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.



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               |   Amada Parry         |   Recurring Guest - 8 eps

ITV     |   Steel River Blues      |   Belinda Moss        |   Regular - 1 Series

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

BBC    |   Badger                     |   Amanda               |   Guest Lead

BBC   |   Doctors                     |   Celia Cobb          |   Guest Lead

BBC   |   Holby City                 |   Karen Newburn    |   Regular - 2 Series

BBC   |   Men Of The World    |   Laura                    |   Guest Lead

BBC  |   Pie In The Sky            |   Receptionist         |   Supporting

BBC   |   Do The Right Thing  |   Emma                   |   Supporting


Very Good! Productions    |   Out Of Water              |   Lead

NTS Films                          |   Eva                              |   Lead

Festival Films                     |   Tilly Trotter                 |   Supporting

Festival Films                     |   The Glass Virgin          |   Supporting

Tripal Productions              |  The House Of Angelo  | Supporting/Stunt Team


On request

 Special Skills 

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


© 2020 Sarah Preston