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Beckford expanded his modeling horizons, appearing in GQ, Vogue and Essence before making the shift to a film and television career. He made his feature debut with a cameo as himself in the Ben Stiller comedy "Zoolander" (2001), before scoring a more substantial supporting role in the low-budget thriller "Pandora's Box" (2002). On the television side, he served as a correspondent on the syndicated magazine show "Source All Access TV" (2000-01), then landed guest spots on "Half & Half" (UPN, 2002-06) and "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2000-05). After making an early exit from "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!" (ABC, 2002-03), a short-lived reality competition pitting a group of celebs against each other in an Australian rain forest, Beckford returned to film with noticeable roles in "Biker Boyz" (2003) and "Into the Blue" (2005). In June 2005, Beckford crashed his Dodge Ram into a utility pole in New Jersey, causing the vehicle to be consumed in flames. He was treated for head trauma and cuts, then appeared on "Oprah" to discuss his near-fatal experience. Meanwhile, Beckford shared hosting duties with fashion model Niki Taylor on "Make Me a Supermodel" (Bravo, 2007- ), a reality competition with seven men and seven women living together in a Manhattan loft while trying to win a $100,000 modeling agency contract.