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MISS SAMANTHA BARKS!

The very talented TV, National and West End Theatre star and now a Film star too!


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About Sam

  • Name: Samantha Jane Barks
  • Age: 22
  • D.O.B: 02 October 1990
  • Place of birth: Isle of Man (which was renamed the Isle of Sam for one day to support Sam during her time in BBC1 show 'I'd Do Anything' in 2008)
  • Originally from: Laxey, Isle of Man
  • Eye Colour: Brown
  • Hair Colour: Dark Brown
  • Hair Length: Long
  • Height: 5ft 5 3/4 "
  • Horoscope: Libra
  • Siblings: 1 Older Sister and 1 Older Brother
  • Niece(s)/Nephew(s): Chloe (aged 1)
  • Pets: A family King Charles Cavalier Spaniel called Halle (although she calls her Linda) and her own Chihuahua called Lily
  • Hobbies: Singing, Dancing, Shining on Stage, Sleeping, Playing with Lily (her chihuahua), Eating (especially red velvet cake and chocolate), Partying with friends, Shopping, Watching TV
  • Huge fan of: Ricky Gervais
  • Scared of: Mittens
  • Hates: Vegetables, Early Mornings

Professional

  • Occupation: Professional Actress/Singer
  • Years Active: 2008-present
  • Training: Arts Education School in Chiswick before entering Andrew Lloyd Webber's BBC competition 'I'd Do Anything' in 2008 looking for an unknown talent to play Nancy in a new West End production of Oliver!
  • Current Job(s):
  • Past Jobs: Numerous amateur productions with the Manx Operatic Society and performances with her band on the Isle of Man (full details in the 'Sam's Career So Far section), Sally Bowles (Cabaret UK Tour 2008-9), Aladdin (Panto in Windsor 2009-10), Eponine in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre in London's West End (2010-11), Eponine in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena on 3rd October 2010, Zoe in 'Groove High' (Disney - due to air spring 2012). Nancy in Oliver! UK Tour (2011 - April 2012), Eponine in Les Miserables 2012 Film
  • Dream in life: To be starring as a leading lady in a West End show (ACHIEVED)
  • Dream Role: Elphaba (Wicked)
  • Role Models: Catherine Zeta Jones, Idina Menzel

Favourites

  • Musical: Wicked
  • Song: Defying Gravity (from Wicked)
  • Singer: Regina Spektor
  • Book/Magazine: The Stage
  • Place to be: On stage, at home or Disneyland Florida
  • Films: Zoolander, Happy Feet, Sex and The City
  • TV Programmes: The Office, Extras, Friends, Sex and The City
  • Animal: Penguin
  • Item of Clothing: Shoes
  • Colour: Red
  • Food: Chocolate, Red Velvet Cake, Vegetable Lasagne, Cheese and Onion Tayto Crisps
  • Chocolate Bar: Lion Bar, Daim Bar

Groove High

Groove High
Sam will star as the lead role, Zoe, in a new Disney TV Series called 'Groove High'. Voice recording started on 28th April 2010 and filming happened between Aug 2010 and late Oct 2011 in Ireland! It will air on the Disney Channel in spring 2012!

Les Miserables 2012 Film

Les Miserables 2012 Film
Sam will star as Eponine in the new Les Mis film!

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

An Audience with Sam Barks review

'TWO fish in a tank. 'One turns to the other and says: "How do I drive this thing?"'

Well, I laughed a lot. As part of the "Samsational" show on Saturday night, the audience got a chance to ask Samantha questions – including whether she knew any good jokes.

I certainly don't think she should give up her day job any time soon, but the witty answers to questions thrown at her and the goosepimply performance she gave showed that she's not changed one bit from the down-to-earth but gifted Laxey girl who left the Island at 16 to follow her dreams.

Before the live entertainment started, a montage of Nancy moments was projected onto big screens either side of the stage. It brought me back to those Sunday nights last year, perched on the edge of my seat with wobbly butterflies in my tummy, ordering Graham Norton to tell Samantha that she 'could still be Nancy'.

On Saturday, with help from backing singers, accompanying dancers and a 12-piece band led by David Holland, Samantha took us on a journey of her musical life so far.

Her song choices ranged from the early days when she performed in amateur theatre and school productions in the Island, right up to the present day as the 18-year-old who wows UK audiences eight times a week as leading lady Sally Bowles in sizzling performances of Cabaret.

The show opened with I Love Rock 'n' Roll – the song which first left Andrew Lloyd Webber breathless in week one of the I'd Do Anything live programmes on BBC One. Although she wasn't wearing those well-known hot pants this time round, seeing it live in front of you rather than on the telly made it a million times more special and the audience was already buzzing.

Following that, we were treated to songs from shows including Grease, in which she played Rizzo in the St Ninian's High School production, and Back to the 80s, which she did with the Manx Operatic Society. Samantha told us that she gets a bit of stick from her friends because all the music on her Ipod tends to be from musicals and there's nothing 'modern' on there. However, she gave amazing performances of Kelly Clarkson's Since U Been Gone, Duffy's Warwick Avenue and the Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse version of Valerie.

Jessica Ellen (a Cabaret cast member) and local girl Laura Breadner, dancing in sexy corsets and hotpants, joined Samantha on stage for Valerie.

For the Kelly Clarkson song, a very nice tight-trousered young man called Alastair Postlethwaite, also in the Cabaret cast, did an accompanying dance.

Both the band and dancers easily kept the crowd entertained as Samantha did her costume changes throughout the evening. All her dresses were blue – reminding us of her identifying colour in I'd Do Anything.

Rumour has it Samantha is a chocoholic, but her figure in those slinky dresses certainly didn't show that she'd overdone it on the Quality Street this Christmas. She was looking fabulous – especially during the sassy song Sway, which had got Barry Humphries all hot and bothered in I'd Do Anything.

The first half concluded with Nancy's song from Oliver, As Long As He Needs Me. The audience went wild after the first line and fireworks exploded at the end of the breathtaking performance.
The second half continued with more stunning performances and routines, ending with Samantha's version of Defying Gravity from her favourite musical, Wicked.

The encore was Life is a Cabaret, and with the glitter ball going and the audience on their feet it was an electric end to a unique evening.

Samantha thanked everyone for all the support they gave her during I'd Do Anything.

From the crowd's reaction, there's no doubt that the Isle of Man (or should I say Isle of Sam?) is incredibly proud of her. She's won the hearts of everybody, including the little boy stood at the side of the stage with a huge sign saying Marry Me Sam.

Three girls from Hampshire, who call themselves Sam's Lambs, had flown to the Island using student loans and Christmas money just to meet Samantha and see her show.

The evening was all in aid of Rebecca House, the Island's children's hospice. Dot Tilbury and the show's host James Turpin auctioned off those famous hot pants, which had been framed along with some signed photos and flyers. They alone made £300 for the cause. You didn't really get a lot of material for your money but their proud new owner didn't seem to mind at all.

At one point in the show, Samantha told us that she found out a very close friend of hers had died on the eve of the I'd Do Anything semi-final. Patrick Taylor had sponsored Samantha to take her place at the Arts Educational School, London. She said without his generosity and belief in her she'd never have got to where she is today.

On semi-final night, appropriately, she sang There Can Be Miracles, When You Believe from the Prince of Egypt, and she sang it again for us on Saturday.

Samantha meant every word.


by Gael Stigant

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Sam as Sally Bowles in Cabaret

Sam played the leading role of Sally Bowles in the UK touring version of Cabaret from 29th August 08 - 11th July 09.

I thought I would leave the dates of the tour on here out of interest and for future reference.

29 August 2008 to 13 September 2008 Birmingham Repertory Theatre - The Door, Birmingham

15 September 2008 to 20 September 2008 Hippodrome, Bristol

22 September 2008 to 27 September 2008 Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool

29 September 2008 to 04 October 2008 Theatre Royal, Nottingham

06 October 2008 to 11 October 2008 Palace Theatre, Manchester

13 October 2008 to 18 October 2008 New Victoria Theatre, Woking

20 October 2008 to 25 October 2008 Everyman Theatre - The Other Space, Studio, Cheltenham

27 October 2008 to 01 November 2008 Theatre Royal - Ustinov Studio,The Egg, Bath

03 November 2008 to 15 November 2008 Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds

17 November 2008 to 22 November 2008 Hall for Cornwall, Truro

24 November 2008 to 29 November 2008 Royal and Derngate, Northampton

02 December 2008 to 06 December 2008 Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

08 December 2008 to 13 December 2008 Malvern Theatres - The Cinema, Forum Theatre, Festival Theatre, Malvern

12 January 2009 to 17 January 2009 Theatre Royal, Brighton

19 January 2009 to 24 January 2009 Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

26 January 2009 to 31 January 2009 Sunderland Empire Theatre, Sunderland

02 February 2009 to 07 February 2009 Theatre Royal, Plymouth

09 February 2009 to 14 February 2009 Mayflower Theatre – Southampton

16 February to 21 February Darlington Civic Theatre, Darlington

23 February 2009 to 28 February 2009 Hull New Theatre - Hull City Hall, Hull

02 March 2009 to 14 March 2009 The Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre - Douglas, Isle of Man

16 March 2009 to 21 March 2009 His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

23 March 2009 to 28 March 2009 Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh

30 March 2009 to 04 April 2009 Theatre Royal, Glasgow

13 April 2009 to 18 April 2009 Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes

20 April 2009 to 25 April 2009 The Churchill, Bromley

27 April 2009 to 02 May 2009 New Theatre, Cardiff

04 May 2009 to 09 May 2009 Richmond Theatre, Surrey

18 May to 23 May 2009 Grand Theatre, Blackpool

25 May to 30 May 2009 Grand Opera House, Belfast

01 June to 06 June 2009 Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

08 Jun to 13 Jun 2009 The Hexagon, Reading

15 Jun to 20 Jun 2009 Barnstaple Queens Theatre

22 Jun to 27 Jun 2009 Salford Lowry Theatre

29 Jun to 04 Jul 2009 Theatre Royal, Windsor

06 Jul to 11 Jul 2009 Newcastle Theatre Royal

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