Sarah Lark (born on 28 January 1983 in Roath, Cardiff) is a Welsh singer and actress who rose to fame when she competed as one of the finalists in the BBC talent show-themed television series I'd Do Anything in 2008.
Lark began performing at an early age. When she was twelve years old she played the lead role in the the Starstruck Theatre production of musical, Annie at St Peter's Church Hall in Roath alongside Charlotte Church, who took the role of Molly. She appeared in the television series The Biz and The Healer and appeared in the original performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Whistle Down The Wind at the Sydmonton Festival held at Lloyd Webber's country house, Sydmonton Court in 1995 as part of the ensemble.
In 2000 Lark made her West End debut creating the role of "Little Girl" in Cameron Mackintosh's production of The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. In 2003 she played John Barrowman's daughter in the musical, Beautiful and Damned at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, Surrey.
After appearing as Lucy in a production of Snoopy!!! The Musical at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2003, Lark undertook a Post-Graduate course in Musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. Here in 2004 she played the roles of Julie in Victoria Wood's play Talent and also Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She graduated with a distinction and then went on to reprise her role in Snoopy!!! at The New Players' Theatre in 2004. In 2005 she joined the musical Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre, as cover for the roles of Lisa and Sophie.
She stayed in Mamma Mia! for two years before making her first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007, performing in C Theatre's productions of Cinderella, in the title role and the annual Shakespeare For Breakfast, as Juliet's nurse. The latter making a successful transfer to the Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice, London.
I'd Do Anything
Lark was a finalist on I'd Do Anything on BBC One from March to May 2008, a show which searched for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a West End revival of the British musical Oliver!. She was eliminated in show six on 4 May.
Performances on I'd Do Anything
- Show Song
- Week one "Get Here"
- Week two "Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart"
- Week three "Maybe This Time"
- Week four "Midnight Train to Georgia"
- Week five "Ironic"
- Week six "Mr Bojangles"
After I'd Do Anything
Immediately after the show Lark participated in the I'd Do Anything tours with fellow contestants Ashley Russell, Keisha Amponsa-Banson and Niamh Perry, along with Michael French and Connie Fisher, accompanied by the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
After participating in a workshop production at the Menier Chocolate Factory in the London Borough of Southwark, Lark performed as Collette in Conor Mitchell's Mathilde at the 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Festival, directed by Simon Callow. In September 2008 she performed as the lead female vocalist in the show Hit's of the West End at the Hamilton Townhouse, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.
In October 2008 it was announced that Lark would perform in Cameron Mackintosh and Rupert Goold's revival production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London as the strawberry seller in "Who Will Buy?", and that she had been selected as a cover for the part of Nancy. On 14 October she appeared in a one-off charity performance of the musical comedy Betwixt at the Ambassadors Theatre in Covent Garden, London. On 9 November 2008 she performed a solo cabaret act An afternoon with Sarah Lark, at Lauderdale House in Waterlow Park, Highgate in north London.
In February 2009, Lark performed at the 2009 Whatsonstage Theatregoers' Choice Award at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. She sang 9 to 5 with fellow I'd do Anything contestant Samantha Barks and X-Factor finalist Niki Evans, then the title track from the Broadway musical Xanadu.
In March it was announced that Jodie Prenger would be taking a short break from the role of Nancy in Oliver! from 2 to 7 March, and that in her absence the role would be shared between Tamsin Carroll and Lark.
- The Witches of Eastwick Original cast recording, as Little Girl (2000)
- Oliver! Live cast recording, as Strawberry Seller (2009)