She was born Paloma Faith Blomfield to an English mother and Spanish father in Hackney, London.
Paloma Faith studied for a MA in theatre directing at University of the Arts in London. She funded her studies by working various part-time jobs that included sales assistant at lingerie store Agent Provocateur, singer in a burlesque cabaret, a bartender, a life model, an assistant stylist and a magician's assistant.
Faith relived one of her old occupations in the music video for "Smoke & Mirrors
," which sees her play the role of a bored magician's assistant.
When she got her first record contract, Paloma Faith knocked four years off her age. "I blurted out that I was 23. I remember reading about KT Tunstall being old - and she was 27 at the time," she admitted later. "I think if I'd said I was 27, I wouldn't have got signed. One hundred per cent."
Faith's actual age was discovered when her birth certificate was put online.
As well as being a successful singer, Paloma Faith has had a parallel career as an actress, starting with playing Andrea in the 2007 remake of St Trinian's. Faith was also cast in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Sally, the girlfriend of the Devil and as Clara Thornhill in the horror flick Dread. In 2015 Faith appeared as Tinker Bell in the TV movie Peter & Wendy, based on J.M. Barrie's novel Peter Pan.
Faith won Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards in 2015.
Faith was a judge on the 2016 series of The Voice UK. She left the show after just one series due to her pregnancy.