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Nigel Barker
Gender: Male
Born: April 27, 1972
Age: 48
Home: London, England
Occupation: Fashion photographer, author, spokesperson, judge, filmmaker, former model
Friends and Family
Spouse: Cristen Barker-Chin (m. 1999)
Children: Jack Barker (Son)

Jasmine Barker (Daughter)

Cycle Run: Cycle 2-Cycle 18

Nigel Barker (born April 27, 1972 in London, England) is a noted fashion photographer of British and Sri Lankan descent. He was a judge and photographer from cycles 2 through 18 on ANTM.

Early life

Born in London, Nigel Barker grew up in a family with five siblings from a total of three marriages, and lived there until the age of eighteen. Barker attended Bryanston School, a boarding school, where he took his A-levels in biology, chemistry, and physics.


He planned on continuing his studies in medicine, but Barker's mother, a former Miss Sri Lanka, entered him into a televised model search on "The Clothes Show". Barker wound up being a finalist on the show, which started his modeling career. He modeled for about ten years in London, Milan, Paris and New York.

Because of his modeling, Barker's love for fashion grew, and in 1996 he decided to become a photographer. Nigel opened his own photo studio, StudioNB, in the now fashionable Meat Packing District in Manhattan. Barker's photo credits include GQ, Interview, Paper, Lucky and People. StudioNB's advertising clients include Beefeater Gin, Sean John, Pierre Cardin, Nicole Miller, Ted Baker, Lands' End and Frederick's of Hollywood.

Barker is best known as a judge on Top Model from 2004 to 2012. He was also an official judge for the Miss America Pageant in 2007 and also serves as executive producer for the VH1 photography-based reality contest, "The Shot". After he was fired from Top Model, he was the host for the rival modeling reality series "The Face" with Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova.

In 2016 he was one of the guest judges in the final of Miss USA 2016 in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Also in 2016 Barker teamed up with Adorama on a new web series, "Top Photographer", which drew its inspiration from Top Model. The season's winner was Academy of Art University alumni Scott Borrero.

In 2017, he joined as one of the head judges for Holland's Next Top Model from cycles 10 through 12. In 2018 he joined the judging panel for the first season of "Curvy Supermodel", which is considred the plus-size version of Top Model.

Personal life

Nigel Barker is married to Cristen Chin Barker, and they have a young son, named Jack. On June 21st, 2008, it was announced that Cristen was pregnant again with their second child, a girl, who they named Jasmine. They have a dog named Memphis.

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