19 May 1988, Torquay, Devon, England, UK
5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Long flaming red hair
Accepted at Cambridge University to study Politics and English 
Attended Hallfield Infants and Junior School, then St Marylebone girls school for secondary education and Latymer Upper School for sixth form.
Attended Colville Primary school prior to Hallfield Infant and Junior School.
Model and actress.
In an interview given in January 2010, Cole admitted, "I definitely never thought of myself as model material. Me on a catwalk with all these superwomen?" adding that "if a designer says I inspire them, I'm still not sure how that happened". Cole went on to reveal that her modeling career gave her "a lot of self confidence, which I didn't have in the past". In February 2010, Cole was voted the fourth "sexiest redhead of all time", after Florence Welch, Prince Harry of Wales, and Nicola Roberts in a poll conducted by the Daily Mirror.
Cole was in a relationship with American actor Enrique Murciano, star of television series Without a Trace. As of February 2011, the pair are reported to have broken up after two and half years of dating.
Cole gained a place to read Social and Political Sciences at King's College, Cambridge, but twice deferred entry before switching to study History of Art, which she commenced in the Michaelmas term, 2008, gaining a First in her examinations at the end of her first year, and again in her second year examinations, one of seven members of her year to achieve the grade. Asked about the change of course, Cole explained, "I like doing things I haven't learnt about yet. I've always been interested in art, and I love doing art." Speaking to Judy Rumbold of The Irish Independent, she said, "the decision came from the vague notion that it might be a wise thing to do, that when I was 50, 60, 70, I'd look back and be glad I did it". She gave an interview for The Daily Telegraph in December 2009 in which she admitted she struggled to settle in to her first year at Cambridge, conceding she was "a bit shell-shocked, but I think everyone finds that".
Despite her successful modeling career, Cole retains a commitment to her education, achieving A grades in her A-level examinations in English, Politics, Drama, History, and Philosophy and Ethics at Latymer Upper School. Before Latymer School, Cole attended the primary school Hallfield School (Bayswater, London) and St Marylebone Secondary School.
In April 2007, Cole first featured in the Sunday Times Rich List, which estimated her net worth at £6 million, ranking her as the 77th-richest young person in the United Kingdom. As of 2009, she is thought to have earned in excess of £11 million.
Cole was born in Torquay, southwest England, and raised in London, along with one of her two sisters. She was raised by her mother, Patience Owen, an artist and writer; her father, Chris Cole, a boat builder and fisherman, left the household and was not part of his daughter's life while she grew up. Cole attended the St Marylebone church school for girls, before completing her sixth form studies at Latymer Upper School, an independent school in Hammersmith, London. A chance encounter began her modeling career at the age of 14.