Samantha Barks hailing from the Isle of Man, has shot to leading lady fame in a blaze of glory since coming third on the BBC’s search for Nancy ‘I’d Do Anything.’ At just 20 years of age, she has already played some of the most Iconic roles in Musical Theatre and recently starred in Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables. The Public Reviews’ editor John Roberts caught up with Sam, to chat about her past, present and future.
You originally started training at Arts Educational School, but had to drop out due to progressing so far in BBC’s ‘Id Do Anything’ show – how hard was it for you to come to the decision to leave the school?It was a really hard decision as I had already made the huge leap of leaving home (Isle of Man) when I was 16 to go to drama school, but the decision was made easier by the fact throughout the programme I was having masterclasses with some of my Idols, Idina Menzel, Liza Minelli and Andrew Lloyd Webber and I was performing in front of millions of people each week, so whilst it was a hard decision to make I know I made the right one.
What were your original thoughts about entering the competition?
When It came up I wasn’t going to even apply for it, I thought oooohhhh I’d like to watch that but never even thought about applying, it was only in the space of a week that so many people said “you’d be great for that Sam” or “Sam you should apply for that” that I said why not, at least I would meet some casting directors who hopefully would remember me for the future, so when I got through the first round and onto the TV – I was amazed – but the whole experience was like one amazing whirlwind.