Who is Domino Kirke?
A singer and actress, who rose to prominence after her marriage to Penn Badgley, the famous “Gossip Girl” actor Domino Suzy Kirke-Badgley, was born under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius on 17 December 1983, in Westminster, London, England. She holds both British and American nationality, and her ethnicity is of mixed Iraqi-Jewish, Israeli and English descent. Domino is probably only known as a celebrity wife, although she starred in the two short movies entitled “Coven” and “Green Umbrella” both in 2006, and performed as a singer on the movie soundtracks for “The Missing Person” in 2009, and “Angels Crest” in 2011.
Early life, education, and family
Domino was raised in Westminster by her parents; her mother named her ‘Domino’ after Domino Harvey, a bounty hunter, whom she met when Harvey was a young girl, and Domino’s mother liked her name. Speaking of Domino’s early life, she had an interest in music from an early age, and her father trained in music, so that when nine, she began singing in choirs, plays and operas. As a teenager, she moved with her family to New York City, USA, where she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and studied classical voice and piano. Upon matriculating in 2001, she didn’t enroll in college. Her mother, Lorraine, is a fashion designer, and the owner of the Geminola boutique in SoHo, New York, while Domino’s father is well-known musician Simon Kirke, a drummer for the bands Free and Bad Company.
The Kirke family are descended from the Gibson-Craig baronets, a junior branch of a family of Nottinghamshire landed gentry. Domino’s sisters, Lola and Jemima, are both actresses; Lola Kirke is perhaps known best for her role as Hailey Rutledge in the series “Mozart in the Jungle”, while Jemima Kirke is known for her role as Jessa Johansson in the series “Girls”, among others.
After producer Andres Levin spotted Domino singing at Joe’s Pub, a music venue and restaurant in New York that hosts live performances, although aged 17, she signed to his label, and shortly afterwards she formed the band called DOMINO, with Jordan Galland, a musician and filmmaker.
The band recorded an extended play (EP) with Mark Ronson, who worked with famous musicians including Adele, Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse, and DOMINO toured for three years with Lily Allen, an English singer-songwriter, and with Gang of Four, an English post-punk band. Domino put her music career aside after she gave birth to her first child in 2009, and soon afterwards, she found a new career for herself as a doula – a trained companion who is not a healthcare professional, but who supports another person through childbirth, induced abortion, miscarriage, or non-reproductive experiences such as dying. In 2017, Domino released her debut album “Beyond Waves”. Currently, Domino works as a doula, and is a co-founder of the doula business collective ‘Carriage House Birth’.
In her interview for Glamour Magazine, Domino said: ‘Working as a doula – and as a business owner owning a doula collective, I noticed that all the families using the services had such a need for storytelling, and more spaces to come together and tell stories,’ adding that this was the main reason for putting her book together, with co-author Joanna Griffiths – “Life After Birth: Portraits of Love and the Beauty of Parenthood” was published on 21 September 2021.
Love life and relationships
Domino hasn’t been the subject of any rumors or controversies before she met her future husband, Penn Badgley, since she was quite unknown to the public.
However, she later acknowledged that she was in a relationship with the street musician Morgan O’Kane, who is the father of her first child, Cassius, who was born in 2009. Domino and Penn met in 2014, and after three years of dating, they married on 27 February 2017 in a New York courthouse, in presence of their closest family members, including Domino’s sisters, Lola and Jemima. A few months later, the two held another much larger wedding ceremony in upstate New York, and some of the guests were celebrities such as Heidi Klum and Zac Posen. After suffering two miscarriages, in February 2020, Domino and her husband announced that they were expecting their first child together, and their son James was born on 20 September 2020.
As of June 2022, Domino is still in a marriage, and has two sons; the family of four lives in their residence in New York City.
Age, vital statistics, and net worth
Domino’s age is 38; she has long, brown hair and blue eyes, weighs around 130lbs (60kgs) and is 5ft8ins (1.73m) tall, with vital statistics of 34-25-33. According to sources, her net worth has been estimated at around $1.5 million, as of June 2022 – most of her income she earned thanks to her work as a singer and doula, while her husband, Penn Badgley, has a net worth estimated at $8 million.
Who is Penn Badgley?
A Baltimore, Maryland USA native, Penn Dayton Badgley was born on 1 November 1986, so his zodiac sign is Scorpio, and he has American nationality.
He’s a producer, and an actor with nearly 35 credits to his name, and as mentioned, one of his most notable roles which brought him international recognition, is his portrayal of Dan Humphrey in the popular series “Gossip Girl”, also starring Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, which was broadcast from 2007 until 2012. Penn was raised by both of his parents until they divorced when he was twelve, and then he moved with his mother to Los Angeles, California, where he launched his acting career, making his acting debut in an episode of the series “Will & Grace” in 1999. In 2000, he was seen as Phillip Chancellor in the series “The Young and the Restless”, and for his performance, Penn was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime TV Series – Young Actor, in 2001.
That same year, he made his first big-screen appearance in the movie “The Fluffer”, and in the following years, his roles followed one another. During his over 20-years-long acting career, Penn has appeared in numerous movies and series; some of his most notable TV roles were in “The Bedford Diaries”, “The Twilight Zone”, and “What I Like About You”. The audience enjoyed his acting in movies such as “John Tucker Must Die”, “Greetings from Tim Buckley”, and “The Paper Store”, among many others. Speaking of his personal life, before his marriage to Domino Kirke, he was in long-term relationships with actress Blake Lively (2007-2010), and with singer Zoe Kravitz (2011-2013).