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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, 20 October 2009

Sam's new look

Interview taken from Isle of Man Today site (slightly edited by me to make it read right now)

Singing star Sam Barks has unveiled her striking new look — and is delighted to say goodbye to her short hair.

Her appearance now is a long way from the fresh-faced girl who won through to the final of BBC TV reality talent show I'd Do Anything last year.

And Sam, who will be starring in panto in the UK this winter, is pleased with the result.

'When you're young, it's about changing your image all the time,' she told iomtoday.

It's not the first dramatic change in image for Sam, who had her hair cut short for her starring role in a UK-wide tour of Cabaret, in which she played the lead role of Sally Bowles which finished in July.

Sam revealed: 'I'm really pleased I've been able to grow my hair since Cabaret. Short hair is gorgeous on people who can pull it off but my face is a bit round!'

Her next move is in the title role in a pantomime production of Aladdin.

The 19-year-old, from Laxey, Isle of Man said: 'To be starring as Aladdin will be great fun and I can't wait. A lot of crowd interaction will be new to me but it will be exciting.'

She added: 'My fellow Nancy, Niamh Perry, did panto last year and she had a fantastic time, which has encouraged me to have a go too.'

The show, on at the Theatre Royal Windsor between December 9 and January 10, will also feature Rod Hull's son Toby and Emu, who have a show on ITV.

Sam is currently living in Chiswick, West London, with Niamh.

She said life as an actress was 'sporadic and intense' and that, since Cabaret, she has been taking part in musical theatre nights in London, as well as enjoying a well-earned break.

'I have been to many exciting events over the last few months, now I have some free time here and there,' she said. 'In fact, I was invited to be a part of a celebrity audience for the BBC's National Lottery Awards which was exciting as I met lots of fantastic people! What an honour to be invited to something like that.'

She added: 'Last month, I was invited to the press night premiere for the opening of the London musical Dreamcoats and Petticoats. I met Lord Lloyd-Webber and Bill Kenwright there and it was great to see them both again. I was surprised also to bump into Cilla Black and we chatted about how I had performed her song Anyone Who Had A Heart in the final of I'd Do Anything.'

Before rehearsals for Aladdin begin in November, Sam went on a trip to Shanghai earlier this month with government officials to smash a champagne bottle against the bow of new bulk carrier ship the Caly Manx (article below).

Lars Ugland, the Douglas-based chief executive officer of local shipping companies LTU Management Ltd and Seven Mile Shipping, paid for Sam to fly to China.

'It is a great honour for me and I am so happy and proud to have been asked to launch the ship by Mr and Mrs Ugland,' she said speaking before the trip. 'It will be such an amazing experience. I have never been anywhere near China.'

Sam has not got any plans for when she finishes in Aladdin, and said she will wait to see what opportunities arise.

And she said that while she was not producing any music at the moment she would not rule it out in the future.

Sam, who is currently single, said it was difficult to have a boyfriend when you were living an unpredictable lifestyle, which involved moving around.

But she added: 'Hopefully it will happen one day soon.'

In the meantime, she admitted: 'I'm obsessed with shopping and shoes!!'


By Jackie Turley

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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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