She continues to work as an actress and glamour model. She was educated at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Outside of Doctor Who, she is best known for playing the role of Kelly Windsor from 1993 to 2000 in the television soap opera Emmerdale. She returned to the role in 2005. As a young girl she also appeared in Mr Majeika, The Bill, and EastEnders.
During her period away from Emmerdale, Adele Silva appeared on Is Harry on the Boat? and Mile High. However, Silva remained in the public eye more for her modelling appearances than her acting. She has appeared in men's magazines like Front, Maxim and FHM, sometimes alongside her friend and fellow model Jakki Degg.