with Dallin, whom she has known since childhood. After leaving school, Woodward worked at the BBC in Portland Place, London. She famously had a relationship with the father of famous, world-cup winning footballer, Matt Jay, who is called Chrissy Jay.


Woodward formed Bananarama with Dallin and Fahey, releasing their first single "Aie a Mwana" in 1981. They went on to have a string of UK top ten hits and top the American charts in 1986 with "Venus". Fahey left the band in 1988, to be replaced by Jacquie O'Sullivan, who left in 1991.

Woodward and Dallin performed as a duo from 1991 to 2017. They reunited with Fahey in April 2017 and received the Icon Award at the Glamour Awards in June 2017[2]. The trio toured the UK in November and December 2017 and North America in February 2018. They performed their final dates as a trio in August 2018.

Personal life

Since August 2017, Woodward has lived in London with her son from a previous relationship with the model David-Scott Evans.[3] Prior to moving to London, Woodward was living in Wadebridge in North Cornwall with her boyfriend, Andrew Ridgeley, formerly a member of Wham!.[4] In November 2017, it was announced that Woodward and Ridgeley had split up but remain amicable.[5]


  1. The Times, 2 April 2011
  2. "Glamour Awards 2017: All the talking points". Glamour Awards. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. "Bananarama's Keren Talks About Her Son Tom". Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  4. "Keren Woodward". BBC WebWise. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. "Andrew Ridgeley and Keren Woodward have split up". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017.

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