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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, 29 September 2009

Sam launches new Manx ship in Shanghai

The launch of the £21.7 million bulk carrier ‘Caly Manx’, at the Tsuneishi Zhoushan Shipyard near Shanghai in China, will form part of a mission to raise the Island’s profile as a leading international business centre.

It will set sail under the Isle of Man ensign following the official naming ceremony on 30th September which is to be performed by Manx singer and actress Samantha Barks.

Mr Ugland added that when he looked for a suitable "godmother" to name the Caly Manx, singer and actress Samantha Barks immediately sprang to mind.

He said, "Samantha is somebody who has raised the profile of the Isle of Man to the wider public and we feel that she shows to the youth of the Island that with hard work and dedication you can fulfil your dreams."

The Laxey teenager, who found fame on BBC talent show ‘I’d Do Anything’, will take centre stage during the ceremony, cutting a rope to send a bottle of champagne crashing against the bow of the ship as she names it Caly Manx.

"Sam Barks is an inspired choice to name the vessel. It is a great honour for any lady to perform this important feature of the ceremony.

"The choice of “godmother” means a great deal to the owners of the vessel and the crew and Samantha ticks all the right boxes."

The taxpayer is paying for the politicians and Mr Welsh to go. It is believed that the shipping firm is paying for Sam's travel and accomodation.

The Launch

(Taken from article on Isle of Man Today's website about the launch on the web)

Singing sensation Sam Barks was in cracking form while in China to name new £22 million bulk carrier ship the Caly Manx.

The 19-year-old was joined by Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK, Trade and Industry Minister David Cretney MHK and director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry Dick Welsh, who also met with Chinese government officials and business leaders during the visit.

The taxpayer has paid for the politicians and Mr Welsh to go. It is believed that the shipping firm paid for Sam's travel.

Sam, from Laxey, who found fame on BBC talent show I'd Do Anything and subsequently starred in stage show Cabaret, officially unveiled the latest addition to the Island's ship register at the Tsuneishi Zhoushan Shipyard near Shanghai on September 30.

Sam sang the Manx National Anthem and cracked a bottle of champagne against the ship's bow during the ceremony.

Chief Minister Tony Brown said "Sam Barks was a superb ambassador for the Island and made a great impression on everybody she met. To hear her sing the National Anthem in China was breathtaking and added to the sense of occasion."

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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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