RESUME 

 about me 

Height: 5'4"   |   Eye Color: Blue   |   Hair Color: Blonde

I started my career on stage at the early age of five in my native north-east. I continued to be involved in many theatre and independent productions until I left for London where I trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) for three years. 

While there, I developed another passion of mine: stage fighting and unarmed combat. I love it, did quite well (earnt high qualifications and the coveted John Barton Prize at the lauded Prize Fights). One of my first jobs after leaving RADA was in the feature film The House of Angelo, where I was stunt double for the leading lady and the only woman on the film’s fight team.

My first major TV role was playing Sister Karen Newburn in the BBC’s flagship drama series, Holby City. Karen was the straight-talking, no-nonsense Ward Sister, and estranged wife to Nick Jordan, played by Michael French. They battled throughout the first two series and their tempestuous relationship became one of the leading story-lines. And I loved every bitter argument!

All my TV and film roles have been both diverse and challenging, including a chain-smoking pole dancer as the lead in the film Eva, a Chief Prison Officer in In Deep, a seductive burglar in Men Of The World and an alienated and tormented wife in the adaptation of Catherine Cookson’s period novel, Tilly Trotter.

I've also had the fantastic opportunity of working with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in the  2nd series of their award-winning comedy, Extras, playing the recurring role of the make-up woman, whose name nobody can remember.

 credits 

TV

BBC  |  Doctors (Yvonne Turnham)  |  Guest Lead

ITV  |  Vera (Jeannie Long)  |  Guest Lead   

BBC  |  Doctors Beth Wilde)  |  Guest Lead

BBC  |  Extras II (Make-Up Woman  |  Semi-Regular - 3 eps 

ITV  | The Last Detective (Kitty Sullivan  |  Guest Lead  

BBC  |  Eastenders (Amanda Parry)  |  Recurring Guest - 8 eps

ITV  |  Steel River Blues (Belinda Moss)  |  Regular Lead - 1 Series

 

BBC  |  In Deep (Katy Gannon  |  Guest Lead - 2 eps 

 

BBC  |  Murder In Mind (Sandra)  |  Guest Lead  

BBC  |  Where The Heart Is (Julia Joyce  |  Guest Lead  

BBC  |  Badger (Amanda)  |  Guest Lead  

BBC  |  Doctors (Celia Cobb)  | Guest Lead   

BBC  | Holby City (Sister Karen Newburn)  |  Regular Lead - 2 Series   

BBC  |  Men Of The World (Laura)  |  Guest Lead  

BBC  | Pie In The Sky (Receptionist)  |  Supporting 

BBC  | Do The Right Thing (Rachael)  |  Supporting

 

Film

Out Of Water (Mother)  |  Very Good! Productions  | Dir: Callan Riches

 

Eva (Rachel)  |  NTS Films  |  Dir: Laura Smith   

 

Out Done (Sarah)  |  Canyon Films  |  Dir: Festival Films

Tilly Trotter (Mary Brentwood)  |  Festival Films  |  Dir: Alan Grint

The Glass Virgin (Agnus)  |  Festival Films  |  Dir: Sarah Hellings 

The House Of Angelo (Meg / Stunt Team)  |  Tripal Productions  |  Dir: Jim Goddard

Theatre

A Place Of Safety (Kate)  |  Hint Of Lime Productions  |  Omnibus Theatre  |  Dir: Jacqui Garbett    

Gone Silent (Elise)  |  After Orlando Theatre Action  |  Finborough Arms  |  Dir: Clare Bloomer   

Silas Marner Nancy Cass)  |  The Royalty Theatre  |  Dir: Barry Robinson

Our Country's Good (Mary Brenham/Meg Long)  |  Vanbrugh Theatre  |  Dir: Penny Cherns  

Trojan Women (Helen Of Troy)  |  The Studio Theatre, London  |  Dir: Alby James              

Phaedra (Aricia)  |  The Studio Theatre, London  |  Dir: Peter James                

It's A Girl (Sandra)  |  The Gielgud Theatre, London  |  Dir: Tom Wakeley

Camile (Sophie de Leon)  | Vanbrugh Theatre  |  Dir: Clare Venables

Teechers (Gail)  |  The Theatre Upstairs  |  Dir: Nola Dutton

The Pride Of Miss Jean Brodie (Jean Brodie)  |  Forum Theatre, Billingham  |  Dir: Gordon Steel

Sweet Charity (Ursula)  |  Billingham Forum Theatre  |  Dir: Gordon Steel

Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider)  |  UK Tour & Edinburgh Festival  |  Dir: Gordon Steel

Jesus Christ Superstar (Chorus)  |  Forum Theatre, Billingham  |  Dir: Gordon Steel

The Magic Flute (Servant)  |  The Little Theatre  |  Dir: Ian Caddy & Keith Bentley

The Italian Girl In Algiers (Maid)  |  The Little Theatre  |  Dir: Dafydd Burne-Jones

Carmen (Factory Girl)  |  The Little Theatre  |  Dir: Jonathan Clift

Yeoman Of The Guard (Kate)  |  The Little Theatre  | Dir: Michael Trotter

The Pirates Of Penzance  |  The Little Theatre  |  Dir: Michael Trotter

 Special Skills 

Archery, Horse-Riding, Snowboarding, Ballet, Piano, Violin, Yoga, Weight Lifting and can bluff my way through a game of Tennis​

 SPOTLIGHT 

© 2020 Sarah Preston