Titmuss met TV presenter John Leslie at a party in a pub on Fulham Road in London in 1998. The pair quickly formed a relationship, and Titmuss lived between her student nurse accommodation at the hospital and Leslie's home in Barnes, south-west London.
In 2002 presenter Ulrika Jonsson released her autobiography, in which she suggested that she had been indecently assaulted earlier in her career by a now well-known TV presenter. Weeks later, the News of the World ran front page pictures of John Leslie snorting cocaine in a cafe. The following week, pictures appeared in the paper of Leslie, Titmuss and other women taking part in sex-sessions at Leslie's home, including Lanre Onabowale, posing as basketball player Jayson Blayde, and his girlfriend.
Leslie was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Force, and faced a court trial, throughout which Titmuss was present at his side. When Leslie was found not guilty, the assumption was that the couple would continue their relationship. However, Leslie's career had stalled, whereas Titmuss had raised her image to the point where she was offered various television presenting jobs. Her tabloid-friendly looks and ease in front of the camera gained her a part-time post as a reporter for Leslie's friends Richard and Judy, undertaking occasional projects while continuing her job as a nurse.
She took up presenting on pornographic channel Television X, released a fitness video, authored an erotic novel published by Black Lace, and made personal appearances in nightclubs all over the UK and Ireland. After a photo shoot opportunity offered by FHM of a two page spread, she eventually was featured in a three page spread and made the cover. In the following year, she made 38 front page appearances in 2004 and 2005 for many UK men's magazines, such as FHM , Nuts, Zoo Weekly, Loaded, GQ and Maxim magazines, others such as The Sunday Times Style and topless on page 3 of several tabloid newspapers including The Sun, The News Of The World, The Daily Mirror, The People and The Daily Star - each photoshot made her a minimum of £20,000 per session. Titmuss was voted by readers as #7 in FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005, and wrote a regular sex advice column for the magazine. In December 2004, Titmuss appeared on the front cover of FHM magazine with Victoria Silvstedt. At the height of her fame in 2004/5, she could command up to £30,000 a day for appearing on the front page of Nuts or Zoo.
She appeared on ITV1's Celebrity Love Island. Her other television work includes training as a chef on the 2004 series of Hell's Kitchen, and in 2005, she appeared on Channel 4's The Friday Night Project as a regular guest feature, and in "Abi Titmuss: A Modern Day Morality Tale", a fly-on-the-wall documentary for Channel 4.
In 2005, Titmuss appeared in a high fashion shoot in Pop magazine, which commented on her status as the Face of 21st century celebrity.
After taking a break from modelling work, Titmuss relaunched her glamour career as a brunette with an appearance on the cover of Zoo Weekly magazine and the sale of the official Abi Titmuss Calendar 2007.
She recently appeared as a celebrity on reality series Deadline with Janet Street Porter as an editor on ITV2. The show followed a number of celebrities as they attempted to produce a celebrity-based magazine each week, published as a supplement to Closer magazine. Titmuss was the fourth celebrity to be sacked from the show. She has previously guest-presented shows on Virgin Radio, MTV and LBC radio.
On 25 April 2007, it was announced that Titmuss had made an appearance for a third year running in FHM's annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World readers' poll, peaking at #80 (#7 in 2005, #95 in 2004), however Titmuss has recently announced her intention to "retire" from the world of glamour modelling.
In 2006, Titmuss filmed a small role in the major motion picture Goal! 2.
Titmuss was due to have been the subject of a theatre production in a musical satire entitled Being Abi, performed by students in her home county of Lincolnshire. Devised by pupils at Boston College in May 2006, it was scheduled for a three-day run before being cancelled by two of the performers' concerned parents, who objected to some of the production's content.
In February 2007, Titmuss won a Fringe Report Award for Best West End Debut for her role in Two Way Mirror.
Titmuss has most recently appeared in the second series premiere of Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, which aired 30 April, 2007 on BBC Three and as a character called "Gezebelle" in an episode of Katy Brand's Big Ass show, a new Sketch Comedy series forITV2.
From 26 February to 23 March 2008, Titmuss appeared in the black comedy Fat Christ at the King's Head Theatre in Islington, London and is due to appear in the long-running touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners, produced by Marc Sinden.
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