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sensation herself that is...


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


  • 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


  • 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!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Best friends keeping them grounded

Former X Factor contestant, singer and model Lucie Jones (right), 19, and Samantha Barks, 20 (who was on BBC1’s I’d Do Anything) both made their West End debut this summer in Les Misérables as Cosette and Eponine respectively. Lucie lives in West London with her flatmate Jared Murillo from Strictly, and Samantha lives nearby.

Lucie says:
I only met Sam in June when we both auditioned for Les Misérables, but we’ve been best friends ever since. We spend every day together, doing eight shows a week, so it’s not surprising we’ve become close.
Having Sam there made my first day of rehearsals much easier.

Everyone was nervous, but we bonded over the fact we’d both done reality shows. I’d voted for Sam on I’d Do Anything; I thought she was amazing.

Now we watch The X Factor on Sunday at my place with a roast dinner, and we’ve talked a lot about how nerve-racking the experience is and how we dealt with it differently. Sam would get to a point where she just went numb and would go into her own zone, whereas I’d have five minutes of rising hysteria, and then be fine.

Sam only lives ten minutes’ drive away, so we travel to work together for 2pm every day. In the morning, we’ll walk our dogs or wander around the shops.

We go out a couple of nights a week to dinner or events, but rarely to clubs as I’m not a fan of clubbing and I’d never turn up to work hungover. We have a little routine when we’re leaving an event. We’ll check each other’s hair, make-up and clothes and ask, ‘Can you walk in those shoes or do we need to go out of the back exit?’

Sam’s the kind of friend everyone needs but not a lot of people have. If I’m upset at work, whether it’s man trouble or whatever, she’ll know when to take me out of the room. Sometimes you need to be on your own to cry – well, I’ll cry on Sam instead!

Samantha says:
Getting off the train on my way to the audition, I noticed the girl in front of me had these amazing boots. Then I saw she was walking to the same place as me and suddenly realised, ‘Wow, it’s Lucie from The X Factor!’

We hit it off straight away, bonding over our shared love of shoes. On The X Factor, I remember thinking Lucie was so lovely. She’s like that in real life, but even more bubbly and fun.

On your first day of rehearsals, walking into a room full of new people can be very scary. I felt so lucky to have someone there that I knew was going to be a good friend. It made me feel safe.

We have a lot in common, but I always like to plan and I’ve discovered that Lucie forgets arrangements as soon as she’s made them, so I have to remind her. I can always tell if there’s something bugging her and I know the best way to get Lucie chatting is to tease her. She does the same to me. She’ll wind me up by sticking her face right in front of mine or poking me! She always knows how to put a smile back on my face.


Eponine said...

:) thanks for the info!

Lola said...


Is there any chance, that You may upload Sam's album? I searched all over the internet and I can't order on amazonas.com, either. I don't want to take it to publical usage, I've just became a huge fan of her, and I'm really curious.

Thank you in advance

Jenny_bean said...

Lola, I can't upload Sam's album online, sorry. I wish I could as I know there are lots of people that want to hear it. As now it was quite a few years ago they have just stopped selling it. As far as I know there are still a couple of songs from it on her website www.sambarks.co.uk. Sorry I can't help any more

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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